The old town of Winterthur has the largest interconnected pedestrianized area in Switzerland. The houses, narrow streets and fountains date back to the Baroque, the parish church with its twin towers is Gothic and the magnificent town house is a masterpiece of the architect Semper. In addition, Winterthur is famous for its art scene. With the Oskar Reinhart Museum next to the city gardens and the art museum it has two art collections of international standing.
Between Wutach and Rhine to the striking Castle
This easy hike between Wutach and the Rhine leads through the foothills of the Black Forest to the Küssaburg, the striking fortress high above the Rhine Valley. The starting point is in picturesque Tiengen. The way back leads through romantic river valleys.
A view from Lake Constance to the Swiss Alps
Towering above Lake Constance is the local hill of Singen, crowned by a ruin. The 693 meter high Hohentwiel offers great views: From the impressive fortress the eye roams from Lake Constance across the rolling hills of the Hegau to the chain of summits of the Swiss Alps. For the last 9,000 years people have been settling on these slopes of the volcanic mountain. Farmers from the Neolithic period, artists from the Bronze Age and the Celts have all left their traces. A short one-hour walk leads from downtown Singen to the summit.
Castle with a view above the Hochrhein
The castle ruin at 635 metres above the Hochrhein is a landmark of the Waldshut district. The Küssaburg was probably built between 1125 and 1141 and had a predecessor castle. It was destroyed in the Thirty Years' War and by a landslide in 1664. In the 19th century, the ruins of the castle were uncovered and have been a popular destination in the region ever since. From above you have a phenomenal view far into the southern Black Forest and the Swiss Aargau.
World Heritage in Lake Constance: Reichenau
The long alley of poplars connects the island to the mainland and allows views of the Swiss shores and of the Gnadensee. The Wollmatinger Ried stretches on either side of the road. It is the largest nature reserve on the German side of Lake Constance. At the end of the alley the Traveling Bishop Pirmin greets you. Here is where he founded the significant Benedictine monastery in 724 and his statue serves as a reminder of the Church`s history. After crossing the Bruck waterway, one finally reaches the island which, with more than four square kilometers, is the largest in Lake Constance.
Fairytale church on an island in the Rhine
The former Benedictine abbey is beautifully situated on an island in the Rhine in the Swiss community of Rheinau. It was founded around 778 and abolished in 1862. From 1867 to 2000 a psychiatric clinic was housed in the former monastery buildings. Today they are used by the “Spirituelle Weggemeinschaft”. The baroque monastery church is a masterpiece of the Vorarlberg master builder Franz Beer. The Rheinau concerts take place during summer.
Water richest waterfall in Europe
Although by far not the highest at a height of 23 meters, the Rhine Falls of Schaffhausen are the water-richest in all of Europe. At a width of 150 meters an average of almost 400 m³ of water plunge over the edge. It was only formed 15,000 years ago when the Rhine changed its course several times during the last glacial period. There are viewing platforms on either side of the Rhine which can be reached via developed steps and paths. The castle Wörth can be viewed at the Rhine Falls basin in Neuhausen am Rheinfall. From here excursion boats take you up close to the Rhine Falls and you can also disembark on the middle rock of the falls (Rheinfallfelsen).