At a Glance
- quiet, cozy rooms
- unique cliff-dwelling design
- difficult to get to, isolated, and far from any other services
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Berggastaus Aescher-Wildkirchli Review
Accessible only by cable car and then a short 20 minute hike, the Berggastaus Aescher-Wildkirchli sits at the top of the Appenzeller Alps and treats you to sweeping views of the cool green valley below. This hotel and restaurant, built in 1805 and run by Beny and Claudia Knechtle-Wyss, is in a charming wooden house built dramatically into a rocky cliff. The cozy and quiet restaurant is filled with wooden benches each with excellent views, while a sunny terrace is a great place to stop for summer lunch and gobble down some savory local dishes, like cervat (a sliced local sausage) and Appenzeller cheese salads. The wood theme continues into the recently rennovated rooms, which are wall to wall with honey-colored oak and comfy duvet-topped beds that off up some of some of Switzerland's best views.