Grand Tour of Switzerland

The Grand Tour of Switzerland is a voyage of discovery that packs all the Highlights of Switzerland into a single trip. On the Grand Tour of Switzerland, the journey is the reward. This tour takes you on a trip of 1,600 kilometres through the most beautiful regions of Switzerland and Shows you how diverse, multifaceted and spectacular our Country is. You travel through four language regions, across five Alpine passes, and 22 lakes and visit 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and two biospheres. In other words, you enjoy an intensive taste of Switzerland and experience its Array of scenic and cultural charms.  

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Hardly any other section of the Grand Tour of Switzerland offers such eventful valley and mountain worlds: The Rhine Falls in Schaffhauserland, the seven Churfirsten in Toggenburg, Werdenberg (the smallest town in Switzerland) or the Principality of Liechtenstein, the exotic in the four-country corner. You will experience a lot of customs and traditions in the Appenzellerland and in the Heidiland you will pass the home of Heidi, Peter and the Alpöhi.

The Highlights in the Appenzellerland

The traditional customs of the Appenzell region are still part of everyday life today. There is probably no other region where culture and conviviality are lived with as much commitment as here. The Alpstein surprises with scenic attractions and offers many possibilities for inexperienced as well as for advanced hikers. Six cable cars make the gateway to the mountain world accessible.

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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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Art gallery Appenzell

The Art gallery Appenzell is dedicated to the work of Carl Liner Senior and Junior. It preserves their creative legacy and encourages reflection on the art of the 20th century and the present, as well as classical and contemporary music. The magnificent 16th century brick kiln is big enough for a person to walk around in it, and the special atmosphere of the building makes it a wonderful location for events of all kinds.

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Museum of Art Appenzell

Regularly changing exhibitions show aspects of the work of the artists Carl August Liner (1871 –1946) and Carl Walter Liner (1914 –1997), as well as works of art from the 20th century and the present day. The museum building was designed by the Zurich architects Annette Gigon and Mike Guyer. Admission free with Swiss Museum Pass.

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Kronberg bob run 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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Official Grand Tour of Switzerland hotel
The Romantik Hotel Säntis **** in Appenzell is situated directly at the historic Landsgemeindeplatz (main square). Experience typical Appenzell hospitality and enjoy a tempting array of culinary delights. Benefit from the special package for Grand Tour guests.
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