Between Säntis and Altmann
Distance 18 km
Duration 7 h
Ascent 1366 m
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.
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
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Before alps, One way
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June - October
With panoramic view, To an alp, Over a pass