Eastern Switzerland

Churfirsten route

The majestic Churfirsten route on one side and the panoramic Säntis on the other takes you through the beautiful Obertoggenburg region from Wattwil via Nesslau and Wildhaus to Buchs in the St. Gallen Rhine Valley.

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All Chur lists at a glance (aerial shot)
All Chur lists at a glance (aerial shot)

The starting point for the journey on the Churfirsten route is Wattwil, Nesslau or Buchs in the St. Gallen Rhine Valley. Postbuses pass through Upper Toggenburg’s picturesque and varied landscape on a half-hourly basis. You will see the majestic seven Churfirsten peaks on one side and the sublime Säntis massif on the other.

Meanwhile, the young Thur meanders through the green meadows on the valley’s floor. Many bus stops are the starting point for new experiences: traditions, sound, mountain railways, cheese, love stories, culinary delights, yodelling, hiking, winter sports and much more.

The peak in Wildhaus is just under 1,100 metres in altitude. From here, the trail continues downhill through Simmitobel into the Rhine Valley and on to Buchs SG.


The variety of ski lifts in Obertoggenburg:

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    Postbus stop: Wildhaus, Dorf

    Alp Gamplüt cable car on the sunny side of the Toggenburg

  2. 2

    Postbus stop: Wildhaus, Lisighaus

    Wildhaus ski lifts will take you to a family-friendly ski and hiking area.

  3. 3

    Postbus stop: Unterwasser, Post

    Funicular railway to Iltios und cable car to Chäserrugg: panoramic hikes, great skiing and world-class architecture from Herzog & de Meuron

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    Postbus stop: Alt St. Johann, Dorf

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    Postbus stop: Starkenbach

    The SelunbahnTarget not accessible cable car offers breathtaking views up to the Toggenburg mountain trail and the Wildenmannlisloch

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Hiking tip: along an early section of the Thur river

The hike takes you along an early section of the Thur river through a picturesque and varied landscape. It begins in Unterwasser. Accompanied by the gentle sounds of the fledgling Thur river, the trail takes you via Chlostobel to Alt St. Johann. Following the right bank of the river, the trail takes you to Starkenbach, through the narrow part of the valley and past the former Starkenstein Castle. The trail continues through Bratzenmoos along the wild and romantic Thurtobel. Here the forest is teeming with plants that thrive in the moist environment. Once you pass the three Giessen waterfalls with a small power plant, you will soon see the village of Nesslau.

You can start or stop the hike from Unterwasser as you wish. The first stage from Unterwasser, Post to Starkenbach is wheelchair accessible (4.6 km).

Difficulty level



12.5 km

Altitude difference

100 metres uphill / 250 metres downhill

Outward journey

Unterwasser, Post

Return journey

Nesslau-Neu St. Johann, Bahnhof

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