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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.

  • Notre Dame of Neunkirch - Places of pilgrimage

    The oldest written mention of Neunkirch is from the 13th century. Its location, far away from busy main roads, makes this site a haven of peace, quiet and rejuvenation. It became a pilgrimage site after a statuette of the Virgin Mary was found here. Legend has it that the statuette was found by a shepherd and taken away nine times, but that the statuette always came back to its original location.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Archaeological site Augusta Raurica

    Archaeological site located 10 kilometres to the East of Basel, the town of Augusta Raurica was founded at the dawn of the Christian era, in 5 BC. The oldest Roman town in the upper Rhine valley, it has more than 20 restored buildings, including the best-preserved ancient theatre in the north of the Alps and several Roman houses with restored interiors. www.augustaraurica.ch

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