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.

 

 

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    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.

  • Abbey of St Gall

    Located a few kilometres to the south of the Rhine is the former Saint Gallen Monastery. After the city was founded in 612, the first Benedictine Monastery was founded on the site in about 719. Switzerland's second oldest monastery and one of the biggest Benedictine monasteries in Europe, it was highly influential cuturally for over 1200 years. Distinguishing features are the late Baroque collegiate church and the 160.000-book Baroque library with rococo furnishings. 2.200 codices of which 500 are over 1000 years old. The library therefore houses one of the richtest collections of medieval books belonging to the German-speaking part of Europe.

  • Rhäzuns

    The alluvial areas between Rothenbrunnen and Reichenau constitute one of the Rhine's last natural river-side landscapes upstream from Lake Constance. One characteristic of the alluvial landscape is its constant transformation. Subject to the whims of floods and droughts, it evolves every year. Alluvial deposits are taken away or left, new islands and new meanders are formed, providing a wide variety of habitats for plants and animals.

  • Constance

    Constance (Konstanz - Germany). At the far southern end of Baden-Württemberg, Constance is a town whose historic centre is located on the south bank of the lake of the same name. With a population of around 80,000 inhabitants, Constance is famed for its idyllic setting, its pedestrian streets and its council, which met in the town in 1414 to bring an end to the Great Western Schism. Three popes headed the Catholic Church at the time, and order had to be restored. Martin V was ultimately elected Pope by the Council. Picture : Konstanz_Münster_von_oben Fotograf_Achim Mende Nachweis TI Konstanz

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