The Gasthaus Alpenrose is a few minutes walk from Wasserauen railway station where trains leave for Appenzell and Gossau at 18 and 48 minutes past the hour. There are also connections at Appenzell for St. Gallen. The Journey time from Zurich HB is just over two hours.
The staff at the Alpenrose were particularly friendly, helpful, spoke excellent English and were keen to ensure that I had an enjoyable stay. If you stay for three nights or more you are given an Appenzeller Guest Card and this entitles you to free 2nd class travel on the trains and buses as far as Gossau and St. Gallen. Also it provides two free trips on each of the three local cable cars, free entry to local museums and discounts at other attractions and services. I was given a full English translation of the text by staff. This is a major bonus and far more generous than many other Swiss destination guest cards and would easily save you over CHF100 if you made full use of it. Sadly, I wasn't there long enough to appreciate all the benefits. There is also an information area in the hotel with booklets on many local attractions.
My room at the Alpenrose was quite spacious, clean, had a comfortable bed, wash basin and a nice view across to the Alpstein range. The location was very quiet, but if you opened the window you could hear the gurgle of the river and the distant tinkling of cow bells. There was no TV to remind you of the dystopian state of the world, but there was free Wi-Fi internet access available. The room had a large, clean, shared bathroom/toilet located next door and this created no problems during my stay.
Breakfast at Alpenrose was continental in style with fruit juice, cereals, fruit, ham, cheese, Yoghurt, bread and croissants. Hot coffee or tea was served at your table by the staff.
Now if you are keen on hiking, then the Alpenrose is an ideal location to sample the many local hiking trails that start from just outside the Gasthaus. A must do is the road up to Seealpsee, although the return journey is a little tough on the knees. The Ebenalp cable car is situated across the road from Wasserauen railway station and will transport you to further hiking options and provides excellent views over the area as far as Lake Konstanz. Appenzell is also worth a visit to see the richly painted houses along the main street and it takes about 13 minutes on the train from Wasserauen. After 19.00, the train service is replaced by local bus which departs outside the stations at Appenzell and Wasserauen.
The Alpenrose offers reasonably priced evening meals served from 17.00 - 20.00 and there's a menu card in English. Portions are generous and there is a fair range of alternative dishes. If you are keen on fruit and ice cream I would certainly recommend the 'Alpenrose' dessert.
Thank you Gasthaus Alpenrose for a wonderful stay, I will have to return again to sample further delights of your region.
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- Also Known As:
- Gasthaus Alpenrose Weissbad, Switzerland - Canton Of Appenzell