Hiking in Appenzell and the Alpstein

Appenzell abounds with rich Swiss tradition--and you'll see it in the food, the architecture, and the people. This half-canton of only 66 square miles is packed with more charm and cultural richness than is found in many countries. All this tradition is cradled and protected by the surrounding mountains, the Alpstein range, which would be foreboding were it not for the intricate network of trails and dozens of welcoming guesthouses and mountain hotels dotting the range.

World-class Alps Hiking in Exquisite Mountain Scenery

The Alpstein Range is reminiscent of a mini-Dolomites with limestone spires that seem to plunge their way through the lush alpine meadows. With all this jaw-dropping scenery, you'd think Appenzell would be crowded, but not so. It does a wonderful job of preserving its rural charm peaceful setting. Views stretch out in all directions and on any given day you gaze out over Austria's Tirol, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, and of course other peaks of the Swiss Alps. A trek in the Alpstein range is a classic mountain experience, filled with a superb combination of expertly crafted trails, wonderful accommodations, delectable cuisine, aromatic Appenzeller cheese, and great views along the trail.

Overview Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Appenzell - Aescher guesthouse

Day 2 – Säntis-Schwägalp

Day 3 – Hoher Kasten - Above the Rhine Valley

Day 4 – Onward Departure

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Tour Price

$1,145 USD per person, double occupancy

$275 single supplement

Full amount due at time of booking to guarantee space

Trip Dates

01 July 2021 - 30 September 2021 for 4 days

Or, book a private departure

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy your hiking adventure based in the town of Appenzell, full of traditional charm, rural customs, fancifully decorated buildings, and amazing cheese
  • Take a cable car to the summit of Säntis, eastern Switzerland’s highest peak
  • Ascend to Ebenalp and visit Wildkirchli caves, a fascinating Paleolithic site and hermitage in ancient times
  • Visit the famed Berggasthaus Aescher and restaurante that is build into the side of a cliff
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