Whether there is snow or not this hike is highly recommended.
Cross the Metzibrücke Bridge and walk towards the former hospital. Continue walking upwards on the historic «Spitolgässli» lane until you reach the main street. After a couple of metres, cross the road and then walk towards the forest. Nearby there is a chapel, the St. Ottilia Chapel. It is said that the water from the well helps against illnesses related to eyesight. Shortly after the chapel, you will find yourself on the ridge of Hoher Hirschberg Hill. Once you reach the top, you will see the Gasthaus Hoher Hirschberg (inn). This route is perfect for those seeking a view of Appenzell and the mountains. After taking a well-deserved break at the inn and treating yourself to some Appenzeller delicacies, you can either hike back to Appenzell or the train stop Sammelplatz.
Tip: We recommend doing the hike towards the late afternoon when the mountains and the village start to shine in the evening sun, creating a special ambiance.
Places along the route
Appenzell – Guggerloch – Hoher Hirschberg
Type of tourWinter hiking, however, the route is just as beautiful without snow
Time2 hours 45 minutes
Starting point / EndBrauereiplatz (brewery) Appenzell / Gasthaus Hoher Hirschberg (inn)
Options to eat along the way
- Multiple in Appenzell