Winter hiking on the Chäserrugg

Prepared winter hiking trails through wonderful, unspoiled landscapes: listen to the snow crackling in these peaceful surroundings. Be inspired yet again by the view from Rosenboden over the Alps or from Alp Sellamatt onto the Churfirsten. 

Panorama Circular Trail Rosenboden

Hike around the prepared trail on the Rosenboden plateau and experience the impressive winter mountains close up. Enjoy a breathtaking view onto 500 peaks in 6 countries and the rocky summits of the Churfirsten chain or look over to the Walensee below.

The mountain panorama was described by GEO magazine as one of the most beautiful in Switzerland. Complete the experience with a break for a meal in the Summit Restaurant designed by Herzog & de Meuron. World-class architecture and fine gastronomy with local produce make your outing a cultural occasion.

Chäserrugg – Rosenboden – Chäserrugg

Suitable forall
Hiking time45 min or 2 h, depending on the chosen route
Length3 km total
Altitude difference60 m total
Difficulty leveleasy (T1)

Chäserrugg pass
Unterwasser – Iltios – Chäserrugg return
Adult from CHF 29.– 

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Churfirsten Panorama – The Hike along the mountain chain

At 1,400 m above sea level, you experience the wonderfully peaceful Alp Sellamatt. The landscape is defined by the striking silhouettes of the Churfirsten and the authentic scatterings of Alpine huts.

The winter hiking trail from Sellamatt is a leisurely trek and allows lots of time for extended enjoyment of the panorama. At Thurtalerstofel you look over the whole of Toggenburg right up to the Alpstein mountains. The way back leads you through the snowy fir forests to the Iltios plateau. The gentle hilly landscape is also suitable for a snowshoe or cross-country skiing tour.

Alp Sellamatt – Zinggen – Thurtalerstofel – Iltios

Hiking time2 h
Length12 km
Altitude difference250 m total
Difficulty leveleasy (T1)

Churfirsten pass
Alt St. Johann – Sellamatt, Iltios – Unterwasser
(Post bus ride Unterwasser – Alt St. Johann) Adult from CHF 13.–

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The Sagenweg

From the village of Alt St. Johann you take the gondola and chairlift up to Alp Sellamatt. The prepared winter hiking trail starts at the mountain station and takes a circular route along which myths and legends from the rich and extensive legacy of Toggenburger tales are brought to life.

The route at the foot of the Churfirsten is punctuated with twelve artistic paintings of short stories, which together form an impressive presentation of the main characters.

Sellamatt – Thurtalerstofel – Wildmannlisloch – Zinggen

Start / FinishAlp Sellamatt mountain station
Hiking time3 h
(2 h for short circular trail)
Length12 km total
Altitude difference250 m total
Difficulty level easy (T1)

Sagenweg pass
Alt St. Johann – Alp Sellamatt return
Adult from CHF 12.–

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Höhenweg Iltios

A short walk with an authentic winter feel awaits you on the gentle winter hiking trail from Alp Sellamatt to Iltios. The snow-covered fir forest and its glades create a splendid interplay of sunlight and shadow. When you arrive at Iltios the view opens over the Toggenburg right up to the Alpstein mountains. Extend your outing with a ride to the Chäserrugg and a visit to the Herzog & de Meuron Summit Building.

Alp Sellamatt – Iltios

Hiking time1 h
Length2.5 km
Altitude difference40 m
Difficulty leveleasy (T1)

Churfirsten pass
Alt St. Johann – Sellamatt, Iltios – Unterwasser
(Post bus ride Unterwasser – Alt St. Johann)
Adult from CHF 13.–

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Snowshoe trekking

The marked snowshoe trail starts on Alp Sellamatt and leads across open snowfields, through snow-covered fir forests and by authentic Alpine huts. During the trek, the view on to the unmistakable toothed crest of the Churfirsten and across the Toggenburg presents a continual invitation to stand and stare.

Those with stamina to spare walk to the Thurtalerstofel and are rewarded with a breathtaking view over the landscape below. We would be pleased to organise suitable equipment and an expert tour guide for you.

Alp Sellamatt – Mittelstofel – Zinggen

Hiking time 45 min to 2 h
Length12 km
Altitude difference250 m total
Difficulty leveleasy (WT1)

Snowshoe pass
Alt St. Johann – Alp Sellamatt return
Adult from CHF 12.–

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