Geological trail with four countries view


The spectacular highland path from Hohen Kasten via Staubern to the Bollenwees is the focal point of this scenic hike. Views over the Alpstein mountain range and the Rhine Valley are simply unbeatable - and information boards provide information on the geological development of the Alpstein.

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Technical information

Starting point:Hoher Kasten, Brülisau
Destination:Brülisau Valley Station
Reaching your starting point:Train to Weissbad, bus to Brülisau, cable car to the Hohen Kasten
Arriving at the destination:Bus from Brülisau, train from Weissbad
Technical challenge/Difficulty:Medium
Physical challenge:Medium
Length:16 km
Hiking time:5 hours 30 min
Catering:Hoher Kasten revolving restaurant, Restaurant Staubern, Berggasthaus Bollenwees, Berggasthaus Plattenbödeli
Time of year:June to October


Having arrived at the Hohen Kasten thanks to the cable car, scenic enjoyment can continue with a visit to the modern revolving restaurant - where you can replenish resources or simply catch a glimpse of the extensive 5000m² alpine gardens with over 300 diverse species of Alpstein plants and herbs. The well prepared hiking path leads just below the ridge, and in some places actually along it, so there’s no need to mention that hikers are rewarded with some amazing views down over the Rhine Valley, Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein. And on the other side of the ridge you get a view of the Säntis, and Appenzellerland as well as the Fälensee lake; to where the path passes following the descent from the Saxerlücke.

As an alternative to the steep and direct path to Brülisau, if time is not an issue, by the Berggasthaus Plattenbödeli you can opt for an almost flat path to the Berggasthaus Ruhesitz – from where you can enjoy a speedy descent down to Brülisau on a rented scooter.

Tour Overview

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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