This panoramic circuit trail is dedicated to Ferdinand Gehr, a Swiss artist regarded as the most important religious painter in Switzerland in the 20th century and an honorary citizen of Altstätten. Ferdinand Gehr often followed this path on his walks.
The famous painter spent much of his life in Altstätten, where he also created many of his works or art. The artist and honorary citizen of Altstätten often followed the path of the current Ferdinand Gehr trail on his walks. The path runs along the forest, not far from the town through the middle of the vineyard, passing a forest chapel and his former house and studio. The artist made the colourful stained glass windows in the forest chapel and a mural can be seen on the façade of the house on Harztannenstrasse.
After Forststrasse, turn left in the direction of Torkel. In addition to information on wine and grapes, you can also take in the view of the Lower Rhine Valley.
Comfortable shoes are recommended.
Tour description: The roads are paved up to the Ferdinand Gehr trail, but the trail itself mainly follows dirt roads and gravel paths.
From St.Gallen in the direction of Teufen, section of “Grand Tour of Switzerland” to Gais via Stoos to Altstätten.
The city of Altstätten is divided into several parking zones.
Parking zone 1: Areas in the old town, max. 2 hours (approx. 125 parking spaces; Gemüsemarkt, Obergasse, Marktgasse, Kirchplatz, etc.)
Parking zone 2: Areas in the immediate vicinity of the old town, max. 48 hours (approx. 215 parking spaces; Hintergärten, Breite, Kleinviehhalle, Heidenerstrasse, Bildstrasse, etc.)
Parking zone area of the train station, max. 7 days (special zone SBB train station)
Rathaus (city hall) car park (approx. 90 parking spaces for short-term parking)
Parking is free of charge at the Stossplatz and the GESA sports centre, Tennishalle and Grüntal (football field).