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“Wonderful view”
Review of Santis der Berg

Santis der Berg
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US$115.90*
and up
Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Urnaesch
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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“Wonderful view”
Reviewed 31 March 2014

The view from the top was very nice, the food from the restaurants is excellent, climb up trhough a cable car and back down. It was an exciting experience.

Visited April 2013
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“Nice View”
Reviewed 24 March 2014

Nice place to spend 3 hours. it is near Appenzell (the lovely Swiss city).
the sightseeing from Appenzell to Santis is awesome, and i really enjoyed while driving.
the activity on top is limited.

Visited May 2013
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“Great view”
Reviewed 11 December 2013

We were lucky and had a completely clear and sunny day. Bitterly cold and windy but easy enough to get in the warm. Not cheap but on a day like we had worth the money. Views were stunning. Cafe food was very expensive so just had a hot chocolate. Easy to get too though not sure I would want to drive back after dark.

Visited December 2013
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“Foggy...”
Reviewed 14 September 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 3 September 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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