The hallmarks of Heiden are lovely rolling Appenzell hills, expansive views of Lake Constance and unspoilt nature. This Biedermeier-era village is the starting point for many day trips and hikes with glorious views. Perfect for relaxing, feeling good and enjoying.
At the centre of the Vorderland district of Appenzell, Heiden has a lot to offer. Nestling in the hilly landscape in the Vorderland district of Appenzell, the village is located on a sunny terrace at over 800 metres above sea level. Unspoilt nature, clear views of Lake Constance, baths and cultural attractions promise pure diversion. Just get going, relax and enjoy.
Many buildings date from the Biedermeier period around 1840. Family, tradition and craftsmanship constitute the intrinsic values of this period. Every four years at the Biedermeier Festival, the village and people of Heiden turn out in historical garb. But there’s nothing to stop you taking a stroll through the Biedermeier village today.
From a height of 41 metres, Heiden’s church tower offers the best views of Lake Constance 400 metres below and of the lovely rolling hills around Heiden. The 157 steps up to the room at the top of the tower are worth it. Open daily from May to October: 12.30 to 3.30 p.m. (4.30 p.m. when the weather is nice). Find out more
Rolling hills, lush greenery and scattered settlements blend together to create an unspoilt landscape. Alongside magnificent views, you can learn quite a bit about herbs, remedies and their effects. It just does you good. Find out more
This easy hike from Heiden towards Grub (canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden) takes you across the 180-metre suspension bridge to Grub (canton of St. Gallen). The trail then continues on to the highlight of the tour, the “five-state view”. This fantastic vista, overlooking Lake Constance and taking in Switzerland, Austria, and the German states of Bavaria, Württemberg and Baden, is the highlight of this tour. From here, the high trail leads to Eggersriet. Find out more
On this day trip, you’ll not only experience quick-witted Appenzell jokes on the “joke trail”, but also fantastic views of the Appenzell landscape and Lake Constance. The Rheineck to Rorschach boat trip and the two cogwheel railway journeys from Rorschach to Heiden and from Walzenhausen to Rheineck make this excursion the perfect experience. Discovery tour and jokes trail in the Appenzell countryside | PostBus (postauto.ch)
The Henry Dunant Museum in Heiden is dedicated to the visionary initiator of the Swiss Red Cross. At the battle of Solferino, Italy, in 1859, Henry Dunant experienced the suffering and misery of war at close quarters. Posing questions such as “What does the individual count for in war?” or ”Who is to help the victims?”, Henry Dunant became a man with a lifelong sense of social commitment.
Museum.Heiden not only exhibits the local history and home decor of Heiden, it also features personalities. Carl Böckli for example, alias “Bö”, who penned barbed caricatures in the satirical magazine “Nebelspalter” for more than 50 years. His extensive oeuvre is collected in the Bö-Stiftung.
Village tours, guided herb walking tours, wellness days at the Appenzeller Heilbad spa or the Hotel Heiden Hotel Heiden round off your stay in the Biedermeier village of Heiden.
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