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Review of Santis der Berg

Santis der Berg
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Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Urnaesch
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

Forecast was rainy and foggy but we still went ahead anyway, the drive to the base of the mountain was very scenic, but that is Switzerland for you..looks like something out of a postcard. The cable car ride was exciting for my young daughters but as we started to ascend visibility turned to 0. Maybe it was for the best because sometimes it feels like we were going to hit the mountainside. Our ticket included the breakfast buffet, it was pricey, but the croissants were to scrumptious-buttery-melt- in your mouth kind and the jam combinations and of course the different variety of cheeses in the area. My husband ate a lot and compensated for me. After breakfast we went to the top floor and went out to the observation deck and within minutes was slightly wet from the fog, also windy but as mentioned before ...visibility 0... but still we had fun going up and down the cable car. Tip: layer clothing coz you never know what to expect.

Visited August 2013
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“Wonderful hike via Ebenalp”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

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.

Visited September 2013
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Belo Horizonte, MG
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“Santis Switzerland”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

É um passeio maravilhoso! O teleférico é muito seguro e agradável. As vistas na subida, no alto do monte e na descida são lindas! No alto existe um restaurante e lanchonete, com comidas e bebidas variadas... tudo muito gostoso. Vale a pena conhecer esta atração.
Recomendo a casais, famílias ou atletas que podem subir por uma trilha de dificuldade média.
Atenção: verifique as condições do tempo e certas épocas do ano onde as neblinas e mau tempo impedem a vista.... não vá no inverno!

It's a wonderful ride! The lift is very safe and enjoyable. The views on the way up at the top of the hill and descent are beautiful! At the top there is a restaurant and snack bar with food and drinks varied ... all very tasty. Worth knowing this attraction.
Recommend to couples, families and athletes who can climb a trail of medium difficulty.
Warning: check the weather conditions and certain times of the year where the fog and bad weather hamper the view .... do not go in the winter!

Visited August 2013
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Winterthur, Switzerland
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“Magic Appenzellerland”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Appenzellerland is magic. It is a place where you imagine fays and dwarfs to live. The rolling hills and the deep green of the landscape make Appenzell one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland. On Säntis, you have a perfect view over the landscape. Säntis is also grand for hiking and offers a big variety of routes to ascend or descend.

Visited August 2012
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Schaffhausen, Switzerland
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“THE Mountain - unforgettable!”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

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!

Visited April 2013
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