Familiy tour Töss
Familiy tour Töss
Familiy tour Töss
Familiy tour Töss

Cycling in Switzerland

Familiy tour Töss

Familiy tour Töss

Turbenthal–Winterthur

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Familiy tour Töss

Familiy tour Töss

With its gentle rolling hills and verdant shores, by fine weather, the upper Töss Valley draws sportive pleasure seekers, families and seniors on e-bikes by the dozen. This route often runs on an asphalted country path directly alongside the Töss river or in the shade of the forest.
The route commences in Turbenthal and follows the Töss downstream. “Tosend”, relating to thunderous, reveals the source of the name - and it was the powerful river that once helped the flourishing of the textile industry here. Riverside benches along the way present changing views of gravel banks and step-like features in the water - and in several places you find places to barbecue with direct access to the water. The Töss can also be crossed via walkable wooden planks across the river hinged to the shore. Along the way, information panels explain the phenomenon of the Töss water seepage; by which the gritty subsoil of the riverbed allows permanent seepage during long periods of drought - thus supplying the Töss Valley with precious groundwater.

After Sennhof (Winterthur) the Töss squeezes its way through the narrow Leisental stretch. Here, on opposite sides you find the Eschenberg recreation area with observatory and wildlife park, and the Kyburg castle dominating the other. Pedalling on, you make your way through the district past, today, the mostly unused factory halls of Winterthur’s industrial zone to the railway station.
With its gentle rolling hills and verdant shores, by fine weather, the upper Töss Valley draws sportive pleasure seekers, families and seniors on e-bikes by the dozen. This route often runs on an asphalted country path directly alongside the Töss river or in the shade of the forest.
The route commences in Turbenthal and follows the Töss downstream. “Tosend”, relating to thunderous, reveals the source of the name - and it was the powerful river that once helped the flourishing of the textile industry here. Riverside benches along the way present changing views of gravel banks and step-like features in the water - and in several places you find places to barbecue with direct access to the water. The Töss can also be crossed via walkable wooden planks across the river hinged to the shore. Along the way, information panels explain the phenomenon of the Töss water seepage; by which the gritty subsoil of the riverbed allows permanent seepage during long periods of drought - thus supplying the Töss Valley with precious groundwater.

After Sennhof (Winterthur) the Töss squeezes its way through the narrow Leisental stretch. Here, on opposite sides you find the Eschenberg recreation area with observatory and wildlife park, and the Kyburg castle dominating the other. Pedalling on, you make your way through the district past, today, the mostly unused factory halls of Winterthur’s industrial zone to the railway station.
20 km | 1 Stage
Asphalted: 16 km
Natural surface: 4 km
50 m | 170 m
easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Turbenthal
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Signalization

Signalization
Follow the logo indicating No.53 on the red signposts for cycling (exception in Winterthur, logo indicating No.5). Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.

