Appenzell Things to Do

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    Town Stroll

    by travelfrosch Written Jul 30, 2012

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    While the countryside is the main reason we like to come here, the town of Appenzell itself is worth a look. Its narrow streets and classic architecture draw many tourists, especially along the main square and St Maurice Catholic Church. One out-of-the way place for a nice view is a small bridge across the Sitter River connecting to the town cemetery.

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    Kronberg Bobbahn (Summer Luge)

    by travelfrosch Updated Jul 8, 2012

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    A fun diversion, especially if you have kids, is the Bobbahn, a long metal luge ride at the base of the Kronberg cable car lift. Once you buy your ticket, you get in the sled and enjoy the ride. You'll be pulled up to the top of the top of the ride, then you can slide back down as fast or as slow as you like using the hand brake. Sara gave it a try while Minifrosch and I watched (the little guy was still a BIT too young to try it himself). She didn't break any land speed records, but had a fine time. Inside the tracks, there is a playground and a zipline course, but these cost extra to enter.

    One ride on the luge costs CHF 9 for adults, CHF 6 for children. Multi-ride "point" cards are available. An Appenzell Card (gold or silver) will give you one free ride on the luge. Two people can ride on one luge for a single fare. Children under 8 cannot ride unless accompanied by an adult or child over 12 years of age. The Bobbahn is open in the summer during fair weather.

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    Barfussweg (Barefoot Trail)

    by travelfrosch Updated Jun 30, 2012

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    This trail, stretching from Jakobsbad to Gontenbad, is supposedly designed to be done barefoot. While I actually tried it briefly, the sharp stones (along with my observing a local dog "fertilizing" the trail) made me decide to put my boots back on. The route itself is relatively flat and quite scenic -- very much worth the time to take the roughly 2 hours to walk the trail. Minifrosch found the walk so relaxing, he actually fell asleep in his stroller. While the trail is stroller-friendly for the most part, there were a few challenging cattle gates to get the stroller through (especially challenging when the stroller has a child sleeping in it!).

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    Lift to Ebenalp

    by travelfrosch Written Jun 23, 2012

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    A fine place to visit is the Ebenalp. It's possible to hike here, but the easiest way is to take the lift from Wasserauen. About a 10-minute uphill walk from the top station is the Berggasthaus Ebenalp, featuring a decent (if expensive) patio restaurant serving traditional dishes and tasty Appenzeller Beer. Those who wish to save money can walk a bit further to the nearby park benches and enjoy the views for free. From Ebenalp, several different hikes are possible, the most popular of which is down to the Seealpsee via the rustic Berggasthaus Aescher. We had Minifrosch in tow, and even his heavy-duty hiking stroller was no match for the rough trails. Instead, we walked around the summit area and let Minifrosch do some hiking of his own.

    Fare is CHF 27 per adult / CHF 10 per child round-trip, CHF 19 / CHF 6 one-way. An Appenzeller Card gives each guest one free round-trip on the cable car. 50% discount with Swisspass and Swiss Card.

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    Lift to Kronberg

    by travelfrosch Written Jun 23, 2012

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    In the nearby village of Jakobsbad, there's a cable car that whisks you up to the Kronberg, with views that might be even better than those from the more famous Ebenalp. At the top, there's a hotel / restaurant (the Berggasthaus Kronberg), a high altitude playground, and a hiking trail to the summit of the mountain and beyond. The long-distance hiking opportunities looked quite interesting, but were not a practical option with Minifrosch in tow, so we visited the summit, took a short walk beyond, and visited the playground, finishing up with a scenic lunch (and beer) on the restaurant's patio.

    Fares are CHF 28 for adults / CHF 14 for children round-trip, CHF 21 / CHF 11 one-way. If you got an Appenzeller card with your hotel stay, the card gives each guest one free round-trip on the cable car. 50% discount with Swisspass and Swiss Card.

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    The "High Road" to Weissbad

    by travelfrosch Written Jun 22, 2012

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    This walk is mostly paved and stroller-friendly. From the train station, walk south on Bahnhofstrasse, which becomes Alte Unterrainstrase. The paved road gradually becomes a "residents only" path, which significantly limits (but doesn't eliminate) car traffic. Continue along the road, then take the jog left as your path runs into Ochsenegg. Then follow the signs (take the left fork) as the road winds its way into the town of Weissbad. From here, you can either continue on to Wasserauen, retrace your steps, or walk about 50 meters to the Weissbad train station. The walk is not difficult and affords excellent views of the rolling countryside all around. Minifrosch enjoyed this walk and would often ask to confirm we were taking it that day.

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    St. Mauritius, the biggest church of Appenzell

    by globetrott Updated Mar 12, 2011

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    St. Mauritius is the name of the biggest church of Appenzell and its origins are dating back to the year 1071. There is an interesting path around the backside of the church (my 2nd picture). Unfortunately the church was closed, when I was in Appenzell.
    Dont miss to take a look also at the special chair-sculpture in the back-yard of this church, read more about it in my "off the beaten path" - tips !

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    the castle of Appenzell

    by globetrott Updated Mar 12, 2011

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    The former castle of Appenzell is privately owned nowadays and so there is no way to see its interior, but it looks interesting and quite impressive also from outside.
    Appenzell is the name of the "capital" of the Kanton Appenzell Innerrhoden, so when you hear Appenzell it could be the Kanton as well as this small town.

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    typical houses of Appenzell

    by globetrott Updated Mar 12, 2011

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    The typical houses of the Appenzeller Land will have great decorations on the facades that reminded me a lot of the gingerbread-houses of fairietales. It is enough to calculate about 1-2 hours for a visit of the town of Appenzell. There are big parking-areas in the outskirts of the town, within a walkingtime of just about 5 minutes to the centre of town.

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    lovely houses

    by globetrott Updated Mar 12, 2011

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    Take a look at these lovely houses with wonderfull decorations, they are typical for the so-called "Appenzeller Land" and you will hardly find them anywhere else in Switzerland or in the rest of Europe.

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    St. Mauritius

    by sswagner Written Jun 24, 2006

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    St. Mauritius

    Appenzell's main church is a nice place to visit. It blends in well with the town, and is somewhat unassuming on the outside. The interior is very richly decorated. When I went in, several potted trees had been placed near the front. The grounds are nice and well kept, and are worthy of some exploration.

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    more houses of Appenzell

    by globetrott Updated Mar 12, 2011

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    Here you see some more of the lovely houses in the centre of the village of Appenzell. Each and every house looks different, decorated with unique ornaments and patters.

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    rebibi's Things to Do Tip

    by rebibi Written Sep 11, 2002

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    The place where the open-air parliament takes place in Appenzell. Here citiziens exercise the right of direct democracy. This custom dates back to the origins of the confederation.

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