When we visited Widnau, our hosts offered us a Sunday drive and let me choose to either go to Lake Constance or to the mountains.
I chose the mountains. Even though as a kid I always got car sick with all those turns, the view is just unbelievable.
The following info is from Wikipedia
The city of Appenzell is the capital of the canton Appenzell Innerrhoden. Originally there was only one canton and it was called Appenzell. In 1597 after the reformation the canton was split into two half-cantons called Appenzell Innerrhoden, which stayed predominantly Catholic and Appenzell Ausserrhoden, which is predominantly Protestant. Apenzell Innerrhoden is the second smallest Swiss canton and has the lowest population density of only 87 people/km². The whole canton has a population of only a little over 15’000.
History of the city’s name: Appenzell from Wikipedia:
In 1071 the town was referred to as Abbacella. By 1223 this changed to Abbatiscella, meaning the Abbot’s cell or the landlord of the abbey.
Check out also my page about the Sylverstercläuse, a typical local traditon.
With the sunny warm and mild October weather, we could not resist to have a lunchtime snack in the garden restaurant of the Hotel Appenzell. Just walking by the display windows of the hotel made our mouths water.
The Säntis Mountain
The following info is from Wikipedia:
The Säntis is a mountain in the Swiss Prealps, part of the Alpstein range. It can be reached by cable car from Schwägalp.
The peak is the highest point of the cantons of Appenzell Innerrhoden and Appenzell Ausserrhoden, and is also shared by the Canton of St. Gallen.
From the 123.55 m high Swisscom transmission tower, various VHF radio and television programs (SF1, SF2) of SRG SSR idée suisse are broadcast.
For the more adventureous there is an over 3 hour hike straight up to the Säntis from the Schwägalp. Read the discription of it here. Proper hiking gear is a must.
Wildhaus, SG, Switzerland
Our last stop on our Sunday drive was Wildhaus, 1095 m above sea level. I have fond memories of spending the winter ski week with school here. All the classes of the elementary school went away for a week to the ‘Skilager’ (ski holiday). We didn’t have snowboards then and every skied. We were only allowed to use the ski lifts after lunch, must have been cheaper that way. In the mornings we had to create our own runs by walking up the hills with the skis and flattening the snow.
In the German Wikipedia of Wildhaus I read this tidbit:
From 1937 to 1949, Wildhaus was home to a very special means of winter transportation: the Funi (short for “Funiculaire”) or sled cable train. Like a cable train with a center pull cable, a sled drove up and down the hill, but instead wheels on tracks to run on it ran on sled runners on the snow.
Appenzell Reference Info
- Appenzell from Wikipedia
- Appenzell website (in German)
- Canton Appenzell Innerrhoden (in German)
- Canton Appenzell Ausserrhoden (in German)
- River Sitter (in German)
- Hotel Appenzell
- Säntis from Wikipedia
- Säntis website (in German)
- Säntis for mountain climbers
- Wildhaus from Wikipedia (in German)
- Diavolezza Glacier
- Diavolezza Glacier website (in German)