Around Lake Constance and the Rhine

Time to hop on your bike – ride and sleep

On the national route 2, it’s (almost) all about the River Rhine – and bicycles, of course! It starts in Andermatt, in the canton of Uri, before heading in a big curve around the eastern part of Switzerland. After an ascent to the source of the Alpine river on the Oberalp Pass, you follow the river through exciting landscapes, along the banks of Lake Constance, passing by the roaring Rhine Falls and beyond, in the direction of Basel.

Try out the route and stay overnight in one of our youth hostels along your favourite stage.

  • Stages 1 to 4

    • Trin Youth Hostel is located on stage two and offers the ideal overnight accommodation for nature lovers.

    • STAGE 1
      Andermatt–Disentis

      The sparkling source of the Rhine rises in the Oberalp region close to the pass. In Val Tujetsch lies one of the richest and most fascinating sources of mineral deposits in the Alps and also the monastery village of Disentis.

    • STAGE 2
      Disentis–Chur

      Surselva – «above the forest» – Graubunden’s largest Romansch-speaking region. The wild gorge of the Vorderrhein is awe-inspiring - Switzerland’s Grand Canyon. Chur, the oldest town north of the Alps boasts the highest density of restaurants.

      On the route:
      Trin Youth Hostel

  • Stages 1 to 4

    • As we get closer to Lake Constance, we’ll make a stop in the Principality of Liechtenstein. Schaan-Vaduuz Youth Hostel is the perfect place to take some time out at the beginning of stage four.

    • STAGE 3
      Chur–Buchs (SG)

      The Bündner Herrschaft, Graubunden’s fertile garden and winery lies on a mound of slate detritus. Also the home of Heidi, Peter and Alpöhi (Heidi’s grandfather).

    • STAGE 4
      Buchs (SG)–St. Margrethen

      St.Galler Rheintal is an area often cosseted by the warm föhn wind. Much land has been won by the correction of the Alpenrhein waters in Rheintal. This has also created Europe’s largest freshwater delta with a wealth of birdlife.

      On the route:
      Schaan-Vaduz Youth Hostel

  • Stages 1 to 4

    Trin Youth Hostel is located on stage two and offers the ideal overnight accommodation for nature lovers.

  • Stages 1 to 4

    STAGE 1
    Andermatt–Disentis

    The sparkling source of the Rhine rises in the Oberalp region close to the pass. In Val Tujetsch lies one of the richest and most fascinating sources of mineral deposits in the Alps and also the monastery village of Disentis.

  • Stages 1 to 4

    STAGE 2
    Disentis–Chur

    Surselva – «above the forest» – Graubunden’s largest Romansch-speaking region. The wild gorge of the Vorderrhein is awe-inspiring - Switzerland’s Grand Canyon. Chur, the oldest town north of the Alps boasts the highest density of restaurants.

    On the route:
    Trin Youth Hostel

  • Stages 1 to 4

    As we get closer to Lake Constance, we’ll make a stop in the Principality of Liechtenstein. Schaan-Vaduuz Youth Hostel is the perfect place to take some time out at the beginning of stage four.

  • Stages 1 to 4

    STAGE 3
    Chur–Buchs (SG)

    The Bündner Herrschaft, Graubunden’s fertile garden and winery lies on a mound of slate detritus. Also the home of Heidi, Peter and Alpöhi (Heidi’s grandfather).

  • Stages 1 to 4

    STAGE 4
    Buchs (SG)–St. Margrethen

    St.Galler Rheintal is an area often cosseted by the warm föhn wind. Much land has been won by the correction of the Alpenrhein waters in Rheintal. This has also created Europe’s largest freshwater delta with a wealth of birdlife.

    On the route:
    Schaan-Vaduz Youth Hostel

Trin Youth Hostel

Wild gorges, crystal-clear mountain lakes, vast meadows and forests. In the natural paradise of Trin, you’re sure to leave all your cares behind!

Schaan-Vaduz Youth Hostel

Around half of the Principality of Liechtenstein is mountainous, but despite this, the climate is very mild. A place full of opposites, culture, cuisine.

