The most beautiful hike in the Northern Alps leads through the Alpstein massif. Picturesque views, massive granite slabs, idyllically situated mountain lakes and a Swiss postcard landscape of the very finest. All information, directions and the most beautiful vantage points!
The Alpstein is a relatively small mountain massif in the Appenzell Alps in north-eastern Switzerland. The small, but all the finer mountain range is one of the most beautiful in the entire Alpine region! A handful of mountain railways facilitate access and all kinds of huts and mountain guesthouses sweeten the hiking experience.
We at Mountain Moments usually hold several photo workshops here around this tour every summer. This is one of the most favourite photo-hikes of all in the Alps. All of our previous clients were fascinated and plan to come back. Our trips here vary, but are usually aroudn this special “Königstour”/”kings tour” in the Alpstein massif.
We also offer private photo tours here in the Alpstein mountain range – if you want a special photo guide getting you to the best spots and guide you safely through the steeper hikes, contact us.
Here we present you the probably most beautiful hike through the Alpstein. The proposed hike takes 3 to 4 days, requires sure-footedness and a head for heights, and the trails are excellently developed and insured at the appropriate places.
The Royal Tour of the Northern Alps – Hiking in Northeastern Switzerland
The Alpstein massif is not stingy with its attractions: steep granite slabs, deeply cut valleys, outstanding views of Lake Constance and the picturesque Appenzellerland and the Rhine Valley and picturesque mountain lakes.
If the Alpstein massif didn’t exist, it would have to be invented.
Many people find it particularly beautiful that the region is well connected by mountain railways and also attracts many hikers on weekends.
In contrast to many ski regions in Austria, nature here is still quite natural: no ski slope corridors that destroy the vegetation, no après-ski temple, no multi-storey car park, no snow cannon armies, storage ponds and other sins of alpine ski tourism.
The inclined East Alpine hiker will immediately notice that the cultural area of alpine pasture management is still cultivated and cared for here. Of course, without tourism and state subsidies the mountain inns and alpine pastures would have an extremely difficult time, but here the human use of nature fits into a relatively harmonious picture. Yes, sometimes even in a very kitschy picture.
Every second corner, you just wait for Heidi to chase the goatpetre. Apropos goats: half a litre of goat milk is cheaper on most alpine pastures than half a litre of water on some hotspots. 13 sFr for a bottle of still water are to be berappen in some places. Survival with water and dry bread quickly becomes a luxury.
Here you will find an overview of the mountain guesthouses in Alpstein. You can find the Alpenvereinshütten at the SAC.
Directions Hiking Königstour Alpstein
The King’s Tour leads in a wide arc around the Alpstein massif. Starting point is Brühlisau cable car parking. From here to the Hohe Kasten and along the easy but steep ridge path to the Gasthaus Stauberen. Continue over the photogenic Saxer gap.
Here over the Gasthaus Bollenwees to the Widderalpstock to the Rotsteinpass. Further over the exposed but excellently federally insured Lisengrat to Säntis.
Over the Rosegg (mostly over snowfields in early summer) into the Öhrligrueb, and further over the Lötziälplisattel to the Schäfler. From here via Ebenalp and Gasthaus Äscher to Seealpsee and Wasserauen railway station.
Book this tour now: We offer group tours and exclusive private Tours in this region.
How to get there: By car or train/bus to Brühlisau/Wasserauen. Best is to use public transportation
Requirements: You need to be at a good fitness level and at least medium experiences hiker. The trails are rocky and steep. Sure-footedness and a head for heights mandatory. All paths are marked and secured extremely well,
Equipment you will need: Good hiking boots, rucksack, changing clothes, 2-3l Water (refillable at huts), around 80-100sFr per day, hut sleeping bag.
The most beautiful vantage points in Alpstein
Saxer Gap/Saxer Lücke
Fancy a photo hiking tour here at Alpstein? We offer group tours and exclusive private tours in this region. Book this tour now. Most people like to do a 3-day-tour here to have a good chance for photogenic weather and to see all the highlights of the region.
Lisengrat at Säntis
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Hi, i am Marius, i love exploring the mountains and nature. Friends say, i know the mountains better than most locals, but actually i get lost all the time while photographing ;). Read more about the Mountain Moments Team.