Appenzell: Tradition & Nature

The idyllic mountain village of Appenzell is picturesquely nestled against a fantastic mountain backdrop. As an ideal starting point for exploring the region, the mountain village inspires especially thanks to its cosy charm. Appenzell and the surrounding area are especially famous for its traditional farms and the world-famous Appenzeller cheese, which has been produced in the region for more than 700 years


Stroll through the quiet center of Appenzell and let the artistic flair take its effect on you. The pedestrian zone as the city center provides a pleasant and quiet city climate and allows for extensive strolling. Past boutiques and exciting galleries. The artistically designed facades in the main alley are particularly fascinating. Remarkable here is the house Hampi Fässler, which stands out with its baroque window frames and decoratively painted train shop boxes. During a visit to Appenzell Castle or the Chapel of the Holy Cross, you can dive into the traditions of the region. This historical heritage is explained in detail in the Appenzell Museum. On the Landsgemeinde square, the so-called „Landsgemeinde“ still takes place today: This is where elections and important matters in the town have always been voted regularly by a show of hands and where all the citizens of Appenzell gather. On the other side of the river „Sitter“ you can gain an insight into the art of brewing traditional Appenzeller beer at the Locher brewery, which has been producing beer for over 100 years. You will also get to know the various specialties during a tasting.


In addition to the cultural highlights in Appenzell, an excursion into the alpine landscape around Appenzell provides a particularly successful change. Here the meadows covered with wildflowers, rugged mountain peaks and idyllic valleys are ideal for extensive hikes of all levels. The cable car from Wasserauen, which takes you up to Ebenalp at 1,640 meters above sea level and offers a fantastic view of the surroundings, is ideal for a relaxed ascent. The Appenzell region is also very popular with winter sports fans in winter. Cross-country skiers explore the region on over 200 kilometers of trails, and for alpine skiers and snowboarders, extensive slopes in the Ebenalp-Schwende and Kronberg ski areas have a lot to offer.


Experience Appenzell hospitality at the Romantik Hotel Säntis in traditional buildings with magnificent facades. Situated directly on the Landsgemeindeplatz, the hotel has a fantastic location in the center of the mountain village. Enjoy the fresh regional cuisine and local specialties in the cosy "Landsgmend-Stobe" and relax after an eventful day in the Appenzell region.