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Schönengrund AR
ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 2, Herisau–Wattwil
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Appenzeller Weg
Appenzeller Weg
Stage 3, Urnäsch–St. Peterzell
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Neckertaler Höhenweg
Neckertaler Höhenweg
Stage 1, Mogelsberg–Schönengrund
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Neckertaler Höhenweg
Neckertaler Höhenweg
Stage 2, Schönengrund–Schwägalp
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Schönengrund AR
Obstgarten-Route
Obstgarten-Route
Stage 2, Herisau–Nesslau
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Stage 2, Appenzell–Glarus
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Neckertal
Schönengrund AR

Schönengrund AR

The village of Schönengrund lies at the foot of the Hamm. Recent village history is closely linked with the textile industry and embroidery in the region. At the beginning of the First World War, Schönengrund was a centre of production and delivered textiles to all parts of the world.
After the opening of the new road from St. Gallen via Herisau into Toggenburg in 1770, the textile industry determined the development of Schönengrund. This branch of industry made it possible for the municipality to enjoy modest prosperity. The village had mechanical cotton spinning machines as early as the beginning of the 19th century. Over half of Schönengrund's working population were employed in home weaving until the middle of the century.

Thanks to Schönengrund's position on the Eastern Switzerland's silk road, the village also boasts several well-maintained historic guesthouses from that period. Through traffic boosted not only the textile industry but also transport-related businesses and gastronomy. In Schönengrund today, you can visit factory sites, guesthouses, weaving mills, embroidery production, spinning mills, printers and sheet-metal works from the 18th century.

Before the First World War, the St. Gallen region accounted for 50% of global embroidery production, making up 18% of the Swiss economy. The textile industry in Schönengrund reached its zenith during this period with 53 hand-embroidery machines. The last embroidery factory closed in 1931.

Highlights

  • The Hamm – an outcrop of the Alpstein and Schönengrund's home mountain, a popular target for hikers in the region.
The village of Schönengrund lies at the foot of the Hamm. Recent village history is closely linked with the textile industry and embroidery in the region. At the beginning of the First World War, Schönengrund was a centre of production and delivered textiles to all parts of the world.
After the opening of the new road from St. Gallen via Herisau into Toggenburg in 1770, the textile industry determined the development of Schönengrund. This branch of industry made it possible for the municipality to enjoy modest prosperity. The village had mechanical cotton spinning machines as early as the beginning of the 19th century. Over half of Schönengrund's working population were employed in home weaving until the middle of the century.

Thanks to Schönengrund's position on the Eastern Switzerland's silk road, the village also boasts several well-maintained historic guesthouses from that period. Through traffic boosted not only the textile industry but also transport-related businesses and gastronomy. In Schönengrund today, you can visit factory sites, guesthouses, weaving mills, embroidery production, spinning mills, printers and sheet-metal works from the 18th century.

Before the First World War, the St. Gallen region accounted for 50% of global embroidery production, making up 18% of the Swiss economy. The textile industry in Schönengrund reached its zenith during this period with 53 hand-embroidery machines. The last embroidery factory closed in 1931.

Highlights

  • The Hamm – an outcrop of the Alpstein and Schönengrund's home mountain, a popular target for hikers in the region.

Arrival and return Schönengrund AR

Adresse

Verkehrsverein Schönengrund
c/o Gemeindeverwaltung
Unterdorf 5
9105 Schönengrund
Tel. +41 (0)71 361 18 18
gemeinde@schoenengrund.ar.ch
www.schoenengrund.ch

Services

Accommodation

BnB Casa Claudia
BnB Casa Claudia
St. Peterzell
Hotel Wolfensberg
Hotel Wolfensberg
Degersheim
Wirkstatt Auboden «Villa Gioia»
Wirkstatt Auboden «Villa Gioia»
Brunnadern
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Schönengrund AR
ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 2, Herisau–Wattwil
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Appenzeller Weg
Appenzeller Weg
Stage 3, Urnäsch–St. Peterzell
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Neckertaler Höhenweg
Neckertaler Höhenweg
Stage 1, Mogelsberg–Schönengrund
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Neckertaler Höhenweg
Neckertaler Höhenweg
Stage 2, Schönengrund–Schwägalp
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Schönengrund AR
Obstgarten-Route
Obstgarten-Route
Stage 2, Herisau–Nesslau
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Alpine Panorama Route
Alpine Panorama Route
Stage 2, Appenzell–Glarus
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