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Switzerland Travel Guide

Switzerland is a land of alpine pastures, high mountains, and serene lakes. We fell in love with Switzerland from the moment we crossed the German border. And while we’ve collectively only spent time in Appenzellerland and the Rätikon Alps, we can’t wait to explore more of this alpine country in the future.

Getting Around Switzerland

If you’re driving in Switzerland and intend on taking the highways (Autobahnen), make sure to buy a “Swiss motorway sticker” or “vignette” for 40 CHF (approx. 41 USD). It is valid for the whole year. Unlike Austria, there are no 10 day or shorter period options. In Switzerland, the “vignette” can be purchased in petrol stations, post offices, garages, TCS outlets, as well as from the road traffic authorities. More info: here.

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Switzerland Travel Guide Overview

  • Switzerland Travel Basics
  • Where to Go (Interactive Map)
  • What to Experience in Switzerland
  • What to Eat & Drink in Switzerland
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Appenzell Town, Switzerland
Switzerland Travel Basics

Official Name: Swiss Confederation. Confoederatio Helvetica is also a name for Switzerland, hence the abbreviation CH.

Capital: Bern

Government: Federal Republic 

Regions: Switzerland is divided into 26 Cantons

Population: 8.4 Million 

Language: German, French, Italian and Romansh

Currency: Swiss Franc

Tipping Etiquette: Tipping isn’t obligatory. There’s a service charge automatically included in all published prices. 

Water Quality: Excellent 

Something Interesting:  Dog owners must pay an annual tax for owning a dog. 

 

Where to Go in Switzerland

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Swiss Saying

You can steal horses with him / her.

(You can depend on someone in all situations)

What to Experience in Switzerland

Our favorite things to see and do
Saxer Lücke, Alpstein
Saxer Lücke, Alpstein

Hiking the Alpstein in the Swiss Alps

Alpstein is a mountain range in the Appenzell region of Switzerland. The hiking here is accessible and incredibly rewarding. Trails meander through alpine dairy farms and around lakes. Bell-wearing cattle and goats roam around the alp freely. That particular bell chorus sound is what makes hiking here so special.

A few hikes to consider are:

  • Seealpsee (lake)
  • Äscher (mountain inn)
  • Saxer Lücke (mountain pass)
  • Fählensee (lake) and Bolenwees (mountain inn)

For more details on these hikes, read our Appenzellerland Travel Guide

 

What to Eat & Drink in Switzerland

Appenzeller Cheese – regional cheese with a distinct bold and spicy taste.

 

Rösti – hash browns. You can order Rösti with eggs, Appenzeller cheese (recommended), and bacon.

 
Prättigauer Höhenweg, Rätikon High Trail, Switzerland

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  • The village center of Appenzell in northeastern Switzerland 🇨🇭 
Here are a few things you shouldn’t miss: 
🍰 Drei Könige bakery and cafè - order the Käse-Zwiebelfladen. 
🍜 When you’ve had your fill of Rösti, grab a bite to eat at Chanh, a delicious Vietnamese restaurant near the Landsgemeindeplatz.
🍺 Pop into Brauerei Locher to sample the Appenzeller beers and Locher craft beers. You can also join an open tasting on Thursdays at 10:15 am (CHF 12). 
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  • Gramai Alm - Pertisau Almabtrieb in Achensee, Tirol, Austria 🇦🇹 
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  • Photo dump from last weekend’s hike above Lake Achensee in Tyrol.
Trail: Seekarspitze - Seebergspitze Ridge Trail 
Starting Point: Achenkirch (Bus Stop: Achenkirch Abzw Achensee)
Ending Point: Pertisau (Bus Stop: Pertisau Bootshaus)
Distance: 12.4 km point-to point
Time Needed: 6:30 hours
Elevation Gain/ Loss: 1300 meters
Difficulty: Difficult
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  • The unmistakable Kreuzberg pinnacles towering above Saxer Lücke pass. 
The complete trail description is on the blog. 
📍Alpstein, Appenzell Alps, Switzerland 
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  • Berggasthaus Aescher Wildkirchli is a wooden guesthouse built into the rock wall of Ebenalp in the Alpstein.
It has existed in its current form since 1884, making it one of the oldest mountain guesthouses in Switzerland. 
The fastest and easiest way to get to Berggasthaus Aescher is from the Ebenalp plateau, accessible by cable car from Wasserauen. From Ebenalp, it only takes 25 minutes to hike down to Aescher via the Wildkirchli caves.
Alternatively, you can skip the cable car ascent and hike from Wasserauen to Aescher via the stunning Lake Seealpsee.
📍Alpstein, Appenzell Alps
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  • Secret hike in the Alpstein massif in Appenzell, Switzerland 👇
Marwees Ridge Trail
Trailhead: Wasserauen
Distance: 14.5 km circuit
Time Needed: 6:45 hours
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1225 meters
Trail guide on the blog.
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