Voralpen Express

Voralpen Express

The Voralpen Express connects Central and Eastern Switzerland in a varied way. Travelling past lakes and mountains, the Rothenthurm high moor and the highest railway viaduct, you reach St. Gallen, with its abbey precinct that is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Voralpen Express – Eleven of the Best

This new Rail tour takes you to the 11 gems of eastern Switzerland by rail, water and air.

From almost 400m above sea level on Lake Zurich to more than 2,500 m above sea level on the Säntis, and from Rapperswil to Schaffhausen, you experience the diversity of eastern Switzerland and this will enthral you. Many highlights await you, such as the visit to the Abbey Library of St. Gallen, the boat journey on the Rhine and of course the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen.

Offer valid: 14 April to 15 October 2017.

Travel route: Rapperswil–Speicher–Schaffhausen (or the reverse direction).

1st Day:
Journey by public transport in 2nd class from your residence in Switzerland to Rapperswil. City tour and visit to the rose gardens or the castle. Journey on the Voralpen-Express through the hilly Appenzell region to St. Gallen. Viewing of the Abbey Church, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and the Abbey Library. Overnight stay in Speicher including breakfast.

2nd Day:
From Speicher you travel to Herisau, and from there through the Appenzell region to the Schwägalp, and then up onto the Säntis. On the return journey we recommend visiting the well-preserved and lovely village of Appenzell. Numerous little shops, craft items and living customs await you in the picturesque alleys. Overnight stay in Speicher including breakfast.

3rd Day:
Train journey from Speicher to Stein am Rhein. Boat journey on the Rhine to Schaffhausen. Trip to the Munot and the Rhine Falls, which is just a few kilometres away. Return journey by public transport in 2nd class from Schaffhausen to your residence in Switzerland or extended stay in Schaffhausen.


You stay overnight and have breakfast in St. Gallen in a good 3-star hotel or, for a supplement, in a 4-star hotel. All rooms have a bath/shower and WC. The name of the hotel will be given to you in your travel documents.

Our Partner Hotel For This Trip

4***: Gasthaus Krone in Speicher

Included in the Offer
  • Train journey in 2nd class (using the Half-Fare travelcard) from the place of residence to Rapperswil and from Schaffhausen back to the place of residence.
  • Journey on the Voralpen Express in 1st class, including seat reservation.
  • Sightseeing including admission to the Abbey Library of St. Gallen.
  • 2 overnight stays with breakfast in a 3-star hotel.
  • Journey by public transport to Schwägalp and back via Appenzell.
  • Journey with the suspension railway to the Säntis and back.
  • Boat journey from Stein am Rhein to Schaffhausen.
  • Journey by public transport from Speicher to Stein am Rhein.


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