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Hiking holidays Via Jacobi Rorschach - Einsiedeln

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4 Days / 3 Nights
Self-guided tour
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Chapels in Appenzell & Einsiedeln monastery

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.

Hiking holidays Via Jacobi Rorschach - Einsiedeln

Hiking holidays
4 Days / 3 Nights
Self-guided tour
759.- CHF
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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.

With a short train ride to Herisau you can avoid the march through the suburbs of St. Gallen. 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. Overnight stay in the adjacent village Lichtensteig.

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.

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.

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.




Category: 3* hotels & local inns

Prices per person in CHF

Services & Information


  • Accommodation as mentioned incl. breakfast
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • 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 description
  • Travel documents (1 x per room)
  • Navigation app and GPS data available
  • SwitzerlandMobility-Plus subscription for one year
  • Service hotline


  • Train journey St. Gallen – Herisau not included (approx. CHF 8.- per person)
  • Bus to/from Liechtensteig not included (approx. CHF 10.- per person and ride)
  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Reservation fee of CHF 20.- per adult (incl. legally required customer money protection)


  • 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. 

Arrival by train

Leave the car at home! For every bike, biking or hiking tour in Switzerland, you will receive an SBB coupon per participant, which you can use to deduct CHF 10.- from the ticket price for traveling by train. The reduction can be obtained in the SBB online store or in the SBB app.

On many trips, we use the luggage counters at the stations at the beginning and at the end to hand over the suitcases. You can conveniently combine this right away when you arrive by train. If you are a GA owner, you can provide this information when booking. We will credit you the amount on the invoice. If you don't need the coupon for the trip itself, you can use it during the year. Unfortunately, a retroactive refund is not possible for administrative reasons.

Travel documents "digital"

We reduce the amount of printed documents. You will receive instructions to help you find your way around using the Eurotrek Travel Guide App. We provide you with further information online.

In advance you will receive a small package of documents with the following contents:

  • Your travel program
  • Luggage tags
  • Description of how to use the app
  • Any vouchers

The Eurotrek Travel Guide App will help you find your way around. In addition to your digital map, you will find further information about your booked trip. The app is also available offline, simply download the trip in advance.

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