4 ViaJacobi
4 ViaJacobi
4 ViaJacobi
4 ViaJacobi
4 ViaJacobi
4 ViaJacobi

Hiking

ViaJacobi

ViaJacobi

Rorschach- / Konstanz (D)–Genève (Grenze)

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ViaJacobi

ViaJacobi

The ViaJacobi leads from the Bodensee to Genève as part of the European Jakobsweg (Route of St. James). Lined by churches, monasteries and chapels, it offers a fabulous hiking experience along historic paths through a diverse cultural landscape.
The pilgrimage to the grave of St. James in Santiago de Compostela is one of the most important spiritual traditions in Europe. As part of the European Jakobsweg (Route of St. James), the ViaJacobi leads along the foot of the Alpine chain from the Bodensee to Genève – right across Switzerland. Chapels, churches and hostels are strung like pearls along the ViaJacobi and, together with a diverse cultural landscape, offer a fabulous hiking experience.

While for some the emphasis is on the spiritual aspect of the pilgrimage, others simply enjoy the journey, which mostly leads along historic routes through regions along the fringe of the Alps. The medieval routes of the Jakobsweg were however not always clearly defined, stormy weather could often lead to last-minute changes. And so today, the ViaJacobi also offers the option of choosing between various paths or following them in succession. It was quite common for the pilgrims of yesteryear to make the pilgrimage more than once.
The ViaJacobi leads from the Bodensee to Genève as part of the European Jakobsweg (Route of St. James). Lined by churches, monasteries and chapels, it offers a fabulous hiking experience along historic paths through a diverse cultural landscape.
The pilgrimage to the grave of St. James in Santiago de Compostela is one of the most important spiritual traditions in Europe. As part of the European Jakobsweg (Route of St. James), the ViaJacobi leads along the foot of the Alpine chain from the Bodensee to Genève – right across Switzerland. Chapels, churches and hostels are strung like pearls along the ViaJacobi and, together with a diverse cultural landscape, offer a fabulous hiking experience.

While for some the emphasis is on the spiritual aspect of the pilgrimage, others simply enjoy the journey, which mostly leads along historic routes through regions along the fringe of the Alps. The medieval routes of the Jakobsweg were however not always clearly defined, stormy weather could often lead to last-minute changes. And so today, the ViaJacobi also offers the option of choosing between various paths or following them in succession. It was quite common for the pilgrims of yesteryear to make the pilgrimage more than once.
645 km | 33 Stages
17100 m | 17500 m
easy (hiking trail) | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Rorschach
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Arrival / return travel Kreuzlingen
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Hints

Hint
It’s possible to initiate the ViaJacobi route at diverse locations in Switzerland. Besides the main Rorschach–Geneva route, an additional 4 paths branch off. - Kreuzlingen (Constance, GER)–Rapperswil: 72 km and 1880-meter climb in 3 stages
- Wattwil–Einsiedeln: 50 km and1600-meter climb in 2 stages
- Lucerne–Rüeggisberg: 124 km and 3600-meter climb in 6 stages
- Fribourg–Moudon: 44 km and 980-meter climb in 2 stages

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Amended routing: Wattwil
Duration
definitive reallocation
Reason
Amended routing
Status
provisional
Data source: Swiss Hiking Federation and Cantonal hiking associations

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Genève
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Accommodation

