Eastern Switzerland

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  • 1. Ebenalp

    Viewpoint

    The northernmost peak of the Appenzeller Alps, the 5,380-foot Ebenalp is accessible via cable car from Wasserrauen, 7 km (4 miles) south of...Read More

  • 2. Kathedrale

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The cathedral is an impressive sight. Begun in 1755 and completed in 1766, it is the antithesis of the decadent Abbey Library nearby, although...Read More

  • 3. Mt. Säntis

    Viewpoint

    For a pleasurable high-altitude excursion out of Appenzell southwest to the hamlet of Schwägalp, you can ride a cable car that departs every...Read More

  • 4. Münster zu Allerheiligen

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This beautiful cathedral, along with its cloister and grounds, dominates the lower city. Founded in 1049, the original cathedral was dedicated...Read More

  • 5. Napoleon Museum Thurgau

    Castle/Palace

    In the village of Salenstein, the Napoleon Museum is housed in a magnificent villa given to the municipality by Empress Eugénie of France in...Read More

  • 6. Rheinfall

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    The Rheinfall is 492 feet wide, drops some 82 feet in a series of three dramatic leaps, and is split at the center by a bushy crag straight...Read More

  • 7. Stiftsbibliothek

    Library/Archive

    Although the abbey was largely destroyed in the Reformation and closed down altogether in 1805, its library, built between 1758 and 1767, still...Read More

  • 8. Altstadt

    Historic District/Site

    The grounds of the abbey and the cathedral border the Altstadt, which demonstrates a healthy symbiosis between scrupulously preserved Renaissance...Read More

  • 9. Appenzeller Volkskunde Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum displays local arts and crafts, regional costumes, and hand-painted furniture....Read More

  • 10. Arbon

    Town/Village

    Between Romanshorn and Rorschach on Highway 13, Arbon sits on a little promontory jutting out into the Bodensee, surrounded by lovely meadows...Read More

  • 11. Brauquöll Appenzell

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    The locally brewed Appenzeller Quöllfrisch—just one of the high-quality beers made by Appenzell's family-owned Brauerei Locher—is an iconic...Read More

  • 12. Drei Weieren

    Pool

    Atop Freudenberg Hill you'll find Drei Weieren, a relaxing park and swimming area with several refreshing ponds. Swimming is free at the largest...Read More

  • 13. Fronwagplatz

    Plaza/Square

    Lined with shops and cafés, this square is a favorite place for young people to stroll, especially in the evening. A large 16th-century fountain...Read More

  • 14. Gerberstube

    Notable Building

    A pair of lions frames the doorway of the remarkable baroque building, which is the former drinking spot of the Tanners' Guild. A two-handled...Read More

  • 15. Haus zum Ritter

    Historic Home

    The city's finest mansion dates from 1492. Its fresco facade was commissioned by the resident knight, Hans von Waldkirch. Tobias Stimmer covered...Read More

  • 16. Hohenklingen

    Castle/Palace

    Directly above the town stands the 12th-century hilltop castle of Hohenklingen, which offers broad views of the Rhine Valley and the lake beyond...Read More

  • 17. Kloster St. Georgen

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Benedictine Kloster St. Georgen, a half-timber structure built in 1007, houses a cloister and a small museum devoted to examples of woodwork...Read More

  • 18. KrippenWelt Stein-am-Rhein

    Museum/Gallery

    Monika Amrein and Alfred Hartl's private collection of krippen (Nativity scenes) from around the world are tastefully displayed on two floors...Read More

  • 19. Mühleggbahn

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    Just a few steps from the abbey, at the end of the Old Town, is the Mühleggbahn, a self-service funicular that runs up the hillside, offering...Read More

  • 20. Mühlenenschlucht

    Viewpoint

    A 30-minute walk up the steep Mühlenenschlucht takes you past the mossy Steinach Gorge, where St. Gallus allegedly befriended a bear in 612...Read More

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