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Schänis
Lakes Route
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Stage 9, Niederurnen–Buchs (SG)
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Stage 8, Einsiedeln–Niederurnen
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Alpine Panorama Route
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Stage 2, Appenzell–Glarus
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Rhein–Hirzel–Linth
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Stage 3, Pfäffikon SZ–Niederurnen (Ziegelbrücke)
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Schänis

Schänis lies in the Linth plain between the Zürichsee and Walensee lakes on the north-eastern side of the Linthkanal. The silted-up area is a favourite amongst cyclists, with skaters - and glider pilots. The rococo monastery church is well worth seeing.
The ruins of a Roman watchtower can be seen at Schänis on the Biberlikopf at Ziegelbrücke. The Schänis Abbey, long an aristocratic convent, was founded in the 9th century. In 1782, the convent building and the church were renovated, or rather rebuilt in rococo style. In 1811, the Canton St. Gallen Greater Council decided to abolish the abbey. The beautiful church was taken over by the parish.

Schänis is famous with glider pilots: the small airfield in the Linth plain, with its two asphalted landing strips is Switzerland’s most popular airfield with gliders.

As a result of deforestation in the Glarus region, in centuries long ago the Linth swept large quantities of debris into the valley and created marshlands. People caught marsh fever and many died. On the initiative of Hans Konrad Escher, the Linthkanal was opened in 1816, freeing the inhabitants of the region from their great misery. A monument to Escher now stands in Ziegelbrücke.

Further sights worth seeing at Schänis are the Gallusturm, the rebuilt remains of a Roman church complex dating from the 11th century, which was destroyed by fire in 1824, the Steinerhaus at the northern end of the village, the Selinerhaus in the town hall square, the St. Sebastian Chapel and the local museum. The Maria Bildstein pilgrimage church in nearby Benken is also worth a visit. In Filzbach at Walensee lake, an adventure indoor minigolf course offers a bad weather alternative. The skiing and recreational regions of Flumserberg and Atzmännig are attractive, all-year excursion destinations in the surrounding mountains.

Highlights

  • Schänis Abbey Church– the church of the former convent, with its origin in Carolingian times, today shines in rococo style splendour.
  • Schänis airfield – very popular with glider pilots owing to its scenic appeal and good thermal conditions.
  • Geoweg – local history of the earth on the 24 kilometres from Schänis via Weesen to Amden.
  • Kaltbrunner Ried – protected wetlands of international significance with over 150 varieties of birds and a small information centre.
  • Cycle and inline tours across the Linth plain between the Zürichee and Walensee.
Schänis lies in the Linth plain between the Zürichsee and Walensee lakes on the north-eastern side of the Linthkanal. The silted-up area is a favourite amongst cyclists, with skaters - and glider pilots. The rococo monastery church is well worth seeing.
The ruins of a Roman watchtower can be seen at Schänis on the Biberlikopf at Ziegelbrücke. The Schänis Abbey, long an aristocratic convent, was founded in the 9th century. In 1782, the convent building and the church were renovated, or rather rebuilt in rococo style. In 1811, the Canton St. Gallen Greater Council decided to abolish the abbey. The beautiful church was taken over by the parish.

Schänis is famous with glider pilots: the small airfield in the Linth plain, with its two asphalted landing strips is Switzerland’s most popular airfield with gliders.

As a result of deforestation in the Glarus region, in centuries long ago the Linth swept large quantities of debris into the valley and created marshlands. People caught marsh fever and many died. On the initiative of Hans Konrad Escher, the Linthkanal was opened in 1816, freeing the inhabitants of the region from their great misery. A monument to Escher now stands in Ziegelbrücke.

Further sights worth seeing at Schänis are the Gallusturm, the rebuilt remains of a Roman church complex dating from the 11th century, which was destroyed by fire in 1824, the Steinerhaus at the northern end of the village, the Selinerhaus in the town hall square, the St. Sebastian Chapel and the local museum. The Maria Bildstein pilgrimage church in nearby Benken is also worth a visit. In Filzbach at Walensee lake, an adventure indoor minigolf course offers a bad weather alternative. The skiing and recreational regions of Flumserberg and Atzmännig are attractive, all-year excursion destinations in the surrounding mountains.

Highlights

  • Schänis Abbey Church– the church of the former convent, with its origin in Carolingian times, today shines in rococo style splendour.
  • Schänis airfield – very popular with glider pilots owing to its scenic appeal and good thermal conditions.
  • Geoweg – local history of the earth on the 24 kilometres from Schänis via Weesen to Amden.
  • Kaltbrunner Ried – protected wetlands of international significance with over 150 varieties of birds and a small information centre.
  • Cycle and inline tours across the Linth plain between the Zürichee and Walensee.

Arrival and return Schänis

Adresse

Rapperswil Zürichsee Tourismus
Fischmarktplatz 1
8640 Rapperswil
Tel. +41 (0)55 225 77 00
zuerichsee@zuerich.com
www.zuerich.com

Cycling in

Schänis
Lakes Route
Lakes Route
Stage 9, Niederurnen–Buchs (SG)
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Lakes Route
Lakes Route
Stage 8, Einsiedeln–Niederurnen
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Alpine Panorama Route
Alpine Panorama Route
Stage 2, Appenzell–Glarus
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Rhein–Hirzel–Linth
Rhein–Hirzel–Linth
Stage 3, Pfäffikon SZ–Niederurnen (Ziegelbrücke)
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Mountain biking in

Schänis
Panorama Bike
Panorama Bike
Heidiland Bike