Eastern Switzerland: Places to Explore


  • Appenzell

    Isolated from St. Gallen by a ridge of green hills, Appenzell is divided into two sub-cantons, Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Appenzell Innerrhoden. Both make up one of Switzerland's least-explored regions... Read more

  • Arenenberg

    East of Stein-am-Rhein the Rhine opens up into the Untersee, the lower branch of the Bodensee. In its center lies the German island of Reichenau. Charles the Fat, great-grandson of Charlemagne, is buried... Read more

  • Bodensee

    Known in English as Lake Constance, the Bodensee is about 65 km (40 miles) long and 15 km (9 miles) wide, making it second in size in Switzerland only to Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). The strong German flavor... Read more

  • Gottlieben

    The village of Gottlieben has a Dominican monastery-castle, where the Protestant reformers Jan Hus and Jerome of Prague were imprisoned in the 15th century by order of Emperor Sigismund and Antipope John... Read more

  • Kreuzlingen and Konstanz

    The German city of Konstanz, with its Swiss-side twin of Kreuzlingen, dominates the straits that open into the Bodensee. Though Kreuzlingen itself offers little of interest to travelers, Konstanz has a... Read more

  • Mt. Säntis

  • Schaffhausen

    A city of about 34,000, Schaffhausen was from the early Middle Ages on an important depot for river cargoes, which—because of the rapids and waterfall farther along—had to be unloaded there. The name Schaffhausen... Read more

  • Stein-am-Rhein

    The riverside Stein-am-Rhein is one of Switzerland's loveliest (and wealthiest) communities. It lies at a pivotal point where the Rhine leaves the Bodensee, marked by three small leafy islands, one of... Read more

  • St. Gallen

    Switzerland's largest eastern city, bustling St. Gallen is dominated by students during the school year. The narrow streets of the Altstadt (Old Town) are flanked by a wonderful variety of boutiques and... Read more

  • Walensee

    Between Liechtenstein and Zürich, the spectacular, blue-green lake called the Walensee is a deep emerald gash that stretches 16 km (10 miles) through the mountains, reflecting the jagged Churfirsten peaks... Read more