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Important port city Rorschach

Between the gentle hills of the Appenzellerland and the vastness of the lake lies the important harbour town of Rorschach. It was granted market rights as early as 947 and developed into the most important trading centre on the southern shore of the lake in the Middle Ages. The stately townhouses in the lively town centre still bear witness to this today.

Mediterranean harbour town

From the port of Rorschach, ships sail daily to Lindau, the island of Mainau/Meersburg and over the Altenrhein to Rheineck. The well-known and recommendable tour continues from Rheineck with the cogwheel bath on Walzenhausen on foot to Heiden and with the Rorschach-Heiden mountain railway back to Rorschach.

Cyclist and skater paradise

The beautiful lake promenade stretches along the length of the city. It attracts guests from all over the world for a walk all year round. The bathing hut is directly connected to the lake promenade. It was built in 1924 instead of three dilapidated bathing huts and belongs to the town of Rorschach. In order to give the excursion a good end, the numerous restaurants directly on the shore of the lake are ideal.

Landmark of Rorschach

The granary and most beautiful granary in Switzerland, which opened in 1749, is considered to be Rorschach's landmark. Abbot Coelestin of St. Gallen commissioned the master builder Caspare Bagnato to build it in 1746. Today the museum is located in the Kornhaus with its worth seeing testimonies to the history of the town and the seascapes.

The former monastery Mariaberg (1487 to 1489), built by Abbot Ulrich Rösch, attracts many visitors to the city of Rorschach. In the political struggle between the city of St. Gallen and the prince-abbot it was destroyed shortly before its completion and later rebuilt. However, there was only a university for theologians for a short time, so in 1864 the canton of St. Gallen erected the first teachers' seminar in the same building. The Gothic cloister and the former chapter house deserve special mention. Today it houses the University of Education of the Canton of St. Gallen.

Wartensee and Wartegg castles

With the two castles Wartensee and Wartegg, above Rorschach, the town has two magnificent houses. In the 17th century, knights watched over the road into the Rhine valley in Wartensee Castle. Wartegg Castle was built in 1558 by the Blarer von Wartensee family. Today they are regarded as coveted conference and seminar venues. Rorschach attracts pilgrims above all with its Jakobsbrunnen (Jacob's fountain), because the fountain forms the starting point for Santiago de Compostela. This fountain was built in the 19th century as a memento of the Chapel of St James.

Accommodation in and around Rorschach

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Tipps bei gutem und schlechtem Wetter

Auch wenn Rorschach nicht zu den größten Städten am Bodensee zählt, gibt es doch bei jedem Wetter etwas zu entdecken. Wenn es warm ist und die Sonne scheint, kann man sich im Strandbad abkühlen, die Badhütte besuchen oder einen Cocktail in der Tiki Strandbar trinken. 

An weniger schönen Tagen bieten sich als Ausflugsziele mit Kindern der Fägnäscht-Indoorspielplatz und der Trampolinpark in Rorschach an. Als Tagesausflug eignet sich ein Besuch in St. Gallen. In nur 15 Minuten ist man mit dem Auto und den öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln in der Stadt und kann die Altstadt, die Fürstabtei, die Stiftsbibliothek und die Einkaufsläden erkunden. An besonders regnerischen Tagen kann man dem Wetter auch ganz entfliehen und einen Einkaufstag in der Shopping Arena St. Gallen einlegen. 

Tourist-Information Rorschach
Hauptstraße 56
9401 Rorschach
Phone +41 (0) 71 8417034

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