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 in the Alpstein massif (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!
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