9 Best Things To Do In Appenzell District, Switzerland

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Juan Paolo
Juan Paolo 
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Appenzell District, in Switzerland, features great options when it comes to admiring art and learning about history. It is home to Kunsthalle Ziegelhütte, which showcases performances and various exhibitions, and Museum Appenzell, where you can find folk art and learn about local beliefs and customs. Other fun activities here include visiting the Parish Church of St. Mauritius, relaxing at PUB Appenzell, dining at a pizzeria called Rank, and even swimming in a popular outdoor pool. There are more activities you can enjoy with the whole family, friends, or with your significant other. Read on and learn about the best things to do in Appenzell District, Switzerland.

1. Appreciate the glory of Parish Church of St. Mauritius

Appenzell-St-Mauritius
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Parish Church of St. Mauritius in Appenzell is dedicated to the patron saint of the infantry and army, as well as weavers and weaponsmiths. It has been rebuilt over the years. Today, it boasts a Gothic bell tower, which is its most striking feature, and a mural of Saint Mauritius.

When you step inside the parish church, you will be struck by how beautiful and excellent the frescoes and craftsmanship are.

Parish Church of St. Mauritius, Appenzell

Address: Hauptgasse 2, Appenzell, Switzerland, 9050

Website: Parish Church of St. Mauritius, Appenzell

Price: Free

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2. Enjoy the art and ambiance at Kunsthalle Ziegelhütte

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

oh wow...George Steinmann - Künstler der Ausstellung EMMA KUNZ und Gegenwartskunst - am So, 31.10. um 12h auf...

Posted by Kunsthalle Ziegelhütte on Thursday, October 28, 2021

Kunsthalle Ziegelhütte is an art gallery that has a 16th-century brick kiln where guests can stroll around inside. It also happens to be a great venue for major events. One of its highlights, found on the second floor, is the art of Carl Liner Senior and Junior.

You can watch live performances here, which are held every first Friday of the month. There is even a museum shop and a cafeteria that you can check out.

Kunsthalle Ziegelhütte

Address: Kunsthalle Ziegelhütte Ziegeleistrasse 14, 9050 Appenzell

Website: Kunsthalle Ziegelhütte

Opening hours: April - October: Tue - Fri: 10am - 12pm, 2pm - 5pm; Sat - Sun: 11am - 5pm (closed on Mon); November - March: Tue - Sat: 2pm - 5pm; Sun: 11am - 5pm (closed on Mon)

Price: AHV, students, children: 10 CHF (10.90 USD); Adults: 15 CHF (16.30 USD)

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3. Revel in the art and history of Museum Appenzell

Appenzell-Museum
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Museum Appenzell gives an insight into the culture and history of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden. At this museum, you’ll learn about what the people believe in, their traditional clothing, and the customs they follow. You can also view various folk art and furniture paintings.

Overall, this is the perfect attraction for every type of traveler, whether you are a vacationing family or a culture vulture. Children can indulge in some activities, and you can watch videos that cover different topics.

Museum Appenzell

Address: Hauptgasse 4, 9050 Appenzell, Switzerland

Website: Museum Appenzell

Opening hours: April - October: Mon - Fri: 10am - 12pm, 1:30pm - 5pm; Sat - Sun: 11am - 5pm; November - March: Tue - Sun: 2pm - 5pm (closed on Mon)

Price: Adults: 7 CHF (7.60 USD); Children: 3 CHF (3.30 USD)

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4. Marvel at the various artworks at Kunstmuseum Appenzell

Kunstmuseum Appenzell - Das Kunstmuseum Appenzell von Norden aus
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Kunstmuseum Appenzell allows guests to appreciate contemporary art from the 20th and 21st centuries. It has a collection that includes more than 1,000 works of art by Carl August Liner and Carl Walter Liner, such as sketches, paintings, and watercolors.

A reading room and a media room, where one can watch video presentations, are present on site, as well. Occasionally, there are concerts and temporary exhibits in the museum.

