9 Lakes Route
9 Lakes Route

Cycling in Switzerland

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Lakes Route

Stage 9, Niederurnen–Buchs (SG)

Route report
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Lakes Route

On Lake Walen, where enormous cliffs of the Churfirsten mountain range threaten to plunge into the water, exotic fruit, such as kiwis and figs are growing. Past the iron mine of Gonzen and Sargans Castle it is an easy ride to the Rhine and up to the dam to take a look at the river and at neighbouring Liechtenstein.
Near the mouth of the Maag River, also known as the Weeser Linth, the creation of natural river banks resulted in a biodiverse wonderland. The Escher Channel, named after Hans Conrad Escher von der Linth (1767 – 1823), guides the Linth mountain river into Lake Walen. A campground and a beach are available nearby. The Mediterranean climate on the north shore of the lake is mild enough to grow wine, figs and kiwis. On the other hand, nothing thrives in the adventurous bicycle tunnels along Lake Walen, except that water keeps dripping from the walls instead. It feels almost like the tunnel of horror in the amusement park. A possibly record-breaking uphill slope of 25% outside of the tunnel makes the ride even more exciting. A helmet is recommended because small stones are known to rain down here unexpectedly. The charming winegrowing village of Quinten, squeezed in between Leistkamm and Churfirsten, can only be reached on foot or by boat, from Mühlehorn, for example, or from Murg or Unterterzen. Here, on the southern shore of the lake, the majestic Churfirsten range does not feel as intimidating, just very impressive.

The ride continues at a leisurely pace along the Seez through the Seez Valley with Gonzen Mountain smiling down. No wonder the mountain is peaceful now. It went into “retirement” in 1966 when the last miners left the iron mine. Nowadays a labyrinth of tunnels is accessible to the public. The ore deposits, which constantly change their colours, are visible from galleries, in deep silos and hidden nooks and crannies. But those who are claustrophobic are probably better off visiting Sargans Castle. This is also where the Sarganserland Museum is located. It was the first museum in Switzerland to receive the “Museum of the Year” award in 1983 from the Council of Europe.

Awards are nothing that concerns the rare wading birds in the Wartau River. Between mid-April and mid-August they are sitting on their eggs on the gravel banks. On the high, straightened dam the bike riders enjoy an amazing view of the Alvier range and the Rhine. If you would like to visit Liechtenstein, all you have to do is cross the “Sri Chinmoy Peace Bridge” (he was a spiritual leader from southern India, 1931 – 2007) or the wooden bridge shortly thereafter. Once you arrive in Buchs, make sure to try the traditional flat cakes of the Sargans region, provided that you haven’t eaten one in Sargans already. You’d be amazed at how much energy this will give you …
On Lake Walen, where enormous cliffs of the Churfirsten mountain range threaten to plunge into the water, exotic fruit, such as kiwis and figs are growing. Past the iron mine of Gonzen and Sargans Castle it is an easy ride to the Rhine and up to the dam to take a look at the river and at neighbouring Liechtenstein.
Near the mouth of the Maag River, also known as the Weeser Linth, the creation of natural river banks resulted in a biodiverse wonderland. The Escher Channel, named after Hans Conrad Escher von der Linth (1767 – 1823), guides the Linth mountain river into Lake Walen. A campground and a beach are available nearby. The Mediterranean climate on the north shore of the lake is mild enough to grow wine, figs and kiwis. On the other hand, nothing thrives in the adventurous bicycle tunnels along Lake Walen, except that water keeps dripping from the walls instead. It feels almost like the tunnel of horror in the amusement park. A possibly record-breaking uphill slope of 25% outside of the tunnel makes the ride even more exciting. A helmet is recommended because small stones are known to rain down here unexpectedly. The charming winegrowing village of Quinten, squeezed in between Leistkamm and Churfirsten, can only be reached on foot or by boat, from Mühlehorn, for example, or from Murg or Unterterzen. Here, on the southern shore of the lake, the majestic Churfirsten range does not feel as intimidating, just very impressive.

The ride continues at a leisurely pace along the Seez through the Seez Valley with Gonzen Mountain smiling down. No wonder the mountain is peaceful now. It went into “retirement” in 1966 when the last miners left the iron mine. Nowadays a labyrinth of tunnels is accessible to the public. The ore deposits, which constantly change their colours, are visible from galleries, in deep silos and hidden nooks and crannies. But those who are claustrophobic are probably better off visiting Sargans Castle. This is also where the Sarganserland Museum is located. It was the first museum in Switzerland to receive the “Museum of the Year” award in 1983 from the Council of Europe.

