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Gallus Trail

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Walk in the footsteps of St.Gallus, who came to St.Gallen on this route and laid the foundation for the monastery, the city and the canton.
easy
Distance 15.8 km
4:15 h
368 m
93 m

The Gallusweg (Gallus Trail) starts at the Arbon train station. You can see the Gallus stone with the footprints of the monk on display in the Gallus chapel. The route continues along the banks of Lake Constance to the village of Steinach and then through meadows and woodlands along the Steinach River.  

After the impressive section through the Galgen Ravine, you reach the city of St.Gallen, or to be more precise, the district of Neudorf. From here, beautiful streets take you to the heart of the city, to the beginning of the Mühlenen Gorge where, following his fall into a thorn bush and encounter with a bear in the year 612, Gallus founded his hermitage, thus laying the foundation for the city and canton of St.Gallen. The trail then leads through the picturesque streets of the old town and past the Abbey District of St.Gallen to the main train station, the final destination of this hike.

Author’s recommendation

The Mühleggbähnli funicular goes up the Mühlenen Gorge to the Drei Weieren, or Three Ponds. The local recreation area is ideal for swimming, strolling and picnicking. 
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Author
St.Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus
Update: October 29, 2018
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
698 m
Lowest point
396 m
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Tips and hints

A bus also runs from St.Gallen Neudorf to the St.Gallen train station.

No. 1, direction of Winkeln

No. 4, direction of Wolfganghof

No. 7, direction of Abtwil

No. 11, direction of the St.Gallen train station

Start

Arbon, Old Harbour (397 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'750'395E 1'264'303N
DD
47.512250, 9.435311
DMS
47°30'44.1"N 9°26'07.1"E
UTM
32T 532777 5262183
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Destination

Abbey District of St.Gallen

Turn-by-turn directions

Old Harbour Arbon - Steinach/Rorschach - Mörschwil/St. Gallen - St. Gallen-Neudorf via Galgentobel - St. Gallen-Neudorf - Abbey District of St.Gallen

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

PostBus from St.Gallen, main train station to the Arbon train station: 4 times an hour. 

Getting there

Coming from St.Gallen: A1 direction of Kreuzlingen Arbon. Exit at Arbon Süd. 

Parking

Paid parking at train station / harbour 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'750'395E 1'264'303N
DD
47.512250, 9.435311
DMS
47°30'44.1"N 9°26'07.1"E
UTM
32T 532777 5262183
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy footwear is recommended. 

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
15.8 km
Duration
4:15 h
Ascent
368 m
Descent
93 m
Public-transport-friendly Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest Linear route

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