Idea 10: churches, palaces and a lake fit for a king

Eastern Switzerland

Cultural highs and pristine natural beauty await in Eastern Switzerland, where the Rhine flows swift and the abbeys are spiritually uplifting.

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Schaffhausen Nature Park and Neckertal Nature Park

Far from the madding crowd, these two nature parks lure walking, cycling and boat enthusiasts. The Rhine flows swiftly past gently rolling hills and vineyards in the pretty Schaffhausen region, while the Neckertal Nature Park in the heart of Eastern Switzerland is dotted with quaint villages and cosy inns.

Untersee-Hochrhein: rendez-vous with Napoleon III

The Untersee is seen at its picture-book best from the Königsetappe (King's Stage). Part of the Thurgauer circular hiking trail, the 20km route between Kreuzlingen and Steckborn takes in palaces and castles such as Arenenberg, where Napoleon III once sojourned.

UNESCO World Heritage abbey district of St Gallen

A Unesco World Heritage site, St Gallen's abbey district, complete with baroque cathedral, library and archives, is a magnificent cultural ensemble. The abbey is the centrepiece of the old town, where stately houses are brightly painted and adorned with oriel windows and first-floor taverns serve traditional food with a pinch of culture.

Walking, cycling and mountain biking

SwitzerlandMobility gets the country moving. The only one of its kind in the world, this network of marked walking, cycling and mountain biking trails makes Switzerland a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.
Our tips: Rhein and Untersee walkAppenzellerland cultural walk

Taking care of yourself and others and respecting the natural environment will ensure you get the most of your outdoor experience.
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  • Sweet dreams

    Schloss Wartegg, Rorschacherberg
    Switch off and reenergise at the most beautiful spot on Lake Constance. Schlosshotel Wartegg in Rorschacherberg is a castle turned eco-friendly retreat, with supremely comfortable rooms decorated in natural materials. The kitchen places the emphasis on organic ingredients and home-grown produce from the castle garden.

    Stein am Rhein Youth Hostel You can also get a good night's sleep in youth hostels, for instance the recently renovated one in Stein am Rhein. This is the perfect base for exploring the picture-book old town on the banks of the Rhine. The youth hostel has been awarded the Ibex fairstay gold award for sustainability.

    Dachsen Youth Hostel Can you hear thunder? The thundering Rhine Waterfall lulls you to sleep at Dachsen Youth Hostel, housed in a 1000-year-old castle and spectacularly perched above Europe's biggest falls. The youth hostel has been awarded the Ibex fairstay silver certificate for sustainability.

    Regional specialities

    St. Galler Bratwurst *

    Made with veal, pork and milk, this soft white sausage is a real delicacy. Eat the bratwurst like a local - with bread but no mustard.

    Thurgau Apples

    Crunchy, pithy and delightfully tangy, Thurgau's famous apples are enjoyed in many different ways - as cider, cakes, tarts and fresh from the tree. They're also the perfect snack for walking and cycling tours.

    Schaffhauser Pinot Noir

    Amber-hued new wines, refreshing rosés, sweet ice wines and classic red wines - pinot noir is the most versatile of grapes. Some 500 vintners make pinot noirs in this region. Cheers!

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