Appenzell Travel Guide

  • Appenzell
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Appenzell
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Appenzell
    by jorgejuansanchez

Appenzell Highlights

  • Pro
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     Lovely and quite unique buildings in a tiny town 

  • Con
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     Tourists 

  • In a nutshell
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     It was a real all in one Swiss feeling when I was there. 

Appenzell Things to Do

  • Town Stroll

    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...

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  • Kronberg Bobbahn (Summer Luge)

    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...

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  • Barfussweg (Barefoot Trail)

    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...

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  • Lift to Ebenalp

    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...

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  • Lift to Kronberg

    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...

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  • The "High Road" to Weissbad

    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...

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  • more houses of Appenzell

    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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  • St. Mauritius, the biggest church of...

    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,...

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  • the castle of Appenzell

    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

    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...

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  • lovely houses

    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

    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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Appenzell Restaurants

  • First-Rate Local Specialties

    UPDATE: At least for the remainder of summer 2013, Gasthof Edelweiss will only serve dinner to overnight guests who order half-pension.Probably the best meals we had in the area were at this place. Though it looks like an unassuming train station inn from the outside, the inside was packed with happy locals enjoying the fresh, well-prepared food....

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  • Tasty Local Cooking

    This gasthaus with a well-decorated exterior serves good quality local food at (relatively) reasonable prices. Choose from the outdoor seats in fair weather, or the dark, woody interior. Minifrosch was accommodated without a problem. Service was quick and friendly. On summer days, rows and rows of bottled beverages are arranged in various boxes....

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  • Strawberry Tiramisu

    It was a very nice sunday in spring and we had the urge to get some ice cream. The first place we bumped into was the Appenzell. We let our stomachs decide. I went for a Ice Coffee (CHF 8.50) and my wife went for the Strawberry Tiramisu (CHF 9.50), which was the better choice by far. The Tiramisu is just excellent! Also, try the home made ice tea!

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Appenzell Transportation

  • Appenzeller Bahn

    The private, narrow-gauge Appenzeller Bahn (or "The Red Train" as Minifrosch called it) is the primary means of public transportation in the Appenzell area. Regular trains run from St. Gallen to Appenzell, as well as from Gossau to Wasserauen via Herisau and Appenzell. If you're coming from Zurich, you'll most likely change trains in Gossau. From...

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  • To Appenzell by car

    You will get within about 30-45 minutes drivingtime from Buchs or Sargans to the town of Appenzell. These roads are in a very good condition, but quite narrow mostly, but there is almost no heavy trafic.Once that you arrive in Appenzell you will find several large Park & Ride-areas, from where you can easily walk to the towncentre within 3-5...

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  • To Appenzell by train

    There is a small side-trainline taking you to Appenzell and it has a narrow-gauge railtrack that will go mostly parallell to the mainroad to the town of Appenzell. This trainline is part of the SBB-trainsystem, so your Eurail- Interrail and similar prepaid tickets will be fully valid there as well.Appenzell is just quite a small village and from...

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Appenzell Local Customs

  • Appenzeller Bier

    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...

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  • Watch out for the great guildsigns

    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

    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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Appenzell Off The Beaten Path

  • a funny table next to the church

    Dont miss to take a closer look at this funny work of art next to the church: there is a table and 2 chairs and from time to time water is pressed through some of the feet of the chair and will raise it up at one side by the water-pressure and move back again slowly step by step.Enlarge my other photos as well and you will see the table moving and...

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  • Schwägalp is also a real alp...

    Schwägalp is also a real alp where in summertime you will see many cows. This pic was taken in October, therefore you see no more animals here.Schwägalp is also the place from where the tram leaves to the summit Säntis.

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    by dannebro Written Mar 29, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Appenzellerkäse is the best cheese of Switzerland and you can buy it all over Switzerland, but of course it is best to buy it in Appenzell, maybe directely at one of the many farms there or in a superkarket.

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