Appenzell Travel Guide

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Appenzell Things to Do

  • FROM DORNBIRN TO APPENZELL

    Do you like the colour green? I hope so, as the day we drove from Dornbirn in Austria to Appenzell in Switzerland was along a winding road that became windier the further we went. We wound our way around a Mountain where snow was beside the road, past cliffs and snow capped mountains, it was every so pretty! The grass was green with fields of...

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  • APPENZELLERLAND

    Appenzellerland is Switzerland’s most traditional area and one of the prettiest. It was a pity we struck rain and couldn't see some of the mountains, luckily that cleared as we made our way along the rural country road, around many S bends on our way to Lake Konstanz.I call this area "drop dead gorgeous!" Dotted around the lush green hills were...

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  • THEY LOVE THEIR COWS

    If you haven't guessed by the time you arrive at Appenzell that Cows are important to the people of Appenzell, then something is wrong! Appenzeller cheese has been around since 1282. Appenzeller is a brine washed cheese with a few tiny holes, a yellow to golden brown rind and a strong smell.If your after a souvenir, I found quite a few unusual cow...

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  • BAZAAR HERSCHE

    What ever you do - DO NOT MISS THIS BUILDINGThis beautifully painted house is a delight for the young and old! I am not sure how old the building is, only that it once belonged to the Swiss Confederation and was used by various businesses. The Hersche family have owned it since 1896, and now is in the hands of the 4th generation of Hersches. The...

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  • LANDSGEMEINDERPLATZ

    The Landsgemeindeplatz is a large square in Appenzell. There is a fountain with a statue of a man with a raised arm, this is in recognition of what happens on the last Sunday of April each year in the square.Thousands of people who are eligible voters turn up in the square for the annual Canon Assembly vote. This is a Swiss tradition and one of the...

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  • THE MONASTERY OF MARY THE ANGEL

    The Monastery of Mary the Angel is situated next to the Castle in Appenzell. You can't see a lot as it's surrounded by high walls to protect it from prying eyes. This was an important spiritual centre where Capuchin Nuns spent their lives in silence and prayer. The last Nuns left in 2008.At the moment, the Monastery gardens and the Church are...

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  • HEILIGKREUZKAPELLE

    I really can't tell you much about this tiny Chapel except that it was rebuilt after the fire in 1560 that destroyed much of the village. I couldn't go inside to see the stained glass windows I had read about that depict the five sorrowful mysteries of the rosary. I imagine not many parishioners would fit into a Chapel this size. It's easy to find...

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  • TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

    Appenzell's Info centre is located in the main street of Appenzell. It has plenty of things to buy, like maps, CD"s etc and is full of information on accommodation, restaurants, history, sightseeing, and how to get around. The surrounds of Appenzell has a lot to offer IF the weather conditions are good.What I like, is THE FREE TOUR OF THE...

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  • APPENZELL RATHAUS

    The impressive Rathaus or Town hall is another building NOT TO BE MISSED.In 1560, fire burnt many buildings in Appenzell including the Rathaus. Since then, it has been restored and partially rebuilt inside. In 1927, a wonderful mural was painted on the facade of "the influx of Schwyz and Glarus in 1405 to the Battle of the shock," on the LH side,...

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  • THE LÖWEN PHARMACY

    The Löwen pharmacy is a gorgeous building with a façade covered with beautiful paintings of medicinal herbs and flowers, even on the round-arched panels covering the shutters.The building itself architecturally attractive, even more attractive with medicinal herb paintings.One of the nicest buildings in Appenzell.

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  • SALESIS HOUSE

    There are quite a few interesting houses in Appenzell, so I shall tell you about a few of them. After viewing the Castle beside the Postplatz, I walk into the Postplatz to where the stone Salesis House is situated. This house is important for several reasons, one because it was built in the 16th century when the economy was flourishing, and two,...

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  • THE CASTLE

    The Castle was not what I expected, even though it had a turreted roof, it looked small and more like a family Mansion! It is located right in the town near the Postplatz and has been here since 1563 when it was built for the Low family. In 1780, it changed hands and become the property of the noble Appenzell family Roman Sutter, who used the...

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  • ST. MAURICE CHURCH - INTERIOR

    The interior of St. Maurice was really quite a surprise - It was lovely!Between 1890-1892 the interior was renovated in Rococo style. Stucco work above the chancel arch and the altars and on the ceiling was added, then marbling of the pilasters. The frescoes in the choir from the 17th century were painted over, these were uncovered again in 1952....

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  • ST. MAURICE CHURCH - EXTERIOR

    The parish church of St. Mauritius / St. Maurice, is the Roman Catholic parish church of the village of Appenzell . The first St Maurice Church was a square hall built and consecrated in 1069. This Church didn't have a very long life as in 1291 during an attack by Albrecht von Habsburg of Austria it was destroyed . After that, a Romanesque church...

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  • 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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Appenzell Hotels

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  • Hof Weissbad

    , Appenzell, 9057, Switzerland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Appenzell

    Hauptgasse 37, Appenzell, AI, 9050, ch

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Hecht Appenzell

    Hauptgasse 9, Appenzell 9050

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

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

  • COWS - BARNS - FESTIVALS - ACCOMMODATION

    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...

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  • UNIQUE ARCHITECTURE IN APPENZELL

    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...

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  • APPENZELL COAT OF ARMS

    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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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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Appenzell Favorites

  • FREE TOURIST CARD

    Isn't it great to get something for free?What you have to do is spend 3 nights or more in the same accommodation in Appenzell or the surrounding area. This also includes Mountain Huts and B&B's too! The card IS VALID FOR ONE WEEK. It isn't hard to find plenty of things to do here as the village is beautiful and by staying here, you can have a real...

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  • Appenzeller Käse

    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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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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