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Cycling in Switzerland

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Rheinau
ViaRhenana
ViaRhenana
Stage 4, Schaffhausen–Rheinau
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ViaRhenana
ViaRhenana
Stage 5, Rheinau–Eglisau
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Rheinau
Rheinfall–Zürcher Oberland
Rheinfall–Zürcher Oberland
Stage 1, Schaffhausen–Pfäffikon ZH
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Ostschweizer Wein-Route
Ostschweizer Wein-Route
Stage 1, Schaffhausen–Weinfelden
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Rhine Route
Rhine Route
Stage 7, Schaffhausen–Bad Zurzach
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Rheinfall-Route
Rheinfall-Route
Route 752, Schaffhausen–Schaffhausen
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Rheinau
Schaffhauserland Bike
Rheinau
Rheinau

Rheinau

Rheinau is just six kilometres from the Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen. The Rhine forms an S-bend here. The former baroque-style Rheinau Benedictine monastery with its church sits on a small island in the river.
Rheinau borders onto Germany in three directions. The Rhine gives the town its character – the former Benedictine monastery on an island in the middle of the Rhine at an S-bend is magnificent. The stately houses with their emblems and stepped gables are a reminder of Rheinau’s city days.

The Rheinau monastery island is a real gem in the Rhine landscape. It is assumed that the Rheinau Benedictine monastery on the strategically well-protected Rhine bends was founded around 778. In 1114, a Roman basilica was consecrated. In the 18th century the Rheinau monastery experienced a late boom: the St. Mary’s monastery church was extended with a mighty double tower at its front and the convent building was magnificently renewed in baroque style by 1744. The monastery complex has more or less maintained that earlier form to the present day. In 1862, the cantonal council ultimately decided on the abolition of the monastery.

The monastery church with its two historic organs is among the most significant religious buildings in Switzerland. The splendour and abundance of the interior appointments dating from 1710 to 1759 are extremely impressive. The Rheinau monastery church is open to the public and church services and the well-known Rheinau concerts regularly take place there.

Other sights worth seeing in Rheinau, apart from the monastery church, are the upper town, the hilltop church and the historic assembly house «zur Stube». In the lower town with its late Gothic manor houses, the Salmen quarter with baroque buildings and the wooded Rhine bridge are worth viewing.

Further attractions are the Watt forest reserve, which is left to the laws of nature, a nature education trail, fishing in the Rhine (licence required, day tickets), the indoor and outdoor swimming pools and the re-excavated defences with wall, trench and bunkers from World War II.

Highlights

  • Monastery church - as part of the Rheinau Monastery complex, the baroque church with its two historic organs is among the most significant religious buildings in Switzerland.
  • Rheinau townscape – the stately houses with their emblems and stepped gables are a reminder of Rheinau’s city days.
  • Ships on the Rhine – scheduled boats ply the river on various sections between Eglisau and the Rhine Falls.
Rheinau is just six kilometres from the Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen. The Rhine forms an S-bend here. The former baroque-style Rheinau Benedictine monastery with its church sits on a small island in the river.
Rheinau borders onto Germany in three directions. The Rhine gives the town its character – the former Benedictine monastery on an island in the middle of the Rhine at an S-bend is magnificent. The stately houses with their emblems and stepped gables are a reminder of Rheinau’s city days.

The Rheinau monastery island is a real gem in the Rhine landscape. It is assumed that the Rheinau Benedictine monastery on the strategically well-protected Rhine bends was founded around 778. In 1114, a Roman basilica was consecrated. In the 18th century the Rheinau monastery experienced a late boom: the St. Mary’s monastery church was extended with a mighty double tower at its front and the convent building was magnificently renewed in baroque style by 1744. The monastery complex has more or less maintained that earlier form to the present day. In 1862, the cantonal council ultimately decided on the abolition of the monastery.

The monastery church with its two historic organs is among the most significant religious buildings in Switzerland. The splendour and abundance of the interior appointments dating from 1710 to 1759 are extremely impressive. The Rheinau monastery church is open to the public and church services and the well-known Rheinau concerts regularly take place there.

Other sights worth seeing in Rheinau, apart from the monastery church, are the upper town, the hilltop church and the historic assembly house «zur Stube». In the lower town with its late Gothic manor houses, the Salmen quarter with baroque buildings and the wooded Rhine bridge are worth viewing.

Further attractions are the Watt forest reserve, which is left to the laws of nature, a nature education trail, fishing in the Rhine (licence required, day tickets), the indoor and outdoor swimming pools and the re-excavated defences with wall, trench and bunkers from World War II.

Highlights

  • Monastery church - as part of the Rheinau Monastery complex, the baroque church with its two historic organs is among the most significant religious buildings in Switzerland.
  • Rheinau townscape – the stately houses with their emblems and stepped gables are a reminder of Rheinau’s city days.
  • Ships on the Rhine – scheduled boats ply the river on various sections between Eglisau and the Rhine Falls.

Arrival and return Rheinau

Adresse

Winterthur Tourismus
Im Hauptbahnhof
8401 Winterthur
Tel. +41 (0)52 267 67 00
tourismus@win.ch
www.winterthur-tourismus.ch

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Places of interest

Former Monastery Rheinau
Former Monastery Rheinau
Rheinaubrücke – from Klettgau to Thurgau
Rheinaubrücke – from Klettgau to Thurgau
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Hiking in

Rheinau
ViaRhenana
ViaRhenana
Stage 4, Schaffhausen–Rheinau
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ViaRhenana
ViaRhenana
Stage 5, Rheinau–Eglisau
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Cycling in

Rheinau
Rheinfall–Zürcher Oberland
Rheinfall–Zürcher Oberland
Stage 1, Schaffhausen–Pfäffikon ZH
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Ostschweizer Wein-Route
Ostschweizer Wein-Route
Stage 1, Schaffhausen–Weinfelden
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Rhine Route
Rhine Route
Stage 7, Schaffhausen–Bad Zurzach
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Rheinfall-Route
Rheinfall-Route
Route 752, Schaffhausen–Schaffhausen
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Mountain biking in

Rheinau
Schaffhauserland Bike