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All of our hiking routes begin at the Ebenalp Cable Car station and center in the valley east of Wasserauen.  The highlights and map below show the various Appenzerland hiking routes in the Ebenalp area. 

 


 

Appenzellerland Hiking Highlights

WASSERAUEN - EBENALP
The Wasserauen-Ebenalp cable car serves as the entryway to the hiking and skiing of Appenzellerland.  Ebenalp (topside station named after the mountain) sits at an altitude of 5390 feet and houses a cafe.  The hiking begins just steps from the door.


WILDKIRCHLI, or "little wilderness chapel" is a system of three cave ruins.  These caves contain traces of Neanderthal habitation.  These caves are located at an altitude of 4770 feet and are a short 15 minute walk below Ebenalp.  A round-trip hike from Ebenalp to Wildkirchli and back up takes approximately 50 minutes.

SCHÄFLER
is a gasthaus that lies roughly southwest of Ebenalp at an altitude of 6312 feet.  This is one of the gasthauses in the area the receives routine resupply by cable tray.  Stop by for a quick drink or stay overnight in one of their warm beds!  50 minute walk from Ebenalp.

NTIS is the highest peak in the area and tops out at a height of 8211 feet.  It is capped by the Swisscom radio and television tower. This high peak can be seen from all of the valleys below and provides a constant panoramic backdrop for photos in the region.  It is a 2 hour trek from Ebenalp, but be prepared with crampons in all but the warmest summer months.

MESSMER lies in the valley above Seealpsee and below Säntis.  This gasthaus sits at an altitude of 5292 feet and provides wonderful views of the valley and meadowlands below.




Seealpsee GasthausSEEALPSEE is the name of the valley's gasthaus on an island in the Seealpsee lake.  This gasthaus sits at 3745 feet and you can reach it by hiking down from Ebenalp, or hiking up from Wasserauen.  This relaxing spot is a great place to stop for food and drink and to enjoy the spectacular view of the mountains all around. 


Map of hiking trails in the Ebenalp Area:

 

Recommended Hiking Routes in Appenzellerland

Mix and match the following routes to plan your own trip!  The following routes provide an overview, highlights, snapshots, and time it takes to complete the route.  Combine parts of routes with others. 

Easy to navigate signposts mark each fork in the trail, so all you need is the name of your next destination!

1) Ebenalp - Wildkirchli - Äscher - Ebenalp Loop (50 minutes)


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2) Ebenalp - Seealpsee - Wasserauen One Way Hike (1hr 45 minutes)


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3) Ebenalp - Schäfler - Ebenalp (1hr 45 minutes)


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4) Ebenalp - Messmer - Wasserauen (4hr 15 minutes)



 

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