Geologischer Wanderweg Alpstein
Geologischer Wanderweg Alpstein

Hiking

Geologischer Wanderweg Alpstein

Geologischer Wanderweg Alpstein

Hoher Kasten–Brülisau

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Geologischer Wanderweg Alpstein

Geologischer Wanderweg Alpstein

On the tracks of the earth's history – an educational hiking trail. The route leads from Hohe Kasten via Staubern to Bollenwees. Twenty modern information panels explain a variety of geological phenomena and provide surprising insights into the Alpstein Massif and the Säntis.
The starting point for this hike is Hohe Kasten with its panoramic views over the Rhine Valley and Appenzellerland as well as over the surrounding mountains in Switzerland and in the neighbouring countries of Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein. In geological terms the Alpstein is a moutain massif and is extremely interesting to investigate at first hand. This first geological hiking trail in Switzerland goes from Hohe Kasten along the southern chain of the Alpstein and opens up a fascinating array of geological layers from past millennia to both layman and expert.

Twenty modern information boards have been installed along the route, which explain the numerous geological phenomena with the aid of simple pictures and text. A geological timeline helps readers to understand the sequence of events that have taken place over the millions of years of the earth's history. Fossils, weathering patterns, subterranean drainage lakes, faults, creases and folds can all be seen. Particularly impressive is the famous Sax-Schwende Fault, where the displacement of the East Massif by a couple of hundred metres is visible. Saxerlücke offers the best views.

After you’ve seen Lake Fählen, nestled between steep rock cliffs, from above for a while, the path now descends toward Bollenwees. From there, carry on via Stiefelwald, Sämtis to scenic Lake Sämtis. Following a short ascent on the other side, you reach the Plattenbödeli mountain restaurant – the perfect place for one last break before you descend back to Brülisau.
On the tracks of the earth's history – an educational hiking trail. The route leads from Hohe Kasten via Staubern to Bollenwees. Twenty modern information panels explain a variety of geological phenomena and provide surprising insights into the Alpstein Massif and the Säntis.
The starting point for this hike is Hohe Kasten with its panoramic views over the Rhine Valley and Appenzellerland as well as over the surrounding mountains in Switzerland and in the neighbouring countries of Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein. In geological terms the Alpstein is a moutain massif and is extremely interesting to investigate at first hand. This first geological hiking trail in Switzerland goes from Hohe Kasten along the southern chain of the Alpstein and opens up a fascinating array of geological layers from past millennia to both layman and expert.

Twenty modern information boards have been installed along the route, which explain the numerous geological phenomena with the aid of simple pictures and text. A geological timeline helps readers to understand the sequence of events that have taken place over the millions of years of the earth's history. Fossils, weathering patterns, subterranean drainage lakes, faults, creases and folds can all be seen. Particularly impressive is the famous Sax-Schwende Fault, where the displacement of the East Massif by a couple of hundred metres is visible. Saxerlücke offers the best views.

After you’ve seen Lake Fählen, nestled between steep rock cliffs, from above for a while, the path now descends toward Bollenwees. From there, carry on via Stiefelwald, Sämtis to scenic Lake Sämtis. Following a short ascent on the other side, you reach the Plattenbödeli mountain restaurant – the perfect place for one last break before you descend back to Brülisau.
16 km | 1 Stage
660 m | 1500 m
5 h 25 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Hoher Kasten
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Season
Please note: Snow fields are possible on the upper sections right through to the summer months.

Signalization

Signalization
On Hohe Kasten follow the information boards of the geological hiking trail towards Staubern, Saxerlücke and Bollenwees. At the Bollenwees Berggasthaus (mountain inn), follow the signpost to Brülisau.

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Precipitous area of risk
Important: Sure-footedness and a head for heights required.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Brülisau
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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

Services

Accommodation

Berggasthaus Staubern
Berggasthaus Staubern
Frümsen
Hundsteinhütte SAC
Hundsteinhütte SAC
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Places of interest

Hoher Kasten revolving restaurant
Hoher Kasten revolving restaurant
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Signalization

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