The Way of the Cross

Stations of the Cross: Lehmen – Blacken – Ahorn.

This trail follows the Blacken-Ahorn Way of the Cross with its 15 stations. This modern pilgrimage route was established in 1991 to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation by the Catholic parishes of the two Appenzells. Back in the early days of the church, believers made pilgrimages from Jerusalem up to Golgotha following in Jesus’ footsteps. Others who were unable to make the voyage to the Holy Land also had to participate in the Way of the Cross. For this reason Stations of the Cross were built throughout Christendom and offered a source of hope for believers.


Walking the Stations of the Cross makes one appreciate the many people – perhaps you or your nearest and dearest – who today must walk their own path of sorrow and pain. They should all be remembered in our prayers.

You reach Ahorn in a contemplative mood but in good spirits. Here you will find the Maria Pilgrimage Chapel where you can enjoy a moment of peace and quiet.


Locations along the route

Lehmen – Blacken – Leuenfall – Ahorn


Our tip: Take a slight detour to the Leuenfall waterfall where the Berndlibach stream tumbles down from a 34 m high ledge.

This route is sometimes prepared in winter as a winter hiking trail - very charming and recommended! The starting point Lehmen can be reached by PubliCar. Reservation via App or Tel. +41 848 55 30 60.


Appenzellerland Tourismus AI
Hauptgasse 4, 9050 Appenzell
Phone +41 71 788 96 41



Type of hiking tour

Theme hiking




1.77 km


101 m


57 m


30 minutes

Starting point / End

Lehmen / Ahorn

Options to eat along the way