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Intro

According to the well-known geologist Albert Heim (1849-1937), the Alpstein is perhaps «the most beautiful mountain range in the world». On this trail you will discover that the alpine landscape located in front of the Alpstein is just as appealing.

Description

The trail begins in Urnäsch, the ‘centre of Appenzeller tradition’ and leads over the Hochalp to Schwägalp. As a preparation for the hike, a visit to the Appenzell tradition museum (situated on the village square) in Urnäsch is recommended. On the Schwägalp you will have the opportunity to visit the Alpschau cheese dairy. If you are going to continue hiking on the second stage of the trail on the following day, you can have a pleasant stay in a mountain hotel to relax after your hike.

While there is noise and hustle and bustle around the valley station at the beginning of this trail, you are then almost completely alone on various Alps, in the middle of an untouched and unspoilt natural landscape. Only the sound of cowbells serves to remind you that the world does not only belong to you alone. This stage leads over the Chammhalde to the Gerstengschwend, one of mountain formations that is most sung about in traditional songs. Over the Blattendürren you make you way towards the valley to Urnäsch.

Offer

This hike can also be booked as a package with two overnight stays (Urnäsch and Schwägalp) and luggage transport. To the offer

An enjoyable tour includes the careful planning of the same. Please inform yourself in advance at the local information center about the route and weather conditions. Depending on the season and weather conditions, this route may be blocked or interrupted

Technical information

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Start location
Urnäsch
Destination
Urnäsch
Direction
Round trip
Ascent
1700 m
Descent
1700 m
Distance
29 km
Multiday route
2 days
Technical requirements
Medium
Physical requirements
Difficult
Season
May - October
Elevation profile
1700Meter ascents
1700Meter descents
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Theme
To an alp, With panoramic view
Signalization
Signalisation in both directions
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Map

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Contact

Appenzellerland Tourismus
Bahnhofstrasse 2
9410 Heiden

Phone +41 (0)71 898 33 00
info@appenzellerland.ch
appenzellerland.ch

Quick Facts

Route number

Stages: 2

Distance

29 km

Ascent

1700 m