Bodensee - Königssee Radweg (BKR) is a 400 km tour from
Lindau (Bodensee) to Königssee (near Berchtesgaden). The
BKR crosses the beautiful and varied German Allgäu and Oberbayern
regions. The signposted route follows quiet minor roads (Landstrassen)
and forest roads. Unpaved, but good quality roads are no exception
(approximately 10% of the distance). These roads are not advisable
for racing bikes.
Although the height difference between the Bodensee and Königssee
is only 200 meters a total of more than 4000 meters have to be
climbed. By far the largest part of the route goes up- and downhill.
Steep (>10%) gradients are occasionally met. The BKR requires
a good physical condition and a bike with a sufficiently low gearing.
The BKR is reasonably well signposted in both directions, but
occasionally signs are missing, obscured or illogically positioned.
The use of a map is a must. The best choice is the "Bodensee-Königssee-Radtourenbuch
und Karte" published by Esterbauer Verlag (BikeLine series).
Excellent maps (1:50.000); text in German. See: www.esterbauer.com.
Details about our 6 day Bodensee - Königssee trip are given
on a separate page.
Through Austria back to the Bodensee. A not-signposted route
through Tirol and Vorarlberg. We have looked for scenic and (relatively)
quite roads. These conditions (happily) forced us to incorporate
five (sub)alpine passes: Hirschbichl (1183 m), Kühtaisattel
(2020 m), Hahntennjoch (1894 m), Hochtannbergpass (1679 m) and
Losenpass (1148 m). Together almost 6000 meters of climbing.
Finally, we have added a relaxing roundtrip along a part of the
Bodensee (from Hard, near Bregenz, via Konstanz to Lindau) .
Details about this 8 day trip are given on separate pages 2 and 3
For the Austrian part of the tour we have used maps of: Freytag
& Berndt and Kompass
Karten GmbH. The detailed descriptions give the names of the
THE TOUR IN FIGURES.
Full tour: 14 days (+
1 day rest at Köningssee); 914 km; 10,635 m uphill; 58h34'
Hergensweiler * - Königssee = 413 km; 4,405 m uphill.
Königssee - Hard (Bodensee, Austria) = 380 km; 5,857 m uphill
Bodensee roundtrip (Hard - Konstanz *** - Lindau) = 107 km; 253
* Lindau - Hergensweiler = 14 km; 120 m uphill
(we have cycled this part at the final day of the tour).
** without Bodensee roundtrip the shortenst route from Hard,
via Bregenz to Lindau = 15 km.
*** ferry from Konstanz to Meersburg.
- distance per day: 65 km (shortest dist. at day 8: 46 km;
longest dist. at day 9: 90 km);
- cycling per day: 4h10min (min. at day 8: 3h15min; max at
dat 12: 5h27min);
- climbing: 760 m per day (min. at day 14: 105 hm; max. at
day 12: 1,721 hm);
- speed: 15.6 km/h (min. at day 12: 11.2 km/h; max. at day
9: 18.5 km/h).