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The English Speaking Club of Zurich

Alpaka Farm in Stein SG - day excursion

September 10, 10.10 h - Register (Knabenschiessen Monday!)

Today, we go to a place where fox and rabbit say good night to each other - and the alpacas living there think the same. These camelids look - at first regard - like lamas, and when in a bad or defensive mood, they can spit at you, so please keep a certain distance. We have the unique opportunity to join an English guided tour at Sabina Haese's alpaka farm, located in the upper Toggenburg, outside Stein SG, about 60 km east of Zurich. The tour takes approx. 2 hours and is CHF 5.00 p.p. (CHF 15.00 for guests).  

The itinerary is as follows: We meet in Zurich HB in front of track 14 at 10.10 h at the latest. Sonja will guide you to Nesslau by train (S5 leaving HB at 10.25 h, arr. Nesslau at 11.47 h). In this village, you will have a hearty lunch meal in the Restaurant Sternen, they have tasty menus, usually for CHF 14.50 and CHF 17.50, a la carte is possible too. After lunch, Juerg will take over and bring you to the alpaca farm by private car, there is no public transport going to this remote place (approx. 5 km from Nesslau). The tour at the farm starts at 14.00 h. We will begin with a barefoot stroll around the farm. If you can't walk barefoot, you may bring your own pair of rubber boots. You will learn a lot about the social life of these woollen animals and how you raise them best. At the end, a snack will be offered. After the tour, for fit walkers, and weather permitting, you can hike back downhill to Nesslau, first with great views towards the seven "Churfirsten", then along the Thur river, takes approx.

1 1/2 hours. In Nesslau, you travel the same way back to Zurich. Please buy your own railway ticket, it costs you about CHF 30.00 (with 1/2 Tax Abo). While purchasing it, mention that the route is via Uster, Rapperswil and Wattwil (NOT via Winterthur).

WANTED: one or two car drivers to bring participants to the farm and back. Those plan the travel in order to arrive in Nesslau at lunchtime. According to the weather, please take appropriate and warm clothes with you, we are at 900 meters over sea level. When registering, please specify whether you come by train or by car. For further information, visit www.alpakas.ch and for registration, call Sonja by phone 044 302 45 47.
When you register, please leave your full name and phone number in a clear voice.