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Heiden
Kulturspur Appenzellerland
Kulturspur Appenzellerland
Stage 3, Trogen–Rheineck
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Alpine Panorama Trail
Alpine Panorama Trail
Stage 1, Rorschach–Trogen
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Witzweg
Witzweg
Route 977, Heiden–Walzenhausen
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Heiden
Lakes Route
Lakes Route
Stage 10, Buchs (SG)–Rorschach
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Herzroute
Herzroute
Stage 13, Altstätten–Rorschach
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Bodensee-Radweg
Bodensee-Radweg
Stage 4, Bregenz–Romanshorn
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Alpine Panorama Route
Alpine Panorama Route
Stage 1, St. Margrethen–Appenzell
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Rhine Route
Rhine Route
Stage 5, St. Margrethen–Kreuzlingen
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Appenzeller Route
Appenzeller Route
Stage 2, Gais–St. Gallen
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Appenzeller Aussichtsroute
Appenzeller Aussichtsroute
Route 998, Heiden–St.Gallen
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Heiden
Heiden

Heiden

Heiden sits on a sunny terrace high above the Bodensee and because of its classic village centre is known as the «Biedermeier Village». Many hotels and spa hotels have specialized in alternative medical care, which is widespread in the region.
In 1838, a disastrous fire fanned by a strong föhn wind destroyed 129 buildings in Heiden including the church. Within two years, the village had been rebuilt in a geometric, classic Biedermeier style. Thus today, Heiden is often called the Biedermeier village.

From the mid-19th century, together with many other places in the Appenzell region, Heiden developed into a whey-cure health resort. Thanks to two medical specialists, even becoming one of Europe’s major whey-cure resorts. Heiden Hospital was established In 1874. Henri Dunant, founder of the Red Cross, spent the last 23 years of his life here and a museum is dedicated to him. With many health-treatment offers and health-related hotels, Heiden has retained its status as a health resort. A health path on an identical theme provides information on medicinal herbs.

A well-known attraction is the Witzwanderweg (joke path) to Walzenhausen, devoted to the dry Appenzell humour. A varied round tour makes a continuation of the Witzweg: a romantic mountain railway from Walzenhausen down to Rheineck, then by boat (in summer) through the «Alten Rhein» nature reserve to Rorschach and with the Rorschach-Heiden cogwheel railway back up to Heiden.

The Heiden ski lift, children’s ski lift at Bischofsberg, cross-country ski runs at Langmoos and the sledge run at Scheidweg provide a small winter-sport programme.

Highlights

  • Biedermeier Village Heiden – homogenous village centre in classic Biedermeier style, built after the disastrous fire in 1838.
  • Witzweg (joke path) – a theme path on dry Appenzell humour, between Heiden and Walzenhausen (2.5 hours, 80 panels of jokes).
  • Henry-Dunant Museum dedicated to the work of the Red Cross founder, who lived in Heiden for the last 23 years of his life, until 1910.
  • Gesundheitsweg (health path) - some 70 information panels describing medicinal plants and alternative healing methods.
  • Heilbad Unterrechstein (mineral spa) - therapies, pampering treatments, wellness and sauna facilities in Heiden.
  • Rorschach-Heiden-Railway – only cogwheel railway at the Bodensee, rare normal-gauge cogwheel railway, linking Rorschach at Bodensee harbour (SBB) with Heiden, 400 metres higher.
Heiden sits on a sunny terrace high above the Bodensee and because of its classic village centre is known as the «Biedermeier Village». Many hotels and spa hotels have specialized in alternative medical care, which is widespread in the region.
In 1838, a disastrous fire fanned by a strong föhn wind destroyed 129 buildings in Heiden including the church. Within two years, the village had been rebuilt in a geometric, classic Biedermeier style. Thus today, Heiden is often called the Biedermeier village.

From the mid-19th century, together with many other places in the Appenzell region, Heiden developed into a whey-cure health resort. Thanks to two medical specialists, even becoming one of Europe’s major whey-cure resorts. Heiden Hospital was established In 1874. Henri Dunant, founder of the Red Cross, spent the last 23 years of his life here and a museum is dedicated to him. With many health-treatment offers and health-related hotels, Heiden has retained its status as a health resort. A health path on an identical theme provides information on medicinal herbs.

A well-known attraction is the Witzwanderweg (joke path) to Walzenhausen, devoted to the dry Appenzell humour. A varied round tour makes a continuation of the Witzweg: a romantic mountain railway from Walzenhausen down to Rheineck, then by boat (in summer) through the «Alten Rhein» nature reserve to Rorschach and with the Rorschach-Heiden cogwheel railway back up to Heiden.

The Heiden ski lift, children’s ski lift at Bischofsberg, cross-country ski runs at Langmoos and the sledge run at Scheidweg provide a small winter-sport programme.

Highlights

  • Biedermeier Village Heiden – homogenous village centre in classic Biedermeier style, built after the disastrous fire in 1838.
  • Witzweg (joke path) – a theme path on dry Appenzell humour, between Heiden and Walzenhausen (2.5 hours, 80 panels of jokes).
  • Henry-Dunant Museum dedicated to the work of the Red Cross founder, who lived in Heiden for the last 23 years of his life, until 1910.
  • Gesundheitsweg (health path) - some 70 information panels describing medicinal plants and alternative healing methods.
  • Heilbad Unterrechstein (mineral spa) - therapies, pampering treatments, wellness and sauna facilities in Heiden.
  • Rorschach-Heiden-Railway – only cogwheel railway at the Bodensee, rare normal-gauge cogwheel railway, linking Rorschach at Bodensee harbour (SBB) with Heiden, 400 metres higher.

Arrival and return Heiden

Adresse

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

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Places of interest

Henry Dunant Museum
Henry Dunant Museum
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Hiking in

Heiden
Kulturspur Appenzellerland
Kulturspur Appenzellerland
Stage 3, Trogen–Rheineck
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Alpine Panorama Trail
Alpine Panorama Trail
Stage 1, Rorschach–Trogen
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Witzweg
Witzweg
Route 977, Heiden–Walzenhausen
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Cycling in

Heiden
Lakes Route
Lakes Route
Stage 10, Buchs (SG)–Rorschach
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Herzroute
Herzroute
Stage 13, Altstätten–Rorschach
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Bodensee-Radweg
Bodensee-Radweg
Stage 4, Bregenz–Romanshorn
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Alpine Panorama Route
Alpine Panorama Route
Stage 1, St. Margrethen–Appenzell
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Rhine Route
Rhine Route
Stage 5, St. Margrethen–Kreuzlingen
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Appenzeller Route
Appenzeller Route
Stage 2, Gais–St. Gallen
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Appenzeller Aussichtsroute
Appenzeller Aussichtsroute
Route 998, Heiden–St.Gallen
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Mountain biking in

Heiden
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