Eleven of the best

Eastern Switzerland’s best sights in three days

Discover our unique offer: HighlightsTop11 featuring Eastern Switzerland’s eleven best sights. 

From an elevation of just under 400  metres on Lake Zurich to over 2 500  metres on the Säntis, we’ll show you the amazing variety of Eastern Switzerland. Climb aboard our Voralpen-Express and let us chauffeur you around the top sights for three days. 

Day 1: Rapperswil–St.Gallen

Your trip begins when you make your way to Rapperswil, famed for its roses. After a tour of the charming Old Town including the roses or the castle with its glorious views of Lake Zurich, it’s time to board the Voralpen-Express. Passing through the hills of the Toggenburg and the Appenzell, the train makes its way over the Sitter viaduct, at 99 metres Switzerland’s tallest railway bridge and the symbolic gateway to St.Gallen. We recommend a visit to the Abbey Precincts − a UNESCO World Heritage Site − and its centrepiece, the Abbey Library, which is one of the oldest and most beautiful libraries in the world. You’ll spend the night at the wonderfully renovated Hotel Krone in Speicher (AR). 

Highlights Day 1

  • Rapperswil, famous for its roses and its castle
  • 99 m-tall Sitter Viaduct (Switzerland's tallest railway bridge) 
  • St.Gallen Abbey Precincts with Abbey Library 

 

 

Day 2: Speicher–Säntis–Appenzell

A day of climatic contrasts. You’ll travel on the Voralpen-Express from St.Gallen to Herisau, after which there’s a trip to Schwägalp. A brief ascent on the aerial cableway finds you at an elevation of more than 2 500 metres on the Säntis, where snow can remain on the ground until high summer. Alternatively, we offer a trip to the revolving restaurant on the Hoher Kasten. On the return trip to St.Gallen, why not pay a visit to the delightful, superbly preserved village of Appenzell. Its picturesque alleys are home to little shops, local crafts and living traditions. In no time at all you’re back in Speicher (AR), where you’re staying another night in the same guesthouse.

Highlights Day 2

  • Trip through the Appenzell
  • Säntis with views of 1 000 peaks
  • Appenzell village featuring arts, crafts and traditions

 

 

 

Day 3: Speicher–Stein am Rhein–Schaffhausen

Following a hearty breakfast and a final stroll through the Old Town of St.Gallen, it’s time to board the train for Lake Constance and Stein am Rhein – a village well worth seeing. With its beautiful facades and favoured location, it has the feel of an open-air museum. Treat yourself to a coffee in the pedestrian zone or by the river. Then board the boat for the two-hour trip down the tranquil Rhine to Schaffhausen. Two of the sights worth taking in here are the Munot fortress and its views over the whole town, and the Rhine Falls, which are no great distance away – the spectacle of unbridled power has to be seen to be believed! Booking an extra night in Schaffhausen is certainly worth considering. This marks the end point of the tour. As you make your way home, you’ll have many fond memories of all the highlights you experienced.


Highlights Day 3

  • Stein am Rhein with its picturesque houses
  • Boat trip from Stein am Rhein to Schaffhausen
  • Munot in Schaffhausen
  • Rhine Falls 

Hotel

4-star Hotel Krone in Speicher 

Price includes the following:

  • Overnight stays in the Hotel Krone in Speicher including breakfast 
  • Rail travel from home in Switzerland to Rapperswil 
  • Rail travel on the Voralpen-Express in 1st class
  • Tour of the Abbey Library in St.Gallen 
  • Public transport to Schwägalp and back via Appenzell
  • Trip up the Säntis or to the revolving restaurant on the Hoher Kasten
  • Public transport from Speicher (Canton Appenzell Ausserrhoden) to Stein am Rhein 
  • Boat trip from Stein am Rhein to Schaffhausen 
  • Travel from Schaffhausen to home
  • OSKAR-Card and Swiss Coupon Pass for free

Valid from 30 April to 14 October 2018.

Price per person (All prices in Swiss francs)  double roomsingle room
4-star hotel Krone Speicher CHF 395.–*CHF 445.–*

*based on Half-Fare Travelcard, 2nd class  

As an alternative you can stay in the Einstein Hotel in St. Gallen. Prices on request.

Information concerning supplements and reductions on request.

Booking

Contact the Südostbahn reservations desk for details (+41 58 580 78 81 or info(at)voralpen-express.ch). 

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