Oct 11

Hiking in Appenzell-Day 6 | “With Songs They Have Sung for a Thousand Years”



This is a continuation of Ryder-Walker guest Lisa Allen’s account of the Appenzell region of eastern Switzerland. Please also read “Hiking in Appenzell” days 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

I visited Appenzell, Switzerland for the first time, for a day, last year, with a group with whom I was touring Switzerland and I knew, long before we arrived, that I would fall deeply and fully in love with the area and the town. In fact, I adore it and feel as though perhaps, in another life, I was or shall be there. The neatly trimmed hills, with cattle quietly grazing, the superb chalets with barns attached, the colorful customs and traditions, tried and true, practiced and upheld through time, the buildings painted with ancient and spiritual trims combine to fill me with awe and as deep a sense of joy as one can experience without bursting at the seams.

When I am in Appenzell, I feel as though I have arrived home, finally and in totality. In Appenzellerland and the town, too, all that is Swiss and especially beautiful is epitomized and held dear.

Nothing pleases me more than to share my fun there, the childlike joy I experienced during my journey. I intend to make at least an annual “pilgrimage” to this place of miracles, where my soul becomes interwoven with countryside and custom until it is indistinguishable from them.

Lisa Allen,  SE Mass.

You Might Also Like...
Many hard-core hikers these days are searching out adventures in remote areas where they can
Happy New Year from Your Friends at Ryder-Walker Explore our 2023 catalog with new treks! View
The Gift of Travel 2023 is going to be another epic travel year with most of
Ten Delicious Holiday Cookie Recipes from Across Europe  With the holidays upon us, it’s the
7 Reasons the Algarve is One of the Most Unique Regions in Europe Ryder-Walker’s hike
Ryder-Walker’s Favorite Guided and Self-Guided Walking Tours Everyone at Ryder-Walker is eager to share what
The Engadine, a hidden valley in the heart of the Swiss Alps, is a place
In addition to physically walking The Liechtenstein Trail, there are many to-dos and interesting places
Our Favorite Global Trekking Trips for Fall Crisp morning air, changing leaves, striking views, cozy
Delicious Austrian Cuisine Austria is often overlooked as the perfect Alps travel destination. France and
Photos from the Trail Photos are streaming in from guests and guides as Ryder-Walker treks
An Italian Hiking Gem: Via Ladinia When Ryder-Walker guide Ken Fuhrer designed the Via Ladinia