What to do and see in Altstatten, Switzerland: The Best Places and Tips

August 24, 2017 Hector Krause

Discover the best top things to do in Altstatten, Switzerland including Schollenmuhle, Kristallhohle Kobelwald, Appenzeller Bahnen, Landsgemeindeplatz, Kirchturm Heiden, Abbey Library, Hoher Kasten, Jewish Museum Hohenems, PhysioPlus GmbH Delgrosso, Wildpark Feldkirch.
Restaurants in Altstatten

Bannriet 3, Altstatten 9450, Switzerland +41 71 750 08 30
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Schollenmuhle

Reviewed By sorriso09

Frühmorgens mit Sonnenaufgang am schönsten. Dann kan man Rehe und Hasen beobachten. Viele versch. Vögel, darunter auch Störche. Der Rundweg führt an allen Sehenswürdigkeiten vorbei durch das Riet bzw. das Moor. Siehe Homepage des Vereins Pro Riet! Ein Highlight ist auch, dass man in einem Stahlkubus unter die Wasseroberfläche gelangt und so versteckt über die Wasserfläche blickend die Tiere bestens beobachten kann....

2. Kristallhohle Kobelwald

Grubachstrasse, Oberriet 9463, Switzerland +41 71 761 19 77
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Kristallhohle Kobelwald

Reviewed By M_a_r_a_964 - Zurich, Switzerland

We went there with my 11yrs old son who loves caves and crystals.
We followed the signs on the street and ended on a small parking space in the middle of nowhere but thanks to the sign showing the way to the cave we knew we are at the right place.
You have to walk 15-20min up the hill to get to the cave, but you cant miss it and it s worth the little hike. If you want to go here, please check the opening times on the website first.
Once arrived we payed the very resonable entry prices and waited for the next tour to start. You are not allowed in without a guide. It was very special and it s really a cave, so you have to watch your head and your steps! Visitors can walk for about 130m in the cave, doesnt sound like a lot but it was enough for me. You see lots of crystals and little seas from the water. It s a very special feeling and especially my son loved it.
I am not sure if they speak english, but they speak swiss german and normal german, which was fine for us. If you need an english speaking guide maybe check first.
The tour of the cave takes around 30min and its quite cold inside. They told us its all year around 8°C so better bring a jacket.
Outside of the cave they sell crystalls and you can also buy something to drink if needed.
It was a really nice trip, and the cave was really special to see!

3. Appenzeller Bahnen

Appenzell, Switzerland +41 71 354 50 60
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Appenzeller Bahnen

Reviewed By Chinana - Columbia, South Carolina

Great little train for getting out and about into the countryside. Runs every 30 minutes, stops many times all along the way, but good connecting transportation and scenic views of Appenzeller land. We took it to Wasseraun to connect with cable car to Ebenalp. Also connects to Santis and Kronberg, or just to various walking paths. Free with 3 night hotel stay.

4. Landsgemeindeplatz

Landsgemeindeplatz, Trogen 9043, Switzerland
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Landsgemeindeplatz

Reviewed By P_Stibbons - Buehler

Trogen was one of the Appenzell towns where until 1989 the voting population assembled for the "Landsgemeinde", for elections and to vote on laws. The square is distinguished by historical palaces from the late 18th C build by and for the Zellweger, a trading family with its headquarters in Trogen and business ties across Europe. Of special note are the church, built 1779 by the renowned architect Hans Ulrich Grubenmann and in a style that marks the transition from the ornate Lake Constance Style in the interior to the more spare Palladian style, evident on the exterior. Also of note is the parsonage, built 1760. The interior shows ornate plaster decorations and houses the Cantonal Library and information on the life and times of the Zellweger.
In the early 18th C, Trogen was home to Laurenz Zellweger, an exponent of the Enlightenment and friend and correspondent of the main representatives of the Zurich intelligentsia and, via Gessner, Hirzel, Bodmer and Füssli, to the German poets and artists Klopstock, Wieland and Ewald von Kleist. Appenzell and Trogen in particular became a destination for the poets of the Enlightenment, the area representing the longed-for idyllic Arcadia and its inhabitants the healthy natural state.
The visitor is aided with maps for walking tours, downloadable sound files, a slide show in the tourist office and a library. Local inns offer refreshments and traditional fare (e.g. Schäfli) to 13-point Gault Millau dining in the 18th C Krone.

