From the source of the River Rhine to Lake Constance.From the source of the River Rhine to Lake Constance.From the source of the River Rhine to Lake Constance.From the source of the River Rhine to Lake Constance.From the source of the River Rhine to Lake Constance.From the source of the River Rhine to Lake Constance.From the source of the River Rhine to Lake Constance.From the source of the River Rhine to Lake Constance.

From the source of the River Rhine to Lake Constance.

The River Rhine has its source at an altitude of 2345 metres, in a small shimmering lake surrounded by high peaks. From Lake Toma, the small torrent cascades down the hills, joins other streams and becomes increasingly larger as it continues its journey over 1233 kilometres through Switzerland, Germany, France, to its mouth in the Netherlands.

From Andermatt to Lake Constance, EuroVelo 15 covers a large loop along the powerful Alpine river. Along the whole of this route located in mountain settings, cyclists can appreciate several different landscapes. First of all, it passes through the Surselva, the largest Romansh region of the Grisons (Graubunden) and its impressive [...]

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, a breathtaking ravine created by the falling rocks of the mountain more than 10 000 years ago. From Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland with numerous medieval streets, the valley broadens slightly and crosses the Grisons district – the Bündner Herrschaft, a small tourist and wine-growing region which spreads over the right bank of the Rhine to the border with the Principality of Liechtenstein. The EV15 finally reaches the largest freshwater delta in Europe, which opens onto Lake Constance, known as “the heart and soul of Europe”. The landscape surrounding the shimmering green and silver lake is a source of some old natural heritage. Despite some very busy banks, the lake maintains its idyllic characteristics, with its castles and orchards. Constance is located on the West side of the lake. As a university town, it offers a multitude of leisure activities and has managed to maintain its traditional position as a centre of excellence for trade and culture. This part of the EV15 is undoubtedly the most demanding part for the cyclists, as it begins by a climb up the Oberalp pass, perched at an altitude of 2046 metres, before sweeping down to Disentis and continuing its journey towards the North-East.

 

 

  • 230
    Length
    KM
  • 1436 m
    altitude of the departure
    point of the EV15
  • 2044 m
    highest point of the EV15
    at the Oberalp pass

 

  • Village/Monastery of Disentis

    Founded by the monk Sigisbert in 720, the monastery village of Disentis has extended its name to the whole region of the Surselva. Around the monastery, 14 churches and chapels in various architectural styles illustrate the importance of religion in this region. The Glacier-Express train from St. Moritz to Zermatt stops at the station in Disentis.

  • Sargans Castle

    The Sargans castle is visible from far and wide, and stands where the Rhine valley and the See valley meet, at the foot of the Gonzen mountain which peaks at an altitude of 1 380 metres. Built at the top of a hill, it provides a panoramic view overlooking the Sargans countryside. The Castle, rich in orientation and interest, also houses the Sargans regional historical museum: throughout the six levels of the tower, the history, trade and Gonzen mines, the methods of agricultural work and the Alpine industry of the Sargans region are revealed.

  • Lake Constance.

    Located to the far south of Germany, at the border with Austria and Switzerland, Lake Constance, the third largest lake in Europe, is a must on the EuroVelo 15 route. In a natural setting of gentle verdant valleys and benefiting from a mild climate, it has two lakes, the “Obersee” (Upper Lake) and the “Untersee” (Lower Lake), joined together by the River Rhine which continues its journey towards the West. Holiday-makers particularly appreciate the large number of cruises available.

  • Lake Toma

    Located at the foot of Piz Baduz at an altitude of 2345 metres, Lake Toma is considered to be the source of the River Rhine. A one-hour walk away from the Oberalp Pass in Graubünden, it is the only place where the river can be crossed in one stride. With a surface area of 2.5 hectares, it is also the start of a 1230 kilometre journey through four European countries to the North Sea.

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  • Developed route with EuroVelo signs
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  • Route under development
  • Route at the planning stage

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