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  • Postcard From Meglisalp

    Tiina Kivelä

     Greetings from Meglisalp! I wanted to write you an extra post from this magical place, 1500m’ high, in the Alpstein massif, just because it’s so awesome.

    This village and a mountain guesthouse in the Appenzell Alps in Switzerland can be only reached by foot in the summer, and by skis in the winter. The closest road, parking and train station is appr. 2,5h hike away.

    From here, you find over 100 years old miniature village, guesthouse and a chapel, on side of excellent hiking and running trails, and near good skiing and climbing. And more than excellent surroundings. The guesthouse (Berggasthaus Meglisalp),  extremely well suitable for a shorter or longer rest on a tour in the area, is open every summer, from mid-May to end of October, currently offers 110 beds to sleep on and food and drinks, local specialities included, for the hungry and thirsty.

    The guesthouse has been in the host family from the beginning (built in 1897/89) and this year they are accelerating a renovation project, in which the overall bed count will be raised to 130, and the bed count per room decreased, to better adjust to the needs of modern travellers. If you want to take part and support the project (and be able to say brag that you kind of own a piece of Alpine hut), which aims to reserve the old spirit and traditions while accustoming to the demands of modern times, you can do that by a patron initiative, more of which in here (auf Deutsch): Berggasthaus Meglisalp.

    And if I’d be a marrying kind, I’d definitely consider the cute little chapel for a wedding ceremony (below’s the coordinates if you someday get the invitation for an alpine destination wedding).


    Where: Meglisalp  2’747’401.500, 1’235’666.500 (map)

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  • 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.