Hiking from Brülisau to the Alp Rheintaler Sämtis

Annelies Kinget


Member since 20XX

This is really a little paradise where the world is still a wonderful place

After you reached Brülisau parking Kastenbahn (the lower terminus of the cableway) and put on your hiking boots, you are faced with two different trails to choose from. I like to go up high towards Ruhesitz, across the Alp Soll and to Plattenbödeli.

Make your first stop at Plattenbödeli, either at the restaurant or walk down to the Sämtisersee where you will find a public grill. Take a cervelat with you and grill it at the lakeside, and if the weather permits, you could also go for a swim. After your break, walk directly to the
Alp Rheintaler

 © Annelies Kinget


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On the large terrace of the hut, you could relax with some home made cheese, apple juice and/or a beer. You have the option of staying overnight which costs CHF 40.- including dinner and breakfast. Enjoy watching the sun go down, setting the mountains on fire and the sound of cowbells or just enjoy the quiet calm up there. There is no need to bring sleeping bags as bedding and towels are provided. Only take personal items along.


After a nice dinner, a good night's rest and a very tasty breakfast, go further up in the direction Bollenwees, then up the 'Stiefel' until you reach the Fahlensee. From there you could either take the direct way down towards Furgglenalp, Plattenbödeli and Brülisau or you could take the slightly longer way down to Furgglenalp, Rainhütte and Ruhesitz. To have some fun, rent a Trottinette (scooter) in Ruhesitz and ride down.

Important to know 

3 hours for the hike but with breaks you could extend it to a whole day
Parking is free even during the weekends

How to get there

By Public Transportation:

Take the train IR 13 (Direction: St. Gallen) till Gossau SG. Then take the train S23 (Direction: Wasserauen) till Weissbad. Lastly take the bus B 192 (Direction: Brülisau Kastenbahn).

It takes 1h 36 min in total.

By Car:

Take the A1 (Direction: St. Gallen) / Ausfahrt 80 Winkeln (Direction Appenzell / Dir. Brülisau till Parking Kastenbahn (the lower terminus of the cableway).

Kid / Family Friendly?

Yes - Children 6 plus

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