2 Days in Northern Switzerland!
A café built into a cliff high in the Swiss Alps, named “Most Beautiful Restaurant view” but National Geographic? SIGN ME THE HECK UP!
This was what attracted me to Switzerland! Besides the gorgeous terrain obviously. The restaurant is called Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli and I have had it on my life bucket list since college! Never thought I would get the chance to see it, and now here we are!
So, are you thinking about going to Switzerland? FREAKING DO IT! It is the most beautiful place I have ever been in my life. I love everything about it. And I only spent 2 days there with my hubs. So here is what we did!
Drove from Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany (post about that to come) down to Switzerland.
We specifically wanted to go to the café on the cliff first! It will say it’s located in Appenzell Switzerland but more specifically, it is located in Weissbad, Switzerland. Which is a very small farmers community outside of Appenzell with tons of cows wearing bells and the most AMAZING landscapes I have ever seen!
You must drive to the end of the road in Weissbad, Switzerland. Which sounds like “WTF is she talking about? What road”.
Well there is only one main road and it will take you all the way down to a dead end where the mountains become too intense to cross by car. There you will see a bright red lift that will take you up the mountain. OR you can climb the mountain but trust me, from experience…IT IS INTENSE!
So once you take the lift up the mountain, which is an amazing ride up, with views that will knock you to your knees, you will find a map which will guide you to the cliff side restaurant, Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli. This is the most amazing place I have ever been! If you expect fabulous food and a lavish menu, re-frame your mind. This is a place with traditional comfort foods and a limited menu which I love even more. You are here for the views and the atmosphere, not the food.
During your walk to the restaurant you will see views like this….
You will get to walk through this amazing cave…
And see a 300 year old church site…
We enjoyed a simple meal, chatting over wine and enjoying these heavenly views as the sun set into the Swiss mountains! It was so incredible and the trip would not have been the same without it!
As the sun went down, we soaked in as much of the view as possible before catching the last tram right back down the mountain.
Since I had not booked our hotel ahead of time for this leg of the trip, we were sort of in a rush to find a place before dark. So we drove into Appenzell where there is more of a town and a large selection of hotels. We stayed in a nice hotel downtown that had a great little bar and pool. I can’t remember the name because my hubs booked it! But if I could make any suggestions, I would say to find a simple guest house in the Mountains! Totally worth it, even if you have to hike!
Explored the Town of Appenzell and Hiked up a Mountain!
We decided that day two would be spent walking the town of Appenzell and enjoying the sites that the mountains had to offer.
We still had jet lag so we slept in until 9:30am. We decided to just grab coffee and wait to eat a meal at lunch. We drove to downtown Appenzell and walked the cobblestone streets. This town is so cute and had the best food ever!
We stopped at a little cheese shop on the corner of the square called "Chaslade" and enjoyed a tiny snack of assorted cheeses while we people watched in front of a fountain.
We walked through the shops for a few hours and then ate one of the best lunches I have ever had in my life. The restaurant was called “Bistro Appetito”. You must get the Greek salad, you must eat the bread and you must get a pizza! I literally could have eaten 5 baskets of the bread no lie. I have never had a better bread in my life! Everything was homemade and fresh!
We then had an ice cream, and after all of those calories we decided to go walk it off.
Here comes the best part!