Awards are nothing that concerns the rare wading birds in the Wartau River. Between mid-April and mid-August they are sitting on their eggs on the gravel banks. On the high, straightened dam the bike riders enjoy an amazing view of the Alvier range and the Rhine. If you would like to visit Liechtenstein, all you have to do is cross the “Sri Chinmoy Peace Bridge” (he was a spiritual leader from southern India, 1931 – 2007) or the wooden bridge shortly thereafter. Once you arrive in Buchs, make sure to try the traditional flat cakes of the Sargans region, provided that you haven’t eaten one in Sargans already. You’d be amazed at how much energy this will give you …
56 km
Asphalted: 53 km
Natural surface: 3 km
340 m | 320 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Ziegelbrücke
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Traffic volume
Beware: busy main road Murg–Walenstadt at Walenensee. Alternative: Use of Murg–Mols shore path by bikers allowed from Monday to Friday.

Season

Hint
Beware: in good weather a strong wind blows up the Rhine Valley in the afternoon but down valley if the Föhn wind is blowing.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Buchs SG
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Services

Accommodation

Seminarhotel Lihn
Seminarhotel Lihn
Filzbach
Parkhotel Schwert
Parkhotel Schwert
Weesen
Hotel Arvenbüel
Hotel Arvenbüel
Amden
Hotel-Restaurant Flyhof
Hotel-Restaurant Flyhof
Weesen
Marina Walensee
Marina Walensee
Unterterzen
lofthotel
lofthotel
Murg
Hotel Löwen
Hotel Löwen
Walenstadt
Hotel Seehof
Hotel Seehof
Walenstadt
Marchhof
Marchhof
Flums
Catherine’s Loft BnB
Catherine’s Loft BnB
Mels
BnB Treffpunkt Heuwiese
BnB Treffpunkt Heuwiese
Weite
Jugendherberge Schaan-Vaduz
Jugendherberge Schaan-Vaduz
Schaan
Hotel Buchserhof
Hotel Buchserhof
Buchs SG
B+B Starennest
B+B Starennest
Werdenberg
Dorfengrabenhof
Dorfengrabenhof
Grabs
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Bookable offers

9 Lakes Route
9 Lakes Route
9 Lakes Route Eastern Switzerland
9 Lakes Route Eastern Switzerland
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Places

Schänis
Schänis
Filzbach
Filzbach
Niederurnen (Ziegelbrücke)
Niederurnen (Ziegelbrücke)
Amden - Weesen
Amden - Weesen
Flumserberg
Flumserberg
Murg
Murg
Walenstadt
Walenstadt
Sargans
Sargans
Garschlu
Garschlu
Gaflei (FL)
Gaflei (FL)
Triesenberg (FL)
Triesenberg (FL)
Vaduz
Vaduz
Buchs SG
Buchs SG
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Places of interest

Freulerpalast
Freulerpalast
Hinterbetlis–Amden
Hinterbetlis–Amden
Seerenbach Falls and source of the Rin
Seerenbach Falls and source of the Rin
Seebenseen und Seebenalp
Seebenseen und Seebenalp
Walensee (Lake Walenstadt)
Walensee (Lake Walenstadt)
Bikepark at the lake
Bikepark at the lake
Paxmal
Paxmal
BikerBerg Flumserberg
BikerBerg Flumserberg
Mels–Vermol
Mels–Vermol
Gonzen mine
Gonzen mine
Schloss Sargans
Schloss Sargans
Pump track Balzers
Pump track Balzers
Galina falconry
Galina falconry
Walser museum
Walser museum
Wooden bridge and Rhein at Sevelen
Wooden bridge and Rhein at Sevelen
Liechtenstein art museum
Liechtenstein art museum
Liechtenstein state museum
Liechtenstein state museum
Prince of Liechtenstein's royal winery
Prince of Liechtenstein's royal winery
Schloss Vaduz
Schloss Vaduz
Vaduz Citytrain
Vaduz Citytrain
Buchs falconry park
Buchs falconry park
Palace and village of Werdenberg
Palace and village of Werdenberg
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