Family Cycling Round Lake Constance by Jake

When the Cultural Teens were 11 we set off to cycle round Lake Constance or the Bodensee. It proved to be the perfect family cycling holiday. My oldest son decided that he would write the blog post.

Cycling Round Lake Constance by Jake

After a lengthy journey through Europe, the Cultural Wednesday family clambered out of our stuffy car and into the Hotel Weisses Kreuz in Bregenz.  We heaved down our belongings into our spacious room and fell on to the comfy mattresses overlooking ………… an Austrian car park!  It was the first day of our Headwater holiday cycling round Lake Constance. In 10 days’ time we would be back, fit and bronzed, after the just over a week in the European sun. We hoped!

Lake Constance cycle path by a vineyard.
Cycling through vineyards

The next day, having collected our bikes, we set off on a 45 kilometre ride through beautiful Swiss farm land. We arrived at our second stop, the Hotel Seegarten in Arbon. This was my favourite of the 5 rooms slept in as there was not only a balcony but also an upstairs where I slept with my Twin.  Unfortunately Mr CW fell of his bike getting an undeserved minor fracture. Due to the fracture we didn’t get to see anything cultural in Arbon; so it was just as well that we stopped on the way at the Würth collection at Rorschach where for the first time I came face-to-face with a genuine Pablo Picasso painting as well as seeing some amusing sculptures.

Swiss train and cyclists waving.
Junior CW’s wave at Daddy

This was the first day cycling without my Dad and, for a time, I wanted to go by train with him but since my Twin was up to it I decided I was too, since I am 2 minutes older! The trip was better than expected.  We saw Dad every 15km or so and even got to wave to him as his train sped by.  When we eventually got to the Hotel Rheinfels in Stein-am-Rhein we caught him drinking a beer, watching the Rhine flow by. The next leg of our journey took us out of Switzerland and into Germany. We pedalled alongside the lake, past inviting swimming beaches and through peaceful meadows.  We saw a sign that said Konstanz 13km and were pleased that we had covered so much ground so quickly.  Half an hour later we passed another sign that also told us that Konztanz was 13km away.  How could this be?  We kept on pedalling and slowly the number of kilometres did diminish.  Finally we arrived at the Hotel Halm in Konstanz, snaffled an apple from the reception desk and strode up the stairs to find our Dad snoozing gently in the room. For dinner we went off to a wine festival, not my choice, but I did have a succulent beef sandwich.

Lake Constance cycle path through fields.

Onto our penultimate cycle ride which, compared to the others, was a miniscule 26km.  We caught a ferry to Meersberg where we had wonderful ice creams. I went for an apple flavoured one, since we don’t usually have them in the UK, while my identical twin had tiramisu which was rather extraordinary too. Fortified by the ice-creams we cycled on through vineyards toward Friedrichshafen and arrived before Lunch. The Hotel Buchhornerhof was good although maybe not for the faint hearted as giant elk, deer and goat heads hung everywhere!

Pedalo Lake Constance Bodensee
Pedaloing on Lake Constance

On our rest day, we ventured off to the Zeppelin museum where I learnt all about the rise and fall of the great airships.  We also went off and rested on the pedalos, well for some that is!     We pedalled and our Mum just sat there.

Eventually we completed our journey cycling and taking boats around and through Lake Constance. My head was bundled with knowledge from the trip like: ……… er……….erm……. well……..that cycling around Constance is really rather fun! When we arrived at Bregenz we caught a cable car up the Pfänder mountain for an amazing view of the lake stretching out as far as the eye could see.

Cycling round Lake Constance with Children




  1. August 18, 2014 / 9:31 am

    This is one of the most entertaining blogs I have read. Wonderful use of language, of grammar, and you had me reading it from start to finish. I especially loved the sound of the icecreams. What a fantastic holiday.

  2. October 20, 2016 / 12:31 pm

    I love the thought of you and your twin, racing your Dad on his train! Sounds like a brilliant holiday. #FarawayFiles

  3. October 20, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    I love that this a blog post from a child’s POV. It is so well written. Something to be proud of #farawayfiles

  4. October 20, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    Ooh I can’t wait until our twins are old enough to do holidays like this. How exciting. I can definitely see them racing each other too. Glad you were kind enough to pedal your mum around on the pedalos. Mums are great really and your mum takes you on wonderful holidays. Thanks for joining us on #FarawayFiles

  5. October 20, 2016 / 4:29 pm

    This was delightful to read. I love getting a child’s perspective of things. And it sounds like a very fun trip! #farawayfiles

  6. Clare Thomson
    October 20, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    What a great trip, Jake. You make a cycling holiday sound like so much fun. Thanks so much for linking up to #FarawayFiles

  7. October 20, 2016 / 9:13 pm

    “Snaffled”. What a great word! I’ve noted that one for another time.
    Cycling the Bodensee is something I have always wanted to do. In fact, we were going to do it this summer, but we lingered in the sun of Portugal and Spain for too long. Next year. Maybe…
    Thanks for the enjoyable read Jake!

    • October 21, 2016 / 8:33 am

      Next year! It is an excellent trip

  8. October 22, 2016 / 9:06 am

    I love this! I have been trying to get my kids to add their perspectives on our travels for years! He is an excellent writer with a wonderful vocabulary. Thanks for sharing and adding to #FarawayFiles – a lovely addition. Cheers from Croatia this time – Erin

  9. September 18, 2020 / 7:43 pm

    This sounds like heaven to me! I’ve heard of cycling the Danube and it’s been on my list for a while, but this combination of cycling and cruise sounds like pure bliss – the best of both worlds. I do so hope I can do it one day.

    • September 18, 2020 / 7:47 pm

      We are converted to the joys of cycling holidays

      • September 18, 2020 / 9:06 pm

        It was the cycling/cruise mix that really appealed to me. Also riding alongside the river so mostly flat terrain.

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