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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.    

Itinerary

Rorschach, medieval traffic hub and lake port of St. Gallen, is mentioned as a pilgrimage station around the year 1300. Visit to the Stift Library in St. Gallen.

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 2022 at a glance
Place of arrival: Rorschach
  Season 1
20.03.2022 - 08.04.2022
23.04.2022 - 20.05.2022
24.09.2022 - 16.10.2022

every day except Saturday
Season 2
09.04.2022 - 22.04.2022
21.05.2022 - 23.09.2022

every day except Saturday
Via Jacobi Rorschach - Einsiedeln, 6 days TO, CH-OSWJE-06X
Base price
729.-
769.-
Surcharge Single Room 189.- 189.-

Category: 3*-hotels & local inns

Season 1
Mar 20, 2022 - Apr 8, 2022
Apr 23, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022
every day except Saturday
Season 2
Apr 9, 2022 - Apr 22, 2022
May 21, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022
every day except Saturday
Via Jacobi Rorschach - Einsiedeln, 6 days TO, CH-OSWJE-06X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
729.-
189.-
769.-
189.-

Category: 3*-hotels & local inns

Season 1
Mar 20, 2022 - Apr 8, 2022
Apr 23, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022
Season 2
Apr 9, 2022 - Apr 22, 2022
May 21, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022
Rorschach
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Einsiedeln
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
115.-
165.-
95.-
145.-
115.-
165.-
95.-
145.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Rorschach
  Season 1
Mar 20, 2022 - Apr 8, 2022
Apr 23, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022

every day except Saturday
Season 2
Apr 9, 2022 - Apr 22, 2022
May 21, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022

every day except Saturday
Rorschach
Extra night double room (BB) 115.- 115.-
Extra night single room (BB) 165.- 165.-
Einsiedeln
Extra night double room (BB) 95.- 95.-
Extra night single room (BB) 145.- 145.-
Prices per person in CHF

Services & Information

Services

Included:

  • 5 nights incl. breakfast
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Thorough route guidance
  • Detailed travel documents (1 x per room)
  • GPS data available
  • 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 train from Zurich airport via St. Gallen. Duration: approx. 1.5 hours.
  • Return travel by train via Wädenswil to Zurich airport. Duration: approx. 1.5 hours.
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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