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Cycle Tour Bike holiday along the upper Rhine 2015

Travel report: München/Lindau-Karlsruhe/Mainz-Wiesbaden



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Lindau (Bodensee), Bayern, DE (400 m NHN)

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Wiesbaden, Hesse, DE (186 m NHN)


Two weeks of summer cycling with my son Simon. It begins with two days in Munich (Monday, July 13 in the morning to Tuesday, July 14 in the evening). Accomodation at the campsite of Thalkirchen. Options in Munich: Visit at the BMW plant, attend Bayern Munich's training at the training facility on Saebener Str. and a visit to the new Nazi documentation center in the former Nazi Party headquarters. After the start in Munich, we take a direct train to Lindau on Lake Constance, where our cycling holiday begins. In the evening we go 5 km cycling from the main train station in Lindau to Camping Eschbach in Wasserburg. After cycling along the Bodensee northern shore and then down towards the Rhine's flow out of the lake in Stein am Rhein. The next week we will ride along the Rhine with rest days in Basel (Sunday, 19 July) and Strasbourg (Wednesday, 22 July). The intermediate goal of our tour is Karlsruhe, where we stay overnight and the next morning take the train to Mainz-Marienborn. Short trip to ZDF, the second German television program, where we will participate in a guided tour. From here a short stage to Wiesbaden and Simon's aunt and family where our cycling holiday ends in a familiar spirit. On Sunday a train from Wiesbaden back to Odense.

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Near-Alpine landscape on Lake Constance's opposite bank. There are many towns and seaside resorts along the lake, which is much visited. Opportunity to visit the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen, where the era of the giant airships is reviewed. It was in this city, the zeppeliners were built. Along the Rhine we change border between Germany and Switzerland several times. In Neuhausen near Schaffhausen, we must see the famous Rhine fall, one of Europe's largest and most powerful waterfalls. On the Swiss side several beautiful old towns like Kaiserstuhl and Rheinfelden nest on the riverbank, which we will pay a short visit. Basel will have a longer stop. Here we stay at the hostel for two nights. In Basel we will have a look at the old city with the cathedral plus watch FC Basel's match against FC Vaduz from Liechtenstein. FC Basel's Daniel Høegh's new club to which he has changed this summer from OB. After Basel the Rhine flows to the north, where it previously flowed to the west. Between Basel and Karlsruhe only a few towns are passed on the bike trail, as it follows the river bank pretty close, so here we'll experience the river and a landscape of old river arms, now nature reserves. First night at that part is on the French side of the Rhine near the fortress town of Neuf-Brisach. The highlight in this part is a rest day in Strasbourg with the European institutions and the old town with canals and the cathedral. We stay two nights at the German side of the Rhine. In Karlsruhe, we will see the Baroque castle and get a sense of the city's structure. This year the 300 years city anniversary is celebrated, so I think the city is at its most beautiful side.

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Transportdag Odense-München

35 km

München, dag 1

34 km

München, dag 2/Transport til Lindau/Lindau-Wasserburg

56 km


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Überlingen-Stein am Rhein

70 km

Stein am Rhein-Waldshut

70 km


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87 km

Basel-Neuf Brisach

96 km

Neuf Brisach-Kehl

25 km


102 km


23 km

Transport Karlsruhe-Mainz/Mainz-Wiesbaden

Transport Wiesbaden-Odense

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Lennart- Bernadotte- Haus
DE-88131 Lindau (Bodensee)


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Montag, Dienstag und Donnerstag – Samstag

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DE-88131 Lindau (Bodensee)




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DE-88131 Lindau (Bodensee)


Old town

Lindau is a city in southern Bavaria on the shore of Lake Constance or the Bodensee. It lies on the border to the Austrian federal-state of Vorarlberg with its capital city Bregenz which is within walking distance (about 10km along the lake). The historic town is on an island and full of medieval and half-timbered buildings. One can also take boat tours leaving the small harbor and just sit and enjoy a Weissbier admiring the view of Austria and Switzerland and the Alps across the lake.

On a sunny day in summer Lindau is a great place to be. The town is old and very beautiful and has a good market.


First step after reaching Lindau should be to contact the tourist info centre just outside the train station, where one can get a list of beautiful buildings in the town and a free map too. On a sunny day, the views that this town offers are awesome.

  • Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus), Bismarckplatz 4. Construction started in 1422 and took about 14 years to complete. Make sure to also look at the south facade. 
  • Lighthouse. Climb the lighthouse (33m). Views are great from that height. €1.80 adults, €0.70 children. 
  • Mangturm, Seepromenade. A tower (20m) that was built in the 12th century as part of the town's defence wall. The interior is only accessible as part of a "fairy tale" event - for adults May-Sep every Friday at 19:00 and for children during the summer holidays (beginning of Aug- beginning of September) every Tuesday 10:30. Adults €8, children €3. 
  • Diebsturm, Zeppelinstraße (On the island). Constructed in 1380 as part of the city walls. It was also used as a prison, hence the name. 
  • Stadtmuseum (City Museum), Marktplatz 6 (on the market place),  +49 8382 944073. Only open during the summer season. Museum with collections about the history of the city. A collection of mechanical musical instruments can be seen on a guided tour. There are also changing art exhibitions. The building of the museum, called Cavazzen, is an impressive baroque building from 1729. €3 adults, €1.50 consessions. 
  • Bavarian Lion

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