2019
Bike Tour in Switzerland along the Rhine

Bike Tour in Switzerland along the Rhine

From Chur via Lake Constance and the Rhine Fall to Basel

  • Radweg-Reisen Tour
  • Chur – Basel
  • Many benefits included!
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●●●○○

9
days

50
km / day avg.

Along the Swiss Alpenrhein, Lake Constance and the Upper Rhein you cycle from Chur to Basel. From the mountains of Graubünden you pedal through fascinating scenery, getting to see the 400 m deep Ruinaulta Gorge for example. Beautifully situated wine and fishing villages and medieval towns line your way. Your constant companion is the Rhine, one of the world's most important waterways. In Schaffhausen it drops down some 23 m into the pool of the Falls with incredible force. Basel – your destination – awaits with a whole host of magnificent museums. A certain level of fitness is necessary for this bike tour in Switzerland along the Rhine.

Bike Tour in Switzerland along the Rhine

Brief Information

  • Booking Code
    CH-CB8
  • Start / Destination
    Chur / Basel
  • Duration
    9 days / 8 nights
  • Length
    approx. 380 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 45 and 65 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○
  • Route condition
    Mostly flat route on asphaltic cycle paths or quiet side roads.
    The cycle route in towns sometimes is on the street.
    Some hilly parts along Rhine.
  • Parking information
    Parking Tivoli, Opening hours: 24 / 7, Cost: ca. 18 CHF / Day.
    Parking Arcas, Opening hours: 24 / 7, Cost: ca. 18 CHF / Day.
    SBB Park & Ride, Opening hours: 24 / 7, Cost: ca. 10 CHF / Day.
    No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
  • Returning to Chur
    Self-organised by train, connections every hour, duration approx. 2,5 hours, 1 x change.
  • Tour operated by
    Radweg-Reisen

Day 1: Individual arrival in Chur

The history of Chur, the oldest city in Switzerland, dates back over 11,000 years. Stroll through the winding laneways and the Bärenloch in the Old Town. The complex network of courtyards in the town gives visitors an insight into Medieval life. Enjoy your evening in one of the many Beizen (Swiss German for pub). Chur is well-known for its lively cultural scene.

Day 2: Excursion to Disentis, approx. 65 km + train ride

First you will take to train to Disentis. From there you will follow the Anterior Rhine through the Surselva Valley. The official language in this region is Swiss Rhaeto-Romance. The impressive landscape of the Ruinaulta was formed by a large landslide thousands of years ago. The Rhine had to find a new route through the rubble and fallen rock – the result of which is the Rhine canyon with white steep walls and peaceful lakes along the swirling waters of the river.

Day 3: Chur – Feldkirch, approx. 65 km

Today you will cycle along the Rhine through the Bündner Herrschaft, one of the most famous wine producing areas in Switzerland – the Completer wine is aged for five years in larch barrels and an absolute rarity. You will then continue on cycling through the homeland of the heroin of children's books, Heidi, and on towards Feldkirch. The Schattenburg Castle, one of the best preserved castles in Central Europe, towers above the town at the end of the Ill Valley.

Day 4: Feldkirch – St. Gallen, approx. 45 km + train ride

Today you cross the Rhine and then go by train from Altstätten up to Appenzellerland. Alpine pasture and cows are your constant companions on the hilly route to St. Gallen, the town known for its linen and embroidery. Particularly worthy of a visit is the baroque collegiate church from the 18th century and its library. The entire St. Gallen collegiate complex was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

Day 5: St. Gallen – Constance / Kreuzlingen, approx. 45 km

Enjoy the downhill stretch to Lake Constance and your arrival near Arbon. Next, cycle along the lake through cultivated little Swiss villages and orchards, back to Constance. Take a break wherever you want in any of the many cafes along the lakeside, or jump into the water to be refreshed! Finally, there should still be time for a visit to Rosgartenmuseum or a relaxed wander through the old quarter of Constance.

Day 6: Constance – Schaffhausen, approx. 50 km

Your bike tour takes you out of Konstanz, off through picturesque Swiss fishing villages. Along the waterside, the path takes you to Stein am Rhein with its beautiful fresco-decorated, medieval houses. Switching several times between Germany and Switzerland you reach the canton's capital, Schaffhausen. The town, whose citizens competed in building numerous gables on their houses, is overlooked by Munot fort.

Day 7: Schaffhausen – Waldshut-Tiengen, approx. 60 km

After only a few kilometres, you reach the Rhine Falls, which happen to be biggest water falls in Europe. If you like, take a boat right up close to the roaring mass of water. On your bike, you continue along the Rhine, passing Rheinau monastery on through the beautiful Rhine countryside to today's destination. There are a few hilly bits on your route, but you are rewarded every time with amazing views.

Day 8: Waldshut – Basel, approx. 50 km + train ride

Today you will be cycling to Bad Säckingen via Laufenburg, where you will find Europe’s longest covered wooden bridge. The town also has two exceptional museums on offer, the Rubbish Museum and the Trumpeteer Museum, which tells the romantic story of the Bad Säckingen Trumpeteer. You will later cycle along the Rhine’s northern bank toward Rheinfelden, from where you will be taking the train to Basel.

Day 9: Individual departure or extension of stay

After breakfast, your bike tour in Switzerland and along the Alpenrhein and Upper Rhein, comes to an end. If you fancy staying on in Basel, we would be happy to extend your stay.