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Two-day hike straight through the Alpstein, from Appenzellerland to Obertoggenburg in the Canton of St. Gallen, with an overnight stay in the Berggasthaus Rotsteinpass.

Description

From Wasserauen (Appenzell Railway terminus), the path climbs first through forest, then scattered copses; it passes pretty Lake Seealpsee en route to Meglisalp, a sleepy little Alpine farming village. You then continue past the lakelet of Oberchellen, zig-zagging up to the Rotstein Pass. If you have a head for heights, an alternative route is the Alpine ridge hike from Säntis to the Rotstein Pass, where precarious sections are secured with chains for a memorable adventure.

Staying overnight in the Berggasthaus Rotsteinpass makes this two-day tour a truly special experience in the mountains. The mountain guesthouse is open from June to October. 

The descent next day is via Thurwis to the concealed Thur Falls, a few minutes away from the day’s destination in Unterwasser. A brief detour into the gorge and through the short tunnel to the swirling waters is more than worthwhile.

An enjoyable tour includes the careful planning of the same. Please inform yourself in advance at the local information center about the route and weather conditions. Depending on the season and weather conditions, this route may be blocked or interrupted

Technical information

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Start location
Wasserauen
Destination
Unterwasser
Elevation level - Direction
Before alps, One way
Altitude (meter above sea level)
2125 m
Ascent
1366 m
Descent
1329 m
Distance
18 km
Duration
7 h
Multiday route
2 days
Technical requirements
Medium
Physical requirements
Medium
Season
June - October
Theme
With panoramic view, To an alp, Over a pass

Map

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Contact

Appenzellerland Tourismus
Bahnhofstrasse 2
9410 Heiden

Phone +41 (0)71 898 33 00
info@appenzellerland.ch
appenzellerland.ch

Quick Facts

Route number

Distance

18 km

Duration

7 h

Ascent

1366 m

Travel information: Ebenalp and Wildkirchli

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