Appenzell, Lake Seealpsee, & Äscher Private Day Trip

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Driver Guided Tour From Zurich To Appenzell & East Switzerland

Discover the beauty and charm of Eastern Switzerland on a private day trip from Zurich and immerse yourself in the enchanting landscapes and timeless traditions of the region.

Discover the charming town of Appenzell, marvel at the serene beauty of Lake Seealpsee, and visit the iconic Äscher Mountain Inn, described by National Geographic as “the most beautiful place on Earth.

Highlights of Our Appenzell, Lake Seealpsee, and Äscher Day Trip

Guided Tour of Appenzell

Visit to Äscher Mountain Inn

Hiking or Cable Car Ride to Ebenalp

Exploration of Lake Seealpsee

Visit to a Local Mountain Cheese Factory

Optional Boat Ride on Lake Seealpsee

Visits to Untouristy Local Spots

Eastern Switzerland Day Trip Itinerary

Appenzell, Switzerland

Your Private Tours Switzerland guide will pick you up from your hotel in Zurich. As we drive towards the Eastern part of Switzerland, enjoy picturesque views that set the tone for an adventurous day.

Appenzell: A Picture of Swiss Tradition

Appenzell Village, Switzerland

Wander through the labyrinth of Appenzell’s cobblestone pathways, flanked by brightly painted houses adorned with intricate woodwork and ornate shutters, a testament to the region’s rich architectural heritage.

As you meander through the town’s bustling streets, you’ll encounter a treasure trove of local shops brimming with artisanal delights. Step inside and be greeted by the aroma of freshly baked pastries, their golden crusts tempting you with promises of indulgence. 

Sample traditional Swiss treats like buttery Brezel or delicate Biberli, each bite a symphony of flavors that pay homage to centuries of culinary tradition. And no visit to Appenzell is complete without a taste of its famed cheeses, lovingly crafted by local artisans using time-honored techniques passed down through generations.

But the shops of Appenzell offer more than just gastronomic delights; they’re a window into the region’s vibrant culture and craftsmanship. Admire intricate lacework displayed in shop windows, each delicate thread a testament to the skill and artistry of local artisans. 

Marvel at hand-carved wooden sculptures that capture the essence of Swiss alpine life. Their intricate details reflect the natural beauty that surrounds the town. 

Äscher Mountain Inn: Dining in the Cliffs

Äscher Mountain Inn, Switzerland

From Appenzell, we continue to Unterwasser, where we start our ascent. Choose to hike or take a cable car to Ebenalp, followed by a 20-minute walk to the historic Äscher Mountain Inn. 

Perched precariously against the rocks, enjoy a meal of local delicacies while soaking in stunning views from this spectacular location.

Lake Seealpsee

Lake Seealpsee, Switzerland

Depending on your preference and energy level, you can extend your adventure by embarking on a scenic hike or returning via cable car to explore the enchanting surroundings of Lake Seealpsee. 

This alpine gem is renowned for its captivating green-blue waters, a sight that has captured the hearts of many and earned it a prominent place on social media feeds worldwide. However you choose to arrive, the tranquility and picturesque beauty of Seealpsee promise a memorable experience that will linger in your memories long after your visit.

For those who relish the thrill of exploration on foot, a hike around Lake Seealpsee offers an immersive journey through pristine wilderness. As you traverse the well-marked trails that wind their way around the lake’s shores, you’ll be treated to breathtaking vistas of towering peaks reflected in the shimmering waters below. Pause to inhale the crisp mountain air, listen to the gentle rustle of leaves, and feel the warmth of the sun on your skin as you immerse yourself in nature’s embrace.

Alternatively, if you opt to return via cable car, you’ll still have ample opportunity to soak in the splendor of Seealpsee from a different vantage point. Upon arrival, indulge in leisurely activities such as visiting the mountain cheese factory to learn about traditional cheese-making techniques, dining at lakeside restaurants to savor regional delicacies with a backdrop of stunning scenery, or perhaps even enjoying a peaceful boat ride on the serene waters of the lake, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the idyllic ambiance of this alpine paradise.

Local Hidden Gems

Explore lesser-known yet breathtaking spots in the region that have captivated visitors throughout the years. 

Depending on the season, encounter local wildlife like goats, cows, and sheep amidst a backdrop of traditional villages and the Alpstein mountains.

Return Journey and Appenzell Beer Factory

Before heading back, there’s an optional stop at the Appenzeller Beer Factory, where you can learn about their brewing process and buy some of the locally renowned brews.

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