Brückenweg in St. Gallen

We are itching to get to the real Alps for some hiking and picture-taking. The summer weather is not particularly cooperative. Plus, I’ve learned that it’s hard to look more than a few days ahead in the forecast since it seems to change frequently. One of our big agenda items is to hike as much as possible (and before winter comes and after winter leaves). I also want to make sure I am in a little better shape before I tackle more strenuous hiking. Some internet searching led me to this hike called the St. Gallen Brückenweg, or the St. Gallen Bridge Trail. The weather in St. Gallen only threatened a 20% chance of rain, the walk looked fairly easy (only 7.5 km or 4.6 miles) and started at one of the train stations, it’s not too far by train (one hour) and we could add another canton to our list. Three down, twenty-three to go.

Route and trail marker. These are ubiquitous and extremely helpful.

Route and trail marker. These are ubiquitous and extremely helpful.

Here is the first sign we saw, just across from the train station. Below the red and white circle is a brown sign pointing right which has the name of our trail. (The long sign below cautions that only a certain kind of shuttle bus is allowed straight ahead.) These signs helped us navigate the entire trail.

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Across the entire trek we saw a wide variety of things, from the advertised bridges to lush farms with cows, sheep, goats and chickens, to a Geo-Thermal Heating plant. Here are some of the high bridges (we did not walk across these).

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Here are some goats taking a Mittagspause (noon break) and some cows in the trees next to our lunch spot.

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This is one of the bridges that we walked across. It was a little bouncy, but not too scary.

At the end of the route is a bus stop where a PostBus (operated by the Swiss Postal Service) came along just minutes after we arrived, and we were happy to pay the 5 CHF to ride into town (2.5 CHF each), saving us an hour and some uphill walking. We told the nice driver that we had Half-Fare cards and he didn’t even ask to look at them, just gave us the discount. And a smile. Perhaps he liked H’s accent as we continue to use our German when we can. 

Tomorrow’s post: The Abbey in St. Gallen


One thought on “Brückenweg in St. Gallen

  1. Dear Charlotte,

    Those are really elegant goats!!

    Yesterday when I was telling Milt about your blog, I thought that you might enjoy reading a book about a European’s initial responses to Amerika. It’s called “Gebrauchsanweisung für Amerika,” and the author is Paul Wlatzlawick. He approaches the US in a similar way to yours. Someone must have given this to me years ago, and it’s perceptive and very funny. It would stretch your German, whih is a good thing. So I went on line to see if there was a used copy you could get, and had one. If you were in Germany the postage would be even less, but 3 Euros within Europe doesn’t seem so bad. Here’s the link: My copy of the book is at school, so I can’t check at the moment to see how challenging his language is, but I remember thinking that I should ask my seminar participants to try to keep a fresh eye on Europe, so we could come up with something similar. I’m wondering how long it will be before things seem familiar to you, and no longer remarkable. I suspect that your blog will help you keep the freshness, because you’re explaining it to people who haven’t seen or experienced what you are living through.

    I thought I had sent this earlier, but it seems to have drifted into my “Drafts” column. Glad I found it!

    Hugs, Anne

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