Appenzell Guided Walking Tour
- Village landmarks: Stroll past the colorful houses, impressive parish church, Schloss (castle), and historic village square of this traditional Alpine village.
- Personalized to your preferences: Your local guide will be delighted to tailor the walking tour. Linger at attractions of interest, or add new ones to the agenda.
- Art and culture: View the work of visual artist Roman Signer, a native of Appenzell, and learn about the village customs and traditions still practiced today.
About this Appenzell Tour
If you've ever dreamed of strolling through a village straight out of a fairy tale, welcome to Appenzell. Tucked into the rolling Alpine landscape, this picture-perfect village, the cultural center of the smallest Swiss canton, still follows the rural customs and traditions of yore, like the ceremonial descent of the cows from mountain pastures each fall. So if you think you hear the echo of yodel-ay-ee-ooo from the hills, it's not your imagination!
Walking is the best way to explore this car-free village. Amble along the Hauptgasse (main street) to view the hand-painted frescoes that adorn the facades of Appenzell's homes and shops. Take a turn around the historic town square, the tongue-twisting Landsgemeindeplatz, where shops tempt with local handicrafts and culinary treats.
While your guide will tell you about the region's centuries-old way of life, you can see more at the Appenzell Museum, housed in a 400-year-old home. Exhibits range from traditional folk music and alpine cattle drives to Silvesterchlaus, which puts a medieval spin on the New Year's mummer parade. Your tour may also take you past artwork by Appenzell's own Roman Signer, a visual artist known for his "action sculptures."
Cuckoo for cookies?
Fuel your Appenzell adventure with a local treat like biber. (No relation to Justin!) Thisthick gingerbread cookie (aka AppenzellerBarli-Biber) is filled with almond paste, baked in charming wooden molds, and glazed in honey. Other area specialties include Appenzeller cheese (a brined, hard, cow's-milk cheese) and AppenzellerAlpenbitter, a 100% natural spirit made from 42 herbs. But don't ask for the recipe. It's been a family secret for over a century. Can't decide? You can never go wrong with Swiss chocolate.
Please meet in the lobby/reception area of your hotel. Be sure to indicate the name of your hotel at check-out so we know where to meet you. Your guide will be holding a sign with your name on it.
Bring small local coins for the bathroom. Don't miss out on tasting the famous Swiss chocolate.
Travelers must be able to walk approximately 1.6 miles (roughly 2 hours) over paved surfaces, steps and inclines with several photo stops along the route.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Private Tour, Walking Tour
German, English, French
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for travelers 6 years of age and older.
Special Medical Restriction
We can accommodate you if your mobility is limited and you use a folding wheelchair with at least 7 days advanced notice, providing you are not travelling solo and have someone along to assist you. Not all venues may be accessible.
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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