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Heart Route – stage 13: Altstätten-Rorschach

Bicycle Ride · Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein
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  • Badhütte Rorschach Velotour
    / Badhütte Rorschach Velotour
    Photo: Andrea Federer, Mattias Nutt Photography
  • Stiftsbezirk St.Gallen
    / Stiftsbezirk St.Gallen
    Photo: Andrea Federer, Kurzschuss
  • Kornhaus Rorschach
    / Kornhaus Rorschach
    Photo: Andrea Federer, St.Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus
  • Altstätten
    / Altstätten
    Photo: Andrea Federer, St.Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus
Map / Heart Route – stage 13: Altstätten-Rorschach
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The Herzroute (Heart Route) that criss-crosses all of Switzerland ends in the St.Gallen-Lake Constance region – a region with countless highlights and a big heart.

moderate
39.1 km
3:00 h
824 m
862 m

From west to east, from Lake Geneva to Lake Constance – the entire distance by bike: the Herzroute, or Heart Route, aims to acquaint tourists with Switzerland as a paradise for biking.

The last stage begins in the romantic wine-growing town of Altstätten. But you’re going to have to pedal hard to get here. But once you make it, high above on the 1,100 metre high St.Anton mountain, cyclists have a spectacular view of the St.Gallen Rhine Valley. Now the journey continues down to Walzenhausen. The view is still fantastic on the way down, just the landscape is different: instead of the Rhine Valley, cyclists have a spectacular view of Lake Constance, Germany and Austria. And soon of the historic Kornhaus, or granary, Rorschach's landmark. This is where the Herzroute ends in the pretty little harbour town in the southernmost bay of Lake Constance. But this doesn’t mean that your stay in the St.Gallen-Lake Constance region should also come to an end. With its historic wooden bathhouse and enormous sand sculptures, Rorschach enchants tourists and locals alike every year. The nearby UNESCO World Cultural Heritage city of St.Gallen – the capital of Eastern Switzerland – with its world-famous Abbey Library and Baroque cathedral is also worth a visit.

Author’s recommendation

The old bathhouse built in 1924 is the only remaining building of its kind on the Swiss side of Lake Constance. A swim is a refreshing way to end the tour!

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

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1110 m
Lowest point
394 m
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Start

Altstätten (429 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.375049, 9.556780
UTM
32T 542032 5246993

Destination

Rorschach

Turn-by-turn directions

Altstätten - St.Anton - Walzenhausen - Rorschach 

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Direct trains run 3 times an hour from St.Gallen to Altstätten. (S2/S4/RE)

Getting there

From St.Gallen in the direction of Teufen, section of “Grand Tour of Switzerland” to Gais via Stoos to Altstätten. 

Parking

The city of Altstätten is divided into several parking zones. 

Parking zone 1: Areas in the old town, max. 2 hours (approx. 125 parking spaces; Gemüsemarkt, Obergasse, Marktgasse, Kirchplatz, etc.)

Parking zone 2: Areas in the immediate vicinity of the old town, max. 48 hours (approx. 215 parking spaces; Hintergärten, Breite, Kleinviehhalle, Heidenerstrasse, Bildstrasse, etc.)

Parking zone area of the train station, max. 7 days (special zone SBB train station)

Rathaus (city hall) car park (approx. 90 parking spaces for short-term parking) 

Parking is free of charge at the Stossplatz and the GESA sports centre, Tennishalle and Grüntal (football field).

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
39.1 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
824 m
Descent
862 m
Public transport friendly Multi-stage tour Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value

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