2 Rhine Route
2 Rhine Route

Cycling in Switzerland

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Rhine Route

Stage 5, St. Margrethen–Kreuzlingen

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Rhine Route

Lake Constance, situated within the magical scenery of the Alpine foothills, is the soul of Europe. Despite a very active shore life, the ancient cultural landscape is still a peaceful area with interesting castles and large orchards.
On Lake Constance you feel like you have wings, but what you will have for sure is a tan. E-bike rentals are easy and available in many places. You’ll pedal effortlessly along the lake enjoying lots of sunshine. But not all is perfect on the bike path: you just passed a section closely following the water, and without warning a bypass takes you away, if only for a short while. Away from the paradise you imagined yourself in when you cruised through Europe’s largest freshwater delta.

Despite its channels, the Alpine Rhine is often considered to be a «wild torrent». Enormous quantities of sediments are constantly changing the area of the river mouth. This is how approximately two or three hectares of new land have been created every year for thousands of years. With lowland forests, wetland meadows and reeds the Rhine delta offers valuable living space to a wide variety of plants. Due to its ecological significance it is a wetland of international importance – and a fantastic section of this route for both walkers and bikers! The Saurer Museum in Arbon is also important, at least regionally. It is a delight for fans of vintage cars and for those interested in textile and embroidery machines of the first generation. The town began to boom in the 17th century with the production of linen. From the middle of the 19th century on, the Saurer factory’s positive impact on the local economy was significant, but the production of motors and embroidery machines was discontinued in 1987– a bitter end for the town on the Rhine.

Water, beaches, harbours, campgrounds, colourful flowers, ruddy shelducks, cormorants, laughing gulls, kingfishers, dunlins, sandpipers, and lots and lots of fruit – this is what you will find along the lake here, and sometimes even beautiful sunrises or sunsets. When the weekend is nice or during the summer holidays, there are plenty of visitors from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and elsewhere. And there is good reason: Nothing could be more pleasant than to pass through all the pretty towns in the Thurgau region, such as Egnach, Romanshorn, Uttwil, Kesswil, Güttingen, Münsterlingen and Kreuzlingen, the largest Swiss town on Lake Constance. The heart of Seeburgpark, the largest public nature park on Lake Constance, is Seeburg Castle, which has been under federal preservation protection since it was renovated in the 1980s. The castle is over 400 years old and currently houses a restaurant, a ballroom for events and offices of the University of Constance. Kreuzlingen and the neighbouring German town work closely on many community and technical projects.
Lake Constance, situated within the magical scenery of the Alpine foothills, is the soul of Europe. Despite a very active shore life, the ancient cultural landscape is still a peaceful area with interesting castles and large orchards.
On Lake Constance you feel like you have wings, but what you will have for sure is a tan. E-bike rentals are easy and available in many places. You’ll pedal effortlessly along the lake enjoying lots of sunshine. But not all is perfect on the bike path: you just passed a section closely following the water, and without warning a bypass takes you away, if only for a short while. Away from the paradise you imagined yourself in when you cruised through Europe’s largest freshwater delta.

Despite its channels, the Alpine Rhine is often considered to be a «wild torrent». Enormous quantities of sediments are constantly changing the area of the river mouth. This is how approximately two or three hectares of new land have been created every year for thousands of years. With lowland forests, wetland meadows and reeds the Rhine delta offers valuable living space to a wide variety of plants. Due to its ecological significance it is a wetland of international importance – and a fantastic section of this route for both walkers and bikers! The Saurer Museum in Arbon is also important, at least regionally. It is a delight for fans of vintage cars and for those interested in textile and embroidery machines of the first generation. The town began to boom in the 17th century with the production of linen. From the middle of the 19th century on, the Saurer factory’s positive impact on the local economy was significant, but the production of motors and embroidery machines was discontinued in 1987– a bitter end for the town on the Rhine.

Water, beaches, harbours, campgrounds, colourful flowers, ruddy shelducks, cormorants, laughing gulls, kingfishers, dunlins, sandpipers, and lots and lots of fruit – this is what you will find along the lake here, and sometimes even beautiful sunrises or sunsets. When the weekend is nice or during the summer holidays, there are plenty of visitors from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and elsewhere. And there is good reason: Nothing could be more pleasant than to pass through all the pretty towns in the Thurgau region, such as Egnach, Romanshorn, Uttwil, Kesswil, Güttingen, Münsterlingen and Kreuzlingen, the largest Swiss town on Lake Constance. The heart of Seeburgpark, the largest public nature park on Lake Constance, is Seeburg Castle, which has been under federal preservation protection since it was renovated in the 1980s. The castle is over 400 years old and currently houses a restaurant, a ballroom for events and offices of the University of Constance. Kreuzlingen and the neighbouring German town work closely on many community and technical projects.
64 km
Asphalted: 57 km
Natural surface: 7 km
280 m | 280 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel St. Margrethen
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Hints

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Note: This route goes across the border so you will need to have an ID card or a passport on you.

