Hike Äscher-Ebenalp and the caves -Wildkirchlihöhlen- in the Appenzell region: Position on map

Hike Äscher-Ebenalp and the caves -Wildkirchlihöhlen-

Äscher-Ebenalp and the caves -Wildkirchlihöhlen-


Min: 2762 ft
Max: 5282 ft
Uphill: 2254 ft
Downhill: 472 ft
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last update on May 25, 2022
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Distance: 2.64 miles
Duration:2 h
Min: 2762 ft
Max: 5282 ft
Uphill: 2254 ft
Downhill: 472 ft

Trail characteristics

Forest track
Hiking trail

Route description

towards Ebenalp
© Appenzeller Tourismus towards Ebenalp

Starting at the train station walk west passed church St. Martin and up to Treibern. Now follow the path till you turn left into shadowy copse until you reach Eugst. Then follow a broad ski path up to alp Bommen and forest Gartenwald. To enjoy the view on Kamor, Hoher Kasten and the rock wall of Alp Siegl turn left. Within the rock wall of Ebenalp you can find the slightly hidden mountain guest house Äscher.


Cross the wooden bridge attached to the rock wall until the caves of Wildkirchli. First you will enter cave Altarhöhle where there is a small wooden tower from the 19th century. Walking through the following caves you will get to Ebenalp. The cave Wildkirchlihöhle is known for its prehistoric corpi from the stone age. Amongst other things skeletons of cave bears and stone tools where found and nowadays presented at the museum of Appenzell an the museum of St. Gallen.


After visting the caves hike up the plateau of Ebenalp and enjoy the astonishing panorama. Take the aerial cableway back down.

Sturdy shoes necessary
Eating options available

Interesting facts

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  • You're traveling a distance of 2 miles on this trail. The hike is therefore not too long. The average length of all hikes in Eastern Switzerland is 7 miles.
  • Äscher-Ebenalp and the caves -Wildkirchlihöhlen- is among the 10 best rated Hikes in Switzerland.
  • You're facing an uphill climb of 687 vertical meters on this hike. The high point of the hike is located at an elevation of 5282 ft.
  • Sturdy hiking boots are recommended on this track. There are places to buy beverages and food along the track. However it’s always recommended to bring enough water and food along with you.

Highlights of the tour

The astonishing view as well as the caves are highlights of the tour.


Weather appropriate clothing and proper footwear is recommended.


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