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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mesutilgim (83028) 2014-07-06 13:58
Wonderfull landscape, perfect captured.
What a feeling must it be to live in this house overwhelmed by huge massive rock blocks !
TFS and best regards
tyro (20018) 2014-07-06 14:31
What a wonderful place this must be to visit after a long steep hike - and you have captured the scene perfectly!
Those fresh colours bring back memories of visiting Switzerland many years ago - the bright green grass, the clear blue skies, the lovely warm browns of the wooden houses - and these are all present in your picture. Your composition is excellent and shows to full effect this little cabin nestling tight into the cliff face with a steep drop downwards on the left. The inclusion of people adds interest as well as a fine sense of scale.
Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
PaulVDV (21961) 2014-07-06 14:49
WOW! A very beautiful mountain scenery and a spectacular setting for this restaurant.
Beautiful natural colours and a splendid sky.
Best regards, Paul
PiotrF (7474) 2014-07-06 14:56
This is beautiful and unique place. Nice mountain scenery.
I like the vertical framing of the shot, very well captured and composed, interesting notes. Very good work.
worldcitizen (6801) 2014-07-06 15:59
Wow! This scenery is amazing. If I were standing in the same spot, I would never want to look away or stop taking photos. :-) I love the green valley, the slice of mountain that you included, and the lovely sky. Of course, the small guest house is also beautiful, and in such an unusual spot. I would definitely take the cable car to get there. :-) Thanks for showing us this breathtaking view.
shreya2000 (1075) 2014-07-06 23:19
Really a magical surroundings.
Very nice scenery. The nature is at it's best. Lights are excellent. The cottage is surely attracting a lot of tourists. Very good picture.
emka (77392) 2014-07-06 23:57
What a marvelous place for hiking. I would be delighted to have some walks there and enjoying the breath taking views. It is beyond my possibilities, alas. Amazing high rock above the restaurant. Gorgeous composition. perfect composition, stunning colours and sharpness.
WArm regrads MAlgo
miumiu (5837) 2014-07-07 3:05
Absolutely breathtaking place and capture!
l love it!
holmertz (40069) 2014-07-07 7:37
Oh my... The leaning wall of Alpstein! This view is so tremendously photogenic that it almost looks like a painted backdrop for a Technicolor movie from the 1950's. This is also an exemplary composition, following the rule of thirds bottom and right. Perfect colours and light and a very nice lower right corner with colourful people, a fine building, a staircase etc. Just lovely.
GFSSD-1 (3593) 2014-07-07 14:49
Ne fantastik bir yer.. Bir gece konaklayabilsem ne güzel olurdu..Teşekkürler
jcpix (13560) 2014-07-07 20:12
I've seen this many times before in pictures, and each one is as thrilling as the first...and this is certainly no exception! The thing that always comes to mind is "Wow!" :) It's a stunning view to begin with, looking over the lush green mountains and valley below, but you've really taken it up a notch with a smart composition that plays to the strengths of scale and perspective. You couldn't have asked for a nicer sky to compliment the entire scene. This is an outstanding result. Very well done my friend! Enjoy the new day. All the best.
Cheers from the States,
claudeD (32081) 2014-07-08 0:42
very fine picture from Switzerland showing this wonderfully located house. I know this picture from several tourist folders about Switzerland.I would like to have a nice hiking day there now. TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
ikeharel (56024) 2014-07-08 10:57
Stunning mountains scenery, Daniel, fresh green and beautiful sky.
But, the most impressive element on photo, is the hut built under and adjacent to the mighty cliff.
People scale the great location, that you very well collected.
fabbs99 (16163) 2014-07-08 11:33
Splendid image of the restaurant in the high Swiss mountains.Excellent image quality with great clarity and sharpness. TFS.
eldancer1 (27173) 2014-07-08 14:37
Awesome landscape but I don't that's where I want my house. Granted the view amazing but those rocks looks scary. Good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
macjake (55550) 2014-07-13 4:13
wow. this is an eye catcher!
Its easy to see why so many people have enjoyed this photo of yours.
I'm one of them too.
Wouldn't it have been cool to see this place 400 years ago! I bet it pretty much looked the same - in terms of the rock and landscape that is - only the actual building has changed.
amazing to think it was built such a long time ago - I wonder how the original owner would think of it now being a restaurant!!!!!
lovely pic, really stands out well.
and for me, i'd be doing the 4hour hike :)
Ninello52 (7542) 2014-07-14 2:22
I really like how you composed the picture! Beautiful verticality of the rock on the left that opens like a theatrical backdrop to the scenery of the beautiful scenery! Very nice!
Best Regards, Nino.
mcmtanyel (12463) 2014-07-20 21:22
Wow, what a place to build a guest house! The view is breathtaking, the colors are deep and genuine and the DOF is excellent. Congratulations & TFS.
adores (36183) 2014-07-25 15:42
What an impressive place to build a restaurant! Your pov is perfect to show the place. I like it with the people around and the colours are very good!
Robert1969 (6954) 2014-07-29 23:03
Beautiful surrounding. Who will not walk
there? The vertical position creates a
lots of depth and highness. Composition
and the light management are great.
npecanhuk (64240) 2014-08-10 8:40
Wonderful place for a restaurant!
A very attractive and inviting picture too!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
I wish I can go back to Switzerland some other time, to visit places I haven't been to and revisit other ones!
TFS - congrats,
- Copyright: Daniel Solinger (marabu61) (8145)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-07-06
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron 18-270mm, Hama Circular Polarizer 72 mm
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/100 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2014-07-06 13:41
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