«Rondom Kau»

All shades of green

With the Hotel Kaubad behind you, you will reach the idyllic, recently renaturalised ponds after just a few metres, which already beckon you to take a break. The trail follows along the shore of the largest pond and soon the resting bench at the beautifully situated Kaukreuz Cross will tempt you to pause for a moment. The trail continues through a short stretch of forest, after which you will enter the extensive HInterkau area with its scattered farms. As you lose height, you will gain panoramic views and the highlight in this respect is reached at the uniquely idyllic Chapel of St. Georg Hinterkau: the view sweeps over the high valley of Gonten and the countryside far beyond. The trail descends across the well-tended meadows. Turn right just above the edge of the forest and descend to the bridge over the Kaubach stream. Walk upwards through a thinning forest, where you walk close to the edge of the forest and later through a rather colourful residential area to reach the Kaustrasse, which you can follow to the campsite near the Landgasthaus Eischen (inn). After walking past all the caravans, turn uphill onto the meadow (do not leave the path, do not trample the grass) and walk past two typical farmhouses to return to the starting point.


Tip: The recently renaturalised Kauweiher ponds with barbecue areas and frog concerts in spring.

Notice: Please follow the white signposts "Rondom Kau". The trail can be completed in both directions.


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



Type of hiking tour

Hiking in the valley


easy, T 1 according to SAC hiking scale


4.69 km


189 m


189 m


1 hour 30 minutes

Starting point / End

Kau / Kau

Options to eat along the way