B&B Orion
B&B Orion
St. Gallen
Hof Hohenwiesen
Hof Hohenwiesen
St. Gallen
Jugendherberge St. Gallen
Jugendherberge St. Gallen
St. Gallen
B+B Frischknecht
B+B Frischknecht
Waldstatt
Hof Stein
Hof Stein
Schwellbrunn
BnB Casa Claudia
BnB Casa Claudia
St. Peterzell
Wirkstatt Auboden «Villa Gioia»
Wirkstatt Auboden «Villa Gioia»
Brunnadern
B&B / Camping Bächli
B&B / Camping Bächli
Bächli (Hemberg)
Gasthaus Rössli
Gasthaus Rössli
Bächli (Hemberg)
Bed and Breakfast Diemberg
Bed and Breakfast Diemberg
Diemberg
Jugendherberge Rapperswil-Jona
Jugendherberge Rapperswil-Jona
Jona
Sorell Hotel Speer
Sorell Hotel Speer
Rapperswil
Seedamm Plaza
Seedamm Plaza
Pfäffikon SZ
Ferienwohnung / Gästezimmer Kälin
Ferienwohnung / Gästezimmer Kälin
Pfäffikon SZ
Hotel Restaurant Sternen
Hotel Restaurant Sternen
Pfäffikon SZ
Lützelhof
Lützelhof
Pfäffikon SZ
Hotel St. Georg
Hotel St. Georg
Einsiedeln
Hirschen Backpackers.Hotel.Pub...
Hirschen Backpackers.Hotel.Pub...
Schwyz
Ferienhof Rüti
Ferienhof Rüti
Morschach
Chlosterhof
Chlosterhof
Brunnen
City-Hotel
City-Hotel
Brunnen
Hotel Schmid & Alfa
Hotel Schmid & Alfa
Brunnen
Seehotel Waldstätterhof
Seehotel Waldstätterhof
Brunnen
Jugendherberge Seelisberg
Jugendherberge Seelisberg
Seelisberg
Hotel Nidwaldnerhof
Hotel Nidwaldnerhof
Beckenried
Hotel-Restaurant Rössli
Hotel-Restaurant Rössli
Beckenried
Seeblick Höhenhotel
Seeblick Höhenhotel
Emmetten
TCS Camping Buochs Vierwaldstättersee
TCS Camping Buochs Vierwaldstättersee
Buochs
Gasthof Schützenhaus Wil
Gasthof Schützenhaus Wil
Oberdorf/Stans
Bauernhof Familie Waser
Bauernhof Familie Waser
Stans
Daniela’s BnB
Daniela’s BnB
Kerns
Erlebnisbauernhof Weid
Erlebnisbauernhof Weid
Kerns
Landgasthof Zollhaus
Landgasthof Zollhaus
Giswil
Camping Seefeld Park Sarnen
Camping Seefeld Park Sarnen
Sarnen
Kurhaus am Sarnersee
Kurhaus am Sarnersee
Wilen (Sarnen)
Seehotel Wilerbad
Seehotel Wilerbad
Wilen am Sarnersee
Camping International Sarnersee Giswil
Camping International Sarnersee Giswil
Giswil
Hotel Bahnhof
Hotel Bahnhof
Giswil
Hotel Krone Giswil
Hotel Krone Giswil
Giswil
LTB AG / Turrenhuis
LTB AG / Turrenhuis
Lungern
Erlebnishof Ming
Erlebnishof Ming
Lungern
Grill-Speiserestaurant Camping Obsee
Grill-Speiserestaurant Camping Obsee
Lungern
Gasthaus Brünig Kulm
Gasthaus Brünig Kulm
Meiringen
Hof Goldey
Hof Goldey
Unterbach BE
Santschi Hof
Santschi Hof
Unterbach BE
Pilgerherberge Brienzwiler
Pilgerherberge Brienzwiler
Brienzwiler
Truwaaje B+B Brienzwiler
Truwaaje B+B Brienzwiler
Brienzwiler
Jugendherberge Brienz
Jugendherberge Brienz
Brienz BE
B+B Wyler
B+B Wyler
Brienz BE
Hotel Walida
Hotel Walida
Bönigen b. Interlaken
TCS Camping Bönigen - Interlaken
TCS Camping Bönigen - Interlaken
Bönigen b. Interlaken
TCS Camping Interlaken + RiverLodge
TCS Camping Interlaken + RiverLodge
Interlaken
Jugendherberge Interlaken
Jugendherberge Interlaken
Interlaken
Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof
Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof
Interlaken
Carlton-Europe Hotel
Carlton-Europe Hotel
Interlaken
Hotel Artos
Hotel Artos
Interlaken
Hotel Derby Garni
Hotel Derby Garni
Interlaken
Balmer's Herberge und Tent Village
Balmer's Herberge und Tent Village
Matten b. Interlaken
Adventure Hostel Interlaken
Adventure Hostel Interlaken
Unterseen/Interlaken
Golf- und Strandhotel, Restaurant Neuhaus zum See
Golf- und Strandhotel, Restaurant Neuhaus zum See
Interlaken
Dorint Blüemlisalp Beatenberg/Interlaken
Dorint Blüemlisalp Beatenberg/Interlaken
Beatenberg
BnB Studweid
BnB Studweid
Spiez
ABZ Spiez – Hotel Seaside
ABZ Spiez – Hotel Seaside
Spiez
B&B Tschirren
B&B Tschirren
Spiez
TCS Camping Thunersee + SwissTubes
TCS Camping Thunersee + SwissTubes
Gwatt
Muriboden-Hof
Muriboden-Hof
Riggisberg
Hôtel Aux Remparts
Hôtel Aux Remparts
Fribourg
Hôtel Lausanne by Fassbind
Hôtel Lausanne by Fassbind
Lausanne
Hôtel Alpha-Palmiers by Fassbind
Hôtel Alpha-Palmiers by Fassbind
Lausanne
Hôtel Agora Swiss Night
Hôtel Agora Swiss Night
Lausanne
Auberge de Jeunesse Lausanne-Jeunotel
Auberge de Jeunesse Lausanne-Jeunotel
Lausanne
Hôtel AlaGare
Hôtel AlaGare
Lausanne
Hôtel Bellerive
Hôtel Bellerive
Lausanne
Hôtel du Marché
Hôtel du Marché
Lausanne
Hôtel du Port
Hôtel du Port
Lausanne
Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa
Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa
Lausanne
Hôtel de la Nouvelle Couronne
Hôtel de la Nouvelle Couronne
Morges
Maison d’Igor
Maison d’Igor
Morges
TCS Camping Morges
TCS Camping Morges
Morges
Baumgartners B+B
Baumgartners B+B
Nyon
B&B Domaine de Bois-Bougy
B&B Domaine de Bois-Bougy
Nyon
Hostellerie du XVIème Siècle
Hostellerie du XVIème Siècle
Nyon
Nyon Hostel
Nyon Hostel
Nyon
Geneva Hostel
Geneva Hostel
Genève
City Hostel Geneva
City Hostel Geneva
Genève
Hôtel Montana
Hôtel Montana
Genève
Claudia’s BnB
Claudia’s BnB
Ellighausen
JUCKERs Boutique-Hotel | Restaurant Linde
JUCKERs Boutique-Hotel | Restaurant Linde
Tägerwilen
Jugendherberge Kreuzlingen
Jugendherberge Kreuzlingen
Kreuzlingen
Sporthotel Bodensee-Arena
Sporthotel Bodensee-Arena
Kreuzlingen
Seminarhotel Kloster Fischingen
Seminarhotel Kloster Fischingen
Fischingen
Hotel Münchwilen
Hotel Münchwilen
Münchwilen TG
B+B Stigweid
B+B Stigweid
Wald ZH
Gasthaus Hulftegg
Gasthaus Hulftegg
Mühlrüti
Gasthaus zur Emme
Gasthaus zur Emme
Werthenstein
Hinter-Langnau
Hinter-Langnau
Schachen LU
Hotel Kreuz
Hotel Kreuz
Malters
B&B Haus im Löchli
B&B Haus im Löchli
Luzern
Backpacker’s Lucerne
Backpacker’s Lucerne
Luzern
Hotel Continental Park
Hotel Continental Park
Luzern
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Bookable offers

