Appenzell is picture postcard Switzerland. Rolling green hills dotted with cows are juxtaposed against rugged grey cliffs reaching up to a blue Spring sky. It’s enough to distract you from the fact you’re hiking up a million steps. Almost. The walk from Wasserauen to Berggasthaus Meglisalp is about 2.5 hours up and 1.5 down (if, like me, you strategically pretend to take pictures when you’re tired), but it is striking. And there’s lunch at the top.
Each twist and turn of the rocky pathway gives way to another picture-perfect vista. It sounds like a cliché, but we genuinely walked through flower-filled meadows and up rocky staircases, trudged over the last of the winter snow as it retreated up the mountain and watched wild goats graze in the distance. If you want that quintessential image of classic rural Switzerland, then this is where you will find it.