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From Constance around the island of Reichenau (Lake Constance)

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  • / Kräutergarten mit Mohnblumen
    Photo: Helmuth Scham
  • / Kräutergarten mit Familie
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    Photo: Mark Blain
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    Photo: Mark Blain
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    Photo: Theo Keller
  • / Island Reichenau
    Photo: Luftbild Reichenau, Outdooractive Editors
  • / Rhine bridge in Constance
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m 500 450 400 25 20 15 10 5 km Georg's Fischerhütte FreizeitCenter Reichenau Stiftskirche St. Peter und Paul Aussichtspunkt Hochwart Gemüse-Pavillon Konstanz Kräutergarten Bei Riebels Konstanz
On this beautiful tour we cycle once around the famous vegetable island Reichenau. We pass some churches worth seeing, can buy fresh fruit and vegetables and go swimming in Lake Constance.
moderate
Distance 28.8 km
3:00 h
47 m
35 m
434 m
393 m
We start our tour at the Rhine bridge in Constance. From here we first pass through the suburbs of Constance before reaching the Reichenauer Damm. On this promontory, which leads to the island, there is a lot going on in the warm months - from hikers to inline skaters to cyclists of all kinds.The Reichenau is the largest island in Lake Constance and also known as Vegetable or Fruit Island, because here you can buy very good products directly from the farmer. Often there is a small fruit or vegetable stand along the roadside with an abandoned cash register where the honesty of the buyers is paramount.Besides the vegetable fields, it is the churches that made Reichenau famous. The close connection between religion and vegetables on the island became clear as early as 840, when Abbot Walahfried Strabo wrote the teaching poem "Hortulus" about horticulture. On our tour we can visit e.g. the small St. Georgskirche shortly behind the island entrance. Even if it looks a bit inconspicuous from the outside, we can see the most important murals of the island and the whole region in its interior. Countless scenes from the New Testament are depicted there in the style of Ottonian book illumination.We continue through flower-strewn areas while enjoying wonderful views over Lake Constance. In between we can have a break in a cosy café and take a bath next to the campsite.

Author’s recommendation

If we have enough time, we should stay at the bathing area until sunset, which creates a very romantic atmosphere.
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Author
Helmut Fidler
Update: February 25, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
Hochwart, 434 m
Lowest point
Sandseele Reichenau, 393 m
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Rest stops

Kunstroute Station 4 - Georg Röder
Bei Riebels
Georg's Fischerhütte

Tips and hints

Touristinformation Reichenau, www.reichenau.de

Start

Fahrradbrücke Konstanz (395 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.669036, 9.174525
DMS
47°40'08.5"N 9°10'28.3"E
UTM
32T 513101 5279530
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Destination

Fahrradbrücke Konstanz

Turn-by-turn directions

We start our tour at the Rhine bridge in Constance. From here we cycle in western direction along the Spanierstraße and can catch a glimpse of the Rhine from time to time. Otherwise, the first part of the trail leads us through urban areas until we reach the island of Reichenau. The Spanierstraße changes into the Reichenaustraße, which we follow to the entrance of the island. In some places the path can become a bit confusing at large crossroads and construction sites, but basically it always leads straight ahead. As the Reichenaustraße in the industrial area widens, we find a cycle path to the left of the road. On the left hand side a beautiful avenue dam leads to the island of Reichenau.

We cycle straight ahead on the main road (Priminstraße) and then turn right into Seestraße. Already from a distance we recognize the small St. George's Church, into which we should take a look. The Seestraße makes a left turn in its further course and leads us very close to the shore. The many flower-laden colourful gardens of the very well-kept houses are striking - and one almost feels the impression of a beautifully laid out film set. After a while we turn left into Hermannus-Contractus-Straße and then diagonally left into Schulstraße. At the next crossroads, turn left onto Wittigowostraße, turn right into Spitzgasse, take the broad Abt-Berno-Straße for a short distance and immediately turn right into Riedstraße. On Niederzeller Straße in an easterly direction we reach one of the tips of the island. Here we can take a short break and enjoy the view of the lake.

Then we cycle back on Niederzeller Straße and continue straight ahead, ignoring all the roads for a very long time until we can follow a sign to the right towards the campsite (Niederzeller Straße is called "Zum Sandseele" there by the way). Here we should not miss to go for a swim in Lake Constance. Afterwards we drive back on the same way and come back to the road "Zum Sandseele". We turn right and follow the road. After a gentle left turn, the street name changes to "Untere Rheinstraße". At the large crossroads turn right into "Obere Rheinstraße", on which we drive to the dam.

We cycle back to the mainland and continue straight ahead on Kindlebildstraße, then turn right into Fürstenbergstraße, which in its course becomes Wollmatinger Straße. After a long right turn we pass Zähringer Platz and finally reach Theodor-Heuss-Straße, which then meets Mainaustraße and brings us back to our starting point, the Rhine bridge.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train to Constance.

Getting there

B98 to exit Kreuz Hegau, continue on the country road to Constance

Parking

There are signposted parking spaces in Constance

Coordinates

DD
47.669036, 9.174525
DMS
47°40'08.5"N 9°10'28.3"E
UTM
32T 513101 5279530
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Equipment

Eat, drink, if necessary rain protection, if necessary backpack/pouches for vegetable or fruit shopping

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Rating

3.8
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Rolf Strate 
July 20, 2020 · Community
Schöne und lohnenswerte Tour.
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Luisa Kl
January 08, 2018 · Community
Sehr schöne Tour für zwischendurch! Gut machbar in 2 Stunden. Sobald man den Stadtverkehr hinter sich hat beginnt ein toller Weg auf dem Damm zur Reichenau. Auf der Insel wird größtenteils auf Radwegen gefahren, nur wenige male auf der Straße. Super Tour für Einsteiger und Familien!
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When did you do this route? January 08, 2018
Claudia Heinen 
April 29, 2017 · Community
Ausser dem Teil auf der Reichenau ist Tour nicht besonders schön...
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moderate
Distance
28.8 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
47 m
Descent
35 m
Highest point
434 m
Lowest point
393 m
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