Mountain Inn Äscher-Ebenalp

Äscher-Ebenalp and Wildkirchli caves.

From the station in Schwende the route passes St. Martin's church heading west towards Eugst. A wide ski trail leads to Alp Bommen and then on to Gartenwald. At the branching of the path, take the left fork. Here you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Kamor, Hoher Kasten and the long rock face of Alp Sigel – as well as the Berggasthaus Äscher. The inn clings to the foot of the vertical cliff face of the Ebenalp. Take a well-deserved rest and treat yourself to a delicious plate of rösti or a special «Höhlen Meringue».


Past the inn the route continues to the Wildkirchli caves. The first one you reach is the Altar Cave, in front of which stands a tiny 19th century wooden bell tower. Keep going through the caves until you reach the Ebenalp. The Wildkirchli caves have become world-famous, thanks to prehistoric findings dating back to the Stone Age. Skeletons of cave bears and stone tools are evidence that hunters lived here in prehistoric times. After the caves the route ascends to the plateau of the Ebenalp. Take time to enjoy the impressive panoramic views before riding the cable car back down to the valley.



Schwende – Triebern – Bommen – Äscher – Wildkirchli – Ebenalp


Appenzellerland Tourismus AI
Hauptgasse 4, 9050 Appenzell
Phone +41 71 788 96 41 , Fax +41 71 788 96 49



Type of hiking tour

Hiking in the mountain


4.35 km


823 m


72 m


2 hours 30 minutes

Starting point / End

Schwende / Ebenalp