Appenzell, Switzerland Travel Guide
Appenzell (aka Appenzellerland) is a region in north-eastern Switzerland that is divided into two sub-cantons: Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Appenzell Innerrhoden. This beautiful corner of Switzerland embodies pastoral romanticism. Farms are situated on hilly green pastures framed by pockets of forest. As you take in the idyllic landscape dotted with grazing horned Braunvieh cattle, you might think that you’ve landed in the happiest place on earth.
The Alpstein mountain range forms the backdrop of the Appenzell region. Hiking in the Alpstein is magnificent and surprisingly very accessible. Most day-hikes begin or end with a Seilbahn (aerial cableway). As you’re hiking, you’ll be accompanied by the cheerful bell ensemble of the alpine cows and goats. Perhaps the most satisfying aspect of hiking here is that you can purchase Appenzeller cheese directly from farmers. So, in our book, Appenzell is one of the best places in the world to hike.
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.