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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.

Some of our most beautiful youth hostels are located along this route!

Enjoy uncomplicated overnight accommodation that also awaits you with an optimal infrastructure.

  • Our Trin Youth Hostel is located on stages 1 and 2

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

    • STAGE 1
      Andermatt–Disentis

      If you want to start the tour in Andermatt and head towards Lake Constance, the following overnight accommodation options are on the way: Trin and Schaan-Vaduz Youth Hostels. Both will be delighted to welcome you on your Rhine Ride!

    • 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

  • Our Schaan-Vaduz Youth Hostel is located on stages 3 and 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

  • Our Trin Youth Hostel is located on stages 1 and 2

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

  • Our Trin Youth Hostel is located on stages 1 and 2

    STAGE 1
    Andermatt–Disentis

    If you want to start the tour in Andermatt and head towards Lake Constance, the following overnight accommodation options are on the way: Trin and Schaan-Vaduz Youth Hostels. Both will be delighted to welcome you on your Rhine Ride!

  • Our Trin Youth Hostel is located on stages 1 and 2

    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

  • Our Schaan-Vaduz Youth Hostel is located on stages 3 and 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.

  • Our Schaan-Vaduz Youth Hostel is located on stages 3 and 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).

  • Our Schaan-Vaduz Youth Hostel is located on stages 3 and 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 and Schaan-Vaduz Youth Hostels, located on stages 2 and 4

Trin Youth Hostel

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

Schaan-Vaduz Youth Hostel

About half of the Principality of Liechtenstein is mountainous – and yet the climate is very mild. A small country full of contrasts, culture and culinary delights.

Our youth hostels on the Rhine Route near Lake Constance and the Rhine, between stages 5 to 9 at a glance

  • There are 5 of our youth hostels on stages 5 and 6

    • 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:
      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

  • The Schaffhausen Youth Hostel is located on stage 7

    • Biking and boating can also be combined in Schaffhausen.

    • 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

    • 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.

  • There are 5 of our youth hostels on stages 5 and 6

    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.

  • There are 5 of our youth hostels on stages 5 and 6

    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:
    St. Gallen Youth Hostel
    Romanshorn Youth Hostel
    Kreuzlingen Youth Hostel

  • There are 5 of our youth hostels on stages 5 and 6

    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

  • The Schaffhausen Youth Hostel is located on stage 7

    Biking and boating can also be combined in Schaffhausen.

  • The Schaffhausen Youth Hostel is located on stage 7

    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

  • The Schaffhausen Youth Hostel is located on stage 7

    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.

Click here for the youth hostels in St. Gallen, Romanshorn, Kreuzlingen, Stein am Rhein and Schaffhausen, which are located on stages 5 and 8

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.

Schaffhausen Youth Hostel

Spend the night in a cosy little castle, travel back in time to the Middle Ages, marvel at the Rhine Falls and have fun with games and sports – it’s all possible in Schaffhausen!
  • The stylish Basel Youth Hostel is located at stage 9

    • 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

  • The stylish Basel Youth Hostel is located at stage 9

    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.

  • The stylish Basel Youth Hostel is located at stage 9

    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

  • The stylish Basel Youth Hostel is located at stage 9

    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

Basel Youth Hostel

Modern comfort within historic walls. The award-winning Basel Youth Hostel brings innovative architecture to the romantic St. Alban Pond.