4 Alpine Panorama Route
4 Alpine Panorama Route

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Alpine Panorama Route

Stage 2, Appenzell–Glarus

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Alpine Panorama Route

Rough and full of forests - that’s the Toggenburg Valley, a bumpy, rolling landscape away from the larger, often expensive holiday destinations. After passing the alluvial land of the Linth Plain and impressive limestone cliffs, it ends in a world that used to be famous for textile production.
On every last Sunday in April the voting population of Appenzell Innerrhoden gets together on the village square (Landsgemeindeplatz) in Appenzell, where a variety of issues are decided and candidates are elected by a show of hands. Interestingly enough, in 1990 the Canton Appenzell Innerrhoden was the last Swiss canton to grant women the right to vote at the regional level. The town of Appenzell offers craftsmanship, colourful painted houses and artfully created shop signs to delight the tourists. But let’s not forget delicacies such as dried meat (Mostbröckli), Biberli (a gingerbread specialty), aromatic cheese, Alpenbitter herbal liqueur or the mouth-watering goat meat cakes with vegetables fried in beer batter, known as “Gitzichüechli”.

From the spruced-up little town it is not far to Gontenmoos, a remnant of the ice age. The topography was formed approximately 15,000 years ago by a shift in the Sitter Glacier. In Urnäsch, Appenzell Ausserrhoden (the other part of the canton), you often see men and boys wearing an earring on the right ear. Old customs are treasured around here. The landscape in the Toggenburg Valley has more trees and it is harsher than the Appenzell region. A fast downhill ride takes you to Wattwil, the heart of the Toggenburg. Later, around Ricken Pass, you will notice that school buses are picking up the children because the farms where they live are too far away to walk.

Before getting to the Linth Plain, the Mount Zion Abbey of Gommiswald (SG) looming in front of the Alpine range is a spectacular sight. A strong wind often blows across the plain and together with the rushing water of the Linth canal it almost drowns out the noise from the highway. You will see the power lines transporting electricity from countless Alpine power plants to the Zurich area. Near Glarus, known the world over as the hub of the former textile region, you will come across a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Named Tektonikarena Sardona, an area of 32,580 hectares including the Glarus thrust (a major thrust fault of the Alps), was entered in the UNESCO World Heritage list in July 2008.
Rough and full of forests - that’s the Toggenburg Valley, a bumpy, rolling landscape away from the larger, often expensive holiday destinations. After passing the alluvial land of the Linth Plain and impressive limestone cliffs, it ends in a world that used to be famous for textile production.
On every last Sunday in April the voting population of Appenzell Innerrhoden gets together on the village square (Landsgemeindeplatz) in Appenzell, where a variety of issues are decided and candidates are elected by a show of hands. Interestingly enough, in 1990 the Canton Appenzell Innerrhoden was the last Swiss canton to grant women the right to vote at the regional level. The town of Appenzell offers craftsmanship, colourful painted houses and artfully created shop signs to delight the tourists. But let’s not forget delicacies such as dried meat (Mostbröckli), Biberli (a gingerbread specialty), aromatic cheese, Alpenbitter herbal liqueur or the mouth-watering goat meat cakes with vegetables fried in beer batter, known as “Gitzichüechli”.

From the spruced-up little town it is not far to Gontenmoos, a remnant of the ice age. The topography was formed approximately 15,000 years ago by a shift in the Sitter Glacier. In Urnäsch, Appenzell Ausserrhoden (the other part of the canton), you often see men and boys wearing an earring on the right ear. Old customs are treasured around here. The landscape in the Toggenburg Valley has more trees and it is harsher than the Appenzell region. A fast downhill ride takes you to Wattwil, the heart of the Toggenburg. Later, around Ricken Pass, you will notice that school buses are picking up the children because the farms where they live are too far away to walk.

Before getting to the Linth Plain, the Mount Zion Abbey of Gommiswald (SG) looming in front of the Alpine range is a spectacular sight. A strong wind often blows across the plain and together with the rushing water of the Linth canal it almost drowns out the noise from the highway. You will see the power lines transporting electricity from countless Alpine power plants to the Zurich area. Near Glarus, known the world over as the hub of the former textile region, you will come across a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Named Tektonikarena Sardona, an area of 32,580 hectares including the Glarus thrust (a major thrust fault of the Alps), was entered in the UNESCO World Heritage list in July 2008.
73 km
Asphalted: 70 km
Natural surface: 3 km
1000 m | 1350 m
difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Appenzell
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Arrival / return travel Glarus
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Services

Accommodation

Hof Fendrig
Hof Fendrig
Haslen
Strohgade
Strohgade
Appenzell
Adler Hotel
Adler Hotel
Appenzell
Café-Hotel Appenzell
Café-Hotel Appenzell
Appenzell
B+B Frischknecht
B+B Frischknecht
Waldstatt
Hotel Restaurant Krone
Hotel Restaurant Krone
Urnäsch
Bed and Breakfast Diem
Bed and Breakfast Diem
Urnäsch
Hof Stein
Hof Stein
Schwellbrunn
BnB Casa Claudia
BnB Casa Claudia
St. Peterzell
Wirkstatt Auboden «Villa Gioia»
Wirkstatt Auboden «Villa Gioia»
Brunnadern
B&B / Camping Bächli
B&B / Camping Bächli
Bächli (Hemberg)
Gasthaus Rössli
Gasthaus Rössli
Bächli (Hemberg)
B&B Ramsy Ranch
B&B Ramsy Ranch
Ebnat-Kappel
Sonnmatt Bergpension + Gesundheitszentrum
Sonnmatt Bergpension + Gesundheitszentrum
Ebnat-Kappel
Hotel Restaurant Metzgerei Frohe Aussicht
Hotel Restaurant Metzgerei Frohe Aussicht
Uznach
BnB Entensee
BnB Entensee
Uznach
Heubett
Heubett
Kaltbrunn
Parkhotel Schwert
Parkhotel Schwert
Weesen
Hotel-Restaurant Flyhof
Hotel-Restaurant Flyhof
Weesen
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Bookable offers

4 Alpine Panorama Route
4 Alpine Panorama Route
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Places

Appenzell
Appenzell
Urnäsch
Urnäsch
Schönengrund AR
Schönengrund AR
St. Peterzell
St. Peterzell
Hemberg
Hemberg
Wattwil
Wattwil
Ricken
Ricken
Uznach
Uznach
Schänis
Schänis
Niederurnen (Ziegelbrücke)
Niederurnen (Ziegelbrücke)
Glarus
Glarus
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Places of interest

Kronberg: Bob run, Zipline park and Märliwelt
Kronberg: Bob run, Zipline park and Märliwelt
Visitor Centre «Brauquöll Appenzell»
Visitor Centre «Brauquöll Appenzell»
Main street Appenzell
Main street Appenzell
Freulerpalast
Freulerpalast
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Swimming

Outdoor swimming pool Lichtensteig
Outdoor swimming pool Lichtensteig
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