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Cultural heritage

Old historical town centres with twisting streets, fortified castles overlooking the river, places steeped in history, port towns, economic centres, the Rhine cycle route has some wonderful surprises in store.

  • Rees, historic town centre

    The oldest town in the Lower Rhine still holds some of the attractions of its powerful past in its historic town centre. The 700 year-old ramparts, with watchtowers and an underground fortress can be visited by the public.

  • 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.

  • Glassmaking in Leerdam

    Located on the river Linge, surrounded by fertile alluvial plains, the town of Leerdam has been at the centre of the Dutch glassmaking industry since the 18th century. The first glass blowers came from Germany and laid the foundations for the industry that is nowadays known throughout the world under the name of Royal Leerdam.

  • Stein-am-Rhein

    Stein-am-Rhein, known for its old town dating from the Middle Ages with its wonderful half-timbered houses and painted facades, is located at the point where Lake Constance narrows to become the River Rhine again. As it leaves the lower lake, the river heads towards the West and runs through the valleys of the countryside towards Basel.

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