Hard: Bootshafen und Kirche

Hard: Bootshafen und Kirche

This stage on Lake Constance from Bregenz to Rorschach is flat as a pan, perhaps a relief after the steep descent from Pfänder the previous day. So today we can expect a relaxed hike through recreation areas with lots of contact to water.

But the stage offers something for the eyes. From the triangle of harbour, railway station and lake stage we leave Bregenz along the lake past the monastery of Mehrerau and meet boat harbours, beaches, sports facilities and secluded walking paths up to Bregenzer Ach. We already talked about the Bregenzer Ach the day before at Weiler i.A., today we cross it on a quite new bridge in the green zone.

am Hafen von Bregenz

am Hafen von Bregenz

Shortly thereafter we come across the Rhine, which we only see when we cross it, because because of the high dams one sees only the Lustenauer canal, which drains the local water towards Lake Constance, on the eastern side of the Rhine dam. Crossing the Rhine, the small village Fussach welcomes us, and southwards we reach the larger village Höchst, with which we soon have reached the old riverbed of the Rhine. We cross this river between Gaissen and Rheineck, and thus also arrive in Switzerland. With the idyllic "old Rhine" to our right, only the motorway to our left disturbs us. We can't see it because of the noise barriers, but we can still hear it.