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Between wine and water — autumn hikes in Switzerland’s Thurgau

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Between wine and water — autumn hikes in Switzerland’s Thurgau

Hiking Collection by Thurgau Tourismus

10

Tours

42:38 h

98.3 mi

6,475 ft

Red and yellow vine leaves compete with the colourful forest. Nature once again displays all its vibrant splendour before going into hibernation. Now, under the last warming rays of autumn sunshine, you can go on the most beautiful Tours of the year. In Thurgau, you can sweeten this time with a glass or two of wine while enjoying the view over the shimmering Lake Constance or letting your gaze roam over the Alpine peaks, already inviting the first snows.

Autumn is the perfect time for a wine hike. The season goes wonderfully with a good glass of Pinot Noir or, of course, a local Müller-Thurgau. This vine likes to grow on the southern slopes of the Thurgau mountain ranges. If the weather is not quite ideal, the wine will warm you from the inside. High above the Thurtal, you can explore the Iselisberg or set off from Weinfelden on a humid hike with cups in your backpack. You can also take a beautiful Tour between the vines on the shores of the Untersee lake and enjoy the fantastic views over the water.

The riverbanks in Thurgau are also ideal for autumn hikes. You can walk along the Thur, get to know the Murg or combine the route along the Rhine with a boat trip. And then, of course, there are other lakes to discover in Thurgau besides the gigantic Lake Constance: Lake Nussbaum and Lake Hüttwil in the Seebach valley are particularly idyllic.

There are many pubs and restaurants to choose from along the way. And almost everywhere you can take a break at a public barbecue and warm yourself by a fire. There are cultural highlights aplenty too: many of the hikes can be combined with a tour of a historic village centre, a visit to a castle or a museum.

If a wine hike is on the agenda, it’s definitely preferable to arrive by public transport. Fortunately, this isn’t a problem in Thurgau: the region is very well connected and many long-distance hikes can be combined with a relaxing train ride or a scenic boat trip.

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    Intermediate
    02:17
    5.13 mi
    2.2 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Beizlis, restaurants and wine coolers in the middle of the vineyards: you should definitely have more time for this hike than the mere duration of the walk. With a view over the Thur Valley and as far as the Alps, you hike over the sun-drenched slopes high above Weinfelden and treat yourself to some breaks with a good drink. Along the way, 30 boards tell about viticulture and the winemakers in the region.

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  • Intermediate
    04:21
    9.66 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    An enjoyable themed trail leads through the vineyards on the Untersee. It tells of the history of viticulture on Lake Constance, including Hermann Müller, to whom we owe the Müller-Thurgau. On the way you can marvel at castles and palaces in the beautiful landscape and as the icing on the cake you can enjoy a good glass of wine - or maybe two.

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  • Intermediate
    03:47
    8.82 mi
    2.3 mph
    400 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This promising hike over the Iselisberg will spoil you with fantastic views over the Thur Valley and as far as the Alps. The starting point in Oberneunforn is up on the southern slopes above the banks of the Thur. So you start already a little higher and don't have a lot of vertical meters ahead of you.You can reach …

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  • Intermediate
    03:31
    8.44 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The picturesque Seebach valley is located between the ridge of the Seerücken and the Thurtal. Three lakes are embedded here in an idyllic landscape. On this hike you will discover two of them up close. On the way there are many opportunities to cool off or have a nice rest at a barbecue area.You can easily get to the …

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  • Intermediate
    03:31
    7.97 mi
    2.3 mph
    625 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this varied hike on the Rhine, you will first explore the river from the bank and then on the return journey by ship, then also on the water. Several refreshment stops and a river bath await you along the way. At the start and finish you can admire the medieval town centers of Diessenhofen and Stein am Rhein.You …

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  • Intermediate
    04:30
    10.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    475 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Blue and green are the dominant colors on this hike. The first half of the route you walk along the shore of Lake Constance. The second takes you through the idyllic Güttinger Forest. On the way you will pass several refreshment stops and you can also take a swim in the lake.It starts in the best Lake Constance atmosphere …

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  • Difficult
    06:08
    14.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike takes you along the Thur and over many bridges worth seeing. There are only a few vertical meters to overcome on the river, but the route of almost 24 kilometers gives you the opportunity to see a lot of the beautiful Thur.It starts at the train station in Weinfelden. You walk straight to the Thur and cross …

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  • Intermediate
    03:45
    8.55 mi
    2.3 mph
    600 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This hike over the southern slopes of the Seerücken is both a natural and a cultural pleasure. You will pass several historical buildings and you can take a look at the time of the Romans. When the view is clear, the Seerücken gives you a clear view of the Alps.You can get to the starting point in Nussbaumen, for …

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  • Difficult
    05:21
    11.3 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Above the pretty Weinfelden you can explore the wonderful Ottenberg with its vineyards and wonderful views. It goes up and down again and again, and a few meters in altitude come together. With a nice stop or an extended picnic break, this circular hike becomes a wonderful day tour.The circular route is easily accessible by train and starts right …

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  • Difficult
    05:27
    12.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    700 ft
    175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This hike is all about water. You accompany the Murg from Frauenfeld almost all the way to Wil. You hike up the river and thus leisurely uphill the whole time. On the way you have many options to take a leisurely break by the water.It starts at the train station in Frauenfeld. From there it is only a few …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    98.3 mi
  • Duration
    42:38 h
  • Elevation
    6,475 ft

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