4 Via Jacobi: Einsiedeln - Interlaken
4 Via Jacobi: Einsiedeln - Interlaken
4 Via Jacobi : Rorschach - Einsiedeln
4 Via Jacobi : Rorschach - Einsiedeln
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4 Via Jacobi: Interlaken - Romont
Lötschberg Panorama Trails
Lötschberg Panorama Trails
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Places

Rorschach
Rorschach
St. Gallen
St. Gallen
Herisau
Herisau
Schönengrund AR
Schönengrund AR
St. Peterzell
St. Peterzell
Hemberg
Hemberg
Wattwil
Wattwil
Ricken
Ricken
Rapperswil-Jona
Rapperswil-Jona
Pfäffikon SZ
Pfäffikon SZ
Einsiedeln
Einsiedeln
Haggenegg
Haggenegg
Schwyz
Schwyz
Morschach
Morschach
Brunnen
Brunnen
Seelisberg
Seelisberg
Beckenried - Klewenalp
Beckenried - Klewenalp
Emmetten
Emmetten
Buochs
Buochs
Stans
Stans
Flüeli-Ranft
Flüeli-Ranft
Sachseln
Sachseln
Giswil
Giswil
Lungern
Lungern
Brünigpass
Brünigpass
Brienz
Brienz
Interlaken
Interlaken
Beatenberg
Beatenberg
Spiez
Spiez
Wattenwil
Wattenwil
Riggisberg
Riggisberg
Rüeggisberg
Rüeggisberg
Schwarzenburg
Schwarzenburg
Freiburg (Fribourg)
Freiburg (Fribourg)
Romont FR
Romont FR
Moudon
Moudon
Lausanne
Lausanne
Morges
Morges
Rolle
Rolle
Nyon
Nyon
Coppet
Coppet
Geneva
Geneva
Märstetten
Märstetten
Kreuzlingen/Konstanz
Kreuzlingen/Konstanz
Fischingen
Fischingen
Hulftegg
Hulftegg
Werthenstein
Werthenstein
Malters
Malters
Lucerne
Lucerne
Wolhusen
Wolhusen
Huttwil
Huttwil
Willisau
Willisau
Burgdorf
Burgdorf
Bern
Bern
Gümligen
Gümligen
Payerne
Payerne
Schmerikon
Schmerikon
Uznach
Uznach
Siebnen
Siebnen
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Places of interest

Bathing hut of Rorschach
Bathing hut of Rorschach
Meeting place «Kellen»
Meeting place «Kellen»
Abbey District of St.Gallen
Abbey District of St.Gallen
Bridge building in Eastern Switzerland
Bridge building in Eastern Switzerland
City Lounge
City Lounge
Historical and Ethnological Museum SG
Historical and Ethnological Museum SG
Old Town of St.Gallen
Old Town of St.Gallen
Textile Museum
Textile Museum
Rapperswil Castle
Rapperswil Castle
Rapperswil-Hurden Wooden bridge
Rapperswil-Hurden Wooden bridge
Seebrücke Rapperswil–Hurden
Seebrücke Rapperswil–Hurden
Altendorf–Etzel
Altendorf–Etzel
The Frauenwinkel
The Frauenwinkel
Ufenau and Lützelau Islands in Lake Züri
Ufenau and Lützelau Islands in Lake Züri
Abbey of Einsiedeln
Abbey of Einsiedeln
Alte Etzelstrasse
Alte Etzelstrasse
Rotenflue cable car
Rotenflue cable car
Museum of the Swiss Charters of Confederation
Museum of the Swiss Charters of Confederation
Forum of Swiss History Schwyz
Forum of Swiss History Schwyz
Swiss Holiday Park
Swiss Holiday Park
Swiss Knife Valley Visitor Center
Swiss Knife Valley Visitor Center
Treib - Seelisberg Cable Railway
Treib - Seelisberg Cable Railway
Rütli
Rütli
Sweet chestnuts on Lake Lucerne
Sweet chestnuts on Lake Lucerne
Wood Trail und Natural Bike Park
Wood Trail und Natural Bike Park
Medieval town of Stans
Medieval town of Stans
Nidwalden Museum
Nidwalden Museum
Brother Klaus Museum, Sachseln
Brother Klaus Museum, Sachseln
Burial chapel of Brother Klaus
Burial chapel of Brother Klaus
High Bridge, Kerns
High Bridge, Kerns
Lungern–Brünigpass
Lungern–Brünigpass
Ballenberg
Ballenberg