Kunstmuseum Appenzell

Address: Unterrainstrasse 5, 9050 Appenzell

Website: Kunstmuseum Appenzell

Opening hours: April - October: Tue - Fri: 10am - 12pm, 2pm - 5pm; Sat - Sun: 11am - 5pm (closed on Mon); November - March: Tue - Sat: 2pm - 5pm; Sun: 11am - 5pm (closed on Mon)

Price: AHV, students, children: 10 CHF (10.90 USD); Adults: 15 CHF (16.30 USD)

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5. Sit down and enjoy a cold drink at PUB Appenzell

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Kei Terrassenwetter?? Doch, bi ös im PUB überdacht ond gheizt!!

Posted by PUB Appenzell on Saturday, May 1, 2021

PUB Appenzell is an Irish pub with a classic-looking aesthetic. Most of its furniture feature fine-looking wood, and the overall areas of the establishment give you a relaxing feeling. It can cater to groups of friends or those who need some alone time.

At this pub, you can enjoy a good drink, such as beer or wine, and food while watching a live performance. Some delicious dishes served here include risotto and burgers.

PUB Appenzell

Address: Bankgasse 6, 9050 Appenzell, Switzerland

Website: PUB Appenzell

Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 7pm - 3am; Sun: 5pm - 3am (closed on Mon & Tue)

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6. Learn about folk art and folk culture at Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum

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At this museum, which focuses on folk art and folk culture of the alpine farming communities, you can learn to make your own cheese. However, note that you will have to book ahead. You can also participate in live demonstrations of weaving and embroidery on specific days.

You can find this museum in Stein, less than 30 minutes from Appenzell District.

Appenzell Folklore Museum

Address: Dorf CH-9063 Stein AR

Website: Appenzell Folklore Museum

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10am - 5pm (closed on Mon)

Price: Adult: 7 CHF (7.64 USD)

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7. Treat yourself to a good time at Rank, a pizza restaurant

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Posted by Rank Restaurant on Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Rank serves a variety of delicious cuisine, including Mediterranean, modern, and regional dishes. It is especially known for its mouthwatering pizza and world-class service. It is even suitable for events and celebrations, and it features a hall and a garden terrace that can seat a lot of people.

Overall, you will not be disappointed to dine here.

Rank

Address: Gaiserstrasse 48, 9050 Appenzell

Website: Rank

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 9am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 11:30pm ; Sun: 10am - 11pm (closed on Mon)

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8. Find inner peace at Frauenkloster Sta. Maria der Engel

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The Maria der Engel monastery is managed by the Kloster Maria der Engel Appenzell foundation. It aims to be a place for spiritual enlightenment, perfect for those seeking a tranquil retreat. Guests can choose from among 19 rooms. There are also special rooms for those on a pilgrimage.

You will find a wonderful garden and a monastery shop here, as well as a church that hosts services.

Frauenkloster Sta. Maria der Engel

Address: Poststrasse 7, 9050 Appenzell

Website: Frauenkloster Sta. Maria der Engel

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9. Splash around at Appenzeller Badi

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The seasonal Appenzeller Badi features a 50-m (164-ft) jetted swimming pool and a diving pool that children will want to check out. Your little ones will also enjoy swimming in the children’s pool, which comes with a pirate ship and a slide.

It also has a beach volleyball field and a playground. You can even engage in some sports, such as soccer, table football, and table tennis. What’s more, the pool area boasts a bistro with a kiosk and a couple of barbecue areas. It also provides sunbeds and parasols that you can rent.

Appenzeller Badi

Address: Weissbadstrasse, 9050 Appenzell

Website: Appenzeller Badi

Opening hours:May - September: 8am - 7pm (daily); June - August: 8am - 8pm (daily)

Price: Adult: 6 CHF (6.55 USD); Children: 2.50 (2.73 USD)

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An unforgettable vacation in Appenzell District

Appenzell District is a wonderful destination where you can do many memorable activities with loved ones, such as appreciating a variety of art and intricate architecture, learning about history and culture, and having a fun day at the pool, bar, or pizzeria. Start planning and come visit as soon as possible.

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