2 Rhine Route
2 Rhine Route

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Rhine Route

Stage 7, Schaffhausen–Bad Zurzach

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Rhine Route

The Upper Rhine has carved its bed between the Black Forest and the Jura mountains. The river is broad and sluggish at times, narrow and temperamental at others. Attractive floodplains and historic river towns add cultural enjoyment to this day.
The Munot, Schaffhausen’s landmark, is located in the middle of this northernmost city in Switzerland. Once outside of the original city walls, the 16th century fortress now stands within the city of bay windows. Expansion is everything. Speaking of bay windows - Schaffhausen has more than 170 of these, the most in all of Switzerland. For many locals they still are a status symbol for wealth and prestige. Historic, lovingly restored fountains are pleasantly murmuring everywhere in town. Nearby Neuhausen also has an abundance of water: Rhine Route No. 2 merges here with EuroVelo Route No. 6 (Atlantic-Black Sea), which leads from Nantes to Constanta (Romania) and the Black Sea. But the spray of the Rhine Falls in Neuhausen, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, is white, not black. The Falls are most impressive in the summer when the alpine snows are melting. The tourist boats are carefully threading through the narrow channels to get as close as possible to the roaring water.

In comparison, the sunflowers you see as you continue have a calming effect. They seem to gaze adoringly at the sun. To catch a closer look at the historic monastic church and the town of Rheinau you would have to leave the bicycle route (approx. 1 km). Rheinau Abbey, a former Benedictine monastery situated on a sheltered bend of the Rhine, was established during the second half of the 8th century. Today, the onetime monastic building is used by a spiritual community and a music centre. You continue travelling through the riparian forests of the Rhine on an unsurfaced path. The Rhine is flowing peacefully along making this part of the route very pleasant. The path then crosses the Thur River and enters the lovely Flaach Valley. Close to the mouth of the Töss River, it returns to the Rhine and there is an opportunity for a quick visit to the pretty town of Eglisau, which is surrounded by vineyards.

A stop in the medieval town of Kaiserstuhl is almost mandatory. From the majestic Upper Tower built in the 12th/13th century the road descends steeply down to the banks of the Rhine. Castle Röteln and Hohentengen a. H. are located on the other side. While the Upper Rhine may feel very peaceful, the river is very efficient here, with hydroelectric plants generating power, in Rheinau, for example, and in the Eglisau-Glattfelden and Reckingen plants. The small town of Bad Zurzach doesn’t have a power plant, but it is known for its warm (39.5 degrees C) Glauber’s salt spring in the therapeutic baths of Zurzach. Perfect for warming up chilled arms and legs.
The Upper Rhine has carved its bed between the Black Forest and the Jura mountains. The river is broad and sluggish at times, narrow and temperamental at others. Attractive floodplains and historic river towns add cultural enjoyment to this day.
The Munot, Schaffhausen’s landmark, is located in the middle of this northernmost city in Switzerland. Once outside of the original city walls, the 16th century fortress now stands within the city of bay windows. Expansion is everything. Speaking of bay windows - Schaffhausen has more than 170 of these, the most in all of Switzerland. For many locals they still are a status symbol for wealth and prestige. Historic, lovingly restored fountains are pleasantly murmuring everywhere in town. Nearby Neuhausen also has an abundance of water: Rhine Route No. 2 merges here with EuroVelo Route No. 6 (Atlantic-Black Sea), which leads from Nantes to Constanta (Romania) and the Black Sea. But the spray of the Rhine Falls in Neuhausen, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, is white, not black. The Falls are most impressive in the summer when the alpine snows are melting. The tourist boats are carefully threading through the narrow channels to get as close as possible to the roaring water.

In comparison, the sunflowers you see as you continue have a calming effect. They seem to gaze adoringly at the sun. To catch a closer look at the historic monastic church and the town of Rheinau you would have to leave the bicycle route (approx. 1 km). Rheinau Abbey, a former Benedictine monastery situated on a sheltered bend of the Rhine, was established during the second half of the 8th century. Today, the onetime monastic building is used by a spiritual community and a music centre. You continue travelling through the riparian forests of the Rhine on an unsurfaced path. The Rhine is flowing peacefully along making this part of the route very pleasant. The path then crosses the Thur River and enters the lovely Flaach Valley. Close to the mouth of the Töss River, it returns to the Rhine and there is an opportunity for a quick visit to the pretty town of Eglisau, which is surrounded by vineyards.

