Eastern Switzerland

From Magdenau Abbey to Degersheim

Combine a leisurely hike from Magdenau to Degersheim with a visit to the famous Cistercian abbey. The charming surroundings of north-eastern Toggenburg offer magnificent views of hills and mountains.

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Magdenau Abbey in the charming surroundings of north-eastern Toggenburg.
Magdenau Abbey in the charming surroundings of north-eastern Toggenburg.

Enjoy the views – immersed in peaceful stillness

Postbus route 751 from Flawil railway station will take you to the starting point of your hike, Magdenau Abbey (stop: Wolfertswil, Magdenau). The hike takes you from Magdenau Abbey over the Wittenberg to restaurant Moosbad. From there, it continues along signposted hiking trails to Degersheim, via Hinterruer and Wolfensberg. It is well worth taking a break en route to enjoy views of the Alpstein massif, the seven peaks of Churfirsten or the rolling hills around the Hörnli. Alternatively, you can choose the route via Baldenwil to Degersheim. Once you get there, take either the Postbus towards Flawil or the train towards Wattwil or Herisau−St. Gallen. The hike is just as charming in the opposite direction.

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Magdenau Abbey

Around ten nuns from the Cistercian abbey live within its historic walls. The abbey’s doors are open regularly to visitors, pilgrims, hikers and those seeking peace and quiet.

Booking is required for a comprehensive guided tour of the abbey’s church or the “Magdenau Emblemzyklus”. Round off your visit by popping in to the abbey shop, which offers local products.


2.5 hours

Difficulty level



6.6 km

Altitude difference

300 + m / 240 - m

Outward journey

Wolfertswil, Magdenau

Return journey

Degersheim, Bahnhof

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