Hiking holidays Lake Constance, Appenzell & Toggenburg

Hiking: Alpine Panorama Trail

The alpine panorama trail

First thing you see will be the blue waters of Lake Constance and the rolling green hills of Appenzell. Far behind the massive peaks of Alpstein and Churfirsten tower up proudly. On the first legs the Alpine Panorama Trail lives up to ist name.

But not only the scenic hikes will enchant you, also the traditional, painted houses in Appenzell and the lively traditions of Appenzell and Toggenburg will quickly cast a spell on you. 


The climb to the health resort of Heiden (Henri Dunant Museum) and to Kaienspitz is rewarded by extensive views of the Bodensee and to Alpstein. Then via Rehetobel down to Chastenloch and up to Trogen, a village where provincial assemblies were once held.

approx. 5.5 h
approx. 17 km
1'080 m
625 m

From Trogen (AR) over two gentle hills with wonderful views of the Säntis, the city of St.Gallen, Bodensee and the undulating Appenzell region, to the wide valley basin of Appenzell with its richly-adorned «citizens' houses». 

approx. 4.15 h
approx. 14 km
600 m
685 m

The route from the Innerrhoder main town of Appenzell to Gontenbad (with natural moor bathing pool) is level. From there along the «Barfussweg» (barefoot path) to Jakobsbad and through forest and meadows to Urnäsch (AR) famous for its Silvesterkläuse (New Year tradition). 

approx. 3.45 h
approx. 13 km
380 m
315 m

Along the small Urnäsch river, across meadows and fields, through dark coniferous forests and past cascading waterfalls up to Schwägalp - bottom station of the aerial cableway to the Säntis with its fantastic summit panorama. 

approx. 4 h
approx. 10 km
565 m
45 m

Splendid hike to Lutertannen and over the Risipass vantage point to Stein in Toggenburg. Meadows and Alpine pastures, near-to-nature low-moor marshes and coniferous forests alternate in colourful sequence. 

approx. 4 h
approx. 12 km
485 m
990 m


Apart from the first and the last leg easy hikes await you. You have to bring good stamina for these two legs. The trails are well-maintained and easy to walk. 

The alpine panorama trail at SwitzerlandMobility

Prices & Dates

All data for 2020 at a glance
Season 1
Apr 4, 2020 - May 15, 2020
Sep 19, 2020 - Oct 18, 2020
every day except Sunday
Season 2
May 16, 2020 - Sep 18, 2020
every day except Sunday
Lake Constance, Appenzell & Toggenburg, CH-OSWRE-07X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room

Category: 1 x 4*-hotels (Schwägalp), 5 x 3*-hotels

Season 1
Apr 4, 2020 - May 15, 2020
Sep 19, 2020 - Oct 18, 2020
Season 2
May 16, 2020 - Sep 18, 2020
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Travel documents digital only (reduction per room)

Services & Information


  • 6 overnight stays with breakfast
  • Luggage transfer (one piece of luggage per person, 20 kg)
  • Carefully elaborated route
  • Detailled route instructions
  • GPS tracks available
  • Service Hotline

Not included

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Rides with the public transport on day 6. (approx. CHF 10.- per person)

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Parking close to the railway station Rorschach, CHF 5.- / day, payable on the spot.
  • Return travel by train via Biberbrugg and Herisau back to Appenzell. Duration: approx. 2 hours.


5 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
5 stars
Renata Giovanoli CH | 04.06.2020
Wandern im Appenzellerland
Eine sehr tolle abwechslunreiche Wanderung. Landschaftlich alle Abschnitte anders, aber sehr gut zum laufen. Die Wege alle gut begehbar. Kann es nur weiter Empfehlen

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