Hike | Barefoot trail Wildhaus to Gamplüt | 24.05.2020
Updated: Jul 16
Today we tried something new: The barefoot Kneipp trail from Wildhaus to Gamplüt in the beautiful Toggenburg.
We started at the Gamplüt panorama center in Wildhaus. The trail follows the paved road for about 500 meters before it leads through alpine meadows up the mountain and ends after around 1 hour at the restaurant Gamplüt. Various signs along the way encourage to stop and enjoy the nature.
Kneipp therapy is a European naturopathic treatment named after the pastor Sebastian Kneipp (1821–1897), based on water and plants, exercise and nutritional recommendations.
We were first hesitant if this trail is something for us, but we were positively surprised! At first it feels weird to hike barefoot - as if you forgot something, but already after a few minutes you start to wonder why you even own hiking shoes. You have a whole different perception of your hike and pay much more attention to the trail. Of course the trail is specifically targeted towards barefoot hiking so we of course won’t hike barefoot on just any hike from now on.
To get back to the valley you can either take one of the many hiking trails down (with shoes), use the gondola or – the most fun way – rent a scooter.
By the way: On your journey to the Toggenburg you should plan a quick stop in Werdenberg located in the St. Gallen Rhine Valley. Werdenberg is the only medieval wooden town left in Switzerland. A stroll around the picturesque little lake, through the town and up to the Werdenberg castle is really worth it.