2 Rhine Route
2 Rhine Route

Cycling in Switzerland

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Rhine Route

Stage 3, Chur–Buchs (SG)

Route report
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Rhine Route

The Bündner Herrschaft, the fertile garden and wine region of the canton, is located on a mound of slate detritus. The Tamina Gorge carries healing water down to the valley and Johanna Spyri‘s Heidi is stirring up nostalgic feelings.
With a history of over 5000 years as a settlement, Chur is considered to be the oldest town in Switzerland. The capital of the Grisons with its mix of new and old is always worth a visit, as are the Romanesque/gothic Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary and the Grisons Art Museum. The latter has important works of painter Giovanni Segantini, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Giovanni Giacometti on display. The fact that Chur has the highest restaurant concentration in Switzerland should be attractive to most visitors …

Supporters of renewable energy cheered when the first wind farm of eastern Switzerland with a 119 m hub height was built in Haldenstein in 2013 – under the unofficial slogan: The Calanda winds will take care of the rest. Soon you will arrive in Landquart, together with the Alpine Rhine, which is what it is called since the confluence of the Anterior and Posterior Rhine. The shopping area near the train station, “Landquart‘s Fashion Outlet”, is an invitation to do at least some window shopping. But you may also leisurely meander along on the bike now, through Malans, for example, the pretty wine-growing village with the handsome homes, or Jenins, where the «Alte Torkel» (a winepress) resides. The local wine bar offers 150 different wines to taste, all from the region and from local winegrowers. The scenery is extraordinary and a side trip to the Heidi Village above Maienfeld may revive some childhood memories. As anywhere else, the young shoots of the Salenegg winery and castle have to be watered if rain has been scarce for a while.

On the bank of the Alpine Rhine trail the view of the majestic river is amazing. There is space here for many animals and plants that prefer it warm and dry. Rare wading birds are breeding on the gravel banks from mid-April to mid-August. A quick visit to the Liechtenstein neighbours is easy: simply cross the «Sri Chinmoy Peace Bridge» – he was a spiritual teacher from southern India (1931-2007) – or the wooden bridge following shortly thereafter. Or else, leave the friendly neighbours be and head for the busy town of Buchs for a taste of flat cakes, a local speciality. Bon appétit!
The Bündner Herrschaft, the fertile garden and wine region of the canton, is located on a mound of slate detritus. The Tamina Gorge carries healing water down to the valley and Johanna Spyri‘s Heidi is stirring up nostalgic feelings.
With a history of over 5000 years as a settlement, Chur is considered to be the oldest town in Switzerland. The capital of the Grisons with its mix of new and old is always worth a visit, as are the Romanesque/gothic Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary and the Grisons Art Museum. The latter has important works of painter Giovanni Segantini, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Giovanni Giacometti on display. The fact that Chur has the highest restaurant concentration in Switzerland should be attractive to most visitors …

Supporters of renewable energy cheered when the first wind farm of eastern Switzerland with a 119 m hub height was built in Haldenstein in 2013 – under the unofficial slogan: The Calanda winds will take care of the rest. Soon you will arrive in Landquart, together with the Alpine Rhine, which is what it is called since the confluence of the Anterior and Posterior Rhine. The shopping area near the train station, “Landquart‘s Fashion Outlet”, is an invitation to do at least some window shopping. But you may also leisurely meander along on the bike now, through Malans, for example, the pretty wine-growing village with the handsome homes, or Jenins, where the «Alte Torkel» (a winepress) resides. The local wine bar offers 150 different wines to taste, all from the region and from local winegrowers. The scenery is extraordinary and a side trip to the Heidi Village above Maienfeld may revive some childhood memories. As anywhere else, the young shoots of the Salenegg winery and castle have to be watered if rain has been scarce for a while.

