Säntis der Berg
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Ana Margarida R
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Aug 2021 • Friends
We came in a summer day and the weather conditions up in the mountain were horrible and still no staff told us about them, they sold the ticket to everyone still knowing that none of us would get the experience we paid for. When we talked to the staff afterwords they justified that it was not mandatory for them to tell us the weather conditions and that we still had access to a exibition at the top. Not at all what we paid to see.
Written August 28, 2021
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Frank Geisler 🇨🇭
Zurich, Switzerland13,258 contributions
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Sep 2022 • Solo
I came alone to explore the base station Schwägalp and the Säntis mountain which is very impressive.

Definitely a must see if you are in the region.

Plenty of explanations and a great exhibition about the weather on top of the mountain.

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Written October 8, 2022
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GSuperV
Washington, DC26 contributions
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Sep 2013 • Couples
Just came back from a hike up the Saentis via Ebenalp, Schaefler and Oehrli. Took the train from Appenzell to Wasserauen, then the cable car to Ebenalp (tip - if you stay 3 nights you usually get a free attractions card with free cable car rides, train & bus rides and much more). From Ebenalp we hiked to Schaefler - this was a bit hard going since the way is narrow and there were many older and inexperienced hikers who were not only slow, but most were also not willing to let us by. A lot of these folks also use the telescopic hiking poles that drive me nits. They are unsuited for alpine terrain, make things more dangerous for their users and ensure (since they are always place diagonally from their wearer) that there is no way you can get by.
Anyway, beyond Schaefler things got much quieter but more difficult. You MUST have good hiking shoes with good soles and be in reasonably good shape. It is also necessary to be free of vertigo, since some spots along the trail are right at the edge of the cliffs. The most difficult spots have cable ropes to use as a handhold, but there are still other spots where you have to climb over rocks, walk over loose gravel and over packed snow (even in late summer). You can ask at one of the alms (Schaefler?) for a safety rope. I believe this is a harness with two clips so you can clip in at the cable ropes (and use two clips - one before each post and one after, etc.). On the other hand, if you need a harness and ropes for this hike it may be better to take the cable car from Schwaengeralm or to choose a mountain that is not as demanding. The most difficult piece comes at the end, just before the summit. You have to climb up through some rocks and then a very steep area where there is a cable rope and iron or rock steps - not for the faint hearted! Although the route is at times strenuous (e.g., going steeply uphill over gravel fields), it is a gorgeous hike where every few feet you get to see new vistas of the four countries (Switzerland, Italy, Germany & Austria). We took a huge amount of pictures of the mountains and vistas as well as the many flowers. We even saw some 'Steinbock' (mountain goats), which were extinct in this area until the 1950s (I believe). The hike from Ebenalp took us about six hours with two longer breaks. We did not rush, otherwise the hike might have been closer to five hours. We did not want to hike down, so we took the cable car from Saentis to Schwaegalp (at $34 per person for a one way fare). We also managed to miss the last bus to Umaesch (the time table had a bus at 6:22PM listed but I did not notice that it only runs on Weekends. So we ended up begging someone at the parking lot for a ride. In usual nice Swiss fashion the lady agreed to take us to Umaesch.
Written September 3, 2013
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#rooftopfoodie
Zurich, Switzerland3,218 contributions
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Oct 2020 • Solo
The Säntis offers one of the most fantastic hikes in Switzerland, it is not a long one, around three to three and a half hours but it is steep in some locations and can get particularly tricky in snowy conditions. Alternately of course there is the cable car to go up and down the summit.
Once on the top several beautiful panoramic restaurants await with all the mountain top Swiss specialties, including lovely platters of cold cuts and Appenzeller butter and cheese. There is also a lovely cheese manufactury and shop at the bottom station of the cable car which is definitely worth stopping by for some tasty souvenirs.
Written October 5, 2020
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Michael S
Wallisellen, Switzerland17 contributions
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Oct 2016 • Friends
If you are in switzerland, this could be one of your peaks to see. On the peak (2500m) you have some great restaurants with local specialities. Go to the old peak restaurant it's nice to eat there (the others are good too) but there is a special experience. If you are there you should go to the peak l. There is a small platform. See if you find the was to the tracking path, it's a great experience to see the view from there.
Written October 8, 2016
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jschwa1
United Kingdom210 contributions
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Jul 2015 • Family
The views from the to of the Säntis are stunning when the weather is good and there is no haze. We have has many troops to the Appenzell region and this was the first time we have ever been up due to cloud etc.

