The alpine restaurant Tanzboden lies halfway between the Toggenburg and the Linth valley. It is thus the ideal stopping point on a hike from one valley to the other.
You begin this hike at the Ebnat-Kappel railway station and wander upriver along the Thur riverbank for a few minutes. At Thurau you will cross a bridge and start upward, putting behind you the first of the 800 meters difference in altitude that separate you from the Tanzboden. More than half the dis-tance to Tanzboden traverses narrow, sometimes scarcely visible paths through blooming meadows. Of interest are the differences in vegetation as one climbs: in May the meadow grasses bloom up to an altitude of 850 meters, whereas at a height of between 850 and 1200 meters the grass is still re-covering from the long winter, and there are no blossoms to be seen. Further up, however, thousands of gentians and soldanels spring up between the brown winter grasses. Especially impressive is the Alp Ober-Abschlagen. The brutal name is quite in opposition to the charm of the place. On three sides the climb up to this alp is very steep, so it is the more surprising to find at the top a small, nearly flat pre-alpine paradise. From the northern part of this Alp you are rewarded with a magnificent view of the central Toggenburg. Ebnat-Kappel and Wattwil lie below you; to the east you see the Säntis and the Churfirsten. And now it is only a half hour from Ober-Abschlagen to the Tanzboden, the highest point of our trip. Finally, our hike continues over the Gubelspitz to Breitenau and Wielesch, where there is another alpine restaurant with a marvelous view. From the Wielesch, you’ll climb steeply down into the Giegentobel and continue on to the Giegental. Finally, board the post bus in the village center of Gommiswald and ride to the Uznach railway station.
Version A: From Tanzboden to Rieden (4 km shorter).
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First published: Dienstag, 14. September 2010
Last updated: Mittwoch, 15. Januar 2014
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