CYCLING LAKE CONSTANCE DAY 4 – Willkommen in Osterreich!

Water, greenery, snow, alps and sun.

Water, greenery, snow, alps, sun and a car-free cycle path.

One of the pathetic little attractions of this circum-lake-ution for those who keep count of countries they’ve cycled in (yes, I’m afraid I really do) is the chance to cross lots of borders. We’ve managed three so far, will do another two tomorrow, and we’ll rack up ten by the time we’ve slipped into Liechtenstein and back, as we’re planning to do on Friday.

No passport is required, so no extra stamps are handed out, I’m afraid.

Today we’ve pedalled 55km from Germany to Hochst in Austria and I could add Switzerland to the count in less than five minutes if I chose. The border is that close but…nah, we were there two days ago, so it can wait until tomorrow.

Today began with a ride on country lanes, through field and forest, apple orchards and strawberry farms, sharing the cycle path with families wobbling behind Papa dinking the youngest, lycra-clad mountain-bikers, high school girls in giggling groups and older couples zipping past on his and hers on electric bikes.

An arty shot, I know. The flower farm had arranged the pots so perfectly.

An arty shot, I know. The flower farm had arranged the pots so perfectly.

Our first port of call was Lindau, the former island, now connected to the mainland by road and rail.

Lindau looks quiet from this angle, but...

Lindau looks quiet from this angle.

Lindau Harbour. The boats coming and going these days are nearly all tour ships, though it's still worth watching them.

Lindau Harbour. The boats coming and going these days are nearly all carrying tourists, though they’re still entertaining to cyclists, especially with those alps behind them.

Thousands of others following our route roll into Lindau each day.

Thousands of others following our route roll into Lindau each day…

There are still some quiet alleyways in Lindau's Altstadt.

…but there are still some quiet alleyways in Lindau’s Altstadt.

From Lindau it was less than ten kilometres around the water’s edge to Bregenz, over the Austrian border.

We crossed the Rhine, with the alps as a background.

We crossed the Rhine, with the alps as a background.

Bregenz is noted for the gondola that takes visitors up the hill. It's not supposed to have other claims to fame, but...

Bregenz is noted for the gondola that takes visitors up the hill. It’s not supposed to have other claims to fame, but…

...it does a good apfelstrudel mit eis and...

…it does a good apfelstrudel mit eis and…

…preparations were being made for the annual opera spectacular presented on the lake in front of the town by Bregenzer Festspiele. Sets were being built and they looked spectacular, in a Disney on Ice sort of way.

I don't know how these chaps will fit into the story, but I wish I could see it.

I don’t know how these chaps will fit into the story, but I’d love to be there to find out.

Damn! This year’s Magic Flute doesn’t start for another two months.

The writer was the guest of Freedom Treks and was assisted by Bodensee Tourismus.

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3 responses to “CYCLING LAKE CONSTANCE DAY 4 – Willkommen in Osterreich!

  1. I’ve been resisting a clever “Ride Across Lake Constance” joke, but after “circum – lake – cution” I think I have permission for a reference at least. Nothing clever for me to say, but your “cycle around” is fantastic – great photography, beautiful scenery, interesting local colour and just-right commentary. Enjoy. Ken

    • Thanks Ken. I’ve been trying to work the Ride Across Lake Constance into a report, but I fear only you and I and two others would understand the reference. It’s a pity, because it’s a great concept.

  2. Oh, how beautiful! If I was cycling this route, I think I’d have to stop every couple of minutes to whip out my camera!

    As to that Apfelstrudel mit Eis – yummmmm!

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