Our youth hostels along the Rhine Route, close to Lake Constance

  • Stages 5 to 8

    • In our Kreuzlingen Youth Hostel, you’ll find yourself close to the German border and even closer to the lake. With its stunning views and wide range of water sports, it’s the ideal place for an overnight stay directly on the route.

    • STAGE 5
      St. Margrethen–Kreuzlingen

      The Bodensee: the soul of Europe. The area around the shimmering silver-green «Swabian sea» is an ancient cultural landscape. Despite its lively lakeside scene, Thurgau remains a serene slice of countryside with castles and extensive orchards.

      On the route:
      Jugendherberge St. Gallen Youth Hostel
      Romanshorn Youth Hostel
      Kreuzlingen Youth Hostel

    • STAGE 6
      Kreuzlingen–Schaffhausen

      The lovely landscape along the long ribbon of the Untersee appealed to Napoleon, the richly-decorated town of Stein am Rhein attracts thousands of visitors every year, as does Europe’s mightiest waterfall, the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen.

      On the route:
      Stein am Rhein Youth Hostel
      Schaffhausen Youth Hostel

  • Stages 5 to 8

    • Dachsen Youth Hostel at the Rhine Falls is located within the walls of Laufen Castle itself – directly overlooking the Rhine Falls. It’s a unique opportunity for an overnight stay on the Rhine Route.

    • STAGE 7
      Schaffhausen–Bad Zurzach

      The Hochrhein has made its bed between Schwarzwald and the Jura, at times wide and unhurried, at others narrow and wild. Attractive floodplains and historic little villages add cultural enjoyment to this stage.

      On the route:
      Schaffhausen Youth Hostel
      Dachsen am Rheinfall Youth Hostel

    • STAGE 8
      Bad Zurzach–Rheinfelden

      Starting in the Bad Zurzach wellness oasis, the stage leads to Koblenz, the historic old town with 4 bridges close to the Klingnau reservoir. The Rheinfelden destination - Switzerland's oldest Zähringer town - follows soon after the picturesque little town of Laufenburg.

  • Stages 5 to 8

    In our Kreuzlingen Youth Hostel, you’ll find yourself close to the German border and even closer to the lake. With its stunning views and wide range of water sports, it’s the ideal place for an overnight stay directly on the route.

  • Stages 5 to 8

    STAGE 5
    St. Margrethen–Kreuzlingen

    The Bodensee: the soul of Europe. The area around the shimmering silver-green «Swabian sea» is an ancient cultural landscape. Despite its lively lakeside scene, Thurgau remains a serene slice of countryside with castles and extensive orchards.

    On the route:
    Jugendherberge St. Gallen Youth Hostel
    Romanshorn Youth Hostel
    Kreuzlingen Youth Hostel

  • Stages 5 to 8

    STAGE 6
    Kreuzlingen–Schaffhausen

    The lovely landscape along the long ribbon of the Untersee appealed to Napoleon, the richly-decorated town of Stein am Rhein attracts thousands of visitors every year, as does Europe’s mightiest waterfall, the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen.

    On the route:
    Stein am Rhein Youth Hostel
    Schaffhausen Youth Hostel

  • Stages 5 to 8

    Dachsen Youth Hostel at the Rhine Falls is located within the walls of Laufen Castle itself – directly overlooking the Rhine Falls. It’s a unique opportunity for an overnight stay on the Rhine Route.

  • Stages 5 to 8

    STAGE 7
    Schaffhausen–Bad Zurzach

    The Hochrhein has made its bed between Schwarzwald and the Jura, at times wide and unhurried, at others narrow and wild. Attractive floodplains and historic little villages add cultural enjoyment to this stage.

    On the route:
    Schaffhausen Youth Hostel
    Dachsen am Rheinfall Youth Hostel

  • Stages 5 to 8

    STAGE 8
    Bad Zurzach–Rheinfelden

    Starting in the Bad Zurzach wellness oasis, the stage leads to Koblenz, the historic old town with 4 bridges close to the Klingnau reservoir. The Rheinfelden destination - Switzerland's oldest Zähringer town - follows soon after the picturesque little town of Laufenburg.

