Available: all year round.
Appenzeller Holiday Card: Free mountain travel for those staying 3 or more nights in Appenzell
Swiss Travel Pass: FREE travel to Appenzell then 50% discount on mountain transport
Half Fare Card: 50% discount to Appenzell and mountain transport
This is a beautiful region, with the gentle green mountains making a splendid landscape for walking. The region is well known for its traditional rural customs, which you can experience in the charming villages of the region and at the cheese dairy.
Wasserauen and the Ebenalp
Just a local rail journey from Appenzell is cable car Wasserauen and the Ebenalp (1,644m) – the gateway to the hiking region of the Alpstein. The 'Wildkirchli' cave chapel, which appears to claw dramatically to the rock, can be reached on foot in only 15 minutes by walking through an initially gentle landscape and two caverns. But the position of the Aescher hostelry, captured a thousand times on postcards, is even more spectacular.
The Brülisau-Hoher Kasten cable car and revolving restaurant is reached by local rail and bus in 13 minutes from Appenzell. On top of the mountain you can enjoy a fantastic 360° outlook. The Europa-Rundweg circular trail goes right around the Panoramic Restaurant, which itself only opened a few years ago and offers view over six countries! Viewing terraces, benches, an impressive rock path and telescopes encourage you to rest a while and enjoy the scenery.
Another local train to the Jakobsbad-Kronberg (1,663m) cableway and the cosy Berggasthaus awaits you on the summit. Here you will find fine cuisine, fabulous views of the Alpstein and spectacular scenery of the distant alpine and mountain regions. A sun terrace invites you to relax before considering the delightful summit walk and the ridge hike past St. James's chapel to the Scheidegg mountain guesthouse. There is a less strenuous flower-rich trail down to the Schwägalp. There's also an Alpine coaster bob sleigh and rope park.
Appenzeller show dairy
Appenzeller cheese is famous the world over, with a distinct flavour thanks to the pure mountain air, the local herbs and the particular species of mountain grass which the cows eat.
You can watch a demonstration of the cheese being made while you are in the region, at this dairy which is a short bus ride away in the village of Stein. In the dairy you can also find out about the history of the process and see over 12,000 wheels of cheese in the store room. There is a factory shop, a restaurant (offering fondue, naturally) and a children's playground. Entry 9 Sfr. With Appenzell Card: free entry and only 5 Sfr for travel by PubliCar taxi.
You can take the train from St. Gallen to the town of Appenzell. From Schaffhausen or Bad Ragaz, the quickest way is to travel via St. Gallen.
Appenzell is at the heart of the travel network for exploring the region and you will find easy routes into the mountains from here.