Top things to do

Area in Appenzell

Altstadt

Set against a backdrop of rolling hills that rise to rugged mountains, Appenzell's Altstadt is Grimm fairy-tale stuff. The carved gabled houses that grab the attention in the compact historic centre are liberally co…
Gastronomy in Appenzell

Romantik Hotel Säntis

Romantik Hotel Säntis' 1st-floor restaurant is Appenzell's top table. Crisp white tablecloths, beautiful carved pine and views across Landsgemeindeplatz through the frilly curtains await. The ambience is formal and …
Cultural in Appenzell

Landsgemeinde

The Landsgemeinde open-air parliament takes place on this square, with locals wearing traditional dress and voting (in the case of the men, by raising a short dagger). A unique form of direct democracy, this traditi…
Farm in Appenzell

Appenzeller Schaukäserei

Cheese-lovers won't want to miss out on a visit to this dairy, where an iPad tour gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the cheesemaking process, including a peek in the cellar, where 12,500 rounds of cheese are reg…
Museum in Appenzell

Appenzell Museum

This heritage museum gives the inside scoop on rural life and folk traditions in Appenzell. Occupying seven floors, it displays beautifully painted wooden furniture with pastoral scenes in the local Bauernmalerei st…
Church in Appenzell

Pfarrkirche St Mauritius

Looking back on almost 1000 years of history, Appenzell’s church is easily identified by its whopping great late-Gothic bell tower, embellished with a mural of the cantonal patron saint, St Maurice. If the facade is…
Museum in Appenzell

Appenzeller Volkskunde Museum

This folklore museum, its collection spanning everything from pastoral paintings to embroidery, provides an insight into rural Appenzell life. From April to October there are daily live weaving demonstrations, as we…
Village in Appenzell

Werdenberg

Blink and you’ll miss this village and that would be a shame! Founded in 1289, it is said to be the oldest settlement of timber houses in Switzerland. The huddle of some 40-odd dwellings lies between an oversized po…
Gallery in Appenzell

Kunstmuseum Appenzell

In a town as deeply traditional as Appenzell, this startlingly modern gallery, with its metallic facade and zigzag design, comes as quite a surprise. Architects Gigon & Guyer created it to house the town's small…
International in Appenzell

Marktplatz

Sit on the terrace on one of Appenzell’s prettiest squares or in the intricately carved wooden interior of this restaurant. The menu swings with the seasons and has Italian and Swiss influences, as simple as polenta…