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Turbenthal railway station en route
From the Turbenthal railway station you pedal along the road, parallel to the tracks, direction Winterthur. After 200 m you get to the cycling route on the right-hand banks of the river via an underground passage.
Turbenthal location description
km0 - km0.2
The asphalted route leads over the entrance road to the SBB parking area and on beneath the tracks to the Cycling in Switzerland Route 53 with an information board pointing out the route and relevant signposting. Here you also come across a plank-type bridge over the Töss.
km0.2 - km0.7
The route follows the Töss along an asphalted country road. From time to time you find benches with riverside views - and see gravel banks alternate with step-like features in the water.
Dangerous spot Turbenthal
To cross the river you must cover a 50-meter stretch along the main road with a cycling lane.
km0.7 - km2.8
The route runs along an asphalted country road on the left-hand side of the river.
Rest area with barbecue
On reaching Zell, although on the other side of the river, you find a rest area with seating, place to barbecue and a litter bin.
km2.8 - km6.1
The asphalted path now changes sides and runs to the right of the Töss, parallel with the Tösstalstrasse, yet continuing directly alongside the Töss and away from the main road.
Schöntal public games and work area
This playground is named play and work place as, besides playing, you can get to work and experiment here. Adjacent, you find the winter quarters of the Circolino Pipistrello - the circus that’s made itself a name not only to watch, instead also be able to take part in.
Circolino Pipistrello
km6.1 - km7.2
The route runs on an asphalted country path along the left-hand side of the riverbank.
Plank-type bridge
In the Kollbrunn surroundings you discover a plank-type bridge in a picturesque river landscape that invites you to rest a while and enjoy.
km7.2 - km10.2
Continuing on an asphalted path, the cycling path leads past an information board with interesting facts on the phenomenon of the Töss water seepage.
Avoiding the main Sennhof road
Instead of using the busy main road, in Sennhof you can take a parallel foot/cycling path. Please take note of the signposting.
Detour to Eschenberg
From Sennhof, you’re able to make a detour to Winterthur’s home mountain, Eschenberg, to visit the observatory, wildlife park or simply enjoy panoramic views from the Eschenberg tower.
Eschenberg observatory
The Sternwarte Eschenberg is currently Switzerland’s most modern observatory. And it’s here you gain memorable insight into the secrets of the universe - or, with clear skies, can partake in public tours on a Wednesday evening if only to catch a glimpse of your personal zodiac constellation.
Eschenberg observatory
Bruderhaus wildlife park
80 animals of diverse species are at home in the Bruderhaus wildlife park founded in 1890. And information boards, educative trails and guided tours in the wildlife park and woods help better understand the world of animals and their needs. The route leads through the woods on a sealed side road with little traffic.
Bruderhaus wildlife park
Kyburg Castle visit
Those interested in history won’t mind ascending 150 meters in altitude to visit the famous Castle Kyburg - with the oldest castle museum in Switzerland.
Kyburg Castle
Rest area and barbecue on the river island
The rest area has a barbecue and seating - and the two river islands present a most attractive backdrop.
km13.9 - km16.0
Between the river islands and the Reitplatz the route leads through the woods on a path with natural surface.
Reitplatz rest area and playground
Besides a restaurant, you have access to a fountain and public toilets here, along with a large playground, beach volleyball field, football fields and a pumptrack (circular mountain-bike track, mostly created with earth or clay).
Pumptrack Reitplatz Winterthur
km16.0 - km17.3
The route runs along a side road with little traffic. Here too, you find seating dotted alongside the river.
Dangerous Auwiesenstrasse (Winterthur) spot
Heading direction Winterthur station, from the Reitplatz side road you must turn off into a busy main road with cycling lane while at the same time crossing the main road.
km17.3 - km17.6
For 300 meters the route runs along a main road with cycling lane and a lot of traffic.

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Change of route
In the Rosenau Winterthur district (crossing with traffic island) the route changes between Rosenau and the Winterthur railway station. Here you have to follow the Mittelland Route 5.

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km17.8 - km20.3
With the exception of a main road crossing with traffic lights, the cycling in Switzerland Route 5 leads over side roads with little traffic. Inside one of the old factory halls you find a versatile skills park with pumptrack, indoor playground, skating, trampolines etc. And you really ought to allow time to visit the Winterthur old town with Switzerland’s largest continuous pedestrian zone and mix of special stores, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Alternatively, on non-signposted paths from the Sulzer areal, you can make your way to the railway station on a direct path west of the tracks.
Skillspark
Winterthur railway station en route
Connection to the route is via the eastern exit of the railway station, direction
Bahnhofplatz/Altstadt.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Winterthur
SBB Timetable Show stop and route on map

Contact

Stiftung SchweizMobil
Monbijoustrasse 61
3007 Bern
Tel. +41 (0) 31 313 02 70
info@schweizmobil.ch
www.schweizmobil.org

Services

Accommodation

Bed&Breakfast «Casa Almeida»
Bed&Breakfast «Casa Almeida»
Turbenthal
Gasthof Gyrenbad swiss historic hotel
Gasthof Gyrenbad swiss historic hotel
Turbenthal
B&B Hueb 14
B&B Hueb 14
Winterberg ZH
Camping am Schützenweiher
Camping am Schützenweiher
Winterthur
Depot195
Depot195
Winterthur
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Places

Girenbad
Girenbad
Turbenthal
Turbenthal
Winterthur
Winterthur
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Places of interest

Kyburg Castle
Kyburg Castle
Centre for photography
Centre for photography
Old Town Winterthur
Old Town Winterthur
Pumptrack Reitplatz Winterthur
Pumptrack Reitplatz Winterthur
Sammlung Oskar Reinhart «Am Römerholz»
Sammlung Oskar Reinhart «Am Römerholz»
Technorama - The Swiss Science Center
Technorama - The Swiss Science Center
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Swimming

Swimming pool Engelburg in Rikon
Swimming pool Engelburg in Rikon
Bathing complex Oberi Winterthur
Bathing complex Oberi Winterthur
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Signalization

Signalization
Follow the logo indicating No.53 on the red signposts for cycling (exception in Winterthur, logo indicating No.5). Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
Signalization