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The gravel beaches at the Aabach invite to bathing

The gravel beaches at the Aabach invite to bathing

Tour description

Starting in Wattwil (Alternative A), we walk in the direction of the Maria der Engel monastery. Passing Burg Iberg, we climb up away from the road over Schlosswies to upper Laad. After crossing over the Laadpass to Laad, the hike continues on an old trail lined with hedges.

At Oberricken we leave the Toggenburg valleys and enter the lake district. Passing through several ravine-like sections, we come out to a section that runs through woods and pastures, with a view of Lake Zurich, and reach Rüeterswil and its St. Ursula chapel, which features a statue of St. James. We make a loop through Betzikon, avoiding street traffic, and arrive at St. Gallenkappel. Hiking along the Aabach-Tobel, we come to the St. James chapel in Neuhaus, on the other side of the brook. The trail now runs through Eschenbbach to Egg and then along the ridge through the Jona woods to Jona. In a short time we find ourselves in the rose city of Rapperswil on Lake Zurich, where the imposing 12th century castle presides over the old city.


Alternative A: Ricken - Oberricken (distance: + 1.5 km)
Alternative B: Wattwil - Oberricken (distance: + 6 km)

Further stages

Next etape: Route of St. James, 2nd part

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Places along the route: Oberricken - Rieterwil - St. Gallenkappel - Neuhaus - Eschenbach - Oberegg - Egg - Jona - Rapperwil


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Tour history (B00195)

First published: Freitag, 29. Februar 2008

Last updated: Mittwoch, 15. Januar 2014

Tour published by: Presented by www.zuerich.com

Tour characteristics

Distance: 21.8 km | Time requirement: 6½ h
Ascent: 288 m | Descent: 1083 m
Highest point: 906 m.a.s.l.

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See also

Zürichsee Tourismus
CH-8640 Rapperswil
Tel: +41 (0)55 220 57 57
E-Mail: zuerichsee@zuerich.com
Internet: www.zuerich.com