Perfect hike for romantics

Leisurely, slightly uphill hike from Eggerstanden to Fähneren, where the charming Forstseeli awaits you.

From the public car park at the Schützenstand or the Eggerstanden Church, start in an easterly direction. Stay on the narrow Flurstrasse until you can take a right, across open terrain, up the slope and towards Unterer Bildstein and Bildsteinkopf. Through the forest, over pastures and past the lovely «Gädeli», you will reach the dreamy Forstseeli. Enjoy this beautiful place right in the heart of the forest. A campfire site with benches and firewood is situated right by the lake and enables you to take a break and have a barbecue. Continue through the forest up to the alpine pastures on the northern slope of the Fähneren. Slightly descending, you will reach the Eggli Restaurant via the Alp Heieren. Enjoy the unique view of the three mountain ranges of the Alpstein in the garden restaurant. Children will enjoy the many different animals that are at home here and they will also be able to let off steam on the playground. From the Eggli, the trail leads back on the same path for about 200 metres to the turnoff down to Eggerstanden. On the north slope, the descent path leads back to the starting point, which you can reach very conveniently with the PubliCar call bus. Reservations can be made via app or phone (+41 848 55 30 60).

Tip: Make a small additional loop (straight ahead instead of branching off uphill) to the picturesque Maria Bildstein Chapel, in the middle of the forest.


Places along the route

Eggerstanden – Bildstein – Forstseeli – Alp Heieren – Eggli – Eggerstanden


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



Type of hiking tour

Hiking in the valley




8.73 km


510 m


510 m


3 hours

Starting point / End

Eggerstanden / Eggerstanden