The Great Alpstein Tour in two days

Hiking tip to the Berggasthaus Rotsteinpass (mountain inn)

The start of the tour to the Plattenbödeli is steep and strenuous. It is worth taking a first breather at Sämtisersee Lake. Continue via Furgglenalp to the Berggasthaus Bollenwees (mountain inn) at the Fählensee Lake, which is surrounded on both sides by steep rocks. Along the lake to the idyllic Fählenalp and after a steep climb, the mountain trail leads via Häderen past the Fählen towers with another steep climb up to the Altmannsattel. There, with exposed sections, the trail descends. Along the notorious and well-secured Fliswand you will reach the Berggasthaus Rotsteinpass (mountain inn). Here you can take a well-deserved break and let yourself be spoiled. With a bit of luck, you will spot some ibexes or even a herd of chamois in the evening. The next day, you will go over the daring Felsengratweg (rock ridge path)and eventually the Lisengrat (ridge) to the Säntis. Like the Fliswand, this section is only recommended for experienced mountain hikers who are free from giddiness and are sure-footed. The descent leads over the Öhrligrueb to the Berggasthaus Schäfler (mountain inn) with its magnificent views. From here on you will hike down to Alp Chlus and then to Ebenalp. Here you can take the cable car back down to Wasserauen. 


Places along the route

Brülisau – Sämtisersee – Bollenwees – Altmannsattel – Rotsteinpass (overnight stay) – Säntis – Schäfler – Ebenalp (cable car) – Wasserauen


Hiking time per day
1st day: 6 hours
2nd day: 5 hours


Appenzellerland Tourismus AI
Hauptgasse 38, 9050 Appenzell
Phone +41 71 788 96 41



Type of hiking tour

Hiking in the mountain




25.27 km


2366 m


1699 m


11 hours

Starting point / End

Brülisau / Ebenalp