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Winter Walk from Arvenbüel to the Pass at Vorder Höhi

Arvenbüel - Alp Altschen - Vorder Höhi - Arvenbüel

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Arvenbüel - Alp Altschen - Vorder Höhi - Arvenbüel

Published/updated on 02.02.2019 by GabrielleMerk | 22876 points
 | Date of Tour: 26.12.2018 

This winter walk from the village of Arvenbüel to the pass at Vorder Höhi offers lots of sunshine and loads of views of the mountains that ring Lake Walensee. It is a pleasant option for a sunny afternoon walk, and is popular with city folk from nearby Zurich, so one can expect quite a crowd on a Sunday afternoon. But the trail is wide and there is lots of room for everyone, even at the top on the sunny terrace at the Vorder Höhi Farm.

The farm owners have a nice business going here in winter, offering a nice selection of grilled sausages, soup, cold meat and cheese platters, and hot and cold drinks which they prepare in the barn and serve on a self-serve basis.

A short walk past the farm takes you to the actual pass, which served an important purpose in the 1970's when the road up from Weesen to Amden was closed due to danger of a rock slide. The Swiss military quickly created an access road from the North side, which in the meantime is really only used by hikers and bikers. From this vantage point you get a sweeping view into the Toggenburg Valley and across the Churfirsten mountains, and to the Alpstein Massif with its highest peak, Mount Säntis (2500m) and its weather station.

An additional plus: There are large parking lots just below Arvenbüel so for those who prefer excursions by car instead of public transport, this is an ideal destination.

Published/updated on 02.02.2019 by GabrielleMerk (22876 points) | Date of Tour: 26.12.2018

Route Infos

Eastern Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Time Required
2 hours 30 minutes
8 km
320 m
320 m
Max. Altitude
1550 m
Min. Altitude
1275 m
Season Start / Season End
November - April
Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
Points of Interest
View of Mount Säntis and into the Toggenburg Valley // Lots of sunshine // Hearty food served out of the barn at Vorder Höhi.
Starting Point
Starting Point with Public Transport
Return with Public Transport
Places to Eat
Arvenbüel, Vorder Höhi
Things to Note
On a sunny day Sundays or holidays expect to be joined by many people on this trail. // The forest East of the walking trails (i.e. snowshoe trails) are areas designated for protection of wildlife and you may not leave the trail there.

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