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Worth the hike: dining at breathtaking heights at Berghaus Ӓescher

 

Aescher Inn, Switzerland
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Berggasthaus Äescher appears to be suspended from the side of the mountain.

Appenzellerland has nearly 750 miles of marked mountain and valley trails. Wear your hiking gear and take the cableway up from Wasserauen to the Ebenalp.

hike to Gasthaus Aescher
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cable car to Gasthaus Aescher

There is a beautiful alpine garden near the Berggasthaus Ebenalp.

alpine flowers, Ebenalp alpine flowers on hike
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alpine flowers, Ebenalp

And, oh, what a view!

Appenzell hike view of village, Switzerland
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Appenzell hike view of lake, Switzerland
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Appenzell hike sheep, Switzerland
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Appenzell hike mountains, Switzerland
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Rocky paths along steep rock cliffs lead to a prehistoric cave, a hermit’s dwelling, and a cave chapel, Wildkirchli, inhabited, at different times, by giant cave bears and hermits.

pehistoric cave en route to Gasthaus Äescher
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pehistoric cave en route to Gasthaus Äescher

hermit’s dwelling en route to Gasthaue Äescher
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hermit’s dwelling en route to Gasthaue Äescher

The mountain forms the back wall of the Berggasthaus Ӓescher, a restaurant and dormitory that can accommodate 45 guests. The carved wood menu includes hearty meat and rōsti (shredded potatoes with cheese) dishes.

venison luncheon, Gasthaus Aescher
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venison luncheon, Gasthaus Äescher

The experience goes far beyond the meal.

Hikers can enjoy simple mountain chalets that offer food and lodging. It’s a chance to meet farmers and sample local specialties. For a view without the trek there’s easier access from Schwägalp’s cable car to Appenzell’s signature mountain, Säntis, at 8200’ the area’s highest peak.

Walk down and stop at some mountain huts for some cheese and other dairy products.

Appenzell mountain view, Switzerland
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mountain hut
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mountain hut

Be sure to check weather conditions before heading out. Trails can be closed due to inclement weather.

 

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