AppenzellThu, May 25, 2017 in Travel
Appenzell is a Swiss town (and the name of the surrounding canton) a little over an hour outside of Zurich that feels worlds apart from the city. Nestled against the foothills of larger Alps just to the south, the picturesque valley supports local beer, cheese, and liquor that have some level of fame.
We had visited the area a couple of times before so had some lay of the land and knew of places to revisit. I was excited to climb Ebenalp, and see Wildkirchli again, the subject of many postcard photographs of the region. Mom wanted to revisit some of the local shops, especially crafts featuring local cow-centric themes.
Walking and driving around the area quickly posed a large contrast from the infrastructure of the central United States I had just left. Trails are well maintained, signed, and stocked with doggie bags. Roads are relatively narrow and well maintained, encouraging driving safely at reasonable speeds.
From Appenzell we continued east to the Rhine, following it south into Graubünden, across the Julier Pass, and over to Soglio in the southeastern corner of the country. Julier Pass divides the Rhine watershed which drains into the North Sea from uppermost reaches of the Inn River (Romansh: En) which drains into the Black Sea via the Danube (German: Donau).