Wild Flowers, Mountain Views and Lake Constance - Bike Tours in Thurgau
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.
Would you like to spend your night in a comfortable concrete tube with a double bed? Then go to the Hotel Wunderbar in Arbon. Here in the garden there are several spacious tubes for your overnight stay to choose from. The best way to reach the hotel is by bike on the Bluescht bike tour. You can find all information about the accommodation at hotel-wunderbar.ch/hotel.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 from the “Swabian Sea” through the blossoms of Switzerland's largest fruit-growing canton.It starts in Romanshorn, which you can easily reach by train or ship. The first 20 kilometers are always slightly uphill through a beautiful orchard landscape.On your way you pass the chapel Ruggisberg, from which you can enjoy a great view. The route also passes several castles, for example the moated castle in Hagenwil or the Dottenwil castle. Here you have reached the highest point of your tour.From now on it only goes downhill until you reach Lake Constance in Arbon. Shortly before in Roggwil there is a tiny brewery with an idyllic garden restaurant, the Huus Braui.In Arbon, the beautiful old town is ideal for a short walk. Then follow the Lake Constance cycle path to your starting point in Romanshorn. Don't forget your bathing suit, because several bathing spots 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.
This accommodation is just perfect for the Bodensee Rhein family route: You and your loved ones spend the night in a romantic wooden circus wagon at the Wagenhausen campsite in Stein am Rhein. The second stage of the six-day family route ends in Stein am Rhein - but thanks to good connections to the public transport network, you can also only drive this stage without any problems. You can find all information about the accommodation at campingwagenhausen.ch/zirkuswagen.The second stage of the family route starts in Kreuzlingen. You drive along the border to the German border town of Konstanz towards Untersee. It is part of Lake Constance and connected to the Obersee via the Seerhein.Along your route you will find many swimming opportunities on the lake. You always drive through small harbor towns that invite you to linger, such as Ermatingen or Mannenbach. From here you can take a boat trip to the vegetable island of Reichenau.From Mannenbach the route becomes a little more hilly. If the route becomes too strenuous for you, you have the option of covering part of the stage by boat. You can find the timetables here: urh.ch.Lake Constance is getting narrower and the bike path offers many beautiful views of the opposite bank. Stein am Rhein is where Lake Constance ends and merges into the Rhine. Your milestone is best known for the well-preserved medieval old town.If you don't want to spend the night at the end of the stage, you can take the S-Bahn from Stein am Rhein with a one-time change in Romanshorn to Arbon, the starting point of the first stage, in a good hour. You can find their course here: komoot.de/tour/58547659.
Spend the night like a castle owner - this is possible on the pleasure bike tour. It will take you past the Hagenwil moated castle, where you can spend the night in the romantic castle room. If you don't want to spend the night, the castle restaurant is also worth a stop. You can find all information about the accommodation at schloss-hagenwil.ch/angebote/arrangements.The pleasure bike tour starts at the Romanshorner train station, which you can easily reach by train. You always drive uphill on small streets through a beautiful meadow landscape full of fruit trees.Countless courtyards are on your way. One of them is the organic farm Mausacker, which is surrounded by ancient apple trees. It is one of many farms where you can taste various Thurgau apple specialties such as the dried apple ringli or shop for your provisions or a picnic.It continues hilly to the Hagenwil moated castle, where the lord of the castle spoils you with Thurgau specialties in his restaurant.On the way to Lake Constance you drive a bit on the Altnauer Apfelweg, where you can learn a lot of exciting things about fruit growing on information boards.Shortly after Altnau you reach Lake Constance again. You follow the Lake Constance Cycle Path for twelve kilometers until you have returned to Romanshorn. There are lots of nice swimming spots along the way, so don't forget to pack your swimming gear.
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 Eastern Switzerland Wine Route is equally suitable for connoisseurs and nature lovers - and this also applies to the tree house in Halden. In the pretty house with the small terrace and the huge panoramic windows you spend the night at lofty heights and enjoy a wonderful view of the Thurgau. This unique accommodation is located on the second stage of the wine route. You can find all information about the accommodation at baumhaus-thurgau.ch.The second stage of the Eastern Switzerland Wine Route begins in Weinfelden and leads you through the beautiful Thur meadows. Here you can make the detour to Halden, where you will find your accommodation in the tree house.Then you cycle to Bischofszell at the confluence of the Thur and Sitter. In the remarkable old town you can take a coffee break and make a detour to the old Thur bridge, which is also called the "crooked bridge".Now it's getting really hilly. Through the so-called Fürstenland you drive to Gossau, which is ideal for a lunch break. You will soon reach the Sitter again and cross it on an impressive railway viaduct.St. Gallen, the destination of the Eastern Switzerland Wine Route, is not far from there. It is worth connecting the bike here and exploring the old town with its many shops, cafes and lively streets. The Abbey District around the Gallus Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is particularly beautiful.In just under two hours you will be back in Schaffhausen by S-Bahn. If you turn the tour around, i.e. drive from St. Gallen to Schaffhausen, it will be a little easier, because it will save you a few meters in altitude.
Are you looking for a special bike tour off the beaten track? Do you want to cycle near Lake Constance, but don't feel like the hustle and bustle of Lake Constance? Then the Seerücken-Route is ideal for you - especially if you want to spend the night in a rustic hay hotel. You can find all information about the accommodation at hof-tschannen.ch.You start in Schaffhausen, the capital of the canton of the same name. If you follow the Rhine a few kilometers downstream, 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 small detour to the three lakes of the Seebachtal. Here you have the opportunity to jump into the water or have a picnic on the shore.There are some climbs over the next few kilometers. You will be rewarded with beautiful views of the Alps and wide valleys. And while we're at the view: the 40 meter high Napoleon Tower is in Hohenrain. 208 steps take you to the viewing platform.Passing the idyllic Bommer pond you reach Siegershausen after 56 kilometers. From here it is not far to the Tschannen farm, where you can spend the night in a very special atmosphere in a straw bed.
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.