Ebenalp and Wildkirchli




Wildkirchli Ebenalp

Wildkirchli Ebenalp

Aescher Wildkirchli

Aescher Wildkirchli

Already Neanderthal men were here where today a cableway sweeps visitors up and over the rugged rocks of the once populated Ebenalp caves - and a great departure point for various discoveries.

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Wasserauen is the last stop on the Appenzell Railway. Trains from Gossau terminate here every half hour, eleven minutes after Appenzell. Passengers then ride up in the cable car.

From the top, the path leads through the prehistoric Wildkirchli caves – inhabited around 40,000 years ago – and down to the hermitage and the famous Aescher mountain guesthouse. Prehistoric stone tools were found in this area 100 years ago, proving that hunter-gatherers lived here in the Late Stone Age (45,000 – 30,000 BC). The remains of cave bears were also found.


Altitude: 1640m
Train to Appenzell and on to Wasserauen, cable car to the Ebenalp
View: Over the Seealp and Meglisalp, Säntis, Altmann and Hoher Kasten, over Appenzell country and Lake Constance to Germany and further west to Feldberg
Attractions: Alpine garden by the Berggasthaus Ebenalp
Culinary aspects: Hearty and wholesome Appenzeller specialities
Overnight stays: Ebenalp: 17 beds, tourist dormitory for 100 people
Berghaus Aescher: Dormitory for 45 people
Schäfler: 15 beds, dormitory for 80 people
Groups: Ebenalp 70 and 80 places; Schäfler 30 and 55 places
Winter: Winter sports region with ski-lifts on the Ebenalp
Special comments: A safe path via Aescher leads through the caves

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