Fabulous winter in Toggenburg

Alt St. Johann

Romantic circular hike on the trail of the old Toggenburg legends through a winter wonderland at the foot of the Churfirsten... where you will forget your everyday cares.

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Technical information

Begin of tour: Alp Sellamatt
End of tour: Alp Sellamatt
Access starting point: Post bus to Alt St. Johann, cable railway to Alp Sellamatt
Access point of arrival: Cable railway to Alt St. Johann
Technical requirements: easy
Physical fitness: medium
Hiking time: 3 h
Length: 10 km
Gastronomy: Berggasthaus Sellamatt


On the Breitenalp in bygone days the fierce Lord of Starkenstein wrought his mischief. But the traces of his deeds are long gone and blissful peace now reigns on this idyllic Alp, especially in the winter. Now all that reminds us of this once feared tyrant is a colourful wooden plaque. Along with eleven other stations, it forms part of the Toggenburg Story Trail. On the trail you will enjoy stories from this region’s treasure trove of legends that appeal to both young and old alike. The Story Trail is located on the plateau between the valley floor and the Churfirsten, and along the way you can admire the magnificent view of the Säntis and the Churfirsten range. The Alp Sellamatt is the starting point and this may be reached by cable railway from Alt St. Johann. The Story Trail gently inclines upwards, first to the Mittelstofel and then on to the Thurtalerstofel. From there it goes in a loop down to the Breitenalp before reaching the Alp Sellamatt via the Mittelstofel.

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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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