Between St. Gallenkappel and Schmerikon, you walk through Neuhüslertobel and to the mouth of the Aabach. In the course of this walk, you follow a body of water, which is first called Goldingerbach and then Aabach.
The Goldingerbach (Goldinger stream) originates at the southern slope of Chrüzegg and winds its way through Goldingertal (Goldinger valley), against the Obersee. Its name comes from the gold seekers who made their discoveries in its headwater region. The gold seekers probably also dug at its lower course in Neuhüslertobel and at the foot of the Uznaberg. It is also possible that they no longer made any discoveries there. Perhaps this is the reason why the stream loses its glamorous name in this area and from this point on is modestly called “Aabach”. In Neuhüslertobel, between Neuhaus and St. Gallenkappel, flora and fauna are the only living organisms that you encounter on a fall Sunday morning. No wonder, because from the northeast you can gain access to the ravine by taking a long detour and by climbing up several meters of altitude. A few steps away from the moraine landscape in Rappengrund, you begin the descent to Neuhüslertobel. The first inhabitants of the ravine that you can see are a few trouts. Information signs explain who else lives in this mossy crevice. Woodpeckers, kingfishers, various raptors and songbirds, badgers, deer, bats, lizards and grass snakes are a few of these. After the underpass of Rickenstrasse, the trail no longer follows the Aabach, but instead makes a detour through Matten to Bauwil. Only at the junction of Ranzachtobel does the road pass directly by the water again. Apart from a short detour at the Schmerikon highway exit, you follow the Aabach until it flows into the Obersee. This detour is worth it since the pebble beaches in this area are one of the most beautiful lake shores of the region. The best way to conclude the hike is to have a meal on the terrace of the “Strandhotel” in Schmerikon. The food and the service are at least as good as the exclusive location of the restaurant.
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Tour history (B04072)
First published: Dienstag, 18. Januar 2011
Last updated: Mittwoch, 15. Januar 2014
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