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Top 16 attractions you must visit in Appenzell Ausserrhoden

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About Appenzell Ausserrhoden

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.

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Attractions in Appenzell Ausserrhoden

AlpsteinAlpstein, 9107 Hundwil, Switzerland
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

The Alpstein are a subgroup of the Appenzell Alps in Switzerland. Alpstein has the densest network of hiking trails in Switzerland. Nature lovers can choose from countless hiking trails - from a simple walk to a challenging mountain hike. So that the hiking trails are always well maintained

Alter Rhein
Alter RheinAlter Rhein, Switzerland
Lake/ River/ Ponds

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.

Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein
Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum SteinDorf, 9063 Stein, Switzerland

Located in the middle of the beautiful hill country of Appenzell and is mainly dedicated to the Appenzell alpine dairy culture and the textile home industry.

Fort Heldsberg
Fort HeldsbergObere, Heldsbergstrasse 5, 9430 St. Margrethen, Switzerland

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.

GäbrisGäbris, 9043 Gais, Switzerland
Mountain Peaks

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.

Henry Dunant Museum
Henry Dunant MuseumAsylstrasse 2, 9410 Heiden, Switzerland

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.

Höch Hirschberg
Höch HirschbergHöch Hirschberg, 9050 Rüte, Switzerland
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

One of the most beautiful panoramic mountains in front of the Alpstein. From here you have a wide view of the surrounding landscape and the panorama of the Alpstein massif. The Hohe Hirschberg can be easily reached on foot from Gais, the assembly point or Eggerestand. From the assembly point, a narrow road leads in the direction of Hoher Hirschberg, which can be driven almost to the mountain restaurant at 1168 m .

Hundwiler Höhi
Hundwiler HöhiHundwiler Höhi, 9064 Hundwil, Switzerland
Mountain Peaks

The Hundwiler Höhi is a mountain of the Appenzell Alps, located on the border between the Swiss cantons of Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Appenzell Innerrhoden. It is situated between Hundwil and Gonten. The summit is easily accessible from every side of the mountain and is a popular vantage point over the Säntis, the Alpstein massif, and Lake Constance. A mountain hut is located near the top.

KronbergKronberg, 9057 Gonten, Switzerland
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

The Kronberg is a mountain of the Appenzell Alps, located west of Appenzell in the Swiss canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden. Its 1,663-metre-high (5,456 ft) summit can be accessed by cable car. The Kronberg is an easily ascendable mountain and a popular excursion destination, and can also be hiked well on signposted snowshoe tours in winter. Valley station operates since June 28, 1999

OfenlochOfenloch, 9651 Nesslau-Krummenau, Switzerland
Outdoors- Other

The Ofenloch is a gorge and a grotto in Toggenburg not far from Schwägalp in the Swiss canton of St. Gallen. The Necker rises in this area and flows into the Thur near Lütisburg. The Ofenloch is also known as the Grand Canyon of Eastern Switzerland. The Ofenloch can be reached on a mountain hiking trail from Hemberg, from Schwägalp, or from Ennetbühl.

Rosenberg Castle
Rosenberg Castle8 49, 9100 Herisau, Switzerland

A royal hermitage set in the King’s Garden in the heart of Copenhagen, Rosenborg Castle features 400 years of splendor, royal art treasures, and the Crown Jewels and Royal Regalia. Among the main attractions is the Great Hall with the coronation thrones and three life-size silver lions standing guard. There are also so many attractions in and around at this place.

Ruppen Pass
Ruppen PassRuppen Pass, 9450 Altstätten, Switzerland
Mountain Passes

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.

SäntisSäntis, 9658 Schwende District, Switzerland
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

Säntis is the highest mountain in the Alpstein massif of northeastern Switzerland. It is also the culminating point of the whole Appenzell Alps, between Lake Walen and Lake Constance. The panorama from the summit is spectacular. Six countries can be seen if the weather allows: Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, France, and Italy.

Säntis - Schwebebahn
Säntis - SchwebebahnTalstation Schwebebahn, 9107 Schwägalp, Switzerland
Cable Car Stations

The Schwägalp-Säntis aerial cableway (LSS), operated by Säntis-Schwebebahn AG and, as the railway company also calls the Säntisbahn, is a mountain railway in eastern Switzerland. It leads from Schwägalp to 1,360 m above sea level. M. on the Säntis. It is one of the popular cable cars in Switzerland and so it attracts a lot of peoples here.

Schwägalp Pass
Schwägalp PassSchwägalp Pass, 9107 Hundwil, Switzerland
Mountain Passes

The Schwägalp is one of the most beautiful and most popular mountain pass in the Swiss Confederation. It is located at an altitude of 1298m. The views from here are truly impressive and It connects Nesslau-Neu St. Johann in Toggenburg in St. Gallen and Urnäsch in Appenzell Ausserrhoden.

Stoss Pass
Stoss PassStoss Pass, 9056 Gais, Switzerland
Mountain Passes

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.

Map of attractions in Appenzell Ausserrhoden