A stop in the medieval town of Kaiserstuhl is almost mandatory. From the majestic Upper Tower built in the 12th/13th century the road descends steeply down to the banks of the Rhine. Castle Röteln and Hohentengen a. H. are located on the other side. While the Upper Rhine may feel very peaceful, the river is very efficient here, with hydroelectric plants generating power, in Rheinau, for example, and in the Eglisau-Glattfelden and Reckingen plants. The small town of Bad Zurzach doesn’t have a power plant, but it is known for its warm (39.5 degrees C) Glauber’s salt spring in the therapeutic baths of Zurzach. Perfect for warming up chilled arms and legs.
53 km
Asphalted: 46 km
Natural surface: 7 km
500 m | 560 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Schaffhausen
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Traffic volume
Beware: busy main road Rümikon–Mellikon
Diversion, Bad Zurzach
Duration
until summer 2023
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 Bad Zurzach
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Services

Accommodation

Jugendherberge Schaffhausen
Jugendherberge Schaffhausen
Schaffhausen
Best Western Plus Hotel Bahnhof
Best Western Plus Hotel Bahnhof
Schaffhausen
Gasthaus Löwen
Gasthaus Löwen
Schaffhausen
arcona Living Schaffhausen
arcona Living Schaffhausen
Schaffhausen
happy people B+B
happy people B+B
Uhwiesen
Hotel-Restaurant Baumgarten
Hotel-Restaurant Baumgarten
Benken ZH
BnB zum Hofmeister
BnB zum Hofmeister
Rudolfingen
B&B Schwalm
B&B Schwalm
Flaach
TCS Camping Flaach am Rhein
TCS Camping Flaach am Rhein
Flaach
Wydhof
Wydhof
Flaach
Begegnungszentrum Rüdlingen
Begegnungszentrum Rüdlingen
Rüdlingen
Bauernhof Wyden
Bauernhof Wyden
Teufen ZH
Puurehof im Rüedi
Puurehof im Rüedi
Freienstein
Haus „zum Sternen“
Haus „zum Sternen“
Bülach
Hotel Sleep & Stay
Hotel Sleep & Stay
Eglisau
Hotel Restaurant Bahnhof
Hotel Restaurant Bahnhof
Eglisau
Rhii B&B
Rhii B&B
Eglisau
Huebhof
Huebhof
Bachs
Hotel Restaurant Kreuz
Hotel Restaurant Kreuz
Kaiserstuhl AG
B&B Siglistorf
B&B Siglistorf
Siglistorf
Propstei Wislikofen
Propstei Wislikofen
Wislikofen
Gasthof zur Waag
Gasthof zur Waag
Bad Zurzach
Hotel zur Post
Hotel zur Post
Bad Zurzach
Fäsackerhof
Fäsackerhof
Rietheim
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Bookable offers

2 Rhine Route Andermatt - Rorschach
2 Rhine Route Andermatt - Rorschach
2 Rhine Route Highlights
2 Rhine Route Highlights
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Places

Schaffhausen
Schaffhausen
Rheinau
Rheinau
Rüdlingen
Rüdlingen
Bülach
Bülach
Eglisau
Eglisau
Glattfelden`
Glattfelden`
Kaiserstuhl AG
Kaiserstuhl AG
Bad Zurzach
Bad Zurzach
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Places of interest

Munot Fortress
Munot Fortress
Museum zu Allerheiligen
Museum zu Allerheiligen
Old Town Schaffhausen
Old Town Schaffhausen
The Rhine Falls
The Rhine Falls
Former Monastery Rheinau
Former Monastery Rheinau
Rheinaubrücke – from Klettgau to Thurgau
Rheinaubrücke – from Klettgau to Thurgau
Naturzentrum Thurauen
Naturzentrum Thurauen
Weinbaumuseum Aargau
Weinbaumuseum Aargau
Verena Minster
Verena Minster
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Swimming

KSS Freizeitpark Schaffhausen
KSS Freizeitpark Schaffhausen
Flaach outdoor swimming pool
Flaach outdoor swimming pool
Zurzach thermal baths
Zurzach thermal baths
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Signalization

Signalization
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Signalization