Between the southern shore of Lake Constance and the rolling hills of the Alpine foothills lies a paradise for cyclists: the Thurgau. With over 210,000 fragrant apple trees and more than 1,600 hectares of fruit crops, Thurgau is Switzerland's largest fruit orchard. From April to May, when the flower buds of the fruit trees bloom, the area transforms into a colorful paradise for flower lovers.
However, the Thurgau is known not only for its juicy apples and flowers. The area also offers a diverse cuisine and offers food to suit every budget -- from sophisticated gastronomy to rustic Beiz. You can buy plenty of supplies for your cycle rides at many farms along the way.
However, it’s not only worth visiting Thurgau for lunch. With stunning landscapes, the area is fabulous to explore by bike. We have put together six beautiful tours for you, four of them are two days, with an overnight stay in between. If you only want to do a part of a route, you can easily use the excellent public transport to reach the start and end points.
All tours vary in length and have different levels of difficulty, so there is something for every level. For families, for example, the tour along Lake Constance and the Rhine is ideal as it is flat and mostly follows traffic-free cycle paths. If you want to discover the hidden secrets of Thurgau, the Seerücken route is ideal for you. For those looking to enjoy the culinary offerings of the region, the Mostindien cycle route, the wine route or the pleasure bike tour are ideal. On the Bluescht route, the path revolves around apple blossom. However, not only apples flourish in Thurgau. So that you do not miss the blossom in all its splendor, even a separate hotline has been set up, where Madame Bluescht provides information about where and when the region blooms: +41 71 531 01 30.
All tours start and end in places that you can easily reach by train. On the way, there are also many restaurants and wells with fresh spring water.
The "Bluescht" is the most beautiful season in Thurgau, because it is the time of the fruit tree blossom in spring. The Bluescht bike tour takes you once from the "Swabian Sea" through the sea of flowers of Switzerland's largest fruit canton.Let's start in Romanshorn, which you can easily reach by train or boat. The first 20 kilometers, it is always slightly uphill through a beautiful orchard landscape.On your way you pass the chapel Ruggisberg, from which you enjoy a great view. The route also passes several castles, for example the moated castle in Hagenwil or the castle Dottenwil. Here you have reached the highest point of your tour.From now on it's just downhill until you reach Lake Constance in Arbon. Shortly before in Roggwil there is a tiny brewery with an idyllic garden, the Huus Braui.In Arbon, the beautiful old town for a short walk. Then you follow the Bodenseeradweg to your starting point in Romanshorn. Do not forget your swimsuit, because several swimming areas and beach baths invite you to cool off.
Mostindien - that is the joking name for the canton of Thurgau. This was born from a pun on the word "East India", which points to the eastern location of the Swiss canton. The fact that the word "must" is nicknamed is obvious and comes from the important fruit growing in Thurgau, or the once famous Thurgau pear must.On the Mostindien tour, you will experience everything that Thurgau is famous for. You start your journey in Romanshorn, which you reach easily by train or boat, and follow the Bodenseeadweg. Many great beaches and swimming pools invite you to swim.If you want to deal more intensively with the fruit and apple growing, you can do that in the Schau- and Lehrgarten in Güttingen or on the Apfelweg in Altnau.In Steckborn you leave the Bodenseeradweg and change to the Seerücken. As the name suggests, some gradients await you. You drive on lonely back roads through forests and orchards and enjoy again and again a beautiful alpine panorama.The first stage ends in Weinfelden. Here you can find a few places to stay or take the train back to Romanshorn in 15 to 20 minutes.Tip: If the stage is too exhausting for you, you can hop on the S-Bahn in Kreuzlingen and drive a short distance to Siegershausen, shortening the stage and avoiding some altitude meters.
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The second stage of the Mostindien tour begins in Weinfelden. You drive along the river Thur to the beautiful town Bischofszell at the confluence of Thur and Sitter.The landmark of the village is the "crooked bridge", the longest surviving natural stone bridge in Switzerland. Also exciting is the Typorama. The printing is still partly printed with lead letters. Every first Sunday of the month at 3 pm the printing house opens its doors.The route then takes you through the nature reserve Hudelmoos to the impressive moated castle Hagenwil. On your way to Lake Constance you will experience the typical Thurgau with extensive orchards, small farms and always beautiful views of the lake.After a long descent on small roads you reach again Romanshorn, the starting point of the Mostindien tour.
The family route leads along Lake Constance and the Rhine once across the Thurgau. Both stages are safe to drive and mostly flat, which is why even inexperienced and children have fun cycling. And should the power wane, the nearest train station is not far and you can change trains.The first stage begins at the train station in Arbon, which is very well connected to the railway network. The pretty old town is romantically located on the shore, where you drive along the beautifully landscaped waterfront.There are many things to discover along the Lake Constance cycle path. On the route are many swimming, great playgrounds and exciting gardens, such as the herb garden in Uttwil. In addition, many family-friendly restaurants look forward to children.After about 30 kilometers on the Lake Constance cycle path, you will reach Kreuzlingen, your stage destination. There are many exciting things to discover in the Seeburg Park on the shore, for example the 15-meter-high wooden tower, from where you have a beautiful view of Lake Constance.In Kreuzlingen you can either return by train to Arbon or if you want to go the second leg of the family route the next day, you will find many hotels, a campsite and a youth hostel here.
