Bodensee is a massive, natural lake with shores in three different countries. Here, you can bike through Switzerland, Austria and Germany all in one day. (And you can see Lichtenstein too!)
My sister, brother-in-law and I thought it would be a good idea to go here during a long holiday weekend. Apparently, lots of other people had the same idea.
We took a train from Zurich to Konstanz then biked to a ferry and crossed the lake to Meersburg.
The views include lakeside villages, the Alps, vineyards, forests, apple orchards and roadside gardens.
Sometimes it felt like we were part of a peloton but mostly it was wide open roads.
It took us at least an hour to find a room for the night and we ended up booking the last two rooms for €160 at a hotel that resembled an old farmhouse called Dorfkrug between the towns of Langenargen and Krossbronn.
This is German territory so naturally there was a bier garten out back. We enjoyed traditional Bavarian dinner and breakfast here as well.
We stopped in Lindau, Germany for a coffee break and a quick walk around the tiny island. A famous German storybook from my brother-in-law's childhood about a music box maker named Augustin was set here.
My brother-in-law departed for a faster and more challenging ride through the hills while my sister and I continued to Bregens, Austria where we had lunch and caught a train to Munich.
In total, we traveled about 60 KM from Konstanz to Bregens which is about 25% of the 256 km of bike paths around the lake. The weather was perfection!
I'd love to come back someday and bike around the whole lake. So glad I got to spend some quality, family time in such a beautiful setting!