The Speer is a small mountain in the canton of Sant Gallen. In fact, going from Zürich to the south-east, it is the culm of the first mountain chain, after Lake Zürich. It is not very high compared to the other mountains in the center of the Alps. Its summit is at a height of 1950 meters.
What makes Speer a sought-after attraction, certain days of blue sky, form queues in the most difficult stretches of the walk, is its view, its proximity to Zürich and the ease of its ascent.
Departing from Ziegelbrücke, with the bus to Amden, you can access the cable car leading to the base of the Mattstock mountain. A beautiful rock, exposed and exculpated by inclement weather. From the cable car are two hours and forty (four hours for those who are photographing) to the summit of Speer.
The journey itself is fabulous. It begins with a fantastic view of the Wallensee, the great Swiss lakes, which has the reputation of being the deepest and coldest. In the finds of the mountains that give shape and shape to the lake, they dot small villages of typical Swiss architecture. Forming a unique and absolutely stunning landscape.
As the path is well paved, with a long paved stretch, the walk that starts at a gentle ascent, followed by a long one, is quite comfortable and allows a great appreciation of the view. Mountains, forests, valleys flank the trail until it completely skirts the Mattstock. After about 20 minutes of walking, the right side of the cumin begins to glimpse the ridges that are part of the Sänktis mountain range (also in the canton of Sant Gallen).
This view is particularly stunning and allows a clear glimpse of the alpine landscapes, strengthening the hiking experience and whetting curiosity for the next.
When the descent is finished, it is also the moment when the Mattstock’s surroundings are finished. The northeast face of this mountain remains almost constantly in the shade, and it is easy to perceive the contrast because of the change in temperature. The wall of rocks that forms the Mattstock is a separate attraction, absolutely imposing, seems inaccessible and, particularly, coming from another planet.
Between the Mattstock and the Speer, several hills need to be climbed. In this section, the asphalt road and the dirt road have already ended and a narrow path, well marked and, as always, maintained with affection by the Swiss. The yellow signposts indicate the trail to follow until the end of the trail.
When you are halfway between the two mountains, a beautiful surprise. A typical Alpine hut, welcomes walkers with hot food or cold beer. Of course, nothing in Switzerland is free. The cabin also serves as a hostel for those who want to stay overnight on the mountain. The view is breathtaking.
Several trails, coming from different places, end at the height of the walk. Therefore, it is possible to come through Steinbrücke or other towns near Toggenburg.
The final attack on the summit cannot be called an attack. So far, the walk that lasted about two hours, is added to a 40-minute climb that, in zig-zag, are supported by rustic stairs, handrails. With each step, the view changes, becoming wider and more impressive.
At the top of the mountain, as in almost all the Swiss trails, the traditional yellow signs indicate directions to cities and their due walking times. In this case, directions are also shown where the cities are in spectacular view.
From the top, when one looks at the North, it is possible, on a clear day, to see the full extent of Lake Zürich, all cities of the Linth Valley, the cities of the Toggenburg Region. To the northeast glimpses the Santis and its rocky chain. To the south, an absurd view of the Alps, the entire Lichenstein Region and the mountains of Graubunden and Sankt Gallen. The mountains of the Alps and lakes that make up the view are easily identifiable by boards with the viewer profile and the indication with their names.
As tourism in Speer is basically local tourism. Upstairs there are no shops, restaurants, or customer service. But, this typical Swiss walk gives us a glimpse of what life in Switzerland can offer. Along the trail, I was accompanied (and many times over) by dozens of sexagenarian and septuagenarian couples.