Appenzellerland may not be a region of Switzerland you’ve heard of, but if you want to step back in time then it is one you should visit!
Tradition and nature are kings here in northeast Switzerland. If you crave placid lakes, charming rolling hills, amazing scenery, quaint villages full of lovely decorated houses and friendly people, welcome to Appenzellerland.
This farming area is full of velvety green meadows and cows. If you time it right, you could witness the trek of cows to higher pastures in May/June or back to the valley during August/September. Due to all the cows, cheese lovers will be in cheese heaven.
Appenzellerland is the most Swiss region of all and this tradition extends to crafts and festivals. Alp-Stobede is a great event full of Appenzell string music, dancing and yodeling. Oh yes, you will also see many people in traditional dress.
The outdoor activities really don’t stop. If you like to hike, bike, ski, snowshoe, paraglide and more you can experience it all here amongst the beautiful mountains and hillsides. There are over 750 miles of marked paths that criss-cross the countryside and climb to the mountain tops. If you prefer to reach the mountain tops by one of the cable cars that’s possible too! Just sit back and be amazed at the scenery unfolding!
Earlier I mentioned that Appenzellerland is the most Swiss region in Switzerland and tradition is very important here. One of these traditions is called Landsgemeinde and it is completely unique to Appenzellerland. In the US we express our right to vote by casting our secret ballot at local polling places but in Appenzellerland it is done a little differently. Here on the last Sunday of April, Appenzellerlander’s meet in Appenzell to vote. The tradition of Landsgemeinde dates back to the middle ages and is the way the people of this region determine public policy by a show of hands. They all meet in the town square and vote by raising their hands! Can you imagine this happening in the US?
While all of Appenzellerland sounds intriguing to me, I would most like to witness Landsgemeinde!