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Eastern Switzerland - explore, enjoy and relax

Nightly city line of Schaffhausen with the fortress 'Munot', Rhine and hithe
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The region of Eastern Switzerland, which includes about six cantons, stretches from Lake Constance (tri-state area of Switzerland, Germany and Austria) across the Appenzellerland (home to the tasty Appenzeller cheese) to the Alpine landscapes further south. It is definitely a fun travel destination for children and adults alike, since Eastern Switzerland offers wonderful family-friendly excursions into the Heidiland holiday region and a great network of cycle paths. Staying overnight in mountain guesthouses, enjoying great local food along the hiking trails and finding perfect conditions for skiing and snowboarding – perfect for lovers of nature and outdoor activities.


Apart from a beautiful landscape, the region’s picturesque towns such as St. Gallen, Schaffhausen, Bad Ragaz and Stein am Rhein spoil each visitor’s senses with multifaceted arts and culture, magnificent architecture and great hospitality. In St. Gallen, for instance, the monastery district and the baroque basilica are absolute highlights. In the historic town of Schaffhausen, the Munot fortress and renaissance buildings are very impressive. In Schaffhausen you may also visit the Rhine Falls – Europe’s largest waterfalls. Bad Ragaz – with a long tradition of health spas – invites visitors to indulge in wellness treatments, plunge in thermal baths and get pampered at top-class hotels. Stein am Rhein, located on the shore of Lake Constance, is especially know for its medieval Old Town which has been excellently preserved. The town was awarded for its unique effort to preserve the historic buildings and their frescoe-painted façades. The density and beauty of this medieval architecture is unique in Europe. Furthermore, churches, the Monastery of St. Georgen and the Hohenklingen Castle are impressive sights in Stein am Rhein.


Outdoorsmen should also visit the neighbouring regions of Appenzellerland and Alpstein since they offer great hiking delights. And at the Schwägalp/Säntis Nature Exploration Park, you can explore the many facets of pre-alpine flora and fauna. Also, various dairies in the region (e.g. the village of Appenzell) showcase the art of cheese-making and give an insight into Appenzell cheese-culture. Simply delicious!


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