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Switzerland · Ebenalp

The Ebenalp (1640 m) is the northernmost summit of the Appenzell Alps. From the high plateau of the cable car station visitors have a panoramic view of the rolling hills of Appenzell.

The Ebenalp is the mountain both for gentle walks and more demanding hikes. Impressive trails start at the station and lead to a network of mountain huts. These hiking routes lead to popular sites such as Säntis and Seealpsee. The nearby Wildkirchli hut can be reached by hiking through a cave. A visit to this prehistoric caves will also leave a lasting impression. The bones of bears that used to live in the caves are exhibited in the Hermit’s hut alongside tools dating from the old stone age. Hang-gliders and paragliders have made this their mountain because of the ideal wind conditions.

The Ebenalp area is a full of wonderful hiking options, including this great hike from famous cliff restaurant to the gorgeous Seealpsee lake. After the short walk from the cable car to the cliff restaurant, you will continue hiking down the mountain on a switchback trail about 2 km to the lake. This is a very popular spot with locals on sunny weekends. Here you can lounge on the lake shore, row a boat across the lake, eat a restaurant, stroll around the lake, even splash in the water on a hot day.