9 Lakes Route
9 Lakes Route

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Lakes Route

Stage 10, Buchs (SG)–Rorschach

Route report
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Lakes Route

St. Galler Rheintal, a countryside often cosseted by the warm wind. Much land has been won by the correction of the Alpenrhein im Rheintal. The shallow delta and silver expanse of the Bodensee beckon in the distance.
So close to Buchs and yet so different: Werdenberg is the smallest town in Switzerland with historic municipal laws. With a population of about 60, two lanes with old houses, a small lake and a castle from the 12th or 13th century it is a breath-taking view. The ride through Grabserriet and Saxerriet has a rural feeling with cows, donkeys, horses, farms, poppy fields, and pear and apple orchards. Nut trees are abounding in the nut village of Frümsen. A group with the same name was formed here and they proudly preside over their walnut trees. Storks are stalking around, looking pleased with the freshly mowed meadows that furnish plenty of food. The beautiful landscape of the St. Gallen Rhine Valley is not just for the bike riders. A cable car takes you up to Staubernkanzel and into the Alpstein region with its showpiece, Mount Säntis.

In Rüthi you are also welcomed by a beer museum with an alehouse and snack bars and the Rüthi inland channel nature area. The Rhine Valley Inland Channel was built between 1894 and 1904 to drain the swampland. In addition to flood protection, it was also intended to provide hydraulic engineering in harmony with nature. The channel used to be straight as an arrow, but it has been turned into a lively water landscape. Altstätten has a long history. A stone axe and a mortise axe from 5500-2200 B.C. were found within its municipal district. Also, the houses of the old town are a very pretty sight to see. Through the Isenriet area you return to the shores of the Rhine between Au and St. Margrethen. And for just a minute you’re reminded of industry and business. Then you follow the Alpenrhein to Rohrspitz, where life is calm and pleasant again. Visitors are plentiful here, especially on sunny weekends. Their enthusiasm is contagious as they enjoy the ride through the Rhine delta nature protection area.

A variety of 600 plant species and over 300 different kinds of birds live in Europe’s largest freshwater delta where the Rhine flows into Lake Constance. With a bit of luck you might catch a glimpse of a gorgeous bluish kingfisher, a bitterling (small fish), a beaver (active at dusk and at night), or even a grass snake, a tree frog, a wild bee or a fantail snipe (a bird with a long, funny beak). Then on the “Adventure Trail on the Old Rhine” you follow – obviously – the Old Rhine and via Altenrhein and Staad you finally arrive in the charming city of Rorschach to end the day. Swiss singer-songwriter Mani Matter wrote a famous song about this town.
St. Galler Rheintal, a countryside often cosseted by the warm wind. Much land has been won by the correction of the Alpenrhein im Rheintal. The shallow delta and silver expanse of the Bodensee beckon in the distance.
So close to Buchs and yet so different: Werdenberg is the smallest town in Switzerland with historic municipal laws. With a population of about 60, two lanes with old houses, a small lake and a castle from the 12th or 13th century it is a breath-taking view. The ride through Grabserriet and Saxerriet has a rural feeling with cows, donkeys, horses, farms, poppy fields, and pear and apple orchards. Nut trees are abounding in the nut village of Frümsen. A group with the same name was formed here and they proudly preside over their walnut trees. Storks are stalking around, looking pleased with the freshly mowed meadows that furnish plenty of food. The beautiful landscape of the St. Gallen Rhine Valley is not just for the bike riders. A cable car takes you up to Staubernkanzel and into the Alpstein region with its showpiece, Mount Säntis.

In Rüthi you are also welcomed by a beer museum with an alehouse and snack bars and the Rüthi inland channel nature area. The Rhine Valley Inland Channel was built between 1894 and 1904 to drain the swampland. In addition to flood protection, it was also intended to provide hydraulic engineering in harmony with nature. The channel used to be straight as an arrow, but it has been turned into a lively water landscape. Altstätten has a long history. A stone axe and a mortise axe from 5500-2200 B.C. were found within its municipal district. Also, the houses of the old town are a very pretty sight to see. Through the Isenriet area you return to the shores of the Rhine between Au and St. Margrethen. And for just a minute you’re reminded of industry and business. Then you follow the Alpenrhein to Rohrspitz, where life is calm and pleasant again. Visitors are plentiful here, especially on sunny weekends. Their enthusiasm is contagious as they enjoy the ride through the Rhine delta nature protection area.

A variety of 600 plant species and over 300 different kinds of birds live in Europe’s largest freshwater delta where the Rhine flows into Lake Constance. With a bit of luck you might catch a glimpse of a gorgeous bluish kingfisher, a bitterling (small fish), a beaver (active at dusk and at night), or even a grass snake, a tree frog, a wild bee or a fantail snipe (a bird with a long, funny beak). Then on the “Adventure Trail on the Old Rhine” you follow – obviously – the Old Rhine and via Altenrhein and Staad you finally arrive in the charming city of Rorschach to end the day. Swiss singer-songwriter Mani Matter wrote a famous song about this town.
74 km
Asphalted: 64 km
Natural surface: 10 km
300 m | 340 m
difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Buchs SG
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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.
Hint
Beware: unmanned boundary crossing at St. Margrethen: crossing permitted during day only and with identification.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Rorschach
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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
Gasthaus und Speiserestaurant Lindenhof
Gasthaus und Speiserestaurant Lindenhof
Altstätten
Hotel Sonne
Hotel Sonne
Altstätten SG
Ribelhof
Ribelhof
Lüchingen
Steigmatt
Steigmatt
Montlingen
Casa Margerita
Casa Margerita
Oberriet
Hotel Rhy
Hotel Rhy
Oberriet
Heiterhof
Heiterhof
Eichberg
Hotel Paul’s
Hotel Paul’s
Widnau
Hotel Profi’s / Die Zimmer
Hotel Profi’s / Die Zimmer
Diepoldsau
Eggen-Hof
Eggen-Hof
Walzenhausen
Hotel und Restaurant Schloss Wartegg
Hotel und Restaurant Schloss Wartegg
Rorschacherberg
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Bookable offers

9 Lakes Route
9 Lakes Route
9 Lakes Route Eastern Switzerland
9 Lakes Route Eastern Switzerland
Lake Constance cycling holidays
Lake Constance cycling holidays
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Places

Buchs SG
Buchs SG
Malbun SG
Malbun SG
Sennwald
Sennwald
Ruggell (FL)
Ruggell (FL)
Altstätten
Altstätten
St. Margrethen
St. Margrethen
Rheineck
Rheineck
Heiden
Heiden
Rorschach
Rorschach
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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
Pump track Ruggell
Pump track Ruggell
Hoher Kasten revolving restaurant
Hoher Kasten revolving restaurant
Kobelwald crystal cave
Kobelwald crystal cave
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»
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Swimming

Altstätten outdoor swimming baths
Altstätten outdoor swimming baths
Outdoor swimming baths Widnau
Outdoor swimming baths Widnau
Mineral Health Spa St.Margrethen
Mineral Health Spa St.Margrethen
Rheineck swimming baths
Rheineck swimming baths
Bathing facility Speck Staad
Bathing facility Speck Staad
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