A unique summit experience on the Top of Appenzell Explore panoramic views from Hoher Kasten

The hamlet of Brülisau is also the gateway to Hoher Kasten. Surrounded by meadows and dotted with idyllic farmhouses, you will find the cable car departure. In no less than eight minutes, you will be lifted off the valley floor onto the summit of Hoher Kasten.


The cable car ride to the top is an experience in its own right as you will be able to enjoy spectacular views shortly after departure.

Pay attention to the friendly cabin attendants who will greet you in the special Appenzell dialect.

How charming, and how Swiss!


Good to know: Children up to 15 years travel free of charge on the Hoher Kasten cable car. So, why not make this an excursion for your entire family? Or why not show off the beauty of Switzerland to your friends with kids who are visiting from abroad?


The minute you step off that cabin, you will know why they call Hoher Kasten the "Top of Appenzell"...

Photo credits: © Hoher Kasten Revolving Restaurant


The only revolving restaurant near and far is located smack on top of Hoher Kasten at 1794 meters above sea.

And the views are simply breathtaking...

Photo credits: © Hoher Kasten Revolving Restaurant


The restaurant revolves around its own axis within an hour, allowing for unobstructed panoramic views.

Whether you want to have lunch at the restaurant or simply a cup of coffee, try to spend some time inside the restaurant to feel the rotating effect!

Needless to say, local Appenzell delicacies, friendly hosts and just all-around a great atmosphere complete this experience.


Photo credits: © Hoher Kasten Revolving Restaurant


Special events at the revolving restaurant

It is worth checking the restaurant's  event calendar as there are a variety of authentic events taking place on Hoher Kasten.

Check out the breakfast buffet served every Saturday and Sunday until 10:30am. 

Try their lavish brunch or the so-called "Vesperplättli", a traditional afternoon snack of Appenzell specialties.

And each month, there is a full-moon dinner in the revolving restaurant, including a four-course meal and traditional Appenzell music performances.

For these special events and those beautiful sunset views, the cable car will kindly extend its opening hours.


Unlimited panoramic views on the Europa-Rundweg circular trail

The "Europa-Rundweg" circular trail, which was built in 2016, is a 259 meter trail around the summit.

When the visibility is good, you have the opportunity to view six neighboring countries: Germany, France, Liechtenstein, Austria as well as the summit of the Monte di Zocca in Italy.

(Switzerland is below your feet, so that counts, too!)

Photo credits: © Hoher Kasten Revolving Restaurant


With five viewing platforms and lined with benches, the aptly named 'Europe circular trail' invites to linger and marvel.

There are free-of-charge telescopes to take a close-up look at all those peaks that can be seen from the Hoher Kasten.


Photo credits: © Hoher Kasten Revolving Restaurant


Next stop: the town of Appenzell

A visit to Appenzell is highly recommended, the small capital with its historic center. In fact, there are many things to see and do, such as window shopping among the specialty shops with local handcrafts.

Another favourite is taking photographs along Hauptgasse, the town's main street. Lined up along the alleys are colourful houses that have been skillfully adorned in traditional fashion.


Would you like to find out more about the beautiful Appenzell region and about Hoher Kasten in particular? 

Visit Hoher Kasten on MySwitzerland.com and plan your perfect trip in this amazing region. 


Author: Hoher Kasten Revolving restaurant

Enjoy 360° views from the Hoher Kasten in Eastern Switzerland. Europa Rundweg, revolving restaurant and alpine garden invite you to linger. Children up to 15 years travel with the cableway for free.

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