Appenzeller Weg Stage 2, Appenzell–Urnäsch

The Appenzeller Weg leads across the border from the Vorarlberg pilgrimage site of Rankweil to the Toggenburg monastery village of St. Peterzell. Following old pilgrimage routes, the European Cultural Trail crosses the culturally and scenically unique Appenzellerland.

As a European Cultural Trail, the Appenzeller Weg leads pilgrims of St. James from Austria to Switzerland in three daily stages. The route connects the most important Vorarlberg Marian pilgrimage site of Rankweil with the charming monastery village of St. Peterzell in the Neckertal Valley.

Following old pilgrimage routes, the route crosses the Appenzellerland from east to west with varying views. You will discover quiet chapels, large and small rivers, alps, typical farmhouses and hospitable inns. Along the way are the Innerrhoden capital Appenzell and the villages Gonten, Urnäsch and Schönengrund with their typical painted townhouses and many cultural sights.

The Appenzeller Weg runs in a straight line with varied ascents and descents between 400 and 1100 metres above sea level on the pleasant field and forest paths. Almost always in view - but always different: the Alpstein massif. In Vorarlberg, the Appenzeller Trail links up with the Arlberg and Walgau trails leading from Innsbruck.


Stage 2 Appenzell–Urnäsch

The Hauptgasse (main street) in Appenzell, the old imperial road to Gontenbad, the barefoot trail on Moosboden to Jakobsbad and the contemplation trail running through alpine meadows and forests offer a variety of hiking experiences.
Furthermore, Urnäsch attracts visitors from all over with its Museum of Appenzeller Customs.


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



Type of hiking tour

Hiking in the valley




13.00 km


440 m


3 hours 30 minutes

Starting point / End

Appenzell / Urnäsch