Weekend operation on 14 & 15 May 2022
Enjoying the spring while hiking
The pastures of the Churfirsten are blossoming, the melt water from the snow is filling the streams and the temperatures are inviting. This weekend, 14 and 15 May, the mountain railways will be in operation. Between hikes, the sun can also be enjoyed perfectly on the terraces of the restaurants. The Chäserrugg summit restaurant and the Iltios mountain restaurant will also be open.
Hiking tip 1: The panoramic Rosenboden circular trail
Take a circular hike on the summit and look out over the glittering Walensee. The circular trail on the Rosenboden plateau is marked and offers the perfect opportunity for a hike with a great view. With good footwear, you hike comfortably on the last snow and relax in pleasant temperatures at 2,262 m above sea level.
After the hike, enjoy a snack on the terrace of the Chäserrugg summit restaurant and let your eyes wander over the countless mountain peaks.
The funicular (Unterwasser - Iltios) and the aerial cableway (Iltios - Chäserrugg) will take you to the summit and back. With a bit of luck, you may catch a glimpse of wildlife.
Hiking tip 2: Once to the Stöfeli and back
Begin the summer season with a relaxed hike, tackling the first metres in altitude. The excursion starts with the gondola chairlift in Alt St. Johann. Then hike from Alp Sellamatt via Schwiloch up to Stöfeli. There the view of the Alpstein and the Toggenburg valley invites you to take a breather.
Now the hiking trail leads you meanderingly down to the Iltios mountain inn. There, the sun terrace with views of the Churfirsten and a small menu with selected dishes await you.
The traditional funicular then takes you to Unterwasser, from where you follow the Thur back to Alt St. Johann or take the post bus (Unterwasser, Post - Alt St. Johann, Dorf) back.
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When planning your excursion, please note that there may still be snow in places, even at lower altitudes, and not all hiking trails are signposted yet.