2 Rhine Route
2 Rhine Route

Cycling in Switzerland

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Rhine Route

Stage 4, Buchs (SG)–St. Margrethen

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Rhine Route

The St.Gallen Rhine Valley is an area where you often enjoy a warm wind. A lot of new land was created when the course of the Alpine Rhine was corrected here, land which ultimately turned into Europe’s largest freshwater delta with a rich and varied birdlife.
The bustling regional centre of Buchs is followed by «Switzerland’s smallest town». Werdenberg has a population of just 60. It also has the country’s oldest settlement of wooden buildings. You can’t help but stop and enjoy the little lake and the picturesque village in the background. Surrounded by luscious fields and by the Alvier Group and the Kreuzberg mountains you continue in the direction of Schlosswald. Except for the riverside forests, this is the only remaining forest in the St. Gallen Rhine Valley. One wonders if people ever considered what the aftermath of so much clearing might bring.

It feels terrific to look down from the embankment and see the 1320 km Rhine River. For bike riders steaming in the hot sun it is difficult to find a shady spot along the Alpine Rhine. Unlike the local wildlife for which an interconnected habitat system was created over a period of decades, consisting of grassland, small bodies of water and groves of wood. Wildlife movements across the river and the highway are made possible with «stepping stone biotopes» between the Rhine area and low-level moors on the valley floor and the highway bridge with visual barriers.

It is possible that the name Diepoldsau sounds familiar. What was it again? In 1923 the course of the Rhine was shortened with the so-called Diepoldsau breakthrough, creating the Old Rhine with its lovely loop near Diepoldsau. Today, it is divided into four sections that are connected by small creeks. Any excess water runs down a chute into the Diepoldsau channel below. Austria and Switzerland signed the International Rhine Regulation (IRR) treaty as early as 1892. Its main purpose is the flood control on approximately 30 km between the mouth of the Ill near Rüthi (St. Gallen) and the area leading up to Lake Constance.

You know the lake is close as soon as you see some kind of contraption in the sky: it’s a Zeppelin. Customs stations remind you that the neighbours are very close. Just a short while ago you peeked into the Principality of Liechtenstein and now it’s Austria on the other side of the Rhine. As soon as you leave the Rhine embankment and head for St. Margrethen it’s over with peace and tranquillity. The Rheinpark, currently the largest shopping centre in eastern Switzerland, is located directly on the highway.
The St.Gallen Rhine Valley is an area where you often enjoy a warm wind. A lot of new land was created when the course of the Alpine Rhine was corrected here, land which ultimately turned into Europe’s largest freshwater delta with a rich and varied birdlife.
The bustling regional centre of Buchs is followed by «Switzerland’s smallest town». Werdenberg has a population of just 60. It also has the country’s oldest settlement of wooden buildings. You can’t help but stop and enjoy the little lake and the picturesque village in the background. Surrounded by luscious fields and by the Alvier Group and the Kreuzberg mountains you continue in the direction of Schlosswald. Except for the riverside forests, this is the only remaining forest in the St. Gallen Rhine Valley. One wonders if people ever considered what the aftermath of so much clearing might bring.

It feels terrific to look down from the embankment and see the 1320 km Rhine River. For bike riders steaming in the hot sun it is difficult to find a shady spot along the Alpine Rhine. Unlike the local wildlife for which an interconnected habitat system was created over a period of decades, consisting of grassland, small bodies of water and groves of wood. Wildlife movements across the river and the highway are made possible with «stepping stone biotopes» between the Rhine area and low-level moors on the valley floor and the highway bridge with visual barriers.

It is possible that the name Diepoldsau sounds familiar. What was it again? In 1923 the course of the Rhine was shortened with the so-called Diepoldsau breakthrough, creating the Old Rhine with its lovely loop near Diepoldsau. Today, it is divided into four sections that are connected by small creeks. Any excess water runs down a chute into the Diepoldsau channel below. Austria and Switzerland signed the International Rhine Regulation (IRR) treaty as early as 1892. Its main purpose is the flood control on approximately 30 km between the mouth of the Ill near Rüthi (St. Gallen) and the area leading up to Lake Constance.

You know the lake is close as soon as you see some kind of contraption in the sky: it’s a Zeppelin. Customs stations remind you that the neighbours are very close. Just a short while ago you peeked into the Principality of Liechtenstein and now it’s Austria on the other side of the Rhine. As soon as you leave the Rhine embankment and head for St. Margrethen it’s over with peace and tranquillity. The Rheinpark, currently the largest shopping centre in eastern Switzerland, is located directly on the highway.
42 km
Asphalted: 36 km
Natural surface: 6 km
160 m | 200 m
easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Buchs SG
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Hints

Hint
Beware: unmanned border crossing at St. Margrethen: crossing permitted during day only and with identification

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel St. Margrethen
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Services

Accommodation

Jugendherberge Schaan-Vaduz
Jugendherberge Schaan-Vaduz
Schaan
Hotel Buchserhof
Hotel Buchserhof
Buchs SG
B+B Starennest
B+B Starennest
Werdenberg
Dorfengrabenhof
Dorfengrabenhof
Grabs
BnB Vorburg
BnB Vorburg
Gams
Bed & Breakfast Haag
Bed & Breakfast Haag
Haag (Rheintal)
Martin + Barbara Siegrist
Martin + Barbara Siegrist
Sennwald
Berggasthaus Staubern
Berggasthaus Staubern
Frümsen
Hundsteinhütte SAC
Hundsteinhütte SAC
Schwende
Landgasthof Rössle
Landgasthof Rössle
Ruggell
Steigmatt
Steigmatt
Montlingen
Casa Margerita
Casa Margerita
Oberriet
Hotel Rhy
Hotel Rhy
Oberriet
Hotel Profi’s / Die Zimmer
Hotel Profi’s / Die Zimmer
Diepoldsau
Hotel Paul’s
Hotel Paul’s
Widnau
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Bookable offers

2 Rhine Route Andermatt - Rorschach
2 Rhine Route Andermatt - Rorschach
Lake Constance - Lago Maggiore
Lake Constance - Lago Maggiore
2 Rhine Route: Vorderrhein & Rhine Valley
2 Rhine Route: Vorderrhein & Rhine Valley
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Places

Buchs SG
Buchs SG
Malbun SG
Malbun SG
Sennwald
Sennwald
Ruggell (FL)
Ruggell (FL)
St. Margrethen
St. Margrethen
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Places of interest

Buchs falconry park
Buchs falconry park
Lanes to alps and bridge on Grabser-Berg
Lanes to alps and bridge on Grabser-Berg
Palace and village of Werdenberg
Palace and village of Werdenberg
Hoher Kasten revolving restaurant
Hoher Kasten revolving restaurant
Kobelwald crystal cave
Kobelwald crystal cave
Heldsberg fortress museum
Heldsberg fortress museum
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Swimming

Outdoor swimming baths Widnau
Outdoor swimming baths Widnau
Mineral Health Spa St.Margrethen
Mineral Health Spa St.Margrethen
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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