Hiking along the alpine panorama trail
Pedestrian bridge in Rapperswil
Familyhiking at the Via Jacobi

Via Jacobi: Rorschach - Einsiedeln

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.

Walking

Walking
  • 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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Itinerary

Rorschach, medieval traffic hub and lake port of St. Gallen, is mentioned as a pilgrimage station around the year 1300. Highlights of the hike to Herisau: visit to the Stift Library in St. Gallen and the bridge landscape in Bruggen.

approx. 7 hours
26 km
780 m
460 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. Overnight stay in the adjacent village Lichtensteig.

approx. 7 hours
23 km
1.000 m
1.130 m

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 hours
25 km
670 m
870 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 hours
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.

Prices and events

All data for 2019 at a glance
Season 1
May 4, 2019 - May 24, 2019
Aug 17, 2019 - Oct 13, 2019
täglich
Season 2
May 25, 2019 - Aug 16, 2019
täglich
Via Jacobi: Rorschach - Einsiedeln, CH-OSWRE-06X
Base price
Surcharge single room
629,00
169,00
669,00
169,00

Category: 3*** hotels and country hotels

Season 1
May 4, 2019 - May 24, 2019
Aug 17, 2019 - Oct 13, 2019
Season 2
May 25, 2019 - Aug 16, 2019
Rorschach
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
Einsiedeln
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
112,00
161,00
76,00
112,00
112,00
161,00
76,00
112,00

Services and infos

Included:

  • 5 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
  • Luggage transfer
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • GPS data available
  • Service-Hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Parking at the railway station of Rorschach, approx. EUR 5 per day, no reservation possible.
  • Departure by train via Biberbrugg and St. Gallen to Rorschach, duration approx. 2 hours.

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Bus to/from Liechtensteig, approx. EUR 10 per person
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
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