Cliffhanging restaurant opens for the season in Switzerland: Äscher Mountain Restaurant
This summer the Äscher mountain restaurant had a weather delay that did not allow it to open in time. This restaurant is a bucket list place to go – nested by a cliff. One of the hiking routes up to the restaurant via the Blättli and Alp Bommen, are still closed due to high avalanche risk.
There are other paths to reach the restaurant that are still covered with snow. You should get the latest route information before venturing to the restaurant.
The restaurant is now under new management, because the people taking care of it until last year decided to cease their work there as the hotel had become victim of its own success, not being able to cope with soaring visitors’ numbers.
The hotel is an Instagram sensation, and you can see by watching the pictures why. But it also got very well-known thanks to be named one of the world’s five most
The Äscher came to prominence in 2014 when it was named one of the five most interesting restaurants in the world in the Huffington Post.
Also, National Geographic featured it in the “Destinations of a Lifetime’ special. To reach the restaurant, you need to take a cable car and a short walk from Wasserauen in the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden.
The foundation that owns the restaurant said last year that they were working on improving the establishment.
Another way to visit is taking a challenging mountain hike from Wasserauen up to the Ebenalp. This route gives you amazing views. After climbing initially, you reach the beautiful Lake Seealpsee with the majestic Säntis on the background. The highlight of this trip is reaching the Äscher mountain restaurant that is perched precariously on the edge of a 100-meters-high vertical ledge.
You don’t find such contrast in landscape as in Central Switzerland where you come from a hilly landscape to the craggy Alps in such an abrupt way in the Alpstein area. There are mighty rock formations that reach 2,500 meters high towering up fro nowhere.
The hike: Wasserauen-Seealpsee-Äscher-Ebenalp
The hike starts at Wasserauen railway station and makes you take a steep path up to Lake Seealpsee. You can hike around the lake to admire the beautiful scenery. From there to Äscher you continue going up steeply. The mountain path goes up the slope abruptly. After the Äscher, a rocky path takes you up to the Ebenaalp, where you can feast on fantastic views. The cable car takes you down into the valley of Wasserauen in just a few minutes.
Before taking this path please plan carefully and check with the local information centre to see how the route and the weather conditions is. Depending the season and weather conditions, this route might be block or interrupted.
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