- A bibliophile's paradise Admire the UNESCO-inscribed library at the Abbey of St. Gallen, which features an Egyptian mummy and 100,000 ancient books.
- The cows finally come home Take part in an Appenzell Alpfahrt festival, when cows are herded up into the nearby mountain slopes (in spring) and back down (in fall).
- Colorful medieval architecture St. Gallen, Schaffhausen, and Stein-am-Rhein are teeming with colorful frescoes, half-timber buildings, dragon-clad steeples, and ornate bay windows.
- The Rhine maidens See Europe's third-largest river as it snakes its way to Germany. Take a lunch-boat ride, swim in the pristine river, or cycle along the river's grassy banks, lorded over by storybook castles.
- Swiss cheese Pungent Appenzeller is beloved by the Swiss. Using a 700-year-old recipe, this cow's milk cheese is aged and washed with a secret herbal brine.
FODOR'S GO LIST 2015
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