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Another beautiful sunday, another hike in the swiss alps. As I have said it before, one can find a restaurant in the swiss mountains even in the most unusual places as the Aescher Wildkirchli in the Alpstein massive in the Appenzell mountains proves.
Perched perilously close the the edge of a steep ravine, this over 400 year old guest house was founded by a hermit capucine priest who established a small priory in a nearby prehistoric cave. Close by you can find also a small chapel hewn in to the sheer rock. The monks served simple dishes to mountaineers and helped them with torches trough the cave up to the high plateau of Ebenalp at 1600m above sea level until 1853 when the priory was finally abandoned. The building was taken over by the canton and turned in to a proper restaurant at that time.
The wide vista here includes the Alpstein massive with the Säntis as highest point and the Seealpsee in the left down corner. From the Ebenalp one has a grand vista over the Appenzeller land towards the lake of Constanze and Germany across the lake.
A 4h hike brings you up to this place from Wasserauen and for the more faint hearted a cable car brings you up to Ebenalp in just a few minutes, from where it is a easy 15 min. stroll down to the place.

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Additional Photos by Daniel Solinger (marabu61) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 705 W: 62 N: 1276] (7599)
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