Eastern Switzerland

Hoher Kasten in Alpstein – unlimited views!

From the top of Appenzell’s Hoher Kasten mountain, you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic vista. The revolving restaurant offers views of six countries. Immerse yourself in the view over the Rhine Valley, the Alpstein and the Appenzell region as far as Lake Constance and into Vorarlberg.

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The revolving restaurant on the Hoher Kasten, with a flower meadow in the foreground.
The revolving restaurant on the Hoher Kasten, with a flower meadow in the foreground.

A view of six neighbouring countries

From the mountain station, a wheelchair-accessible tunnel takes you on a mystical journey to the summit, which offers a revolving restaurant and panoramic trail.

At exactly 1,794 metres above sea level, the wheelchair-accessible Europa Rundweg Circular Trail leads you on a circuit around the revolving restaurant and offers views of six neighbouring countries. Viewing spots with telescopes, benches and information boards encourage you to take your time and marvel at the scenery.

Alpine Garden

In the warmer seasons, a walk through the Alpine Garden will make your visit complete. A fascinating floral world of 300 Alpine plants is waiting to be discovered. The Hoher Kasten is also home to a wide variety of animals. The elegant golden eagle, the timid mountain hare and the rare Eurasian lynx are all in danger of extinction − but they can be found living here.

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Travelling there

Appenzell Railways to Weissbad, then PostBus route 192 or PubliCar Appenzell to Brülisau (for more details, see timetable information).

Hiking and fun

  • Geological hiking trail via Staubern–Saxerlücke–Bollenwees to Brülisau or via Zopf–Forstseeli to Eggerstanden (PostBus connection).
  • Chlustobel trail, “Der Nature auf der Spur” (In search of nature): a leisurely hike from Brülisau to Weissbad (approx. 1 hour, 100 metres’ altitude difference, ideal for senior citizens and families).
  • Summer offer from the Ruhesitz mountain innTarget not accessible: 3 km downhill scooter run; scooter hire (including helmet) from the mountain inn.

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