Winter hike Magdenau monastery

Immersed in peaceful stillness

Combine a relaxed winter hike from Magdenau to Degersheim with a visit of the famous Cistercian monastery. The lovely sceneries of north-eastern Toggenburg are ideal for an easy hiking tour and reward with a splendid view over the hills of the Hörnli region across to the Speer and the seven peaks of the Churfirsten, and further to the striking backdrop of the Alpstein. 

From the Flawil train station, PostBus takes you to the starting point of your hike, the Magdenau monastery. 

Those who feel like it can get off for a break at the Maestrani bus stop where the chocolate factory shop sells its delicious sweet temptations.

Hiking route, approx. 2.5 h

Starting at the Magdenau monastery, the hiking tour leads to Wittenberg and the Restaurant Moosbad. Signposted hiking trails then take you to Degersheim via Hinterruer and Wolfensberg. Alternatively, you can get to Degersheim via Baldenwil. Once you arrive you can either return by postbus to Flawil or by train to Herisau. The tour is also nice to do the other way around. 


Magdenau monastery

About a dozen nuns of the Cistercian order live within the historic walls of the monastery. Its doors are open to guests, pilgrims, hikers, and seekers of rest and tranquillity on a regular basis. Opening hours of the monastery

The monastery also offers its rooms for seminars and closed meetings. On every last Friday of the month, there is an opportunity to visit the historic guest wing. A reservation is required for a full tour. 

Additional information

Buy ticket

Buy your ticket from the SBB Shop or SBB Mobile app. You can also buy a ticket from the driver, at all ticket terminals, PostBus sales offices and at the counter of your nearest railway station.

Additional ticketing apps and online shops can be found in our overview.

Timetable / travel information

You will find the entire Swiss public transport timetable online here.

Route open all year


For groups of 10 and more, seat reservations are necessary (see contact)

Wheelchair accessibility

Wheelchair access to the postbus guaranteed


Contact details


PostBus Ltd
St. Leonhard-Strasse 20
9000 St. Gallen