Top 10 Things to do in Appenzell, Switzerland

September 24, 2017 Harland Bartelt

Appenzell in Switzerland, from Europe region, is best know for Mass Transportation Systems. Discover best things to do in Appenzell with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Appenzell

1. Appenzeller Bahnen

Appenzell, Switzerland +41 71 354 50 60
Excellent
69%
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4.5 based on 110 reviews

Appenzeller Bahnen

Reviewed By Chinana - Columbia, South Carolina

Great little train for getting out and about into the countryside. Runs every 30 minutes, stops many times all along the way, but good connecting transportation and scenic views of Appenzeller land. We took it to Wasseraun to connect with cable car to Ebenalp. Also connects to Santis and Kronberg, or just to various walking paths. Free with 3 night hotel stay.

Seealpsee 10, Wasserauen 9057, Switzerland +41 71 799 11 40
Excellent
88%
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5 based on 85 reviews

Seealpsee

Reviewed By chris036 - Plymouth, United Kingdom

A peaceful and much underrated region of Switzerland, Appenzell is one of my favourites. This lake is 50-60 minutes walk from Wasserauen railway station, and although it's a road all the way up (there is a second Alpine trail which is harder), it's still very steep and you'll need to stop to catch your breath at times.
The lake itself is small so doesn't take long to walk around, and from here you can continue hiking in two other directions, a killer route up to Säntis, or across and up steeply back to Ebenalp. There is a restaurant and small chapel by the lake, as well as a small forested walking area.
Highly recommend coming up for the clear air, peace and quiet away from tourists, who seem uninterested in this lovely mountainous region.

3. Abbey Library

Klosterhof 6d, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland +41 71 227 34 16
Excellent
77%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 786 reviews

Abbey Library

The Abbey Library St. Gallen, famous for its beautiful baroque hall, is one of the oldest Libraries in the world. And it holds one of the most important manuscript collections in Europe, especially for the Carolingian and Ottonian period from the 8th to the 11th century. The collection is presented to the visitors in changing and thematised expositions. The library forms the central part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Convent of St. Gallen.

Reviewed By DougieQT - Queenstown, New Zealand

Beautiful, we came to St Gallen specifically for the Library and Cathedral and they exceeded expectations. The Audio Guide is a must as you learn so much about EVERYTHING around St Gallen... not just the Library. Guide was easy to use with a great wee map. I loved visiting.

4. Santis der Berg

Schwagalp | Urnäsch, Urnaesch 9107, Switzerland
Excellent
72%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 273 reviews

Santis der Berg

Reviewed By vitorbabrazil - Salvador, Brazil

It is a cable car to the mount Säntis, another spectacle like many similar ones in Switzerland.
The ride takes 10min, you'll be able to make a number of fantastic photos.
There is free wifi, two restaurants (one of which self-service) and a great Terrace, where the majestic view can be enjoyed in full!
There is also room for exhibits on the main hall and also on the mezzanine, right by the gift shop.
If planning to do some trekking from there, please check the weather forecast with precision in advance, or else you'd have to replan your day, like we had to because of the clouds and drizzle...

5. Hoher Kasten

Dorf 22, Bruelisau 9058, Switzerland +41 71 799 13 22
Excellent
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4.5 based on 54 reviews

Hoher Kasten

Reviewed By weberwest - Bellingham, Washington

This is one of the more remote, lesser known mountain locations in Switzerland, resulting in a much less crowded environment and more reasonable prices. The visitors that come here are predominantly local Swiss or from the adjacent countries: Austria, Germany and Liechtenstein. You can take public transportation (train/bus combination) to Brülisau or, as we did, drive there by car. If you are lucky and get here on a really clear day, the view is fantastic: on one side you look over to the Säntis Massiv and the small Säntis Lake framed by high ridges. On the other side, you have a direct view down steep cliffs to the Rhein Valley and Lake Constance in the distance, as well as the hills and towns of Germany, Austria and the Principality of Liechtenstein.
You access this mountain by a cable car/gondola from Brülisau in the canton Inner-Appenzell, unless of course you decide to hike up to the top, which you can do both from the Rhein Valley or from Brülisau.
On top of the mountain, you can do a short stroll around the peak area, Unfortunately, this peak-walk is relatively short, but you can extend the experience by either walking down back to Brülisau or, as we did, do at least a short hike on that path and then return to the peak for the trip down in the Gondola. There is a very modern, comfortable and relatively reasonably priced (for Switzerland) revolving restaurant on the top in which we had a good meal (see separate post).
This mountain is well worth visiting, and so is the enchanting surrounding area of Appenzell with its charming villages and style of houses and farms - one of our favorite areas in Switzerland. Do not miss to taste a bite of the "Appenzeller Cheese" from the area.

