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By boat and cable car to the Witzwanderweg (Joke Trail)

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  • Erlebnis mit viel Spass und Witz
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  • / Bergbahn Rheineck-Walzenhausen
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  • / Beschilderung des Witzwanderweges
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  • / Heiden
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  • / Bergbahn Heiden-Rorschach
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  • / Bergbahn RHB
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Everyone knows that laughter is healthy. And it’s even healthier when combined with a bit of exercise, a beautiful view, fresh air and a diverse tour. 
easy
8 km
2:30 h
236 m
348 m

The tour starts by boat from Rorschach harbour via Alter Rhein and ends in the small town of Rheineck.  The loop continues with the Rheineck-Walzenhausen mountain railway. After crossing the Ruderbach, the journey on the historic cog railway up the Hexenkirchli Gorge begins.   

Once in Walzenhausen, you need to tighten the laces on your hiking boots as this is where the popular Witzwanderweg, or Joke Trail, to Heiden begins. Around 70 boards along the way tell the best jokes in Appenzell dialect, bringing a smile to the faces of hikers. In addition to these amusements, the impressive view of Lake Constance is a highlight.  The Witzweg ends in Heiden. A short tour through the Biedermeier village is definitely worthwhile. 

To complete the circuit, ride back to Rorschach on the Rorschach-Heiden mountain railway. Opened in 1875, it has one of the longest traditions of tourism in Switzerland.  And if you aren’t totally exhausted by now, a walk along the shores of Lake Constance in Rorschach shouldn’t be missed. 

Author’s recommendation

In summer, enjoy the descent from Heiden to Rorschach in the nostalgic, open-air observation car. 
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Updated: April 05, 2019
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
803 m
Lowest point
671 m
Best time of year
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Tips, hints and links

The Witzweg from Walzenhausen to Heiden is marked with blue signposts.  There are many restaurants and inns along the way which have typical Appenzell specialities on their menus.

The route of the Witzweg can also be covered by PostBus. Because the PostBus line runs next to the Witzweg, hikers can jump on or off the trail any time. This is a big advantage, especially for families with small children.

You can also complete the trail in the opposite direction or in sections.

Start

Rorschach (786 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.446250, 9.536930
DMS
47°26'46.5"N 9°32'12.9"E
UTM
32T 540479 5254895
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Destination

Rorschach

Turn-by-turn directions

(Rorschach - Altenrhein - Rheineck - ) Walzenhausen - Hostet - Schiben - Sonder - Klus - Wolfhalden - Luchten - Egerten - Heiden ( - Rorschach)

 

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Regular train connections to Rorschach harbour. Short walk to the boat pier. 

 

Boat trip Rorschach-Rheineck: 

May to early September 3 times a day,

September/October every Sat, Sun, public holidays 3 times a day

 

Rheineck-Walzenhausen mountain railway:  

Once an hour

 

Heiden-Rorschach mountain railway: 

Once an hour

Getting there

Coming from St.Gallen take the A1 motorway in the direction of Rorschach. 

Parking

Paid parking at the Kurplatz and Strandbad (no time limit).

Coordinates

DD
47.446250, 9.536930
DMS
47°26'46.5"N 9°32'12.9"E
UTM
32T 540479 5254895
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
8 km
Duration
2:30h
Ascent
236 m
Descent
348 m
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