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«Witzweg» - joke trail

· 1 review · Hiking trail · Vorderland
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  • Erlebnisrundfahrt
    / Erlebnisrundfahrt
    Photo: Daniel Ammann, Appenzellerland Tourismus AR
  • / Auf dem Witzweg
    Photo: Daniel Ammann, Appenzellerland Tourismus AR
  • / Der Dorfplatz Heiden
    Photo: Marcel Steiner, Appenzellerland Tourismus AR
  • / Witztafel am Wegesrand
    Photo: Christine Egli, Appenzellerland Tourismus AR
  • / Die «Witzchistä»
    Photo: Urs Berger, Appenzellerland Tourismus AR
  • / Blick auf Wolfhalden
    Photo: Kurverein Heiden, Appenzellerland Tourismus AR
  • / Erlebnisrundfahrt
    Photo: Martina Basista, Appenzellerland Tourismus AR
  • / Walzenhausen Rheineck Bergbahn
    Photo: Appenzeller Bahnen, Appenzellerland Tourismus AR
  • / Witzweg-Postauto
    Photo: Martina Basista, Appenzellerland Tourismus AR
  • / Erlebnisrundfahrt
    Photo: Martina Basista, Appenzellerland Tourismus AR
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Laugther, hiking and unique views over Lake Constance
easy
8 km
2:25 h
213 m
332 m
For over 20 years, this trail has been putting visitors in good spirits. And there’s a good reason for that. The «Witzweg» or «joke trail» starts in Heiden and passes through Wolfhalden, ending in Walzenhausen. The trail charms hikers with stunning panoramic views over Lake Constance and the Appenzeller Vorderland. «Joke stations» along the way invite them to have a break and a chuckle. So what’s Appenzell humour all about? You’ll find out on the trail. It’s a Swiss classic.

Author’s recommendation

The hike on the joke trail quickly becomes a leisurely and inexpensive adventure tour: you can explore the unique Appenzellerland above Lake Constance with two mountain railways, a post bus and a boat. The round trip by boat is possible from May to mid-October.
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
807 m
Lowest point
673 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Gasthaus zur Fernsicht

Tips, hints and links

Detailed timetables and travel suggestions on www.erlebnisrundfahrt.ch

Start

railway station Heiden (791 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.445828, 9.536424
DMS
47°26'45.0"N 9°32'11.1"E
UTM
32T 540441 5254848
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Destination

railway station Walzenhausen

Turn-by-turn directions

The joke trail is cleary marked with the well-known yellow rhombus of the Swiss hiking trails and an additional green marking on the signpost.

The hike begins in Heiden on the village square. It is advisable to take your time and walk through the village. Every afternoon between May and October, when the weather is fine, the church tower can be ascended. The ascent is worthwhile because you can enjoy a magnificent view over the entire Lake Constance region. On the first section of the trail you walk on wide paths all the way to Wolhalden. This part is mainly on hard surface and gravel and is suitable for (sporty) prams. Shortly after Heiden, you can enjoy a clear view of Lake Constance for the first time. In Wolfhalden you cross the village and pass the small local museum and the Gasthof Krone. Now follows a section in the shady forest of the Klustobel. Leaving the forest again, the path crosses the main road and climbs up to the Sonder, the so-called "Chistenpass". Here, the Restaurant Harmonie with its home-style cooking and a beautiful hall attracts visitors. Always with a view of Lake Constance, you first take the road for a short stretch and then the gravel and meadow paths via Sommersberg and Hostet in the direction of Walzenhausen railway station. In Walzenhausen, the team of the Restaurant Bahnhof with its own pastry shop is looking forward to your visit.

The way back to Heiden follows either directly by post bus or as an adventure round trip with the rack railway to Rheineck, from there by boat to Rorschach and finally with the second rack railway back to Heiden.

On the way, it is possible to change to the post bus in Wolfhalden or at the Hueb.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Take the train from Rorschach to Heiden railway station.

From Walzenhausen, the mountain railway runs to Rheineck, from there by train to St. Gallen or Chur, or by boat to Rorschach. Or you can also take the Postbus back to Heiden.

Getting there

From St. Margareten on the B7 to Rheineck, further left via Lutzenberg and Wolfhalden to Heiden

Parking

Parking at Heiden railway station

Coordinates

DD
47.445828, 9.536424
DMS
47°26'45.0"N 9°32'11.1"E
UTM
32T 540441 5254848
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Comfortable hiking boots or trainers, weather-resistent clothes

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Urs Aebi
June 01, 2020 · Community
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Completed this Route on June 01, 2020
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
8 km
Duration
2:25h
Ascent
213 m
Descent
332 m
Public transport friendly Point-to-point Scenic Refreshment stops available Family friendly Cultural/historical value

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