Alone the trip in the large Säntis cable car from Schwägalp to the mountain station is in itself a treat to the eye – and from the lookout platform below the weather station it’s not surprising to see visitors linger a while in order to try and put a name to the mountains that surround them.
Surefooted hikers love the Lisegrat, a route secured by steel cables leading to the Rotenstein pass. Another path, offering equally as many sights, leads to the Schäfler mountain restaurant and continues to the Ebenalp.
Accessibility: Train to Urnäsch or Nesslau, PostBus to the Schwägalp, cable car to Säntis
View: Over Appenzell country and Alpstein mountains as far as Lake Constance, Vorarlberg, Graubünden Alps and Bernina; the striking Churfirsten with Tödi, Finsteraarhorn, Pilatus and Rigi behind; as well as over the Mittelland as far as Jura and the Black Forest
Attractions: Defining names of the surrounding mountains and valleys from the viewing platform, sunrise and sunsets as viewed from here, full-moon trips and overnight stays on the Säntis
Culinary aspects: Large and modern Restaurant Säntisgipfel (summit restaurant)
Berggasthaus "Alter Säntis" (only in summer)
Overnight stays: Berggasthaus Alter Säntis: Double and multi-bed rooms, mattress dormitory (only in summer)
Hotel Schwägalp: Double rooms and tourist dormitory
Groups: Event rooms on the Säntis summit and Schwägalp (detailed Event Brochure online)
Alter Säntis 90 people (hall)
Winter: Säntis rail travels year-round (short pause generally in January/February, kindly view the timetable)
Special comments: Extra trips possible (on request) outside of scheduled transport