Appenzeller Alpenweg
Appenzeller Alpenweg

Hiking

Appenzeller Alpenweg

Appenzeller Alpenweg

Urnäsch–Urnäsch

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Appenzeller Alpenweg

Appenzeller Alpenweg

A circular route through the pre-Alpine Appenzell landscape with the peaks around Mount Säntis as backdrop. On your hike through partially protected intact natural countryside, you'll be almost alone on the Alpine meadows. Half-way along is Schwägalp, from where the cable car to the summit of Mount Säntis departs.
This tour begins in Urnäsch, the "centre of Appenzell tradition". To get you in the right mood, why not visit the museum, directly on the village square? Here, you can learn more about the life of the Alpine dairy folk, the farmers' living accommodation and workshops, traditional costumes and popular art. The path branches off at the edge of the village to take you uphill across meadowland. Then you traverse Bruggeren Forest via Alp Nasen, and the path zig-zags upwards towards Hochalp hill. At the top, your reward is a view of Lake Constance to the north, and the serried mountain summits around Mount Säntis. This is also your backdrop for the next stage of the hike, along the ridge.

As you cross Hochalp Spicher, the path plunges into a magnificent mountain forest. You pass through this intact protected countryside to reach the well-known settlement of Schwägalp. This is the departure point for the cable car to Mount Säntis, the highest peak in the Alpstein massif (2,502 meters above sea level). You can visit the Alpine-style show cheese dairy here. If you plan to continue your hike along the second section the next day, you will find cosy accommodation with views of the summit in the mountain hotel at the foot of Eastern Switzerland's "own" mountain. There is still some hustle and bustle around the valley station at the start of the second section, but the ambience soon becomes calmer as you reach the various Alpine meadows.

Surrounded by unspoilt natural scenery, only the occasional tinkling of cow-bells reminds you that you are not entirely alone in the world. This section takes you past a scattering of Alpine huts, across the Chammhalde moraine towards Kronberg mountain. But the path branches off before you reach the summit. You then follow the ridge for some distance to the Gerstengschwend mountain formation, through a valley with waterfalls. You reach the highest point of the entire tour on the slopes of Hoch Petersalp. Then comes a brief descent to Osteregg, via the Blattendürren pastures. After the forest, your destination is already within sight: you head down towards the valley and back to Urnäsch.
A circular route through the pre-Alpine Appenzell landscape with the peaks around Mount Säntis as backdrop. On your hike through partially protected intact natural countryside, you'll be almost alone on the Alpine meadows. Half-way along is Schwägalp, from where the cable car to the summit of Mount Säntis departs.
This tour begins in Urnäsch, the "centre of Appenzell tradition". To get you in the right mood, why not visit the museum, directly on the village square? Here, you can learn more about the life of the Alpine dairy folk, the farmers' living accommodation and workshops, traditional costumes and popular art. The path branches off at the edge of the village to take you uphill across meadowland. Then you traverse Bruggeren Forest via Alp Nasen, and the path zig-zags upwards towards Hochalp hill. At the top, your reward is a view of Lake Constance to the north, and the serried mountain summits around Mount Säntis. This is also your backdrop for the next stage of the hike, along the ridge.

As you cross Hochalp Spicher, the path plunges into a magnificent mountain forest. You pass through this intact protected countryside to reach the well-known settlement of Schwägalp. This is the departure point for the cable car to Mount Säntis, the highest peak in the Alpstein massif (2,502 meters above sea level). You can visit the Alpine-style show cheese dairy here. If you plan to continue your hike along the second section the next day, you will find cosy accommodation with views of the summit in the mountain hotel at the foot of Eastern Switzerland's "own" mountain. There is still some hustle and bustle around the valley station at the start of the second section, but the ambience soon becomes calmer as you reach the various Alpine meadows.

Surrounded by unspoilt natural scenery, only the occasional tinkling of cow-bells reminds you that you are not entirely alone in the world. This section takes you past a scattering of Alpine huts, across the Chammhalde moraine towards Kronberg mountain. But the path branches off before you reach the summit. You then follow the ridge for some distance to the Gerstengschwend mountain formation, through a valley with waterfalls. You reach the highest point of the entire tour on the slopes of Hoch Petersalp. Then comes a brief descent to Osteregg, via the Blattendürren pastures. After the forest, your destination is already within sight: you head down towards the valley and back to Urnäsch.
29 km | 2 Stages
1700 m | 1700 m
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Urnäsch
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Contact

Appenzellerland Tourismus
St. Gallerstrasse 49
9100 Herisau
Tel. +41 (0)71 898 33 00
info@appenzellerland.ch
www.appenzellerland.ch

Services

Accommodation

Bed and Breakfast Diem
Bed and Breakfast Diem
Urnäsch
Hotel Restaurant Krone
Hotel Restaurant Krone
Urnäsch
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Places

Urnäsch
Urnäsch
Schwägalp
Schwägalp
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Places of interest

Säntis
Säntis
Pump track Urnäsch
Pump track Urnäsch
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Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
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