During our time visiting family in Switzerland, we did a day trip to Appenzell to visit Phil’s godmother and family. Appenzell has remained deeply rooted in Swiss tradition. Entire villages still meet in the town square to vote, and every so often, village processions, both religious and/or cultural, take over the streets. The houses and buildings in Appenzell are architected with special curved roofs and decorated with paintings based on traditional Swiss farm and family life. Many residents of this canton have travelled all around the world, but have never visited other Swiss cantons or villages because why bother? Appenzell is the best and most beautiful Swiss region anyways, right?
Phil and I made the hour and a half drive west to the town of Herisau in the Appenzell Canton and almost immediately, we were welcomed with more gorgeous rolling green hills scattered with the cutest miniature farm houses. We were greeted by Phil’s godmother and two of her daughters who took us through the gorgeous countryside and to the famous village square. There, we had an amazing lunch with plenty of fresh green and white asparagus, the in-season ingredient of the month, and we tried Appenzell baked goods and cheese.
In the afternoon, we took the gondola up to Säntis, the highest mountain in northeastern Switzerland, peaking at 2,501.9 meters above sea level. Unfortunately, the weather was foggy and we weren’t able to see anything at the top. But, at least the ride up to the peak was incredibly beautiful!
We ended the day with a dinner at godmother’s house with Phil’s favorite childhood food, bratwursts, and an apricot Swiss cake from the local bakery for dessert. We chatted for what seemed like hours, catching up on life both in the U.S. and in Switzerland, but it just didn’t seem like enough time. It was tough to say our goodbyes, but we made plans to visit again soon.
Ciao, Appenzell! We’ll be back!