Appenzell Local Customs

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    COWS - BARNS - FESTIVALS - ACCOMMODATION

    by balhannah Updated Jan 12, 2015

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    As we drove around the lush countryside of Appenzellerland, looking at the big Barns and viewing the swiss cows, it dawned upon me that these cows led a pretty good life.
    During the months of May/June, the cattle are moved to the Alps and return to the valley in August/September, this is known as an alpine cattle drive.

    The locals and tourists come to see a small boy dressed in the herdsman's costume walking in front of a herd of goats. Behind him, is the dairy herdsman, carrying on his shoulder a beautifully carved milk pail with a decorative exchangeable bottom. Then come three decorated cows with alpine dairy bells hanging around their necks, behind them another 4 herdsmen, one in festive costume, the other three in their Sunday best, wearing brown trousers, white shirts and bright red waistcoats. Last, but not least, is the owner of the cattle.

    Did you know you can stay in a barn instead of a Hotel?
    From May to October, Barns vacated by the cows, which migrate to mountain pastures for the warmer months, leave their rather picturesque barns free, so some farmers have made these barns available as bed for the night. You can choose your straw bed from any of the 240 farms on offer for quite a reasonable price.

    This is dairy cattle country, and here the holdings are not huge like we have in Australia, but much smaller. Brown swiss cows were grazing in the paddock. I notice not may farms have fences!
    This area is the place to see many different styles of Barns. Some looked quite old and were built from shingles, while quite a lot were humungous, as the Barn and house was all-together. Swiss farmers get government subsidies which are invested in impressive barns, some are even heated, this is because the Swiss cow lives in the Barn in winter. A nice warm barn, plenty of hay, perhaps a trip outside the barn on a sunny winters day, what else could a cow want!
    This was interesting for me as Dairy farming is much different in Australia.

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    UNIQUE ARCHITECTURE IN APPENZELL

    by balhannah Written Jan 6, 2015

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    Known as the "most folkloric" town in Switzerland, it came as no surprise to see architecture that is found no-where else but here in Appenzell and the Appenzeller region.
    The houses are very distinctive and beautiful. Lots are three story high with an attic and have an attractive curved roof, some have been covered in small shingles. That majority have frescoes painted on their facades, some with flowers, scenes and many with different patterns, all bright and colourful making this a very appealing village to wander around!

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    APPENZELL COAT OF ARMS

    by balhannah Written Jan 6, 2015

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    As I walked around the streets of Appenzell, I wondered what all the flags were flying proudly from many of the buildings. Eventually, I found out it was the coat of arms of the canton of Appenzeller. The flag showed an upright black bear holding a red ring in its paws. The ring is the hamlet ring, representing the market town of Appenzell.

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    TAFEEN

    by balhannah Written Jan 5, 2015

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    The Swiss word "Tafeen" comes from the word "tavern." A Tafeen is the name of the beautiful signs which hang up above a premises door. Most of these are in the village centre, as there job was to display what that premises did, like a Hotel may have a jug of beer in an ornamental sign, a Restaurant, many have food, etc. Each sign is quite distinctive! In the days when people couldn't read, all they had to do was look at the sign to know what the shop did!
    I love these and take many photos of them, I think you will like them too! Take the time to look up!

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    Appenzeller Bier

    by travelfrosch Written Jun 23, 2012

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    Appenzell is home to my favorite beer in Switzerland, Appenzeller Bier. The Locher Brewery has been turning out batches of their tasty brew for over a century. You're unlikely to find any beer on tap (unless you buy a 5 liter pony keg for yourself), but the distinctive rubber-stopper bottles are available just about everywhere. There are over a dozen varieties (including a hemp beer!), but my two favorites are the Hefeweizen (wheat beer) and the original unfiltered "Quöllfrisch" brand. So while in Appenzell, you could do worse than pop open a bottle or three of the local brew.

    Mmmm... Beer... Another satisfied customer :)
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    Watch out for the great guildsigns

    by globetrott Updated Mar 12, 2011

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    Watch out for the great guildsigns that you will find all over the centre of the town of Appenzell. They mostly date back to a time, when most people were not able to read an inscription at a shop, so you will find the profession explaned there by symbols and pictures.

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    the symbol of the open-air parliament

    by rebibi Written Sep 11, 2002

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    Yes, in Appenzell they have the "Landsgemeinde" where people vote on this square. Only 2 cantons in Switzerland still practise this custom .

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    In this 'blue house' you will...

    by rebibi Written Sep 11, 2002

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    In this 'blue house' you will find a museum about Appenzell. Don't miss my travelogue for more pics!

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