Tour: Hiking the Alps in Alpstein

T3+ demanding Alpine adventure
Start of the tour:
Refreshment break:
Megisalp or Rotsteinpass
End of the tour:
05:30 hours
11 km
1.650 m
Good footwear, hiking attire, rain gear, sunscreen, sunglasses, rucksack, hiking poles, food and beverages.

The Alpstein is one of Switzer­land’s most breath­taking and popular hiking areas. The area is made up of three mountain ranges where three lakes that could easily be described as Switzer­land’s most stunning are situated: Seealpsee, Sämt­isersee and Fälensee. About 650 kilo­metres of marked hiking paths lead through this collection of sky-scraping mountains. But these hiking paths do not simply maintain them­selves. Workers like Ueli Hehli, a man whom we get to know in this video, spend hours on end to keep the paths clear for hikers like us.

The ultimate destination of this demanding Alpine hike is Säntis – which is the high point of the Alpstein mountain ranges at 2,502 metres above sea level. This sensa­tional hike leads past Seealpsee, the unique Meglisalp village, the spec­tacular Rotsteinpass and over the exposed ridge called Lisengrat as it meanders its way to the summit of the Säntis. A total of 25 mountain guest houses have been built in Alpstein, and hikers can spend the night in 20 of them. Hikers can also spend the night at Meglisalp or Rotsteinpass.


Wasserauen (868 m) – Seealpsee (1142 m) – Meglisalp (1516 m) – Rotsteinpass (2119 m) – Lisengrat – Säntis (2502 m) – descent to Schwägalp (1352 m) with the mountain train – then by post bus and the Appenzel train back to the starting point

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