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Once you've completed this hiking tour, you'll definitely feel like royalty. This new 84 km route through the Alpstein massif has 5166 metres of elevation difference - and an array of stunning attractions, including the world-famous Wildkirchli caves. This tour guarantees plenty of stunning panoramas and insights into the customs of the Appenzell people.
Three mountain chains, 84 kilometres and 5166 metres altitude difference. This is the «Königsroute» in the Alpstein massif, which takes you to popular sights and insider tips on an outstandingly picturesque trail through the Alpstein. New, sensational alpine panoramas greet you around almost every corner. And you don’t need to carry huge amounts of provisions as the Alpstein is dotted with 27 mountain inns. Here you’ll find tempting authentic regional specialties, prepared with genuinely fresh ingredients from the Appenzellerland. Many hosts also offer more exclusive dishes for gourmet hikers. This 84 km original trail is suitable not just for ambitious, high-performance athletes, but also for more leisurely walkers. Most alpine inns also offer comfortable accommodation. This means you can plan your own tailor-made route and, if desired, leave out sections or bypass them with a cable car ride. Enjoy the pure romance of the region’s traditional alpine inns!
What could be finer after a day's hike than putting your feet up, relaxing and taking stock of the day surrounded by the most fabulous alpine scenery. A total of 22 mountain inns offer overnight accommodation (, in German). Come and experience our Appenzell hospitality!
Enjoy four days and three nights in the Alpstein region and benefit from our special offer. You can plan your own individual tour.
Attractions, insider tips and spectacular scenery
There is so much to discover on the Royal Tour. Be inspired by our varied suggestions and tips. High up on the Alpstein massif you have Eastern Switzerland and Lake Constance as well as the neighbouring countries of Austria, Germany and Liechtenstein at your feet. As you hike through this mountain landscape, you are constantly greeted by outstanding new vistas. Don't miss out on our most stunning scenery.
You can find all attractions, insider tips, observation points and information about the house specialties of selected mountain inns in our new . (in German)
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27 mountain inns along the route
You won't have to weigh yourself down with too many provisions as the Alpstein is dotted with 27 mountain inns. Here you’ll find tempting authentic regional specialties, prepared with genuinely fresh ingredients from the Appenzellerland. Many hosts also offer more exclusive dishes for gourmet hikers. We'd be delighted to give you some tips on the house specialities of selected mountain inns.