Fort Heldsberg in Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Switzerland - get details, & find more attractions to visit nearby

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Fort Heldsberg

Obere, Heldsbergstrasse 5, 9430 St. Margrethen, Switzerland


About Fort Heldsberg

The Heldsberg fortress is built into a rocky outcrop between the villages of St. Margrethen and Au in the Rhine Valley. Lustenau, the stately village in Vorarlberg, is located directly above the border river Rhine.  The fortress had the task of preventing the crossing over the border river Rhine between Montlingen and Lake Constance and of disrupting a crossing over the lake from the Lindau area in order to ultimately ward off an invasion of Switzerland.

Attractions near Fort Heldsberg

Henry Dunant Museum8.42km from Fort Heldsberg

The Henry Dunant Museum is devoted to the character and life’s work of Henry Dunant, who once lived in Heiden. The museum does not just keep alive memories of the founder of the Red Cross – one room is also devoted to his visions of a world without war.

Alter Rhein8.82km from Fort Heldsberg

The Alter Rhein is the old river bed of the Alpine Rhine in St. Gallen and Vorarlberg in the Alpine Rhine Valley, which was cut off when the Rhine was straightened during the 20th century. It is one of the beautiful places in Switzerland and also a nice picnic spot too.

St. Anton Pass9.01km from Fort Heldsberg

St. Anton Pass is a high mountain pass in the Alps between the cantons of Appenzell Innerrhoden and St. Gallen in Switzerland.  It connects Ruppen Pass and Oberegg. One of the beautiful places with a beautiful climate and a nice panoramic view.

Ruppen Pass11.57km from Fort Heldsberg

Ruppen Pass is a high mountain pass between the cantons of St. Gallen and Appenzell Ausserrhoden in Switzerland.  It connects Trogen and Altstätten. The pass road has a maximum grade of 9 percent. The views from here are truly beautiful and also It gives a beautiful leisure time.

Stoss Pass14.43km from Fort Heldsberg

Stoss Pass is a mountain pass between the cantons of Appenzell Innerrhoden and Appenzell Ausserrhoden in Switzerland. On June 17, 1405, during the Appenzell Wars, there was a battle on the pass between 400 soldiers from Appenzell and 1200 Habsburg and abbatial soldiers. The Appenzellers were victorious and thereby won their independence from the Abbey of Saint Gall. There is a monument on the site.

Gäbris14.89km from Fort Heldsberg

The Gäbris is an elevation in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden and with its 1247 m represents the northernmost Swiss foothills of the Alps. Due to its exhaust location in the middle of the Appenzell hilly landscape, it is known as a beautiful panoramic mountain and a destination for numerous hikers and bikers. The Gasthaus Oberer Gäbris is located near the summit.

Where is Fort Heldsberg

Discover more attractions in Appenzell Ausserrhoden, where Fort Heldsberg is located

Appenzell Ausserrhoden is in the northeast of Switzerland, next to the cantons of St. Gallen and Appenzell Innerrhoden. The name Appenzell means cell or estate of the abbot. This refers to the Abbey of St. Gallen, which exerted a great influence on the area.