The Gäbris mountain is accessible by car, but a lovely half-day circular tour takes walkers via the Sommersberg and the Gäbrisseeli (lakelet) to Switzerland's northernmost pre-Alpine peak (altitude: over 1200 m). The hike requires some physical fitness but is worthwhile for the high-altitude restaurants alone. Direct descent back to Gais.
Gais, main square or railway station
Getting to the starting point:
Car/train from St. Gallen via Teufen, from Altstätten or from Appenzell
Back from the destination:
Difference in elevation:
Ascent 440 m, descent 440 m
April to October
Note: Local culinary delights are on offer at the Lower (Unterer) Gäbris Restaurant – the baby-changing table with a direct view into the cowshed is particularly memorable. There is another mountain inn on the Upper Gäbris, also with views of the Alpstein.