We have been visiting Switzerland regularly since 1961, so have seen just about every canton in this gorgeous country. Our recent stay in Appenzell was one of the most pleasant in memory. Appenzell is not for those looking for a high mountain village surrounded by spikey Alpine peaks. Rather, it is a spectacular agricultural region, rich with farmlands and with towering mountains only minutes away.
The town of Appenzell is a real community with people working at jobs other than those related strictly to tourism. Its historic core offers all the charms, restaurants and shops one expects when coming to Switzerland while being surrounded by real neighborhoods, light industry and farmlands. Appenzell is easy to navigate. With minutes you can be on roads leading in any direction which, traveling to the west or south, will take you on day trips to truly spectacular mountains with hiking trails and cable cars leading to sweeping views; the historic medieval city of St. Gallen to the north, or east to the Principality of Liechtenstein. So, Appenzell is an ideal base from which to explore less crowded northeastern Switzerland while being immersed in authentic Swiss culture.
Hotel Freudenberg occupies a choice location just above the town and away from any street noise. The only sounds you will hear are those of songbirds and the occasional, charming toot of the local Appenzeller Bahnen (red train) as it makes its way into and out of the Bahnhof. This a relatively new property designed and built in the Swiss chalet style by on-site owners, the Schiegg-Fischli family. They have paid particular attention to details leaving little to be desired. The housekeeping is immaculate. The hotel features a full service restaurant which serves as the breakfast room where one enjoys a wonderful breakfast while taking in the sweeping view over the town and hillsides. Imaginative dinners of the highest quality are served. The hotel's restaurant is a magnet for locals which speaks highly of the menu. Weather permitting, a large flower festooned deck with tables and umbrellas is available. Hiking trails leading through hillside meadows and into the forests virtually begin at the front door. A large parking lot makes parking a non-issue. All of this comes for a very fair cost. The hotel participates in the Appenzellerland Feirenkarte program which provides free travel on certain cable cars and other attractions for stays of three nights are longer. We found this to be a very valuable benefit.
So, if you are looking for a true Swiss experience in a delightful setting while being well cared for by hosts who know how to run a hostelry, you would be hard-pressed to do better than Hotel Freudenberg.
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