5. Kirchturm Heiden

Bahnhofstrasse 2, Heiden 9410, Switzerland +41 71 898 33 00
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Kirchturm Heiden

Reviewed By E_sweety - Switzerland

Walked up the narrow stairs to even get a better view over the lake. We were lucky as the weather just changed when we arrived in Heiden. We had a great view from up there.

6. Abbey Library

Klosterhof 6d, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland +41 71 227 34 16
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Abbey Library

The Abbey Library St. Gallen, famous for its beautiful baroque hall, is one of the oldest Libraries in the world. And it holds one of the most important manuscript collections in Europe, especially for the Carolingian and Ottonian period from the 8th to the 11th century. The collection is presented to the visitors in changing and thematised expositions. The library forms the central part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Convent of St. Gallen.

Reviewed By DougieQT - Queenstown, New Zealand

Beautiful, we came to St Gallen specifically for the Library and Cathedral and they exceeded expectations. The Audio Guide is a must as you learn so much about EVERYTHING around St Gallen... not just the Library. Guide was easy to use with a great wee map. I loved visiting.

7. Hoher Kasten

Dorf 22, Bruelisau 9058, Switzerland +41 71 799 13 22
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Hoher Kasten

Reviewed By weberwest - Bellingham, Washington

This is one of the more remote, lesser known mountain locations in Switzerland, resulting in a much less crowded environment and more reasonable prices. The visitors that come here are predominantly local Swiss or from the adjacent countries: Austria, Germany and Liechtenstein. You can take public transportation (train/bus combination) to Brülisau or, as we did, drive there by car. If you are lucky and get here on a really clear day, the view is fantastic: on one side you look over to the Säntis Massiv and the small Säntis Lake framed by high ridges. On the other side, you have a direct view down steep cliffs to the Rhein Valley and Lake Constance in the distance, as well as the hills and towns of Germany, Austria and the Principality of Liechtenstein.
You access this mountain by a cable car/gondola from Brülisau in the canton Inner-Appenzell, unless of course you decide to hike up to the top, which you can do both from the Rhein Valley or from Brülisau.
On top of the mountain, you can do a short stroll around the peak area, Unfortunately, this peak-walk is relatively short, but you can extend the experience by either walking down back to Brülisau or, as we did, do at least a short hike on that path and then return to the peak for the trip down in the Gondola. There is a very modern, comfortable and relatively reasonably priced (for Switzerland) revolving restaurant on the top in which we had a good meal (see separate post).
This mountain is well worth visiting, and so is the enchanting surrounding area of Appenzell with its charming villages and style of houses and farms - one of our favorite areas in Switzerland. Do not miss to taste a bite of the "Appenzeller Cheese" from the area.

8. Jewish Museum Hohenems

Schweizer Strasse 5, Hohenems 6845, Austria +43 5576 739890
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Jewish Museum Hohenems

Reviewed By fjorthur - Houston, Texas

This was different from other Jewish Holocaust kinds of museums because it told a narrative of Jews who lived there for hundreds of years through relics and letters and audio visual accounts. The families who kept traditions, assimilated, and made a difference in the town and throughout the world. Whatever they achieved or believed did not matter for the community as the Jews were banned and returned until few Jews were left in the town during the Nazi's and the retentive burgermeister thought a few were too many. The museum was the home of an elderly and respected Jew who was sent to her death and most villagers were unaffected of the deportation as it was an area of Nazi supporters. You could walk to the Swiss Bridge where many Jews tried to escape from Austria.

9. PhysioPlus GmbH Delgrosso

Neugasse 33, Widnau 9443, Switzerland +41 71 722 62 92
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Wir bieten ein modern ausgestattetes Fitnesscenter in privater Atmosphare, ein umfassendes Angebot an Massagen sowie physiotherapeutische Massnahmen.

Reviewed By weebdawg - Halifax, Pennsylvania

Great family park. Very affordable ride and slide all day passes. Great fireworks on the fourth of July. New expanded water park is awesome. Can easily spend a whole day parkside or a whole day in the water park.

10. Wildpark Feldkirch

Ardetzenweg 20, Feldkirch 6800, Austria +43 4355 2274105
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Wildpark Feldkirch

Reviewed By leahcar17 - Perth

It might not be a major tourist attraction but if you're in the area it's definitely a good place to visit. After a few days of rest and relaxation in the Mountains around Feldkirch, we wanted something to do and this was great. Not that easy to get to, but lovely to walk around and see all the animals :)

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