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Mount Hoher Kasten and Chocolate Factory Tour

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Key Highlights
  • Appenzellerland is known for its scenic beauty
  • Visit the revolving restaurant on the summit of Hoher Kasten
  • Sample Swiss chocolates at the Lindt & Sprüngli Chocolate Factory
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Nov'17 - 30 Nov'17: Friday
    01 Dec'17 - 31 Dec'17: Monday & Friday
    01 Apr'18 - 30 Apr'18: Monday & Friday
    01 May'18 - 30 Oct'18: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
    01 Nov'18 - 30 Nov'18: Friday
    01 Dec'18 - 31 Dec'18: Monday & Friday


    Approx. 8 - 9 hours

    Start time

    01 Apr 16 - 31 Mar 17: 10:15am
    01 Apr 17 - 31 Mar 18: 10:00am

    Meeting Point

    This tour starts from the Sihlquai bus parking (near Zurich main train station). This bus parking can also be reached by tram / streetcar number 17.
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at Sihlquai bus parking (which is near Zurich main train station).

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview Your Swiss excursion is incomplete without a trip to Appenzellerland combined with a cable-car ride to the scenic Mount Hoher Kasten. Don’t miss out a visit to the 360-degree revolving restaurant on the summit of Hoher Kasten. Enjoy stunning views of the Alpstein Massif and the landscapes of five different countries over coffee and cakes.

    The village of Appenzell is characterised by undulating green hills, flowery meadows, rugged mountains and a vibrant local life. Wander down the streets and you will see distinctive local houses with painted facades and attached barns.

    Take a tour of the Lindt & Sprüngli Chocolate Factory and learn the art of Swiss chocolate making.


    You will be picked up in an air-conditioned coach from the Sihlquai bus parking near Zurich Main Train Station. Accompanied by a bi-lingual guide speaking English and German, you will journey on the Panorama Highway to Rapperswil, well known for its medieval castle. It is popularly known as the ‘City of Roses’ for its beautiful scenery.

    Further on, proceed to the picturesque village of Appenzell, a canton situated in Eastern Switzerland. Set out on a guided walk through the village and you will come across lovely old painted houses.

    After the stroll, take a short drive to Brulisau. It is the beginning of a spectacular mountain trail from Staubern up to the Hoher Kasten. From Brulisau, take an aerial cable-car to the peak of the panorama mountain Hoher Kasten, at a height of about 1795 metres. After reaching the top, enjoy fantastic views over the hilly Appenzellerland. Visit the new revolving restaurant on top of the mountain, the only one in Eastern Switzerland, with incredible views. The restaurant turns 360 degrees each hour. You can relax with a cup of coffee here (cost not included).

    Return to Brulisau in cable-car and drive back to Appenzell where you can enjoy about 1 ½ hours at leisure. The pedestrian zone of Appenzell with its beautiful facades invites you for strolling and shopping.

    You could take an optional trip to the Museum of Appenzell, where you can learn about the way of life in this part of Switzerland. It is a private museum that exhibits a cross-section of local history and culture.

    Continue to the Lindt & Sprüngli Chocolate Factory, where you will learn the art of chocolate making. Starting out as the chocolate pioneer in Switzerland, Lindt & Sprüngli has developed into a modern company over the years with its finest selection of chocolate and confectionary specialities. You will be shown a video on the manufacture of chocolate. You can even shop for chocolates from the chocolate-land factory shop.

    After a tour of the chocolate factory, return by coach to Zurich. You will be dropped back to the Sihlquai bus parking.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Transportation in air-conditioned coach
    • Guide availiable in English, German Language
    • Cable-car ride to Hoher Kasten
    • Lindt & Sprüngli Chocolate Factory
    • Appenzeller cheese tasting
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Lunch
    • Tour of Museum of Appenzell (optional)
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

    This tour requires a minimum of 5 passengers to operate. There is a possibility that this tour may be cancelled after confirmation if minimum numbers are not met. Should this be necessary you will be offered an alternate departure date or a full refund.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

  • reviews
    • Good tour

      Appenzeller was one of the best experience in our trip to Switzerland and we enjoyed the tour. The tour leader was friendly and informative. I would recommnend this tour to...

      Leena Berde, Canada, 31/Jul/2012

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