2 Rhine Route
2 Rhine Route

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Rhine Route

Stage 6, Kreuzlingen–Schaffhausen

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Rhine Route

The lovely scenery on Lower Lake Constance attracts many well-known guests. Thousands of tourists visit the ornate town of Stein am Rhein every year as well as the most powerful waterfall in Europe, the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen.
Around Kreuzlingen, where we are starting today, you seem to cross the border all the time: the lake dwellings of Unteruhldingen, Mainau Island, and the small medieval town of Meersburg are all drawing countless tourists. The pretty Tägermoos area is known for its onions, which have been cultivated here since the 18th century. Also, the grape variety «Müller-Thurgau», a crossing between Riesling and Madeleine Royale, was developed by a man named Herrmann Müller from Tägerwilen. Passing well-tended family residences we soon reach Ermatingen with its old fisherman’s homes and picturesque half-timbered houses with steep gabled roofs, before we get to Arenenberg Castle. Emperor Napoleon III spent his youth there and now the castle houses the Napoleon Museum. Another amazing thing to experience is the solar ferry near Mannenbach, which takes the visitors to the largest island in Lake Constance without a sound. Reichenau Island with the Reichenau monastery, a former Benedictine abbey, is a UNESCO world heritage site. As you continue your tour you may want to nosh on currants, pears or apples, while you watch the «thurbo» regional train cheerfully traveling through the Thurgau area.

The ride through the towns of Berlingen and Steckborn with their pretty half-timbered homes is equally pleasant. The Bernina factory was founded in 1983 and makes the world-famous sewing machines. Sewing and embroidery machines are being developed in Steckborn to this day. And talking about famous: Hermann Hesse once lived in Gaienhofen, on the German side of Lower Lake Constance. And then there is the small town of Stein am Rhein. This gem of a town with its stunning city gates, the frescoed stone houses and the handsome half-timbered homes is situated where the Rhine flows out of Lake Constance. If you wish to travel back to the time around 1850 you have to visit the Lindwurm Museum. And when you’ve had enough of the hustle and bustle, continue in the direction of Schaffhausen.

The “Bibermüli“, a meadowland of national importance, is a much more peaceful place. It is followed by a lovely forest and some uphill climbs, before you reach the shores of the Rhine in the German town of Gailingen. After crossing the border a number of times, you are finally in Schaffhausen. At the time it was founded, its name was «Scafhusun», derived from the Old High German «scafa», meaning ship. You’re sure to enjoy the old trading centre with the awesome castle and the picturesque old town.
The lovely scenery on Lower Lake Constance attracts many well-known guests. Thousands of tourists visit the ornate town of Stein am Rhein every year as well as the most powerful waterfall in Europe, the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen.
Around Kreuzlingen, where we are starting today, you seem to cross the border all the time: the lake dwellings of Unteruhldingen, Mainau Island, and the small medieval town of Meersburg are all drawing countless tourists. The pretty Tägermoos area is known for its onions, which have been cultivated here since the 18th century. Also, the grape variety «Müller-Thurgau», a crossing between Riesling and Madeleine Royale, was developed by a man named Herrmann Müller from Tägerwilen. Passing well-tended family residences we soon reach Ermatingen with its old fisherman’s homes and picturesque half-timbered houses with steep gabled roofs, before we get to Arenenberg Castle. Emperor Napoleon III spent his youth there and now the castle houses the Napoleon Museum. Another amazing thing to experience is the solar ferry near Mannenbach, which takes the visitors to the largest island in Lake Constance without a sound. Reichenau Island with the Reichenau monastery, a former Benedictine abbey, is a UNESCO world heritage site. As you continue your tour you may want to nosh on currants, pears or apples, while you watch the «thurbo» regional train cheerfully traveling through the Thurgau area.

The ride through the towns of Berlingen and Steckborn with their pretty half-timbered homes is equally pleasant. The Bernina factory was founded in 1983 and makes the world-famous sewing machines. Sewing and embroidery machines are being developed in Steckborn to this day. And talking about famous: Hermann Hesse once lived in Gaienhofen, on the German side of Lower Lake Constance. And then there is the small town of Stein am Rhein. This gem of a town with its stunning city gates, the frescoed stone houses and the handsome half-timbered homes is situated where the Rhine flows out of Lake Constance. If you wish to travel back to the time around 1850 you have to visit the Lindwurm Museum. And when you’ve had enough of the hustle and bustle, continue in the direction of Schaffhausen.