It is not a cheap trip at 45.5CHF each, but a great way to increase the value for money is to go for the cable car and snack option when you buy your ticket. This only costs an extra 4CHF per adult but you get a plate of meat, cheese, pickles and cake plus slices of bread that normally sells for 20.50CHF. There is enough food to make a reasonable lunch. It also means you can east on the terrace enjoying the views, if not too windy
Written July 19, 2015
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Bill E
Brisbane Region, Australia141 contributions
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Mar 2015 • Couples
The trip to the top of Santis is well worth doing – if the weather is clear! It is worth planning your days around a visit. We were very fortunate in having a clear day with virtually no wind at the peak, though I'm told that this is a rare event. Swiss friends recommended that we should take plenty of heavy clothing for being outside at the peak because it is usually very windy.

The good thing is that you can ''cheat " beforehand by checking the WebCams located at the top of the mountain to see whether it is worth going up from Urnasch, which is approximately 45 minutes drive from St Gallen. There are 7 different WebCam views available from the top of Santis so you can check how the weather is looking before investing the money on the cable car.The cable car is large and very smooth.

We spent approximately one hour at the summit, (a total of around 2 hours by the time you take the cable car time and the waiting time) and we did not have time to go into the restaurants at the top. There are a series of places where you can go out of the building on the summit and check the views in various directions, but if the weather is not kind, you could stay inside and enjoy the panorama from the picture windows.

You can see 6 countries on a clear day, and we certainly got a money's worth on the day we were there !!
Written April 2, 2015
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zenchief
New York City, NY19 contributions
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Oct 2014 • Family
I hope this helps foreign travelers to Santis. My family and I traveled to Santis after visiting my wife's hometown of Nesslau. When you near Santis, you'll probably notice a sea of cars parked along the road leading up to the hotel. Don't worry about driving to the hotel, best you just find a place to park and walk.

The gondola leaves about every 15mins, you can buy tickets at the entrance right at the top of the hill. The ride is fantastic, lasts about 15mins or so. At the top of Santis, you have the option of two restaurants: one is a cafeteria with other is more formal sit down. You want the cafeteria. Off the front, there is an outside balcony with a birds eye view of the neighboring countries bordering Switzerland. Given the up draft, birds will hover right next to you as you eat. If you want to be daring, hold out a fry and they will slowly drift over and eat from your hand. Really a lot of fun!

There are other places to eat around the mountain top, really depends how good of a hiker you are. There are definitely some advanced hiking trails all across the top and bottom of the mountain. For my tourist family and I, the view, some drinks and a few pictures at the top was more than perfect.

If you want to buy gifts, try the shop at the top of the mountain. As of writing this, they were building a new "lodge" below, and the legacy hotel's gift shop was small and poorly stocked.

Absolutely worth going to Santis, beautiful view and fun to hike around for a few hours.
Written October 11, 2014
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Petra Martina K
Schaffhausen, Switzerland91 contributions
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Apr 2013 • Friends
Regardless, the how maniest time I go up Santis with the Cableway, I still get goose bumps allover by the look at the mountain panorama. It is basically stunning and breathtaking. For the second time I was up on THE Mountain for the Appenzeller sunday buffet, which is purely great! The staff is extremely friendly, helpful and professional, the food provided is delicious, fresh and for me almost more important, it's local. To get the real Swiss feeling, there is a folk music group playing, maybe a bit corny, but its authentic, classic and lovely! If you're a tourist in the eastern part of Switzerland and you have a spare day: this is a must, you will not regret it!
Written May 6, 2013
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Smoke_Trees
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia831 contributions
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Dec 2012 • Friends
Säntis is the tallest mountain in the Anpenstein region of Switzerland (north east).

It's not as famous as other excursions in Luzern and Interlaken but it's certainly worth a visit if you don't make it to the others. To get to the summit, you take a cable car. It's quite costly, around 36 Euros per adult round trip for the cable car ride but this is Switzerland so value for money is not something to keep in mind when you're in the country.

The views from the cable car are beautiful yet terrifying. I have a pretty bad fear of heights but survived :). The cable car is enclosed so the cold does not hit you at first. Once you reach the summit, 2500 metres above sea level, it is impressive. I believe they've built a hotel and spa up there now. It can get very windy and of course, very cold. Walk all over the place, take pics and enjoy the views.

The food is unfortunately quintessentially Swiss German at the summit, in other words: terrible but tha tis the norm. You will get bland sausages, salads, sandwiches and other cafeteria style Swiss dishes. Don't expect great food or service, just enjoy the Alps...
Written December 28, 2012
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