42 Appenzeller Route
42 Appenzeller Route
42 Appenzeller Route
42 Appenzeller Route
42 Appenzeller Route
42 Appenzeller Route

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Appenzeller Route

Stage 2, Gais–St. Gallen

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Appenzeller Route

The typical gabled houses in the market town of Appenzell are as colourful as the national costume, the cheese is spicy, Biber- and Kuhfladen, a local delicacy, brown and sweet, the Ruppenpass uneven and steep and views of the Säntis and Rheintal unequalled.
Country charm is not in short supply in the Ausserrhoden part of the canton either: across the picturesque village centre of Gais, past the handsome brown cattle and flower-covered farm houses, the road winds its way into the hills. Take another look behind you to see the impressive Alpstein mountain range one more time, as the path is getting narrower and narrower. During a short section across the Suruggen you almost think you should be on a mountain bike. The single-lane path now leads through a small forest before it dips steeply downhill and across a meadow. You would be well advised to walk your bike here.

But the adventure is over soon and near Landmark the view opens up: down into the Rhine Valley and across to the Vorarlberg Alps. In St. Anton, if not sooner, a break is recommended, either because of the spectacular views or because of the restaurants offering tempting refreshments. And then you’re off again, up and down, along the left side of the Rhine Valley until you’re above Lake Constance with views far into Germany. Majestic wooden country homes with murals, small towers and scrollwork, contrasting with the traditional farm houses, are witnesses of a different era when the textile industry ruled the region.

The resort town of Heiden also has numerous restaurants and overnight accommodations to choose from, before the route turns back to St. Gallen, where you ride through the magnificent old town with its half-timbered buildings and ornate oriels. You pass the remainders of a wall that the bishop had built long ago in the middle of the city to separate the catholic sector from the protestant majority. But today, St. Gallen welcomes everyone, regardless of confession, in the Gothic cathedral with its amazing ceiling paintings and golden ornaments as well as in the Abbey’s library, one of the oldest monastic libraries in the world.
The typical gabled houses in the market town of Appenzell are as colourful as the national costume, the cheese is spicy, Biber- and Kuhfladen, a local delicacy, brown and sweet, the Ruppenpass uneven and steep and views of the Säntis and Rheintal unequalled.
Country charm is not in short supply in the Ausserrhoden part of the canton either: across the picturesque village centre of Gais, past the handsome brown cattle and flower-covered farm houses, the road winds its way into the hills. Take another look behind you to see the impressive Alpstein mountain range one more time, as the path is getting narrower and narrower. During a short section across the Suruggen you almost think you should be on a mountain bike. The single-lane path now leads through a small forest before it dips steeply downhill and across a meadow. You would be well advised to walk your bike here.

But the adventure is over soon and near Landmark the view opens up: down into the Rhine Valley and across to the Vorarlberg Alps. In St. Anton, if not sooner, a break is recommended, either because of the spectacular views or because of the restaurants offering tempting refreshments. And then you’re off again, up and down, along the left side of the Rhine Valley until you’re above Lake Constance with views far into Germany. Majestic wooden country homes with murals, small towers and scrollwork, contrasting with the traditional farm houses, are witnesses of a different era when the textile industry ruled the region.

The resort town of Heiden also has numerous restaurants and overnight accommodations to choose from, before the route turns back to St. Gallen, where you ride through the magnificent old town with its half-timbered buildings and ornate oriels. You pass the remainders of a wall that the bishop had built long ago in the middle of the city to separate the catholic sector from the protestant majority. But today, St. Gallen welcomes everyone, regardless of confession, in the Gothic cathedral with its amazing ceiling paintings and golden ornaments as well as in the Abbey’s library, one of the oldest monastic libraries in the world.
48 km
Asphalted: 46 km
Natural surface: 2 km
1150 m | 1400 m
difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Gais
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Hint
Beware: steep unsurfaced section Schwäbrig–Ruppenpass
Ascent Walzenhausen
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Ascent Walzenhausen
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Rheineck–Walzenhausen
Reason: ascent from Rheineck to Route 42, metres in height saved approx. 270m.
Cycle transport: from 10 Persons reservations at tel. 071 891 18 52.
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Ascent Heiden
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Ascent Heiden
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Rorschach–Heiden
Reason: ascent from Rorschach to Route 4 or 42, metres in height saved approx. 390m.
Cycle transport: from 10 Persons reservations at tel. 071 891 18 52.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel St. Gallen
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Services

Accommodation

B&B Orion
B&B Orion
St. Gallen
Hof Hohenwiesen
Hof Hohenwiesen
St. Gallen
Jugendherberge St. Gallen
Jugendherberge St. Gallen
St. Gallen
BnB Oberdorf 9
BnB Oberdorf 9
Bühler
Gasthaus und Speiserestaurant Lindenhof
Gasthaus und Speiserestaurant Lindenhof
Altstätten
Hotel Sonne
Hotel Sonne
Altstätten SG
Ribelhof
Ribelhof
Lüchingen
Eggen-Hof
Eggen-Hof
Walzenhausen
Hotel Paul’s
Hotel Paul’s
Widnau
Hotel und Restaurant Schloss Wartegg
Hotel und Restaurant Schloss Wartegg
Rorschacherberg
Seminar- und Ferienhaus Lindenbühl
Seminar- und Ferienhaus Lindenbühl
Trogen
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Places

St. Gallen
St. Gallen
Gais
Gais
Altstätten
Altstätten
St. Margrethen
St. Margrethen
Rheineck
Rheineck
Heiden
Heiden
Trogen
Trogen
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Places of interest

Abbey District of St.Gallen
Abbey District of St.Gallen
City Lounge
City Lounge
Historical and Ethnological Museum SG
Historical and Ethnological Museum SG
Old Town of St.Gallen
Old Town of St.Gallen
Textile Museum
Textile Museum
The A.Vogel Show Garden at Teufen
The A.Vogel Show Garden at Teufen
Heldsberg fortress museum
Heldsberg fortress museum
FFA Museum Altenrhein
FFA Museum Altenrhein
Market Hall Altenrhein
Market Hall Altenrhein
Henry Dunant Museum
Henry Dunant Museum
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Swimming

Drei Weieren St. Gallen
Drei Weieren St. Gallen
Altstätten outdoor swimming baths
Altstätten outdoor swimming baths
Mineral Health Spa St.Margrethen
Mineral Health Spa St.Margrethen
Rheineck swimming baths
Rheineck swimming baths
Bathing facility Speck Staad
Bathing facility Speck Staad
Outdoor swimming pool Heiden
Outdoor swimming pool Heiden
Unterrechstein spa Heiden
Unterrechstein spa Heiden
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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