|West and South of Lake Constance
This area of north eastern Switzerland rises slowly over the rugged range of the Churfirsten near St Gallen to the Glarner Alps. Appenzell, in the north-eastern part of Switzerland, with its highest peak Säntis (2504m), is perfect for hiking tours. Old customs remain very much alive in Appenzell and national costume is still worn for village and folk festivals.
The Rhine, which springs from Lake Toma in the St Gotthard, runs all the way through the Bodensee (Lake Constance) and cascades near Schaffhausen into the Rhine Falls – one of the biggest waterfalls in Europe.
On the banks of Lake Constance, Stein am Rhein is an especially pleasing small town with cobbled streets, fountains, half-timbered houses and a medieval atmosphere. St Gallen’s old city centre is dominated by burgher houses from 17th and 18th century. Not to be missed is the Baroque Cathedral and the famous Abbey Library (Stiftsbibliothek) in the courtyard of the old Benedictine monastery (incunabula and illuminated manuscripts), named World Heritage Treasure by UNESCO.
Boat trips on Lake Constance to Konstanz and Lindau in Germany or to Bregenz in Austria, and excursions to the Duchy of Liechtenstein can be easily arranged from here.