Schwende is the largest district in the canton and includes the parts of the village of Appenzell to the southwest of the Sitter. Also the scattered settlement area extending further south, parts of Weissbad and Wasserauen as well as most of the Alpstein up to the summit of the Säntis.
The cable car brings you comfortably to the Ebenalp, which is the starting point for leisurely but also demanding hikes. A little below the Ebenalp are the prehistoric caves of the Wildkirchli which is one of the Best things to do in Schwende. Paragliders and hang gliders will find ideal conditions on the Ebenalp.
In winter, the Ebenalp-Horn ski area beckons and is a real alternative to the far-away winter sports destinations. The illuminated slopes at the Horn ski lift in Schwende offer skiing fun into the evening hours. The Steene-ond Lateene-Weeg in Weissbad is a romantic winter experience .
With an area of around 5700 hectares, the Schwende district is the largest district in the canton of Appenzell I.Rh. The district area extends from the Säntis Mountains to Schwende, Weissbad. Along the left bank of the Sitter to the village of Appenzell and from there along the right bank of the Chlosbach the high moor, Wasserschaffen and Scheidegg, Kronberg to the Säntisspitze. It thus includes most of the Alpstein (689 ha) and also the forest area (1670 ha) of the canton AI.
The Schwende district encompasses typical pre-alpine to alpine terrain. The year-round inhabited agricultural homes are between 800 and 1100 meters, the highest pastures reach heights of up to 2200 meters (upper Mesmer).
A homely scattered settlement covers the areas and shapes the country with the green of the landscape. As an attractive residential area, the Schwende district has been able to register a steady increase in the number of inhabitants in recent years. At the end of 2019, this had a resident population of 2,183.
Berggasthaus Aescher – Wildkirchli
The Aescher and the Wildkirchli with their caves are true treasure troves of fascinating history which we would like to share with you. With the Aescher Specials we have created food and drinks which turn this magical historical place into culinary delights. Have you ever tried our Torch Coffee, the Aescher Becki or the Aescher Twenty? Read more