With the majestic Churfirsten mountain range on one side, striking Mt. Säntis on the other, the Churfirsten Route takes you through the beautiful Obertoggenburg Valley from Nesslau to Buchs in the St. Gallen Rhine Valley.
Take the Churfirsten Route to enjoy the hiking and sledding paradise of the Toggenburg. The area between Mt. Säntis and Churfirsten offers a wide range of activities.
In Nesslau you could visit the old bone mill or the baroque monastery church (PostBus stop Nesslau-Neu St.Johann, Railway Station). You can walk from Nesslau to Wildhaus on the Toggenburg High Trail. A gondola takes you from Alt St. Johann to the Alp Sellamatt skiing and hiking area (PostBus stop Alt St. Johann, Post Office). At the "Klangschmiede" sound-making workshop in Alt St. Johann, you can experience the art of making bells, gongs and other sound-making objects first-hand (PostBus stop Alt St. Johann, Dorf). Experience the impressive display of the Thur waterfalls near Unterwasser. Unterwasser and Wildhaus are gateways to several excellent skiing and hiking areas (PostBus stops Unterwasser, Post Office and Wildhaus, Lisighaus). Visit the birthplace of Swiss reformer Zwingli in family-friendly Wildhaus (PostBus stop Wildhaus, Lisighaus). Werdenberg with its medieval wooden settlement and the castle reflected in the lake is a very attractive place. On the Path of the Senses along the lake you learn to sharpen your perception. Stop at the Schlangenhaus museum for information about the culture of the region. In the Birds of Prey Park in Buchs the entire family can observe countless bird species from around the world (PostBus stop Buchs St Gallen, Werdenberg).
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Wanderlust: hiking along the young Thur river
The walk along the Thur river takes you through picturesque and ever-changing scenery. It starts in Unterwasser, always accompanied by the gentle burble of the river, and continues via Chlostobel to Alt St.Johann. Following the right side of the stream, the path leads to Starkenbach, through the narrow part of the valley and past former Starkenstein castle. Continue through Bratzenmoos along the rugged Thur ravine where the forest is teeming with plants that thriving in the moist environment. After passing three waterfalls and a small power plant the village of Nesslau will soon come into sight.
Hike starting in Unterwasser (start and end also possible along the way):
- Unterwasser–Starkenbach: 1.5 hrs., wheelchair-accessible
- Starkenbach–Nesslau: 2.5 hrs.
Reservations required for groups of 10 or more (see contact)
Route open all year
Travel-date details/validity: view timetable/timetable information
Timetable 80.790 - Nesslau–Wildhaus–Buchs SG (Route 790)
St. Leonhard-Strasse 20
9001 St. Gallen
+41 58 386 73 44
Limited number of bicycle transport fixtures in/on the vehicle
view timetable/timetable information
Wheelchair access to the postbus guaranteed
All vehicles are wheelchair-accessible. For information call tel. see Contact.
Explore the area of the Churfirsten Route on foot:
- on the Rhine Valley High Trail
Section 4 Wildhaus–Sennwald
Section 5 Wildhaus–Malbun SG
- on the Thur Path
Section 1 Wildhaus–Nesslau
- on the Wildenmannlisloch Path
- on the Thur Waterfalls Trail
or by mountain bike:
- on the Wildmannli Bike Route
Section 1 Wildhaus-Sargans
Section 2 Wildhaus–Altstätten
- on the Hörnli Bike Route
Section 3 Hemberg–Wildhaus
- on the Panorama Bike Route
Section 3 Appenzell–Stein SG
Section 4 Stein SG–Niederurnen
- and on the Oelberg Bike Route
or by bicycle:
- on the Thur Route
Section 3 Nesslau–Buchs SG
Photo: Daniel Ammann
Toggenburg Sound Trail: with ears wide open
At the foot of the Churfirsten, you will discover a new world of sounds on the way from Alp Sellamatt to Wildhaus. At over 20 innovative installations you can experiment with sounds and even with your own voice. Hiking fun and entertainment for the entire family!
9656 Alt St.Johann
+41 71 998 50 00
Birds of Prey Park Buchs: the rulers of the skies
In the generously designed park you can watch over 150 birds (60 different species) and other exotic animals. Bird shows are regularly scheduled in the Arena where the fascinating birds demonstrate their natural hunting skills in all their grace and beauty.
CH-9470 Buchs SG
|Tel.:||+41 79 247 47 60|
Klangschmiede (Sound Forge) Alt St.Johann
The “Sound Forge” in Alt St. Johann is a bell and dulcimer production facility with different forges and dulcimer builders. The facility is open to the public.
The facility is open to the public. Guests are also free to use various sound experimentation stations and even make sound visible. In addition, temporary exhibits are offered, all focusing sound.
9656 Alt St.Johann
+41 71 998 50 00
Werdenberg Castle: a castle in motion
This is where art and culture of past and present meet, accommodating everything from contemporary art to a history museum and castle festivals featuring opera stars from around Europe. Immerse yourself in the charm of this peaceful co-existence.
Werdenberg Castle Society
|Tel.:||+41 81 599 19 35|
Photo: Daniel Ammann
Thur waterfalls: an exhilarating experience
Near Unterwasser the Säntisthur thunders over the steep rocks, especially in the spring and after a rain. Through a small tunnel you can get closer and admire the waterfalls from three different levels. The scenic Thur Path from Wildhaus to Wil leads to the falls.
+41 71 999 99 11
“Huskystuff” – sled dog adventure
The “Huskystuff“ enterprise is at home in Toggenburg and a company with years of experience in the realm of the Husky The company offers tours for groups, private individuals and companies too.
9656 Alt St. Johann
|Tel.:||+41 71 917 24 56|