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Villages & Mountains

Appenzell is, simply put, one of the most legendary towns in Switzerland. The centre is well-preserved with fine, painted wooden houses as well as several stone buildings that date from the 16th century, as does the town hall. Engelberg is the largest summer and winter resort in central Switzerland and offers endless activities. Surrounded by lush green Alpine meadows, snow-covered mountain tops, and crystal-clear mountain lakes, the region is just waiting to be explored.

Itinerary option

Day 1: Arrival day

Transfer from Zurich Airport to Appenzell. Visit the village and its beautiful centre.

Day 2: Mount Kronenberg

On this day you will trek across a high plateau that leads you through meadows and  high moor. Enjoy a magnificent view over the surrounding mountains.

Day 3: St. Gallen

Get to know the Abbey Library of St. Gallen as well as the cathedral which dates from the late Baroque period.

Day 4: Ebenalp

This day’s hike brings you through the prehistoric cave of Wilkirchli and then to the most thrilling guesthouse of the Alpstein.

Day 5: Lucerne

Enjoy a guided city tour in Lucerne, also known as the City of Lights. Among others you will visit world-famous spots such as Chapel Bridge with its water tower, as well as the Lion Monument.

Day 6: High alpine hike & Engelberg Monastery

The half-day hike leads you along Mount Titlis where you will be constantly accompanied by the impressive Glacier. Treat yourself to a ride on the cable car and enjoy the fresh, rarefied air at this  amazing height. Later on you will visit the beautiful antique rooms at Engelberg Monastery.

Day 7: The Kneipp Cure

Your day starts with a ride on a cable car followed by a special “Kneipp Cure”. This fun, health-giving jaunt down the edge of an alpine tarn (or small lake) activates your blood circulation, hence the “cure.”  As you tread through the cooling water you’re sure to feel a real tingle!

Day 8: A day at the glacier

Today you travel up to Mount Titlis, the highest point in central Switzerland at over 3,000 meters (10,000 feet). Explore the ice cave of the glacier.

Day 9: Departure day

Transfer to Zurich Airport.

Important Information

Best time of travel

all year around

Ideal duration of stay

8 to 14 days

Activity level

all levels possible

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