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Lagoon Fußach (c) Vorarlberg Tourismus-Agnes Ammann
Circular lagoon hike in the Rhine river delta - Lake Constance

Visiting a natural paradise

Hike right into Lake Constance?
Yes, you can! Right into the estuary landscape of the Rhine river in Fußach at Lake Constance. The easy lagoon hike is particular recommended in spring, when numerous bird species come back to Vorarlberg to breed in the Rhine river delta, while many winter birds migrate back to the north.

The Rhine river delta and Lake Constance are among the most important winter sanctuaries for thousands of bird species. The favourable climatic conditions and the nutrient-rich shallow water areas attract many bird species to spend winter and spring here. With a little luck, you can spot rare bird and butterfly species here. The Rhine river delta is Vorarlberg’s oldest nature conservation area, which has been protected since 1947. It was even added to the list of European Protection Areas (Natura 2000) a few years ago.

Lagunenrundweg Fussach Fruehlingswanderung 6 (c) Vorarlberg Tourismus-Agnes Ammann
Lagunenrundweg Rheindamm Fussach Fruehlingswanderung (c) Vorarlberg Tourismus-Agnes Ammann

Tip: Don’t forget your binoculars for this tour, so you can observe many animals without disturbing them.
Remember that all dogs must be on leashes in the nature conservation area!

From the car park, we recommend walking the first section on the causeway, where rare orchids and other species blossom here from the end of April. Numerous butterflies and wild bees fly through the biodiverse rough pasture meadows and sand lizards warm themselves in the sun. Along the route through the alluvial forest, you can even see signs of beavers gnawing in places. Beavers returned to the Rhine river delta a few years ago, and feel at home again in this natural paradise. You can watch the rare common terns in the lagoon. A few nesting rafts were built as artificial islands, to protect their nests from natural enemies like foxes, martens and rats.

Hiking route with a route description and map
  • Der Alpenrhein mündet in den Bodensee

    Lagoon circular walk at the mouth of the Rhine

    Fußach, In der Schanz Lagoon - In der Schanz The entire Lake Constance shore…

    • 4,7 km

    • 01:22 h

    • leicht

    Lagoon circular walk at the mouth of the Rhine
    Lagoon circular walk at the mouth of the Rhine
    Lagoon circular walk at the mouth of the Rhine
    Difficulty:leicht
    Distance:4,7 km
    Ascent:30 m
    Descent:30 m
    Duration:01:22 h
    Deepest point:394 m
    Highest point:401 m
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    Lagoon circular walk at the mouth of the Rhine

    Start of tour

    Fußach, In der Schanz

    End of tour

    Fußach, In der Schanz

    Description

    Fußach, In der Schanz Lagoon – In der Schanz The entire Lake Constance shore in the Rhine delta is a conservation area so it has become an important protected habitat for many species of bird. It is particularly between late summer and spring that the extent becomes apparent to which the lagoon and the bays near the mouth of the Rhine are used as resting grounds by migrating birds.  

    Best season
    JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUN
    JULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
    All route info
Lagunenrundweg Fußach Rheindamm
Lagunenrundweg Fußach Rheindamm
Lagunenrundweg Fußach Haubentaucher
Lagunenrundweg Fußach Wegweiser
Lagunenrundweg Fußach Bodensee
Lagunenrundweg Fussach Fruehlingswanderung 11 (c) Vorarlberg Tourismus-Agnes Ammann

Here at the estuary landscape of the Rhine river in Fußach at Lake Constance

The RheinSchauen Museum in Lustenau provides an excellent overview of how the Rhine is being regulated.

The entire Lake Constance shore in the Rhine delta is a conservation area so it has become an important protected habitat for many species of bird.

A marvellous spring hike in the natural paradise of the Rhine river delta at Lake Constance.

Hike right into Lake Constance.

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