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Wildkirchli

Wildkirchli

Schwende

Schwende

Berggasthaus Aescher

Berggasthaus Aescher

Weg zum Wildkirchli

Weg zum Wildkirchli

Eremitenhaus, Luftseilbahn Ebenalp

Eremitenhaus, Luftseilbahn Ebenalp

Wildkirchli-Höhlen

Wildkirchli-Höhlen

Ebenalp mit Äscher und Wildkirchli

Ebenalp mit Äscher und Wildkirchli

Berggasthaus Ebenalp

Berggasthaus Ebenalp

Blick von der Ebenalp Richtung Schäfler und Säntis

Blick von der Ebenalp Richtung Schäfler und Säntis

Tour description

From the railway station in Schwende the trail goes past St. Martin’s church, before ascending west to Triebern. Follow the lane before soon taking a left through shady shrubbery, and then continue for a short distance until you reach Eugst. The wide ski trail goes to «Alp Bommen» and up to the «Gartenwald» (garden forest). When you come to a fork in the trail, take a left and enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of Kamor, Hoher Kasten and the long rock face of Alp Sigel. The «Berggasthaus Äscher» mountain inn will also suddenly come into view, nestled up directly into the vertical rock face on the east side of the Ebenalp. Walk over the wooden bridge firmly secured to the steep rock face until you come to the Wildkirchli caves, first reaching the altar cave in front of which there stands a wooden bell tower from the 19th century. Then follow the caves until you reach the Ebenalp. The Wildkirchli caves have become world-famous, thanks to prehistoric findings dating back to the Stone Age. Skeletons of cave bears and stone tools are evidence that hunters lived here in prehistoric times. These findings are exhibited at the Appenzell Local History Museum (Heimatmuseum Appenzell) and at the Historical and Ethnological Museum of St. Gallen (Historisches und Völkerkundemuseum). After visiting the caves ascend to the plateau of the Ebenalp. Take some time for yourself and enjoy the impressive panoramic view before taking the cable car back down to the valley.


Note(s)

Mountain inns: Äscher, Ebenalp


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Places along the route: Schwende - Triebern - Bommen - Äscher - Wildkirchli - Ebenalp


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Tour history (B02636)

First published: Mittwoch, 2. Dezember 2009

Last updated: Dienstag, 13. Oktober 2015

Tour published by: GPS-Tracks.com powered by GEO-Tracks GmbH

Tour characteristics

Distance: 4.2 km | Time requirement: 2 h
Ascent: 751 m | Descent: 1 m
Highest point: 1640 m.a.s.l.

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