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IN A NUTSHELL
WHAT: Appenzellerland.
WHERE: Easternmost Swiss province of Appenzell, one valley over from the tiny country of Liechtenstein.
WHY: Alpine lakes, snow capped mountains, hiking trails and famous Appenzell cheese; hut-to-hut hiking; skiing in the winter.
WHEN: June to September for the real hiking trails.  Spring and fall for outdoor walks and sightseeing.  Snowsports in the winter.
HOW: Day trip for those in Southern Germany, Austria, or Switzerland.

Appenzellerland is the Switzerland that you see in cartoons and movies.  Little villages with brown cows and Swiss shepherds in traditional costumes.  Green alpine meadows peppered with flowers and surrounded by towering snowcapped peaks. 


You'll find well-marked hiking trails, complete with cable handholds at those narrow spots, signposts with accurate walking times, and cozy hiking huts to rest your feet or refill your provisions.

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Paraglider view from Aescher Aescher GasthausView up the valley toward Saentis from Seealpsee

Take a look our hiking guide to get the most of of Appenzell and the wonderful routes around Ebenalp.

View toward Liechtenstein and the east from Ebenalp   Trail follows the ridgeline west of Ebenalp Trail west of Ebenalp
Ridgeline trail between Schäfler and Messmer gasthauses   Handholds and cables ties between on the trail to Messmer
View of Seealpsee from the west   Messmer at the top of the valley
View east from Messmer   Messmer with Säntis in the background
German shepherd at Messmer   View of Säntis from Messmer
Waterfalls abound in the valley below Messmer   Close up of waterfall
Snowmelt in the valley just below Messmer   Spring flowers in the valley above Seealpsee
View towards Seealpsee and the valley to the east of Messmer   Looking up the valley toward Messmer with Säntis in the background
Swiss brown cows walk the ridgeline   Cows relaxing in the spring.
Cow walking the alpine meadows   STOP!  A Swiss brown guards the trail
Swiss brown cows grazing with Säntis in the background   Congregation of cows next to an alpine hut
Seealpsee and the valley below Ebenalp   Trail between Ebenalp and Äscher gasthaus
Keep your children on a leash!   Swiss flags fly all around the valley
Narrow trail coming down from Ebenalp   Äscher gasthaus along the trail below Wildkirchli
Seealpsee looking up the valley   Outside of the Wildkirchli caves
Swiss browns grazing on Ebenalp   Dwelling in the Wildkirchli cavern
Mmmm!  Swiss browns love their grass   Swiss brown cow below the cable car station
Baby goat on the trail   Grazing along the trail
 

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