Bike trail Schwanden-Brienz
Bike trail Schwanden-Brienz
Bönigen, a village of woodcarved houses
Bönigen, a village of woodcarved houses
Harder Kulm - Interlaken's own mountain
Harder Kulm - Interlaken's own mountain
The Weissenau near Interlaken
The Weissenau near Interlaken
Beatushöhlen
Beatushöhlen
Lakes of Amsoldingen and Uebeschi
Lakes of Amsoldingen and Uebeschi
Abegg Foundation
Abegg Foundation
Gantrisch Nature Park
Gantrisch Nature Park
Schwarzenburg–Freiburg
Schwarzenburg–Freiburg
Sensler Museum
Sensler Museum
Jean Tinguely/Niki de Saint Phalle
Jean Tinguely/Niki de Saint Phalle
St. Nicholas Cathedral
St. Nicholas Cathedral
Urban golf - a first for Switzerland
Urban golf - a first for Switzerland
Ste-Apolline bridge (Villars-sur-Glâne)
Ste-Apolline bridge (Villars-sur-Glâne)
Vitromusée Romont
Vitromusée Romont
Vieux-Moudon Museum
Vieux-Moudon Museum
Rampe de Syens (Vucherens–Syens)
Rampe de Syens (Vucherens–Syens)
Bois de Peccau (Epalinges)
Bois de Peccau (Epalinges)
The Olympic Museum
The Olympic Museum
Swiss National Museum Prangins
Swiss National Museum Prangins
Château de Nyon
Château de Nyon
Musée du Léman
Musée du Léman
United Nations Building
United Nations Building
Musée et Institut Voltaire
Musée et Institut Voltaire
Flower Clock
Flower Clock
International Museum of the Reformation
International Museum of the Reformation
International Red Cross Museum
International Red Cross Museum
Jet d'eau (water fountain)
Jet d'eau (water fountain)
Maison Tavel
Maison Tavel
Place du Bourg-de-Four
Place du Bourg-de-Four
Reformation Wall
Reformation Wall
St-Peter's Cathedral
St-Peter's Cathedral
Town Hall
Town Hall
Old Carouge
Old Carouge
Seeburg Park and Seeburg Castle
Seeburg Park and Seeburg Castle
Seemuseum Kreuzlingen
Seemuseum Kreuzlingen
Fischingen monastery
Fischingen monastery
Fischingen–Hörnli
Fischingen–Hörnli
Hörnli
Hörnli
Willisauer Landstrasse
Willisauer Landstrasse
Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke)
Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke)
Glacier Garden
Glacier Garden
KKL Luzern
KKL Luzern
Lake Lucerne
Lake Lucerne
Lion Monument
Lion Monument
Musegg Wall
Musegg Wall
Rosengart Collection Lucerne
Rosengart Collection Lucerne
Schweizerhofquai/Nationalquai
Schweizerhofquai/Nationalquai
Wolhusen Tropical Centre
Wolhusen Tropical Centre
Murder on the Route of St. James
Murder on the Route of St. James
Museum Franz Gertsch
Museum Franz Gertsch
Brüelhohle (Heimiswil)
Brüelhohle (Heimiswil)
Emmental Show Dairy
Emmental Show Dairy
Rose Garden
Rose Garden
Federal House of Parliament
Federal House of Parliament
Münster Cathedral Bern
Münster Cathedral Bern
Bear Park
Bear Park
Bern – a jewel in the bend of the Aare
Bern – a jewel in the bend of the Aare
Bern Historical Museum
Bern Historical Museum
Pumptrack Weissenstein Park
Pumptrack Weissenstein Park
UNESCO World Heritage Site - Bern
UNESCO World Heritage Site - Bern
Zeitglocken Turm (Clock Tower) - Bern
Zeitglocken Turm (Clock Tower) - Bern
Zentrum Paul Klee
Zentrum Paul Klee
Gurten - Bern's home mountain
Gurten - Bern's home mountain
GurtenTrail
GurtenTrail
Abbey of Payerne
Abbey of Payerne
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Swimming

