Heidelberg and Lake Constance

From £949 per person // 8 days
Combine two of Germany's hidden gems with a holiday to historic Heidelberg and the pretty resort town of Lindau on the shores of Lake Constance. Your return rail journey will also take you to Augsburg in Bavaria, one of Germany's oldest cities.

Heidelberg and Lake Constance

From £949 per person // 8 days
The Essentials
  • The historic university town of Heidelberg
  • The island resort of Lindau
  • Lake Constance: Four countries, one lake
  • Return journey via Augsburg with its medieval centre
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  • Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
  • 7 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
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Suggested Itinerary

Heidelberg and Lake Constance

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 a leisurely breakfast in your hotel this morning, return to the station for a direct train service to Augsburg.

When you arrive in Augsburg, make your way to the Steinberger Drei Mohren (or similar) for an overnight stay. You’ll be within easy walking distance of Augsburg’s historic core, featuring the 11th-century St. Mary’s cathedral, the onion-domed Sankt Ulrich und Afra abbey and some lovely medieval guild houses.

Leave Augsburg today and take the train to Frankfurt for the ICE service into Brussels. From here, join the Eurostar for your last rail journey back to London.


Typical hotels on this itinerary

Heidelberg and Lake Constance
Crowne Plaza Heidelberg

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.

Bayerischer Hof

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.

Steigenberger Drei Mohren

The Steigenberger Drei Mohren is an historic property located in the centre of Augsburg. Individually decorated bedrooms are furnished with flat-screen TVs, a minibar and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi access. The hotel also boasts a restaurant with a show kitchen and relaxing bar as well as a spa area with a range of beauty treatments available to book.


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These prices are based on two people sharing a twin or double room. Single supplements will apply for sole occupancy. It is based on Standard Class rail travel and includes seat reservations as necessary. It is based on the best fares on the trains. If you travel during a peak period, particularly at short notice, then supplements may apply.

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