2nd stage: Neuhausen am Rheinfall - Lachen
The first mass start of the 84th Tour de Suisse takes place in Neuhausen am Rheinfall set in a spectacular location. The world's cycling elite will have the Rhine Falls - Europe' s largest waterfall - directly in front of them as they head off on a steep incline. From the northernmost tip of the country the route then heads via Schaffhausen, to Steckborn on Lake Constance and Weinfelden. By the time riders reach the Tösstal region, the stage shows its undulating aspect, including two KOM categories in Ghöch and on the Oberricken. Via Gommiswald and Reichenburg the riders approach the Obersee and the stage arrival in Lachen. The approach is not direct but over a hilly course including two KOMs. The second stage will be dominated by tactical play, courageous attacks and the chance of grabbing the leader's jersey.
Neuhausen am Rheinfall
Neuhausen am Rheinfall: The village above the largest waterfall in Europe has over 10,500 inhabitants and looks back on a great industrial history and touristic past. Two factors contributed decisively to the industrial and touristic development of Neuhausen am Rheinfall; on one hand the connection to the railway network in the middle of the 19th century, on the other hand the natural spectacle of the Rhine Falls which alos added the favourable possibility to use hydropower. The latter led to the settlement of two companies in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, which developed into major industries: the Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft Neuhausen (SIG) in 1853 and the Aluminium-Industrie-Aktiengesellschaft Neuhausen (AIAG) in 1888.
From the Galgenbuck vantage point - a popular playground and recreation area - these former industries are still visible today in form of two industrial sites, SIG Areal and Rhytech Areal. Neuhausen am Rheinfall is on the verge of change, new living space is being created, both in the city centre and on the two industrial sites, which are currently undergoing a major development process.
Culturally, the Trottentheater's programme is well known beyond the region. The Trotte which was built in 1556 attracts and delights hundrets of people.
The Rhine Falls attract 1.5 million tourists from all over the world every year. A special experience is the Rhine Falls fireworks "Fire on the Rocks" on the 31st of July as an opening act of the national holiday in Switzerland. A stop in front of the scenery of the Rhine Fall is also part of the fixed tour schedule for cyclists on the Lake Constance cycle path.
New offerings for tourists and visitors are emerging, for example the Smilestone miniature world on the SIG-Areal or the upcomming opening of the project Rhyality Immersive Art Hall.
Rigth next to the Industreiplatz, which leads into the center of Neuhausen, the SIG-Areal is located pefectly to host the 2nd stage of the Tour de Suisse. The association Ortsmarketing Neuhaueen ist responsible for the organisation. We are pleased to welcome the worlds cycling elite to Neuhausen am Rheinfall on 8 June 2020.
In addition to the riders' presentation, which will take place on the industrial square, the riders' paddock with the team buses is attracting great interest among cycling fans. This is located just a few metres from the start on the SIG Areal: there is enough space for all team vehicles on the industrial square. As a special feature, the riders complete a starting lap, which takes them across the Rhine Falls and back to the start on the Industrieplatz. The field of riders with the impressive and striking Rhine Falls in the background will be a popular photo subject for cycling fans. After the start lap, the race course takes the tour on the southern «Rheinstrasse» to Steckborn. Those who like to do some cycling themselves can cheer on the riders after 27 kilometers at the first obstacle of the day in the ascent to Homburg.
The start of the 2nd stage will be in the centre of Neuhausen am Rheinfall. The train will take you directly to the heart of the starting area: The SBB stop «Neuhausen Rhine Falls» is located directly at the Industrieplatz. For visitors arriving by car, there are paid parking spaces available on the «Burgunwiese» or on the parking area oft he Rhine Falls. After a short walk of 10-15 minutes or by bus you can easily reach the starting area at the Industrieplatz.
Lachen on the Lake of Zurich is one of the communities with the longest public lakeside promenades and invites you to rest and relax. The sporting offers in the surrounding area promises a lot of diversity. From water sports like swimming or SUP, recreation in the near nature reserve or countless hiking and biking routes Lachen is the ideal place for families. The late baroque style parish church with its double towers and the magnificent houses make the centre of Lachen worth a visit. And to enjoy a beautiful sunset the harbour of Lachen is the place to be.
Lachen lies in the district March. With its size of 5km2, Lachen is the smallest community of the Canton of Schwyz, forms however the economic centre of the region. Reason for this is good accessibility and connection to the motorway and a very dense public transport network. But also whether you arrive by boat or by air – thanks to its own airfield – testifies the diverse infrastructure of Lachen.
- Zürcherstrasse in Lachen is ideal for observing the racing events - the turn directly at the newly and beautifully made church square offers adequate space and the racers enter from a long, straight street into the village.
- St. Gallerstrasse, located next to the chapel in Lachen, guarantees one of the best views of the finish line - the racers enter directly from the village into the final stretch and can be cheered on from the street. In addition, the finish area can be reached within an approx. 5 minutes walk.
- In the middle of the village on Schützenstrasse / Marktstrasse intersection. This turn offers an ideal view of the racers. The finish area can be reached within a 5 minutes walk.
- Another location right in the center of the village is the newly designed Kreuzplatz. The racers can be cheered on for about 50m on the final sprint.
- If you want to see the racers for a longer time, you should consider going to higher altitudes, e.g. to Steineggstrasse - on the mountain climb you can enjoy a great view of the upper Lake of Zurich, additionally to the racers.
- Bridge at Churerstrasse
- Chapel Lachen