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The village of Appenzell is the capital of the canton Appenzell Innerrhoden in eastern Switzerland. It is situated in the valley of Sitter, surrounded by green hills and dominated by a rural character. Appenzell isn’t a typical close-packed village and instead, is made up of free standing houses loosely grouped around the inner core. The parish church with the Gothic choir and massive tower rises over other stately homes such as the city hall, monasteries and other historical buildings. Hotels, cafés, traditional craft shops and stores located in brightly painted houses line the car-free main street. Especially impressive is the facade of the Löwen, which is painted with a huge variety of medicinal herbs. Just like the town houses, even the farm houses and adjoining barns in the region are known for being extremely colorful, often having bright yellow walls, red doors and green shutters. This tradition goes back centuries, when wealth was shown by being able to afford paint for ones facades.
Tradition and customs are held in high esteem in Appenzell and apart from many cultural events, Appenzell is especially worth a visit during the yearly alpine ascent and descent of cattle. At the beginning of spring and at the end of summer, farmers don colorful traditional garb and lead their cattle either up the mountains to the lush alpine pastures or back down into the valley. The ceremonial processions are a festive occasion and many people from near and far line the streets to watch the decorated farmers and cows, hear the singing and listen to the melodious clang of the heavy bells.
Appenzell is located in eastern Switzerland and can be reached by train from Zürich in just under two hours. A change of trains to the S23 is necessary in Gossau. From St. Gallen, the journey takes roughly 45 minutes.
Address: Appenzell, Switzerland
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Appenzell
Enhance your experience of Switzerland on a full-day tour of the country’s scenic countryside from Zurich. Delve into rich cultural traditions with an expert guide as you explore picturesque towns and cultural institutions; sample fine Swiss cheese at a traditional cheese factory; ride an aerial cable car over the magnificent Swiss Alps; sample chocolate at a traditional chocolate producer.; and visit a Swiss cow farm and a herbal garden . Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to only 16 explorers, and take home with you a goodie bag including typical Swiss products.
Taking safety measures
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
We invite all the culture and art lovers to delve into one of the most interesting private journeys while visiting St. Gallen and Appenzell.
This tour will take you to the places where swiss delicacies are made and in many cases take you on a interactive on self guided tours in cheese and chocolate factories as well as vineyards in some stunning locations. Tours will be built so that any preferences are taken into account considering geographical locations. If time allows other natural attractions will be visited so that guests can experience the natural beauty of Switzerland or a local city or town such as Bern, Zurich and Luzern. Select between Aeschbach, Lindt, Cailler and Maestrani chocolate factories and Emmental, Appenzell, Gruyere and Engelberg cheese. Vineyards include ones in the Lavaux and in Luzern, Liechtenstein and Stein am Rhine. In all cases there will either be a self guided tour or a demonstration so guests or a chance to see the products be produced on site and naturally there will be a chance to sample the delicious products and buy some. This all adds up to a delicious and interesting Tour !!
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
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