The “Bibermüli“, a meadowland of national importance, is a much more peaceful place. It is followed by a lovely forest and some uphill climbs, before you reach the shores of the Rhine in the German town of Gailingen. After crossing the border a number of times, you are finally in Schaffhausen. At the time it was founded, its name was «Scafhusun», derived from the Old High German «scafa», meaning ship. You’re sure to enjoy the old trading centre with the awesome castle and the picturesque old town.
48 km
Asphalted: 40 km
Natural surface: 8 km
400 m | 400 m
easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Kreuzlingen
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Hint
Beware: unmanned border crossing between Stein am Rhein and Schaffhausen: crossing permitted during day only and with identification.
Excursion Rheinschifffahrt (cruise)
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Excursion Rheinschifffahrt (cruise)
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Stein URh–Schaffhausen URh
or
Schaffhausen URh–Stein URh
Reason: boat trip on undammed, naturally flowing river.
Cycle transport: limited space for bikes; no obligation to transport, groups reservation necessary URh, Tel. 052 634 08 88, special ticket required.
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Excursion Untersee
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Excursion Untersee
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Kreuzlingen Hafen (See)–Stein URh
or
Stein URh–Kreuzlingen Hafen (See)
Reason: excursion to Untersee.
Cycle transport: limited space for bikes; no obligation to transport, groups reservation necessary URh, tel. 052 634 08 88, special ticket required.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Schaffhausen
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Services

Accommodation

Jugendherberge Kreuzlingen
Jugendherberge Kreuzlingen
Kreuzlingen
Sporthotel Bodensee-Arena
Sporthotel Bodensee-Arena
Kreuzlingen
JUCKERs Boutique-Hotel | Restaurant Linde
JUCKERs Boutique-Hotel | Restaurant Linde
Tägerwilen
Hotel Frohsinn
Hotel Frohsinn
Steckborn
B&B Freudenberg
B&B Freudenberg
Hörhausen
Camping Guldifuss
Camping Guldifuss
Mammern
Gasthaus Hecht
Gasthaus Hecht
Mammern
Anni’s Bn+B
Anni’s Bn+B
Eschenz
Jugendherberge Stein am Rhein
Jugendherberge Stein am Rhein
Stein am Rhein
Campingplatz Wagenhausen
Campingplatz Wagenhausen
Wagenhausen
Bolderhof
Bolderhof
Hemishofen
Hotel Hirschen
Hotel Hirschen
Ramsen
Eselhof Säge
Eselhof Säge
Buch SH
Jugendherberge Schaffhausen
Jugendherberge Schaffhausen
Schaffhausen
Best Western Plus Hotel Bahnhof
Best Western Plus Hotel Bahnhof
Schaffhausen
Gasthaus Löwen
Gasthaus Löwen
Schaffhausen
arcona Living Schaffhausen
arcona Living Schaffhausen
Schaffhausen
happy people B+B
happy people B+B
Uhwiesen
Hotel-Restaurant Baumgarten
Hotel-Restaurant Baumgarten
Benken ZH
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Bookable offers

2 Rhine Route Highlights
2 Rhine Route Highlights
2 Rhine Route Andermatt - Rorschach
2 Rhine Route Andermatt - Rorschach
Lake Constance cycling holidays
Lake Constance cycling holidays
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Places

Kreuzlingen/Konstanz
Kreuzlingen/Konstanz
Steckborn
Steckborn
Stein am Rhein
Stein am Rhein
Diessenhofen
Diessenhofen
Schaffhausen
Schaffhausen
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Places of interest

Seeburg Park and Seeburg Castle
Seeburg Park and Seeburg Castle
Seemuseum Kreuzlingen
Seemuseum Kreuzlingen
Napoleon museum, Schloss Arenenberg
Napoleon museum, Schloss Arenenberg
Hohenklingen Fortress
Hohenklingen Fortress
Klostermuseum St.Georgen
Klostermuseum St.Georgen
Old town Stein am Rhein
Old town Stein am Rhein
The Hochrhein
The Hochrhein
Munot Fortress
Munot Fortress
Museum zu Allerheiligen
Museum zu Allerheiligen
Old Town Schaffhausen
Old Town Schaffhausen
The Rhine Falls
The Rhine Falls
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Swimming

Lido Espi Stein am Rhein
Lido Espi Stein am Rhein
Steiner Riipark
Steiner Riipark
KSS Freizeitpark Schaffhausen
KSS Freizeitpark Schaffhausen
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Signalization

Signalization
For cycling, follow the logo indicated on the red signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
Signalization