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Photo of nicely decorated Appenzeller house façade which I’ve taken in small town of Herisau, the capital city of Swiss Canton Appenzell Ausserhoden, located in the north east of Switzerland, bordering the cantons of St. Gallen and Appenzell Innerrhoden.

The entire Canton of Appenzell Ausserhoden is dotted with typical Appenzell farming houses and excellent hiking trails.

Herisau was first mentioned in 837 as Herinisauva, and its church is mentioned in 907. In 1084 Herisau was destroyed as part of battles around the monastery in St. Gallen. In 1248 and 1249 the town was destroyed again, this time by the monastery to establish loyalty. In 1401 Herisau joined an alliance with other places in Appenzell as part of the Appenzell Wars.

Between 1517 and 1518 Herisau managed to buy itself free from the monastery. The town hall was built in 1601. In 1606 the town was largely destroyed by a fire. Between 1798 and 1803 Herisau was the capital of the canton Säntis.

You can see more photos from Appenzell in my photo album here:
APPENZELL AUSSERHODEN

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