Northeastern Switzerland

Appenzell's main pedestrian drag is a stunner, lined with lavishly muralled facades and shops selling everything from folk costumes to local cheese and antique cow bells. Look up and you'll notice plenty of little details on the pitched roofs and intricate shop signs.

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Nearby Northeastern Switzerland attractions

1. Landsgemeindeplatz

0.09 MILES

Appenzell's main square is rimmed with elaborately painted hotels and restaurants. It's a striking backdrop for April's Landsgemeinde cantonal assembly.

2. Altstadt

0.17 MILES

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…

3. 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…

4. Pfarrkirche St Mauritius

0.24 MILES

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…

5. Brauquöll Appenzell

0.35 MILES

Pure local spring water goes into the refreshing Appenzeller Bier that's brewed here. The hands-on visitor centre whisks you through brewing history and…

6. Kunstmuseum Appenzell

0.37 MILES

In a town as deeply traditional as Appenzell, this startlingly modern gallery, with its metallic facade and zigzag design, comes as quite a surprise…

7. Appenzeller Volkskunde Museum

3.97 MILES

This folklore museum, its collection spanning everything from pastoral paintings to embroidery, provides an insight into rural Appenzell life. From April…

8. Appenzeller Schaukäserei

4.12 MILES

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,…