• Appenzell
  • Good Daytour – Seealpsee & Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli

    Tiina Kivelä

    Summer season is here. Little by little the Swiss destinations, guesthouses, gondolas, summer timetables, high mountain trails and activities get back from their traditional spring breaks and open for the summer season. In other words, it’s time to tighten up the hiking shoes and hit the trails!

    A bit for my birthday and a lot for “I wanna get to the mountains!” cries I got to start my hiking season this week as well, visiting hiking to the instafamous Seealpsee and  Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli in the Alpstein area. I was a bit worried the place wouldn’t live to the expectations, but for once (or well kinda typically to Switzerland really) it was way better in real life than on Instagram.

    If and when getting inspired, please note that even though the Ebenalp cable car doesn’t reach exactly the berggasthaus nor the lake, the needed hikes are kinda short and easy, meaning many tourists. This is good to take into an account when planning a visit especially for the high season, on July, August, weekends and public holidays. We were up there the day after the bank holiday, on Friday, and even though not holiday for all the population, the berggasthaus was already kinda busy, especially during the lunch hour.

    Nevertheless, the places are magnificent and definitely worth the hike even with the fellow tourists. But if and when you want to do your best to avoid the masses and lines on trails (or combine your instafame trip to a bit more real hiking trip), Alpstein area offers Switzerland’s densest network of hiking trails, three mountain lakes, 27 mountain inns and six cable cars of which to choose and combine your day trip or even a good multi-day hut to hut tour. And in winter there are skiing and other winter activities available.

    For the afterhike beers, I’ll again suggest local Appenzeller bier (though mind your step extra carefully after it, if and when taking it already up in the mountains). For food, all the local specialities are worth to try, and one shouldn’t forget the Appenzeller cheese either. (Always a good idea to really earn the beer by taking the hike, not the gondola, to the guesthouse though.)

    I think next I’ll try the blue and white alpine hiking trails to earn even more beers and cheese.

    Who’s with me, for the mountaineering or the beers in here? Or both? Or maybe even a swim…

    Hyvä retki Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Hyvä retki Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Seealpsee & Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli, Appenzellerland, Switzerland. Map.


  • Appenzell
  • Instagram Brought Us Here – Appenzell edit.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Most of us have seen the pics. The hut, nestled tightly against and under the mountain face. And the lake, reflecting the surrounding mountains, so green in the summer and so white in the winter. And so many of us have gone there, even me. Or, well, close enough.

    It’s Appenzell, or more precisely the Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli and the lake Seealpsee, and the mountain Säntis above them. A few weeks back we were skiing close by, in the Ebenalp, when it really hit me. Instagram brought us all there. Me, us and most of the people in the mountain restaurant. Without hashtag, we or the places don’t exist.

    Well, Instafamous or not, Appenzell is a very nice region, with nice small ski resorts (pro tip: t-lifts are always a good sign) and very nice local products; Appenzeller beer, cheese and whisky. And whisky trek! So why not to love? And why not go there in summer, when you’ll most likely see my version of the most famous pics too. And get some more (whisky) hiking tips.

    Until that, let’s enjoy the food and drinks.

    Or go voting. Soon it’s time for a very Swiss tradition in the town of Appenzell, the Landsgemeinde, which is the original form of the famous Swiss direct democracy. On the last Sunday in April the citizens entitled to vote gather to the square, under the open sky, to elect their government and courts, and to decide about laws and financial matters.

    These days this form of direct democracy is possible only in the smaller areas though, and yes, Appenzell is one of them. Cheers for democracy!

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where & What & How Appenzell:

    Brauquöll Appenzell for the beer (open year-round)

    Appenzeller Schaukäserei for the cheese (open year-round)

    Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli for food (season opening May 1st 2018)

    Säntis & Ebenalp for views and sweat (summer for hiking, winter for skiing)

    SBB for getting there

    Instagram for inspiration