The second leg of the family route starts in Kreuzlingen. You drive along the border to the German border town Konstanz towards Untersee. It is part of Lake Constance and connected to the Obersee via the Seerhein.Along the route you will find many bathing possibilities at the lake. You also drive through small harbor towns that invite you to linger, such as Ermatingen or Mannenbach. From here you can take the boat on a trip to the vegetable island Reichenau.From Mannenbach the route gets a bit hilly. If the road becomes too tiring for you, you have the option to travel part of the leg by boat. The timetables can be found here: urh.ch.Lake Constance is getting narrower and the bike path offers many beautiful views of the opposite shore. There, where Lake Constance comes to an end and merges into the Rhine, lies Stein am Rhein. Your stage destination is especially known for the well-preserved medieval old town.From Stein am Rhein you are with the S-Bahn with a single change in Romanshorn in an hour back in Arbon.
The pleasure bike tour starts at the Romanshorn train station, which can be easily reached by train and boat. You drive on small roads over and over again through a beautiful meadow landscape full of fruit trees.Countless farms are on your way. One of them is the Biohof Mausacker surrounded by ancient apple trees. It is one of many farms where the various Thurgau apple specialties such as the dried apple ringli can taste or shop for your provisions or a picnic.It continues hilly up to the moated castle Hagenwil, where the lord of the castle pampers you in its restaurant with Thurgau specialties. On the way to Lake Constance, you drive a bit on the Altnauer Apfelweg, where you learn a lot of exciting information on fruit trees on information boards.Shortly after Altnau you will reach Lake Constance again. You follow the Bodensee cycle path for 12 kilometers until you arrive back in Romanshorn. On the way there are many beautiful swimming spots, so do not forget to pack your bathing suit.
The Eastern Swiss Wine Route takes you on beautiful paths from Schaffhausen to St. Gallen. You will drive through four cantons and get to know many places of Eastern Swiss viticulture.You start at the foot of Munot fortress in Schaffhausen, which is surrounded by vineyards. Then you follow a piece of the Rhine to the Rhine Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Europe.The journey continues through the Zürcher Weinland to the idyllic Husum Lake, where you can have a good picnic or cool off. Soon you will reach the Thur and follow the hilly paths through the vineyards.The Charterhouse Ittingen, a former Carthusian monastery and today's cultural center, is ideal for a rest. The restaurant prepares dishes made with home-grown produce and offers its own wine. You can also stock up on provisions in the farm shop.The rest of the way leads you parallel to the Thur on small roads through an agricultural landscape. The first leg of the Eastern Swiss Wine Route ends in Weinfelden. Here are some inns and hotels for the night.
The second leg of the Eastern Swiss wine route begins in Weinfelden and leads you through the beautiful Thur meadows to Bischofszell at the confluence of Thur and Sitter.In the interesting old town you can take a coffee break and make a detour to the old Thurbrücke, which is also called "crooked bridge".Now it gets really hilly. Through the so-called Fürstenland you drive to Gossau, which offers itself for a lunch break. Soon you will reach the sitter again and cross it on an impressive railway viaduct.From there, St. Gallen, the destination of the Eastern Swiss Wine Route, is not far away. Here it is worthwhile especially to join the bicycle and visit the old town with the many shops, cafes, lively streets and the abbey district around the Gallus Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.In less than two hours you are back in Schaffhausen by S-Bahn. If you turn the tour around, ie drive from St. Gallen to Schaffhausen, the tour will be a bit easier to drive, as you'll save some altitude.
Are you looking for a special bike ride off the beaten track? Would you like to cycle near Lake Constance, but you do not feel like the hustle and bustle on Lake Constance? Then the Seerücken route is ideal for you.You start in Schaffhausen, the canton capital of the canton of the same name. If you follow the Rhine a few kilometers down the river, you will come to the famous Rhine Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in Europe.The Seerücken route takes you briefly along the Rhine until you leave the river in Diessenhofen. From now on it gets hilly. In Nussbaumen you can make a short detour to the three lakes of the Seebachtal. Here you have the opportunity to jump into the water or picnic on the shore.On the next kilometers there are some slopes. But you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the Alps and wide valleys. And while we are already on the lookout: in Hohenrain stands the 40-meter Napoleonic tower. 208 steps take you to the viewing platform.Past the idyllic Bommerweiher you reach after 56 kilometers your stage destination Siegershausen. Since there are hardly any accommodations, take the train to Kreuzlingen. The S-Bahn runs every half hour and after only 15 minutes driving you reach Kreuzlingen, where you will find a youth hostel, a campsite and hotels for every budget.
The second leg of the Seerücken route begins in Siegershausen. Even today there are small streets and grandiose views on the program.This stage is a bit easier to drive than the first, as it is shorter and has much less gradients. In the tendency it goes downhill to the Bodensee.Again and again you drive through shady woodland. In the middle of the Romanshorner Wald is a great Waldschenke, which is well suited for a lunch or afternoon break.Continue through the heart of Mostindiens. The area is rich in fruit trees, which bloom magnificently especially in the spring. Before you reach Lake Constance, a nice view of the Säntis massif awaits you on a small hill. Then it goes downhill to Arbon.Here your journey on the Seerücken route is over and you are back in Schaffhausen in about one and a half hours by train. But before that you can walk along the beautifully landscaped Arboner Ufer and in the pretty old town or jump into the lake.