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Half of Europe is looking for the way towards south over the Gotthard Pass, while the old trade route over the Lukmanier has almost been forgotten. Swiss precision and quietness await you on the shores of Lake Constance, that will lead you towards the Austrian Border. From here you cycle on the Rhine route through the vineyards and past the impressive Rhine Gorge towards the Romansch-speaking part of Switzerland. A short break at the monastery of Disentis gives you strength for the drive into the rocky landscape of the Lukmanier pass that is your gateway to the southern part of Switzerland.
Stroll over the German border and take a walk through the lively roads of the old town of Constance.
Along the railway and past the beautiful villages Romanshorn and Arbon until you reach the Rhine delta with a wealth of birdlife. Overnight stay either in Horn or on the other side of the border in Lustenau.
St.Galler Rheintal is an area often cosseted by the warm föhn wind. Much land has been won by the correction of the Alpenrhein waters in Rheintal. You spend the night in Buchs – an important border station and the gate to the principality Liechtenstein.
North of Chur, Bündner Herrschaft is known as wine country, especially the region east of the Rhine River called Fünf Dörfer (Five Villages) – Fläsch, Maienfeld, Jenins, Malans and Zizers. This is the canton’s premier wine region. This is also the home of Heidi, Peter and Alpöhi from the world famous childrens tale. Chur, is the oldest town north of the alp and entices with numerous restaurants.
The Rhine Gorge – Switzerlands Grand Canyon is an impressive first part of this tour. Afterwards you reach “Surselva”, Grisons largest Romansch-speaking region. Today’s tour leads you to the monastery of Disentis.
Through the gorge „Höllenschlucht“ and Val Medel up tot he rugged pass head of Lukmanier, boundary between Ticino and Grisons. In the sunny Valle di Blenio the route descends through centuries-old cultivated landscape, scented flower-filled meadows and terraced walls towards Biasca.
The castles and the city wall of Bellinzona lure from afar while you head towards the plain of Magadino with its small villages. You pass the Delta of Ticino and roll on a nice promenade towards Lago Maggiore.
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