• View of Lake Constance on a hike around Rorschach.
    View of Lake Constance on a hike around Rorschach. Photo: Jiri Castka, stock.adobe.com

Hikes in Rorschach

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Whether for hiking along the sparkling shores of Lake Constance or as a starting point for numerous hiking tours into the Swiss mountains - Rorschach offers you a wide range of different tours. The mixture of Mediterranean climate and alpine surroundings make the harbour town something very special. So off you go hiking in Rorschach!

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The 10 most beautiful hikes in Rorschach

Markthalle Altenrhein.
Hiking trail · St.Gallen-Bodensee
Von Rorschach nach Rheineck
Premium content Difficulty easy
11.6 km
3:00 h
33 m
32 m
Bunte Keramiksäulen umarmen, durch schräge Fenster schauen und über begrünte Dachflächen spazieren. Das alles kann man in der Markthalle Altenrhein, auf dieser Wanderung von Rorschach nach Rheineck.
Wirtschaft Rossbüchel
Hiking trail · Saint Gall
Culinary hike "From course to course"
recommended route Difficulty moderate
17.4 km
5:15 h
487 m
705 m
A varied hike from St.Gallen to the Rhine, with a panoramic view of Lake Constance and the lakeside landscape.
Hiking trail · Switzerland
Tour around Heiden
recommended route Difficulty easy
6.5 km
1:50 h
156 m
403 m
Hike with distant views over Lake Constance and as far as the Säntis.
Hiking trail · Ostschweiz/Liechtenstein
Von Staad via Rheinspitz über den Buechberg
Premium content Difficulty moderate
11.3 km
3:00 h
134 m
134 m
Zwischen Staad und Rheineck gibt ein schöner Spazierweg am See und Fluss entlang Einblicke in die die naturgeschützte Zone. Über den aussichtsreichen Buechberg gehts zurück zum Ausgangspunkt.
Blick auf Rorschach und den Bodensee.
Hiking trail · St.Gallen-Bodensee
Von Rorschach auf den Fünfländerblick
Premium content Difficulty moderate
9.5 km
3:30 h
503 m
503 m
Der Fünfländerblick ist ein dankbares Wanderziel. Viele Wege führen auf den Höhenzug zwischen Bodensee und Appenzellerland und tatsächlich sieht man von dort fünf «Länder».
Hiking trail · Switzerland
Neuer Weg von Goldach zur Lochmüli über die neue Hängebrücke über das Goldachtobel
recommended route Difficulty easy
6.9 km
2:06 h
117 m
106 m
Der Zweck der Tour war eigentlich nur die Hängebrücke anzusehen. Im Frühling oder Sommer ist es im Nah-Erholungsgebiet im Goldachtobel natürlich um einiges schöner als zu dieser Jahreszeit. Viele Grüße Erich Walt
Bannriet, Altstätten
Hiking trail · Heidiland
Rhine Valley Alpine Trail
recommended route Difficulty moderate
126.1 km
38:16 h
4,177 m
4,073 m
The tour runs between vineyards and high moors, traversing several levels of vegetation from Lake Constance up to the Alvier region of Sargans. 
Blick vom Gäbris zum Säntis
Hiking trail · Switzerland
Alpenüberquerung - vom Bodensee zum Lago Maggiore
recommended route Difficulty difficult closed
293.3 km
112:18 h
19,221 m
19,429 m
Tour durch die Schweizer Alpen in 12 Etappen, inkl. Säntis (2502), Spitzmeilen (2501), Piz Terri (3149 m) und der Via Alta Vallemaggia
Blick auf Arbon von Steinach her
Hiking trail · Thurgau
Spaziergang am See
recommended route Difficulty easy
4.6 km
1:00 h
10 m
1 m
Nach dem Motto «Schlendern - Schlemmen - Geniessen» führt diese Route am wunderschönen Seeufer entlang, vorbei an lauschigen Plätzen und ausgezeichneten Restaurants.
Hiking trail · Appenzell Alps
Vom See zum Berg / Rorschach - Hoher Kasten
recommended route Difficulty difficult
43.5 km
13:35 h
2,140 m
754 m
Bei Vom See zum Berg ist der Name Programm. Wir verbinden die schönsten Seen und Berggipfel der Schweiz mit einer echten Wanderchallenge! Die Idee? Ganz einfach:
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Rorschach - a harbour town with a past

If you want to experience Lake Constance from its most beautiful side, take a holiday in the picturesque harbour town of Rorschach. From there, there are not only many hiking trails to explore, but the town itself is also worth a visit. Because of the market rights it received in 947, Rorschach became one of the most important trading towns on Lake Constance as early as the Middle Ages. The resulting prosperity still characterises the townscape today with its lavish trading houses. The town's landmark, the Kornhaus, houses a museum that brings you closer to Rorschach's history.

But Rorschach is also ideal as a starting point for many activities. During the warmer months, several boats depart daily from the harbour to the island of Mainau or to Lindau. Active people go on cycling tours or hiking tours around the city, explore the long-distance cycle paths or cool off in the Bodensee. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced skier - in Rorschach everyone will find the right activity for them.

Hiking trails for beginners

A pleasant and popular hike is the round tour of Heiden. It starts from the railway station in nearby Heiden and takes you to many scenic highlights. After leaving Heiden behind you, you will reach the impressive footbridge connecting the two communities of Grub AR and Grub SG via a hiking trail.

After the airy crossing, you continue to the highlight of the tour. The ascent to the Fünderblick is a little strenuous, but definitely worth the effort. As the name suggests, a fantastic view over the five regions of Bavaria, Baden, Wuerttemberg, Vorarlberg and Switzerland awaits you at the top. The tour ends at Wartensee Castle. If you like, you can complete the tour on foot and hike back the way you came. However, the Rückweg is quicker and more comfortable with the Appenzeller Bahnen.

Hikes for advanced and professional hikers

Walking with pleasure also works around Rorschach. The "From course to course" tour provides a hike with culinary highlights, where you can enjoy a starter, main course and dessert at three stops in different restaurants. But scenic delights also await you. The view from the Eggersrieder Höhe üover Lake Constance is a dream, for example, and the view of the Fünder is simply spectacular.

Those looking for a challenge in Rorschach will find it on the long-distance hike from Lake Constance to Lake Maggiore. The two picturesque lakes are separated by almost 300 kilometres of hiking trails and about 12 stages through the Swiss Alps. Along the way, you will experience the ultimate mountain feeling on your hikes and get to know the Alps from a completely new perspective. Those who prefer to try their hand at crossing the Alps light can simply undertake as many daily stages as they like and then travel by train to their destination.


Seeblick Bänkliweg Rorschacherberg by Teddy
February 20, 2023 · Community
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When did you do this route? June 27, 2022
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Photo: Teddy B, Community
Photo: Teddy B, Community
Photo: Teddy B, Community
Photo: Teddy B, Community
Photo: Teddy B, Community
Photo: Teddy B, Community
Neuer Weg von Goldach zur Lochmüli über die neue Hängebrücke über das Goldachtobel by Erich
February 01, 2023 · Community
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When did you do this route? January 26, 2023
Tour around Heiden by Adriano
August 04, 2022 · Community
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When did you do this route? August 02, 2022
Photo: Adriano Pet, Community
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