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Appenzell Rhine Valley Route

Bicycle Ride · Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein
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Map / Appenzell Rhine Valley Route
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The cycle route for families winds through the green hills of the Appenzell region, past the crystal cave to Altstätten, the historic town in the St.Gallen Rhine Valley.

easy
17.1 km
1:18 h
182 m
600 m

A small ascent takes you from Appenzell through the rolling hills, past traditional farms to Eggerstanden. The magnificent view of the entire Alpstein, a sub-group of the Appenzell Alps whose three mountain ridges meet at the Säntis peak, makes the effort worthwhile. The pale green hills overlooking the Appenzell region reveal the beauty of the scattered village from a special vantage point. Now follow the signs to Oberriet. The approaching descent through the Kobel Forest offers a view of the vastness of the Rhine Valley. An information board about halfway down points the way to the crystal cave which is certainly worth making a short detour. Once you have reached the bottom of the valley, follow the cycle path that runs along the main road to Eichberg. The historic market town of Altstätten with its quaint winding streets and beautiful houses is the centre of the region. The Appenzell mountain railways make the ascent back to Appenzell a breeze.

Author’s recommendation

A visit to the crystal cave is a wonderful experience with its glimmering crystals, stunning stalactites and reflections of light on water inside the cave.

outdooractive.com User
Author
Andrea Federer
Updated: October 29, 2018

Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
914 m
Lowest point
453 m
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Start

Appenzell (875 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.333697, 9.425350
UTM
32T 532135 5242335

Destination

Altstätten

Turn-by-turn directions

Appenzell - Eggerstanden - Eichberg - Altstätten

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Train connection from St.Gallen to Appenzell four times an hour. 

Getting there

From St.Gallen in the direction of Teufen/Stein to Appenzell. 

Parking

Various parking areas in Appenzell (near train station and Landsgemeindeplatz). 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Difficulty
easy
Distance
17.1 km
Duration
1:18 h
Ascent
182 m
Descent
600 m
Public transport friendly In and out Scenic With refreshment stops Family friendly Cultural/historical value Geological highlights

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Highest point
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