Heidelberg and Lake Constance
- 8 Days
- From £899
- The historic university town of Heidelberg
- The island resort of Lindau
- Lake Constance: Four countries, one lake
- Return journey via Koblenz at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle River
- Decide when you would like to travel
- Adapt the route to suit your plans
- Upgrade hotels and rail journeys
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
- 7 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- City maps and comprehensive directions to your hotels
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
Leave London mid-morning and take high-speed trains via Brussels and Frankfurt, arriving into Heidelberg in time for dinner. On arrival, check in for a 3-night stay at the Crowne Plaza Heidelberg (or similar).
Heidelberg is one of Europe’s oldest university towns, boasting a beautiful riverside setting, a hilltop castle and a lovely Baroque Old Town, which, unlike many German cities, survived WW2 almost intact.
Enjoy a full day exploring Heidelberg which, in the 18th and 19th centuries, inspired painters and poets such as Goethe, Mark Twain and J M W Turner.
We recommend a wander around the Altstadt and castle, a climb up to the Philosophenweg (Philosopher’s Walk) across the bridge from the Old Town or a boat cruise along the Neckar River. In the evening, the Marktplatz is a great place for dinner or simply people-watching with a local beer.
Spend a last morning in Heidelberg before returning to the station for a lunchtime departure to Lindau. This journey takes you via Ulm with its distinctive towering cathedral (the tallest in the world) and the shores of Lake Constance before arriving into Lindau in the mid-afternoon.
On arrival, check in at the conveniently located Bayerischer Hof hotel (or similar), just across from the main station. From here, the stunning harbour (pictured) is easily accessible.
There’s plenty to do in this picturesque corner of Germany. As well as exploring the walkable centre of Lindau itself, you can also take a boat out onto the lake and visit other interesting destinations such as Konstanz, Friedrichshafen (home to the fascinating Zeppelin Museum) and Bregenz, over the border into Austria.
Another not to be missed attraction is the flower island of Mainau (pictured) with its year-round magical display of flowers. If you fancy stretching your legs, there are some stunning walking trails on offer, taking you along the lakefront and up into the surrounding hills.
After breakfast in your hotel this morning, return to the station for a train to Stuttgart. A quick change here and you’ll be on the service to Koblenz, the last hour of which takes you along the banks of the Rhine, past hilltop castles and vineyards.
When you arrive in Koblenz, make your way to the GHotel & Living (or similar) for an overnight stay. If the weather is fine, you can walk from here along the Rhine to the famous Deutsches Eck, where the river meets up with the Moselle. There are some lovely beer gardens to choose from along the way.
Leave Koblenz today and take the train back to Cologne for the ICE service into Brussels. From here, join the Eurostar for your last rail journey back to London.
TMR RECOMMENDS: Extend your stay in Koblenz or perhaps allow time for lunch in the Rhineland city of Cologne and leave later for your onward journey to Brussels and London.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
This modern, stylish hotel offers comfortable accommodation and excellent facilities, all within 5 minutes’ walk of Heidelberg’s historic Old Town. Bedrooms feature air-conditioning, satellite TV and tea & coffee making facilities. There is also an indoor swiming pool and well-equipped gym facilities.
Lindau’s premier hotel located right on the waterfront, this palatial hotel is an ideal getaway on the shores of Lake Constance. It’s also just steps away from the main station. Guests can take a pleasant drink on the terrace or a delicious meal in the hotel’s fantastic restaurant. The Babor Beauty Spa offers beauty treatments along with saunas, a steam room and a caldarium.
Conveniently located behind the main station, the GHotel & Living offers easy access to the attractions of Koblenz. This modern non-smoking hotel features comfortable, air-conditioned bedrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access and a friendly bar, where you can also buy light snacks.