Barfussweg
Barfussweg

Hiking

Barfussweg Gonten

Barfussweg Gonten

Jakobsbad–Gontenbad

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Barfussweg Gonten

Barfussweg Gonten

Shoes and socks off, please – and get ready for a "first-foot" experience of barefoot hiking! Meadows and streams alternate with short stony stretches and moorland along this route. At the Toobeschopf, you can take an arm bath based on Dr. Kneipp's method. And a foot-washing station will restore your feet to top form.
Moorland, meadows, streams and gravel – on this hike, the focus is on your feet as sensory organs. There are virtually no altitude differences, and the route passes through open terrain. With your shoes and socks off, the sensory experience starts right away in Jakobsbad, on a path where you can discover the feel of many natural materials – literally step by step: pine cones, wood chips, pebbles, sand and gravel. Then at Wissbach, take the opportunity of a Kneipp bath to get your feet tuned up for the hike.

You walk over a variety of different surfaces, past the campsite and on into green meadows. Draw inspiration from the beauty of the lush green Appenzell hills. On the right, your constant companion is the mighty northern Alpstein chain with Mount Säntis as its crowning glory. You only skirt Gonten village. The place takes its name – "Pfütze" in Appenzell dialect – from the nearby peat bog. Before reaching it, you cross more meadows and streams that alternate with short stony or asphalted stretches.

You'll soon be wading through the swampy moorland. Peat was extracted here in days gone by, but now the moor is protected and maintained. The Toobeschopf Museum, housed in one of the peat huts, exhibits images and tools of yesteryear. In the nearby fountain you can take an arm bath based on Dr. Kneipp's method. This should boost your circulation and your body's defences. The Brüggliweg then takes you past the golf course: watch players straining every muscle to hole the ball! On reaching Gontenbad, your destination, you'll find a foot washing station where you can clean and refresh your weary feet. Appenzell Railways (Appenzeller Bahnen) operate a half-hourly service back to your starting point.
Shoes and socks off, please – and get ready for a "first-foot" experience of barefoot hiking! Meadows and streams alternate with short stony stretches and moorland along this route. At the Toobeschopf, you can take an arm bath based on Dr. Kneipp's method. And a foot-washing station will restore your feet to top form.
Moorland, meadows, streams and gravel – on this hike, the focus is on your feet as sensory organs. There are virtually no altitude differences, and the route passes through open terrain. With your shoes and socks off, the sensory experience starts right away in Jakobsbad, on a path where you can discover the feel of many natural materials – literally step by step: pine cones, wood chips, pebbles, sand and gravel. Then at Wissbach, take the opportunity of a Kneipp bath to get your feet tuned up for the hike.

You walk over a variety of different surfaces, past the campsite and on into green meadows. Draw inspiration from the beauty of the lush green Appenzell hills. On the right, your constant companion is the mighty northern Alpstein chain with Mount Säntis as its crowning glory. You only skirt Gonten village. The place takes its name – "Pfütze" in Appenzell dialect – from the nearby peat bog. Before reaching it, you cross more meadows and streams that alternate with short stony or asphalted stretches.

You'll soon be wading through the swampy moorland. Peat was extracted here in days gone by, but now the moor is protected and maintained. The Toobeschopf Museum, housed in one of the peat huts, exhibits images and tools of yesteryear. In the nearby fountain you can take an arm bath based on Dr. Kneipp's method. This should boost your circulation and your body's defences. The Brüggliweg then takes you past the golf course: watch players straining every muscle to hole the ball! On reaching Gontenbad, your destination, you'll find a foot washing station where you can clean and refresh your weary feet. Appenzell Railways (Appenzeller Bahnen) operate a half-hourly service back to your starting point.
5 km | 1 Stage
80 m | 70 m
1 h 15 min
easy (hiking trail) | easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Jakobsbad
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Arrival / return travel Gontenbad
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Contact

Appenzellerland Tourismus AI
Hauptgasse 4
9050 Appenzell
Tel. +41 (0)71 788 96 41
info@appenzell.ch
www.appenzell.ch

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For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
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