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Hiking holidays Via Jacobi Rorschach - Einsiedeln

Hiking: Via Jacobi

The Jacobs trail in Switzerland

The Via Jacobi is charming. It starts at Lake Constance and takes you past the historic old town of St. Gallen into the hilly landscape of Appenzell. Customs, cheese and an occasional “juchzer” accompany you on your way through Toggenburg to Lake Zurich.

The lake promenade of Rapperswil is charming and gives this part of the hike almost a Mediterranean touch. Lake Sihlsee on the plateau of Einsiedeln is almost wild and romantic. Charming lakes and villages throughout this hike make the first part of the Swiss Jacobs trail a great hike.    

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Itinerary

Luggage drop-off in Rorschach. As a, medieval traffic hub and lake port of St. Gallen, Rorschach is mentioned as a pilgrimage station around the year 1300. Highlights at the end of today's walk are the Old Town of St. Gallen (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and a visit to the Abbey Library. 

approx. 4 h
approx. 15 km
550 m
280 m

Herisau, oldest Appenzell parish seat has been known since 907. The path leads past the former hostel, zum Goldenen Sternen, then on through the varied hilly landscape of Appenzell and Toggenburg to Wattwil. By bus to the neighbouring village Liechtensteig, where you will spend the night. 

approx. 7 h
approx. 23 km
1'000 m
1'125 m

By bus back to Wattwil. Between Wattwil and Rapperswil, the landscape is dotted with individual farms and marked by gently rolling hills and various-sized woodland areas. Some beautiful sunken paths turn the hike into a special experience. 

approx. 6.5 h
approx. 25 km
665 m
865 m

The hike leads over the wooden footbridge from Rapperswil to Hurden built in 2001 and then over the Etzelpass to Einsiedeln. Particularly impressive views of the Zürichsee on this trail to Switzerland’s most important place of pilgrimage.

approx. 4.5 h
approx. 16 km
760 m
260 m

Tour character

There are only few ascents, but a good physical condition and stamina is needed for the long legs. The trails are well maintained and easy to walk.  

The Via Jacobi at SwitzerlandMobility

Prices & Dates

All data for 2023 at a glance
Place of arrival: Rorschach
  Season 1
18.03.2023 - 31.03.2023
15.04.2023 - 12.05.2023
23.09.2023 - 15.10.2023

every day except Sunday
Season 2
01.04.2023 - 14.04.2023
13.05.2023 - 22.09.2023

every day except Sunday
Via Jacobi Rorschach - Einsiedeln, 6 days, CH-OSWBE-06X
Base price
869.-
889.-
Surcharge Single Room 235.- 235.-

Category: 3*-hotels & local inns

Season 1
Mar 18, 2023 - Mar 31, 2023
Apr 15, 2023 - May 12, 2023
Sep 23, 2023 - Oct 15, 2023
every day except Sunday
Season 2
Apr 1, 2023 - Apr 14, 2023
May 13, 2023 - Sep 22, 2023
every day except Sunday
Via Jacobi Rorschach - Einsiedeln, 6 days, CH-OSWBE-06X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
869.-
235.-
889.-
235.-

Category: 3*-hotels & local inns

Season 1
Mar 18, 2023 - Mar 31, 2023
Apr 15, 2023 - May 12, 2023
Sep 23, 2023 - Oct 15, 2023
Season 2
Apr 1, 2023 - Apr 14, 2023
May 13, 2023 - Sep 22, 2023
Rorschach
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Einsiedeln
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
125.-
180.-
115.-
155.-
125.-
180.-
115.-
155.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Rorschach
  Season 1
Mar 18, 2023 - Mar 31, 2023
Apr 15, 2023 - May 12, 2023
Sep 23, 2023 - Oct 15, 2023

every day except Sunday
Season 2
Apr 1, 2023 - Apr 14, 2023
May 13, 2023 - Sep 22, 2023

every day except Sunday
Rorschach
Extra night double room (BB) 125.- 125.-
Extra night single room (BB) 180.- 180.-
Einsiedeln
Extra night double room (BB) 115.- 115.-
Extra night single room (BB) 155.- 155.-
Prices per person in CHF

Services & Information

Services

Included:

  • 5 overnights stays incl. breakfast
  • Daily luggage transfers  
  • Costs for luggage pick-up at the station (for direct arrival and departure) 
  • Subsidy for arrival by train 
  • Visit to the abbey library in St. Gallen 
  • Carefully elaborated route 
  • Travel documents (1 x per room) incl. SwitzerlandMobility Plus subscription 
  • Service hotline 

Note:

  • Train journey St. Gallen - Herisau not included, approx. CHF 8 per person 
  • Bus to / from Liechtensteig not included, approx. CHF 5.- per person and ride 
  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Reservation fee of CHF 15 per adult (incl. legally required customer money protection) 
Information

Arrival/Departure:

  • Arrival by public transport to Rorschach. Drop off your luggage at the luggage counter by 10:00 a.m. at the latest.  

  • Departure by public transport from Einsiedeln. Luggage will be returned to the luggage counter by 5:00 p.m. at the latest. 

Travel Documents

Travel documents "digital” 

In future we will reduce the amount of printed documents. You will receive instructions to help you find your way around using the SwitzerlandMobility app.  We will provide you with further information online. In advance you will receive a small package of documents with the following contents: 

  • Description of how to use the necessary apps 
  • Detailed programme for the individual stages 
  • Annual subscription to SwitzerlandMobility Plus 
  • Luggage tags 
  • Any vouchers

On the way, you can easily find your way with the SwitzerlandMobility app and other freely accessible aids. Background information and all other documents are delivered electronically and can be downloaded to your mobile phone in advance. 

Let us know if you don't want to do without maps. We will send them to you free of charge.

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