6. Appenzeller Schaukaeserei

Dorf 711, Stein 9063, Switzerland
Excellent
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4 based on 91 reviews

Appenzeller Schaukaeserei

You are hot on the trail of the best-kept secret!Cheese-making tools at hand, the aroma of the herbal brine in your nostrils, while you watch the cheesebeing made: welcome to Appenzell’s Cheese Paradise.Insights into the Cheese-maker’s ArtYou can follow the manufacture of Appenzeller cheese from the visitors’ gallery, looking straight down into the 6,500-litre cheese vat where the milk is prepared and the cheese harp is drawn through the thickened jelly. The sight of 13,500 cheese wheels six metres below, where a robot takes care of them, is most impressive.The film in several languages (German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, Finnish) in the Dairy Cinema provides additional information. On request, trained hostesses will act as your guide and explain everything.

Reviewed By Kevin F - Lincoln, United Kingdom

We had an pre-booked organised trip here. The tour started with a short video explaining the process and this was followed by looking down into where the cheese is actually being made. Obviously the whole process takes months so we could not see the finished cheese! The best bit was at the end of the tour where we got to taste various cheeses in the shop. If you like chesse that is strong and tasty buy the one in my photograph!

7. Kronberg

Jakobsbadstrasse, Gonten 9108, Switzerland +41 71 794 14 14
Excellent
48%
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Kronberg

Reviewed By Eki T

I was a bit surprised with what I found in Kronberg: alpine coaster track, small playground, high ropes course, and a small restaurant haha.. that's a bit smaller than I imagined. But I found what I wanted anyway. I am a roller coaster junkie and came all the way from Bern just for the Alpine Coaster. It costs CHF 9 for one ride which I think was not bad. I took two rides because in the first ride I didn't get the hang of it, lol. I think this was the only Alpine Coaster that is open in April, the rests open in summer only.

Bahnhof, Teufen 9053, Switzerland +41 71 898 33 00
Excellent
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Eggen-Hohenweg

Reviewed By Swisscosmopolit - Thailand

This Trail is a everytime, everyday, every season Beauty. Perfect for hiking with guests, jogging or mountain biking. Fantastic views over the lake of constance and the Alpstein-Mountains. The trail has several parts, depending of your time and condition.

9. Berggasthaus Aescher - Wildkirchli

Berggasthaus Aescher - Wildkirchli, Appenzell 9057, Switzerland +41 71 799 11 42
Excellent
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4.5 based on 60 reviews

Berggasthaus Aescher - Wildkirchli

We are open from May until the 1st November and are welcoming you in our Mountain Guesthouse.

Reviewed By sm05060

To get to this unique restaurant you go to the top of the mountain via a gondola/aerial Cable Car. We purchased our tickets for this at the ticket office on the day. The restaurant is only open from May-November and they do not take Reservations. Once you reach the top of the mountain there is a pathway which goes down & around the mountain that you walk/hike to reach it. It goes through a cave which takes you through the mountain and on a wooden walkway. It takes approximately 15-25 minutes depending on your fitness level & how many times you stop to enjoy the scenery and take photos. There were people of all ages and fitness levels going there, as well as children. Most people can do it if they take their time and go at their own pace. The return trip is more strenuous as you need to climb steps etc... to get back up the top to the cable cars. Make sure you don't lose your ticket for the cable cars or they will charge you again as you can access the top by hiking up the mountain. The restaurant is situated right in the rock face & the tables allow you to enjoy breathtaking views! There are tables inside and outside, be prepared to wait for tables especially the outdoor ones. But it's worth it. We would even have sat on different tables if necessary just to enjoy the beauty. They have a small menu & also serve alcohol. We enjoyed the food, the service was good considering how busy they were & they take cash as well as card payments. Don't forget a hat and or sunscreen if you're sitting outside. This is a truly unique and beautifully situated restaurant and a must do if you're in the area.

10. Ebenalp Cable Car

Schwendetalstrasse 82 | 9057 Wasserauen, Wasserauen 9057, Switzerland +41 71 799 12 12
Excellent
68%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 132 reviews

Ebenalp Cable Car

Ebenalp is the ideal starting place for captivating walks in the Alpstein massif, whether you prefer a leisurely ramble or a vigorous assault on a summit. With our modern cable-car you can reach the 800 Meter higher located Ebenalp in just a few minutes. From Ebenalp, a short walk on a well-maintained hiking trail passes through the Wildkirchli Caves to the hermitage and the chapel. The trail then continues along a rock face to the famous mountain hostelry Aescher (open from May to the end of October). The hostelry Ebenalp can be reached in 5 minutes from the mountain-station and offers excellent meals and drinks with a great view. A bit further away, the hostelry Schaefler can be found, also with a stunning view and great foods and beverages.

Reviewed By krisptoria - Philly Burbs

We were there on the first true weekend of summer holiday, so it was pretty packed. I've been on other cable cars before but they really jammed far too many people into the car. You couldn't even enjoy the breathtaking views, because you were crammed in like commuters on a rush hour train. Hot and stuffy and crowded. Probably much better during the week.

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