The Bodensee-Konigsee route is lovely and scenic, but definitely not the shortest way across southern Germany. It winds up and down through the foothills of the Alps, around lakes, follows dirt roads and tracks through forest and narrow farmers’ lanes through wheat fields. I took a couple shortcuts to avoid some of the longest detours, but enjoyed wandering through the rest, wild camping in the forest with no need for a tent one night, waking up another morning to watch the sun rise over Neuschwanstein castle.
Near the end of the route I stayed a couple nights with Warmshowers’ hosts Sabine and Ulf who try to live an alternative, eco-friendly lifestyle in the middle of Bavaria’s conservative, small-town culture. I caught them in a moment of transition as they prepared to move to the northern city of Hanover, but they were gracious and welcoming nonetheless.
From Sabine and Ulf’s house it was a half-day’s ride to Bodensee (Lake Constance) at the border with Austria and Switzerland.