St. Gallen Youth Hostel

Right in the countryside and with the rooftops of tradition-steeped St. Gallen and Lake Constance on your doorstep. And close to some pretty natural pools.

Romanshorn Youth Hostel

Our friendly hostel welcomes bikers, hikers, inline skaters, water sports fans and relaxation seekers to the port town of Romanshorn.

Kreuzlingen Youth Hostel

Stay the night or get married at the stately Villa Hörnliberg in Kreuzlingen: the beautiful view of the meadows, trees and Lake Constance will blow you away!

Stein am Rhein Youth Hostel

Where time seems to stand still: Stein am Rhein in the beautiful Blauburgunderland region is proud of the splendid painted façades of its houses.

Becoming a member pays off!

You don’t just benefit from affordable accommodation at all Swiss youth hostels – you also get to take advantage of great deals, such as our partnership with Rent-a-bike, SwitzerlandMobility and special offers at various locations throughout Switzerland.

  • Stages 9 to 10

    • For those who want to stay in Switzerland, Basel Youth Hostel is the perfect last stop. Or if you’re following the Rhine all the way to the sea, it’s still a great place to recharge your batteries.

    • STAGE 9
      Rheinfelden–Basel

      Cycle where the ancient Romans lived and enjoyed their games: Augusta Raurica with its silver treasure. The agglomeration is already pulsating, the asphalt sweating, commuters groaning; Basel beckons with hustle, bustle and cultural attractions.

      On the route:
      Basel Youth Hostel

    • STAGE 10
      Basel–Kleinhüningen (border)–Rotterdam

      The Rhine forms a cultural and economic bridge between the Alpine region and northern Europe. From Basel the international Rhine cycle path continues through Alsace and western Germany to the Netherlands, where the Rhine flows into the North Sea.

      On the route:
      Partner youth hostels in the Hostelling International network

  • Stages 9 to 10

    For those who want to stay in Switzerland, Basel Youth Hostel is the perfect last stop. Or if you’re following the Rhine all the way to the sea, it’s still a great place to recharge your batteries.

  • Stages 9 to 10

    STAGE 9
    Rheinfelden–Basel

    Cycle where the ancient Romans lived and enjoyed their games: Augusta Raurica with its silver treasure. The agglomeration is already pulsating, the asphalt sweating, commuters groaning; Basel beckons with hustle, bustle and cultural attractions.

    On the route:
    Basel Youth Hostel

  • Stages 9 to 10

    STAGE 10
    Basel–Kleinhüningen (border)–Rotterdam

    The Rhine forms a cultural and economic bridge between the Alpine region and northern Europe. From Basel the international Rhine cycle path continues through Alsace and western Germany to the Netherlands, where the Rhine flows into the North Sea.

    On the route:
    Partner youth hostels in the Hostelling International network

Schaffhausen Youth Hostel

Stay in this cosy castle, travel back in time to the Middle Ages, marvel at the Rhine Falls, and enjoy sport and games – all in Schaffhausen!

Dachsen am Rheinfall Youth Hostel

The chance to stay in the rocky castle of Laufen, above the roaring waters of the Rhine Falls, attracts both thrill seekers and history buffs.

Basel Youth Hostel

Modern comfort in a historic building. The award-winning Basel Youth Hostel brings innovative architectural design to the romantic St. Alban stream.

Attractions along the route

  • St. Gallen

    Relaxation at «Drei Weieren»: Charming bathing resort with natural pools and places to swim, just a 15-minute walk away.

  • Altnau

    Get your teeth into Altnau's apple trail: Beautiful nature, information about fruit-growing, game stations and delicious tastings – all about apples.

  • Dachsen am Rheinfall

    Rope park with an incredible view: Climb and zip through the tree tops, including a kids parcours and a view of the Rhine Falls.

  • Basel

    Art at Fondation Beyeler: The Beyelers' world-famous collection of modern and contemporary art.

SwitzerlandMobility

The whole Rhine Route from Andermatt to Basel

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