On the bank of the Alpine Rhine trail the view of the majestic river is amazing. There is space here for many animals and plants that prefer it warm and dry. Rare wading birds are breeding on the gravel banks from mid-April to mid-August. A quick visit to the Liechtenstein neighbours is easy: simply cross the «Sri Chinmoy Peace Bridge» – he was a spiritual teacher from southern India (1931-2007) – or the wooden bridge following shortly thereafter. Or else, leave the friendly neighbours be and head for the busy town of Buchs for a taste of flat cakes, a local speciality. Bon appétit!
49 km
Asphalted: 46 km
Natural surface: 3 km
320 m | 440 m
easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Chur
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Hints

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

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Family cycling tours
The section between Chur and Bad Ragaz (26 km) is especially recommended with children.
To the Familiy tour Chur's Rhine Valley
Diversion, Untervaz
Duration
until the end of 2020
Reason
Construction & maintenance work
The route is being diverted. Please follow the local signposts. See map for details.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office
Diversion, Igis
Duration
until further notice
Reason
Construction & maintenance work
The route is being diverted. Please follow the local signposts. See map for details.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Buchs SG
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Services

Accommodation

Biohof Danuser
Biohof Danuser
Felsberg
Ambiente Hotel Freieck
Ambiente Hotel Freieck
Chur
Hotel Chur
Hotel Chur
Chur
Hotel Drei Könige
Hotel Drei Könige
Chur
Hotel Post
Hotel Post
Chur
Calandahütte SAC
Calandahütte SAC
Haldenstein
Hotel Sportcenter Fünf-Dörfer
Hotel Sportcenter Fünf-Dörfer
Zizers
Waldcamping Landquart
Waldcamping Landquart
Landquart
B&B Tüsel
B&B Tüsel
Grüsch
Enderlinhütte SAC
Enderlinhütte SAC
Maienfeld
Hof Just
Hof Just
Maienfeld
Victors B&B
Victors B&B
Maienfeld
Hotel Schloss Ragaz
Hotel Schloss Ragaz
Bad Ragaz
Hotel Garni Torkelbündte
Hotel Garni Torkelbündte
Bad Ragaz
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

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

Chur – the Alpine City
Chur – the Alpine City
Untervaz
Untervaz
Landquart
Landquart
Maienfeld
Maienfeld
Bad Ragaz
Bad Ragaz
Garschlu
Garschlu
Sargans
Sargans
Gaflei (FL)
Gaflei (FL)
Triesenberg (FL)
Triesenberg (FL)
Vaduz
Vaduz
Buchs SG
Buchs SG
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Places of interest

Brambrüesch - Chur's mountain
Brambrüesch - Chur's mountain
Pumptrack Segnes Chur
Pumptrack Segnes Chur
Alpenbikepark Chur
Alpenbikepark Chur
Grisons Museum of Fine Arts
Grisons Museum of Fine Arts
Grisons Museum of Natural History
Grisons Museum of Natural History
Old Town Chur
Old Town Chur
Rhaetian Museum
Rhaetian Museum
St Maria Himmelfahrt Cathedral Chur
St Maria Himmelfahrt Cathedral Chur
Pump track Zizers
Pump track Zizers
Bikepark Ganda Landquart
Bikepark Ganda Landquart
Pumptrack Eschergut Malans
Pumptrack Eschergut Malans
Heidi's Home
Heidi's Home
Fläsch – award winning village
Fläsch – award winning village
Gonzen mine
Gonzen mine
Schloss Sargans
Schloss Sargans
Mels–Vermol
Mels–Vermol
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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Swimming

Obere Au Chur adventure bath and indoor swimming pool
Obere Au Chur adventure bath and indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool Obere Au Chur
Outdoor swimming pool Obere Au Chur
Sand Chur outdoor swimming pool
Sand Chur outdoor swimming pool
Tamina thermal spring Bad Ragaz
Tamina thermal spring Bad Ragaz
Giessenpark outdoor swimming pool Bad Ragaz
Giessenpark outdoor swimming pool Bad Ragaz
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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