Hoher Kasten in Alpstein (AI)

No end of panoramic views

Fantastic views all around from vantage points on the Hoher Kasten in Appenzell. The revolving restaurant bids views over 6 countries, the Rhine Valley, Alpstein, Appenzell country as far as Lake Constance and Vorarlberg.

The new and wheelchair accessible Europa-Rundweg circular trail leads directly past the revolving restaurant opened just a few years ago. At an altitude of exactly 1784 m, views from this restaurant extend over an amazing six surrounding countries. And viewpoints with binoculars, benches to take a break, an impressive path of rock and informative panorama boards invite you to linger and gaze.

Alpstein and the alpine garden to on foot.

During warmer times of year a stroll through the alpine garden is well worth the time. Here you’re greeted with a fascinating world of flowers and around 300 species of alpine plants that can’t wait to revel their beauty! 

Attractions and information

  • There are many hiking options from Hoher Kasten: e.g. a geological route via Staubern-Saxerlücke-Bollenwees to Brülisau or via Zapfen-Forstseeli to Eggerstanden (PostBus connection).
  • Chlustobelweg nature trail: a leisurely hike from Brülisau to Weissbad (approx. 1 hr / 100 m altitude difference), ideal for senior citizens and families).
  • Summer offer from the Ruhesitz mountain inn: 3 km long downhill scooter run; scooter hire (including helmet) from the mountain inn.
  • Arrival: Appenzell railways to Weissbad, PostBus route 192 or travel by "PubliCar Appenzell" to Brülisau (detailed information is available under "Timetable information").

Additional information

Buy ticket

Buy your ticket from the SBB Shop or SBB Mobile app. You can also buy a ticket from the driver, at all ticket terminals, PostBus sales offices and at the counter of your nearest railway station.
Additional ticketing apps and online shops can be found in our overview.

Timetable / travel information

You will find the entire Swiss public transport timetable online here.

PubliCar Appenzell

Route open all year


  • For the PubliCar Appenzell service we kindly ask you to make a reservation: Tel. 0848 55 30 60.
  • For groups of 10 and more reservations are a must! (View contact).

Bicycle transport

No bicycle transport fixtures available in/on the vehicle

Wheelchair accessibility

Wheelchair access to the postbus guaranteed

Special comments:
not all services are wheelchair-accessible. For information see Contact.



PostBus Ltd
East sector
Gürtelstrasse 14
7001 Chur

Opening hours

Telephone contact

Mondays through Fridays: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.–12 noon and 1.30 p.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday and official holidays closed