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From the World Cultural Heritage city of St.Gallen to the shores of Lake Constance

Bicycle Ride · Ostschweiz/Liechtenstein
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  • Kornhaus in Rorschach
    / Kornhaus in Rorschach
    Photo: St.Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus
  • / Alter Rhein
    Photo: St.Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus
  • / Stiftsbezirk St.Gallen
    Photo: St.Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus, Kurzschuss
  • / Kornhaus Rorschach
    Photo: St.Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus, Mattias Nutt Photography
  • / Badhütte Rorschach
    Photo: St.Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus, Mattias Nutt Photography
  • / Badhütte Rorschach
    Photo: St.Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus, Mattias Nutt Photography
  • / Badhütte Rorschach Velotour
    Photo: St.Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus, Mattias Nutt Photography
  • / Rorschach Velotour
    Photo: St.Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus, Mattias Nutt Photography
  • / Markthalle Hundertwasser Altenrhein
    Photo: St.Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus, Roland Gerth
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By bike from St.Gallen to Rheineck.
moderate
Distance 22.2 km
2:30 h
38 m
301 m

The trail leads from the Botanical Garden in St.Gallen via Mörschwil down to Horn on Lake Constance. Here it runs along Lake Constance via Rorschach to Altenrhein, where it follows the Alter Rhein river until reaching the destination of Rheineck.  Near Mörschwil shortly after Horn, you pass a small castle which is worth a short visit. Altenrhein is home to the only Hundertwasser building in Switzerland – the Altenrhein indoor market. It was built based on the idea and design of the famous artist. For technically inclined cyclists, there is an aviation museum at the Altenrhein Airport which has old-fashioned aircraft on display. 

The many beaches along the route on the shore of Lake Constance are perfect places to stop for a well-deserved break.  The natural environment along the Alter Rhein river is protected and home to many different bird and plant species.  Finally, the small town of Rheineck has a picturesque old town and a variety of good restaurants.

Author’s recommendation

The pretty bathhouse in Rorschach built in 1924 is a great place to take a swim and relax. 
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St.Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus
Update: October 22, 2018
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
674 m
Lowest point
395 m
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Tips and hints

We highly recommend taking public transport to return to St.Gallen: 

first by boat on the Alter Rhein river to Altenrhein and then across the Rorschach Bay to Rorschach where you can easily change to the train to St.Gallen. And, with the right ticket, you can take your bike with you on the boat and train. The route can be divided into any number of stages or shortened.

Current boat schedules can be found at: http://www.sbsag.ch/

Start

Botanical Garden, St.Gallen (662 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'748'551E 1'256'209N
DD
47.439900, 9.408150
DMS
47°26'23.6"N 9°24'29.3"E
UTM
32T 530774 5254131
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Destination

Rheineck

Turn-by-turn directions

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Bus connection St.Gallen train station to the Nature Museum: 5 times an hour, bus line No. 1 to Stephanshorn. 

Getting there

Coming from Zurich: Exit at A1 St.Gallen-Neudorf

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'748'551E 1'256'209N
DD
47.439900, 9.408150
DMS
47°26'23.6"N 9°24'29.3"E
UTM
32T 530774 5254131
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
22.2 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
38 m
Descent
301 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Linear route Refreshment stops available

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