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Cycling tours near the water
The section between Rorschach and Kreuzlingen (36 km) is particularly attractive.

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Family cycling tours
The section between Rorschach and Romanshorn (16 km) is especially recommended with children.
To the Familiy tour Lake Constance

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Crossing Bodensee
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Crossing Bodensee
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Romanshorn Autoquai–Friedrichshafen Autoquai
or
Friedrichshafen Autoquai–Romanshorn Autoquai
Reason: continue on Bodensee Radweg.
Cycle transport: special ticket required.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Kreuzlingen
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Services

Accommodation

Eggen-Hof
Eggen-Hof
Walzenhausen
B&B Das Gasthaus
B&B Das Gasthaus
Rheineck
Hotel und Restaurant Schloss Wartegg
Hotel und Restaurant Schloss Wartegg
Rorschacherberg
Herberge See Rorschach
Herberge See Rorschach
Rorschach
Camping Buchhorn Arbon
Camping Buchhorn Arbon
Arbon
Hotel Restaurant Seegarten
Hotel Restaurant Seegarten
Arbon
Restaurant-Hotel de charme Römerhof
Restaurant-Hotel de charme Römerhof
Arbon
Strohhotel Bodensee
Strohhotel Bodensee
Arbon
B&B Marlenes Paradiesli
B&B Marlenes Paradiesli
Steinebrunn
Camping Seehorn
Camping Seehorn
Egnach
Landgasthof Seelust
Landgasthof Seelust
Egnach
Jugendherberge Romanshorn
Jugendherberge Romanshorn
Romanshorn
Park-Hotel Inseli
Park-Hotel Inseli
Romanshorn
Hotel Seemöwe
Hotel Seemöwe
Güttingen
Hof Seealp
Hof Seealp
Altnau
Hof–Tschannen
Hof–Tschannen
Illighausen
Jugendherberge Kreuzlingen
Jugendherberge Kreuzlingen
Kreuzlingen
Sporthotel Bodensee-Arena
Sporthotel Bodensee-Arena
Kreuzlingen
JUCKERs Boutique-Hotel | Restaurant Linde
JUCKERs Boutique-Hotel | Restaurant Linde
Tägerwilen
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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 - Lago Maggiore
Lake Constance - Lago Maggiore
2 Rhine Route: Vorderrhein & Rhine Valley
2 Rhine Route: Vorderrhein & Rhine Valley
Lake Constance cycling holidays
Lake Constance cycling holidays
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Places

St. Margrethen
St. Margrethen
Rheineck
Rheineck
Heiden
Heiden
Rorschach
Rorschach
Arbon
Arbon
Romanshorn
Romanshorn
Kreuzlingen/Konstanz
Kreuzlingen/Konstanz
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Places of interest

Heldsberg fortress museum
Heldsberg fortress museum
FFA Museum Altenrhein
FFA Museum Altenrhein
Market Hall Altenrhein
Market Hall Altenrhein
Henry Dunant Museum
Henry Dunant Museum
Bathing hut of Rorschach
Bathing hut of Rorschach
Meeting place «Kellen»
Meeting place «Kellen»
Historisches Museum Schloss Arbon
Historisches Museum Schloss Arbon
Pumptrack am See, Salmsach
Pumptrack am See, Salmsach
Lake Constance and cruises
Lake Constance and cruises
Locorama - Railway adventure park
Locorama - Railway adventure park
Feierlenhof in Altnau
Feierlenhof in Altnau
Altnau Pier
Altnau Pier
Seeburg Park and Seeburg Castle
Seeburg Park and Seeburg Castle
Seemuseum Kreuzlingen
Seemuseum Kreuzlingen
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Swimming

Mineral Health Spa St.Margrethen
Mineral Health Spa St.Margrethen
Rheineck swimming baths
Rheineck swimming baths
Bathing facility Speck Staad
Bathing facility Speck Staad
Arbon swimming pool
Arbon swimming pool
Buchhorn lakeside bathing place in Arbon
Buchhorn lakeside bathing place in Arbon
Beach bathing place Wiedehorn Egnach
Beach bathing place Wiedehorn Egnach
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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