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Switzerland is a land of alpine pastures, high mountains, and serene lakes. We fell in love with Switzerland from the moment we crossed the German border. And while, we’ve collectively only spent time in Appenzellerland, we can’t wait to explore more of this alpine country in the future.
If you’re driving in Switzerland and intend on taking the highways (Autobahnen), make sure to buy a “Swiss motorway sticker” or “vignette” for 40 CHF (approx. 41 USD). It is valid for the whole year. Unlike Austria, there are no 10 day or shorter period options. In Switzerland, the “vignette” can be purchased in petrol stations, post offices, garages, TCS outlets, as well as from the road traffic authorities. More info: here.
Official Name: Swiss Confederation. Confoederatio Helvetica is also a name for Switzerland, hence the abbreviation CH.
Government: Federal Republic
Regions: Switzerland is divided into 26 Cantons
Population: 8.4 Million
Language: German, French, Italian and Romansh
Currency: Swiss Franc
Tipping Etiquette: Tipping isn’t obligatory. There’s a service charge automatically included in all published prices.
Water Quality: Excellent
Something Interesting: Dog owners must pay an annual tax for owning a dog.
Mit däm/däre cha me go Ross stäle.
You can steal horses with him / her.
(You can depend on someone in all situations)
Alpstein is a mountain range in the Appenzell region of Switzerland. The hiking here is accessible and incredibly rewarding. Trails meander through alpine dairy farms and around lakes. Bell-wearing cattle and goats roam around the alp freely. That particular bell chorus sound is what makes hiking here so special.
A few hikes to consider are:
For more details on these hikes, read our Appenzellerland Travel Guide.
Appenzeller Cheese – regional cheese with a distinct bold and spicy taste.
Rösti – hash browns. You can order Rösti with eggs, Appenzeller cheese (recommended), and bacon.
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