Drei Weieren St. Gallen
Drei Weieren St. Gallen
Säntispark Abtwil
Säntispark Abtwil
Outdoor swimming pool Sonnenberg Herisau
Outdoor swimming pool Sonnenberg Herisau
Alpamare Water Park Pfäffikon
Alpamare Water Park Pfäffikon
Swiss Holiday Park Morschach
Swiss Holiday Park Morschach
Lido Hopfräben Brunnen
Lido Hopfräben Brunnen
Lido Seelisberg
Lido Seelisberg
Bathing complex Sachseln
Bathing complex Sachseln
Seefeld waterpark Sarnen
Seefeld waterpark Sarnen
Beach bathing place Brienz
Beach bathing place Brienz
Merligen lido
Merligen lido
Bellerive outdoor pool in Lausanne
Bellerive outdoor pool in Lausanne
Montchoisi outdoor pool in Lausanne
Montchoisi outdoor pool in Lausanne
"Mon-Repos" indoor swimming pool in Lausanne
Outdoor pool Colovray in Nyon
Outdoor pool Colovray in Nyon
Park bathing place an der Murg Münchwilen
Park bathing place an der Murg Münchwilen
Outdoor swimming pool Sunnetal Wald
Outdoor swimming pool Sunnetal Wald
Hutwill open-air swimming pool
Hutwill open-air swimming pool
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Signalization

Signalization
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