Bike Ride near Mainau Island

This easy, well-marked bike path is a good option for families and a fun add-on to a Mainau Island visit. You can’t ride your bikes inside Mainau Island, but you certainly can on the path just outside the park, which is a small part of the very long Bodenseeradweg, which circles the whole Lake Constance, aka Bodensee. This section is 6.5 km (one way) from Mainau Island to Wallhausen, sometimes on dirt paths through fields and other times on road through quiet neighborhoods. The round trip was just the right length for our seven year old, who is just starting to ride with confidence. The trail is mostly flat, with some small hills that did require changing gears. The path passes a few lake swimming areas and picnic areas, ending at Strandbad Klausenhorn, that has a very large grassy area on the lake, a large playground, and cafe. So there are lots of distractions and opportunities to play along the way. We also ridden other sections of the Bodenseeradweg, including Kreuzlingen to Romanshorn to Rohrschach, which I write about in this post.

Car: ~1hr from ZH Trail: 6.5km one way Restaurant: yes
Train/Bus: yes, along bus line Difficulty: easy Picnic: yes
Cost: free Stroller: yes Fire Pit: yes
Season: year round Theme: no Playground: yes

Overview

This bike path starts at the parking of Mainau Island and heads north to the Klausenhorn and Wallhausen swimming areas. There is bus service on the main road between these locations. Most of the path is on lightly traveled roads with a view of the lake. Near the start, there is picnic area with fire pits and playground.

Getting There

You can start anywhere along the Bodenseeragweg, but we started biking from the Mainau Island parking lot. So drive to Mainau Island (78465 Insel Mainau, Germany), using the above map for directions, and park in the paid lot. Buses from Konstanz drop off directly at Mainau and the bus line runs parallel to the bike path so you can always take the bus back to your car if you need to cut your trip short.

You can rent bikes in Konstanz and either ride all the way to Mainau or perhaps take your bikes on the bus to Mainau and start your ride there. I haven’t taken my bike on the bus in Germany, so I can’t advise you on that.

Let’s assume you have somehow gotten your family and your bikes to the Mainau parking lot. Good job! Remember you can’t ride bikes on Mainau Island itself. But the bike path passes directly in front of the park, near where you buy tickets. Head north on the path and follow the bike path signs which are plentiful. Sometimes you’ll just see the small blue circle but it’s pretty obvious.

Below is the very start of the ride as you leave Mainau. The path is frequented by all sorts: walkers, runners, little kids on scooters and small bikes, families, and serious long-distance cyclists

The path starts through fields like this. It was pretty in April, but I’m sure it’s even prettier in summer when all the trees are full and green.

All the turns are clearly marked with directional signs. You won’t get lost.

After a couple km, there is a small picnic area with a view of the lake, but no fire pit. You’ll also pass at least two campgrounds with swimming areas and cafes: Strandbad Litzelstetten and Seepark Fliesshorn.

One of the cute houses along the way.

Now for our real reason for this bike ride: to take a picture of us with the Dingelsdorf sign. What a silly name! At this point, the path goes through a quiet neighborhood with no separate bike lane. There were a few cars, but the speed limit is 30 and it was pretty safe.

A quick scoot through the town of Dingelsdorf, then on a tree-lined road to Strandbad Klausenhorn.

Below is Strandbad Klausenhorn, which is a large grassy park by the lake, no entrance fee. We were there in early April, so it looks a little barren and the water level was low. In summer, the part where we are standing is underwater and people swim here.

This is the playground at Strandbad Klausenhorn. There is a cafe/kiosk near the playground, serving snacks, ice cream and hot food during meal times.

Looking further north up the lake shoreline from Klausenhorn, where you’ll find Strandbad Wallhausen just a few hundred meters away. For a complete list of all swimming areas on the lake, see www.freizeit-bodensee.com.

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