Grand Train Tour of Switzerland

For visitors who would like to explore Switzerland by rail, we recommend the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland. The Grand Train Tour of Switzerland combines eight different routes covering around 1200 kilometres. The highlights of the Swiss rail network offer an unforgettable experience at any time of year. Travellers can start at any point along the tour.

Please find here more information about the whole route. 


From St. Gallen it's easy to take a trip to the Appenzellerland. Enjoy the journey from St. Gallen to Appenzell with Appenzell Railways. Even before you start out, the red train itself offers a great photo opportunity. And once you're on your way, you can sit back as you chug through the rolling green landscape.


From Appenzell you can travel directly to Herisau with Appenzell Railways. From there you continue the Grand Tour toward Lucerne with the Voralpen Express after a picturesque diversion in the Appenzellerland.


Plan your trip in comfort with the online timetable.
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Tips for excursions:


Village Appenzell

The colourful houses on the main street, the imposing parish church, the castle and the historic village square (Landsgemeindeplatz. Enjoy an entrancing and fascinating insight into this traditional Alpine village. Discover the delights of the smallest Swiss capital.

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Brauquöll Appenzell visitor centre

A spin of Brauquöll Appenzell gives a fascinating insight into the world of brewing and reveals how Appenzeller beer is brewed from fresh spring water and Säntis malt.

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Hoher Kasten mountain viewpoint

What a panorama! The whole of Eastern Switzerland spreads out before you at Hohen Kasten, where the view reaches deep into the surrounding mountains of Switzerland and neighbouring countries.

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World-famous Aescher mountain guesthouse

Clinging to a cliff face, the dramatically perched mountain guesthouse Aescher is just a 15-minute walk from Ebenalp through the well-known Wildkirchli caves.

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Appenzell Museum

Culture buffs can find all there is to know about Appenzell's hand embroidery, traditional costumes, folklore, customs and decorative hand-painted farmhouse furniture in the cantonal museum.

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Kronberg bob rund and rope park

To up the adventure, test out the 1,000-m-long bob run or the biggest rope park in Eastern Switzerland, both at the foot of Kronberg.

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