Warning! Restaurant and cable car closed until May 2021 due to construction activities.
Warning operations closed!

The cable car and revolving restaurant will be closed from now on until May 2021 due to construction work. The trailsection Kastensattel - Hoher Kasten will be closed from Nov 4 2020 until spring 2021. Due to rock excavation and blasting work, there is a very high risk of rockfall on this section.
We thank all our guests for their loyalty in 2020 and look forward to being there for you again from May 2021.

Trail Conditions

Trail conditions

25 March 2020

Due to corona virus, all restaurants and cableways including sanitary facilities are closed until at least 19 April 2020. There is still snow in the Appenzell Alps and the safety ropes are not yet reattached.

Also, there are no prepared or marked hiking routes to or from Hoher Kasten. Even in these months there is still a lot of snow and there are no alternative routes available.

Therefore, hiking to Hoher Kasten is not recommended. However, if you urgently need a break and want to get some fresh air, we recommend hiking and walking below the snow line.

Small Checklist

Those who are well prepared can react appropriately to different situations. So that you can enjoy your hike without any worries, please note the following:

  • Follow the signposted trails.
  • Close fences and pasture gates.
  • Take regular rest breaks. Drink a lot – even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • In case of bad weather: Turn around early or seek shelter in a hut or shelter.
  • If you suddenly feel unwell or get into other difficulties, do not take any risks and do not force anything, turn back in good time.
  • Observe the regulations in nature reserves.
  • Take care when lighting a fire. If droughts persist, avoid lighting fires entirely.
  • Grazing livestock: Dogs should be kept on a leash. Walk around herds of cattle calmly and at a distance of 20 to 50 metres.
  • Unexploded bombs: Do not touch under any circumstances. Mark the location and notify the police.
  • For the sake of nature and the environment: Hike according to the motto «Take nothing with you but your impressions – leave nothing but your footprints».


The signpost shows you the difficulty ...

Hiking trail: yellow
Hiking trails often run along wide paths. But they can also be narrow and uneven. Steep passages are overcome with steps and locations with a high risk of falling are protected by hand rails. Apart from the usual attention and caution, hiking trails do not place any special demands on the users. Wearing sturdy shoes with non-slip soles, weather-appropriate equipment and topographic maps are recommended.

Mountain hiking trail: yellow with white-red-white peak
Mountain hiking trails go through rough terrain and are mostly steep, narrow, and partially exposed. Particularly difficult passages are secured with ropes or chains. Users must be sure-footed, not afraid of heights, and in good physical shape and must be aware of the dangers in the mountains (falling rocks, risk of slipping and falling, sudden changes in the weather). The equipment recommended for hiking trails is required.

Alpine hiking trail: blue with white-blue-white peak
Alpine hiking trails lead partly over snow fields, glaciers, or scree slopes and through rocks with short climbing sections; partly without trails. Structural precautions cannot be assumed. Users must be sure-footed, not afraid of heights, and in very good physical shape, as well as being very familiar with the dangers of the mountains. In addition to the equipment for mountain hiking trails, a compass, rope, ice axe, and crampons may be necessary.

Winter hiking trail: pink
Winter hiking trails are only signposted during the winter months. They do not place any special demands on the users, but there is a risk of slipping on snow.

Camping in the Alpstein region

A night under the stars

We refer to the official information of the SAC.

Spending the night outdoors in the mountains is a special experience in nature. The stars above you twinkle in the clear night air. In order for you to wake up as peacefully as you fall asleep, it is important to pay attention to a few points.

When you peel yourself out of a dry sleeping bag the next morning, you have already done a few things right: For example, you have not camped in a wetland or directly next to a mountain stream that has surged overnight. In order for the rest of your adventure to go well, it is important that you behave considerately, avoid sensitive habitats, and comply with the relevant legal regulations. You can find more information in the leaflet.

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