Aescher and Wildkirchli
Take in our majestic scenery, but be aware that beauty often also lies hidden – on a rock wall or deep inside a legendary cavern.
You can still feel it today: the primal force of the mountain. On the rock face by Aescher and inside the Wildkirchli caves.
This is the place where it all started in Appenzellerland: Alpstein tourism’s ground zero, the rustic alpine guesthouse called Aescher. One of the oldest inns in Switzerland, its beginnings go back to 1800, when hermits and herdsmen began to cater to visitors coming up to the Aescher meadow. Today the inn is known far and wide for its unique atmosphere, hospitality and iconic charm. Nestled against the cliff face, at one with the mountain and its imposing natural surroundings, the inn is the centerpiece of an image that is sent all around the world.
The nearby Wildkirchli is no less spectacular. Prehistoric discoveries in the caves in 1904 made the Wildkirchli caverns famous. These excavations proved for the first time that Neanderthals also inhabited the Alpine region. And on top of that, were the traces of giant cave bears. Please, come inside.
Wildkirchli guided tour
Dates and times
For families and groups of up to 20 persons
CHF 210 per group, excl. the cable car
Start of tour
Cable car valley station in Wasserauen