Säntis, the mountain
Fantastic view from over 2502 metres height
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View over six countries
The Säntis, at 2502 metres above sea level, is one of the most beautiful natural areas in Europe - from the Säntis summit, the view sweeps over six countries. If you travel to Switzerland from Lake Constance, you will soon be greeted by the highest and most visible peak of the Alpstein massif, the Säntis. Whether as a day trip or the highlight of a holiday in Eastern Switzerland: the panoramic view from 2502m altitude will remain unforgettable. The view unhindered wanders over 6 countries such as Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, France, Italy and the Swiss Alps. The scenery of the Alpstein massif is breathtaking all year round. Young and old, hiking groups, mountaineers, families, pleasure hikers - everyone gets their money's worth!
Recommended at any time of the year
When in spring the mountain meadows bloom abundantly, it is time to put on your hiking boots. The hiking season lasts until autumn. Various routes lead to the summit, but the nature adventure park on Schwägalp also invites you to make discoveries. While this is particularly exciting for families, an ascent with a starting point in Schwägalp is reserved for experienced mountain hikers. The hike from Ebenalp is long and sweaty. If you like it more comfortable, take the suspension railway and let yourself be carried up to the Säntis in about 10 minutes.
Don't miss the Alpstein area, the cheese dairy on Schwägalp or the full moon or sunrise rides with the cable car. Lake Constance is not far away, so you can take a refreshing dip in the mountains to cool off after an eventful summer day. What else does it take to feel good on holiday?
Romantic winter wonderland in Switzerland
As soon as the valley lies in dense fog in autumn, it is an impressive nature experience to stand on the Säntis above a sea of fog. The surrounding mountains and Lake Constance, wrapped in a bed of fog, appear mystical. At pleasant temperatures, steeper mountain paths can now be climbed more easily. With the first snowfall, the area around the Säntis changes into a winter wonderland. Even those who don't ski will find endless winter fun here. Varied snowshoe tours through spectacular winter landscapes are becoming more and more popular. Stomping on snowshoes through thick snow-covered landscapes lets you forget everyday life.
A wonderful, unforgettable experience is the romantic Laternliweg: a circular walk on the Säntis, which is illuminated with countless petroleum lamps. The Laternli Trail is also very suitable for families with children. After the 40-minute hike, we recommend an original Swiss raclette or cheese fondue at the Gasthaus Passhöhe to recharge your batteries and round off the evening in an atmospheric way.
If you prefer tobogganing or cross-country skiing, you will also find perfect conditions at the Säntis. What are the weather like and how much snow is on the Säntis? Click here to go directly to the webcam.
Arrival by bus or car
The journey is possible with the public means of transport as well as with the own car without problems. The roads are in excellent condition and are regularly cleared in winter. A motorway sticker is not necessary and there are sufficient free parking spaces available at the Schwägalp valley station. Postbuses run regularly on the Schwägalp line from Urnäsch in Appenzellerland and Nesslau in Toggenburg.
Overnight stay on the mountain
Säntis - the hotel is the ideal starting point for all leisure activities such as hiking, climbing or touring. If you prefer to take it easy and enjoy a leisurely walk on one of the nearby paths through the intact mountain nature or the nature adventure park, then you've come to the right place.
In the generously designed wellness area with sauna, bio-sauna, steam bath, adventure shower and a quiet relaxation room with a view of the unique nature, you can relax from your everyday worries or the physical exertion after your excursions. It goes without saying that the culinary aspect will not be neglected. In the restaurant with its wonderful sun terrace, you will be served typical dishes: traditions interpreted in a modern way and fresh.
68 comfortably furnished rooms and suites on three floors invite you to spend a quiet and relaxing night. Your first glance in the morning will be at the steep Säntis or the dreamy Weidwald. And who knows, maybe you will discover a fox, a deer or even an ibex before you go to the rich breakfast buffet.
This destination is a member of the Verband der Tourismuswirtschaft Bodensee.
"The best of Lake Constance"