Riding the big Säntis cable car from Schwägalp over the ridges to the mountain station is an impressive experience in itself. Visitors gather on the viewing platform beneath the tower and try to identify the nearby and distant mountains. The meteorologists had good reason to establish a weather station on this mountain back in 1882.
Mountaineers have been entertained on the Säntis since 1846, initially in a simple refuge. The railway line to Wasserauen at the start of the last century was actually the start of a planned railway to the Säntis. As the line never reached beyond the village, however, the Säntis cableway from Schwägalp was opened in 1935.
Sure-footed mountain hikers love the Lisegrat, a route secured by steel cables leading to the Rotstein pass. Another equally picturesque path leads to the Schäfler mountain restaurant and continues to the Ebenalp. Even on the steep western side of the mountain there are Alpine paths for those with a head for heights, including one to the Tierwis mountain restaurant – also accessible from the 2nd pillar of the Säntis cable car.
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)
Swiss Travel Pass/GA travelcard: reduced rate mountain rail ascent with the Swiss Travel Pass/GA travelcard. Buy your tickets on arrival at the station.
Special comments: Extra trips possible (on request) outside of scheduled transport
Children, Families, Groups, Individual, Couples
Indoor and outdoor