5 Mittelland Route
5 Mittelland Route
5 Mittelland Route
5 Mittelland Route
5 Mittelland Route
5 Mittelland Route

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Mittelland Route

Stage 1, Romanshorn–Wil (SG)

Route report
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Mittelland Route

Gently rolling landscape in the Upper Thurgau region: The area jokingly referred to as “Cider India” is teeming with apples and pears. Therefore, a canning factory in lovely Bischofszell is not an unexpected sight. The meadowlands are smaller by far than they used to be, but with the same interesting qualities.
Sparkling Lake Constance is magical, but once you leave Romanshorn, you quickly plunge into a sea of fruit farms. Especially in the spring, when they are in full bloom, they are a feast for the eyes! Hagenwil Castle is another pretty sight. Built in the early 13th century, it is still considered to be an insider tip despite the castle festival. The moorland region coming up is probably also relatively unknown. It’s best to park the bike near the grilling station at the edge of the nature preserve and walk in to where you hear the frogs croaking. Birds, butterflies and dragonflies are dancing around the former peat extraction area of about 30 hectares. Fauna and flora can be appreciated up close from the paths leading through the nature preserve. A bit eerie, especially on a foggy morning...

The route crosses the Sitter near the Leutswil campground, but it can be spotted earlier from the Wilen hamlet higher up. It merges with the Thur River in the attractive town of Bischofszell. The old crooked Thur bridge (off the bike route) is an interesting place. It was built in the late Middle Ages and has eight arches. It is Switzerland’s longest preserved medieval bridge of natural stone. You will also pass eye-catching half-timbered houses now and then. And let’s not forget Mount Säntis: the highest mountain in the Alpstein region (2500 m) is clearly visible at times, and sometimes it hides behind the clouds.

The kingfishers and herons in the amphibian spawning area in the Thur meadowlands have no reason to hide and the beavers will not appear until dusk anyhow. In the Thurauen Nature Centre you can find fascinating details about riverside and rain forests. With the sounds of the highway on your left and the rushing of the Thur River on your right you pedal along the highway until you get to Wil, a lovely, oval-shaped town with a slightly elevated centre. Wil is also called “the gate to the Lower Toggenburg region”.
Gently rolling landscape in the Upper Thurgau region: The area jokingly referred to as “Cider India” is teeming with apples and pears. Therefore, a canning factory in lovely Bischofszell is not an unexpected sight. The meadowlands are smaller by far than they used to be, but with the same interesting qualities.
Sparkling Lake Constance is magical, but once you leave Romanshorn, you quickly plunge into a sea of fruit farms. Especially in the spring, when they are in full bloom, they are a feast for the eyes! Hagenwil Castle is another pretty sight. Built in the early 13th century, it is still considered to be an insider tip despite the castle festival. The moorland region coming up is probably also relatively unknown. It’s best to park the bike near the grilling station at the edge of the nature preserve and walk in to where you hear the frogs croaking. Birds, butterflies and dragonflies are dancing around the former peat extraction area of about 30 hectares. Fauna and flora can be appreciated up close from the paths leading through the nature preserve. A bit eerie, especially on a foggy morning...

The route crosses the Sitter near the Leutswil campground, but it can be spotted earlier from the Wilen hamlet higher up. It merges with the Thur River in the attractive town of Bischofszell. The old crooked Thur bridge (off the bike route) is an interesting place. It was built in the late Middle Ages and has eight arches. It is Switzerland’s longest preserved medieval bridge of natural stone. You will also pass eye-catching half-timbered houses now and then. And let’s not forget Mount Säntis: the highest mountain in the Alpstein region (2500 m) is clearly visible at times, and sometimes it hides behind the clouds.

The kingfishers and herons in the amphibian spawning area in the Thur meadowlands have no reason to hide and the beavers will not appear until dusk anyhow. In the Thurauen Nature Centre you can find fascinating details about riverside and rain forests. With the sounds of the highway on your left and the rushing of the Thur River on your right you pedal along the highway until you get to Wil, a lovely, oval-shaped town with a slightly elevated centre. Wil is also called “the gate to the Lower Toggenburg region”.
36 km
Asphalted: 24 km
Natural surface: 12 km
420 m | 240 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Romanshorn
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Arrival / return travel Wil
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Services

Accommodation

Jugendherberge Romanshorn
Jugendherberge Romanshorn
Romanshorn
Park-Hotel Inseli
Park-Hotel Inseli
Romanshorn
B&B Marlenes Paradiesli
B&B Marlenes Paradiesli
Steinebrunn
Biohof-Enderlin
Biohof-Enderlin
Winden
Camping Seehorn
Camping Seehorn
Egnach
Landgasthof Seelust
Landgasthof Seelust
Egnach
Strohhotel Bodensee
Strohhotel Bodensee
Arbon
Rehalp
Rehalp
Bischofszell
Hotel & Taverne zur Linde
Hotel & Taverne zur Linde
Bischofszell
Hotel Pension „Im Dorf“
Hotel Pension „Im Dorf“
Zuzwil SG
Hotel Schwanen
Hotel Schwanen
Wil SG
Hotel Münchwilen
Hotel Münchwilen
Münchwilen TG
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Bookable offers

5 Mittelland Route Romanshorn - Lausanne
5 Mittelland Route Romanshorn - Lausanne
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Places

Romanshorn
Romanshorn
Amriswil
Amriswil
Bischofszell
Bischofszell
Wil SG
Wil SG
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Places of interest

Lake Constance and cruises
Lake Constance and cruises
Locorama - Railway adventure park
Locorama - Railway adventure park
Pumptrack am See, Salmsach
Pumptrack am See, Salmsach
Hagenwil castle and moat
Hagenwil castle and moat
Thurbrücke Bischofszell
Thurbrücke Bischofszell
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Swimming

Beach bathing place Wiedehorn Egnach
Beach bathing place Wiedehorn Egnach
Bischofszell outdoor swimming baths
Bischofszell outdoor swimming baths
Outdoor baths Uzwil
Outdoor baths Uzwil
Park bathing place an der Murg Münchwilen
Park bathing place an der Murg Münchwilen
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