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Appenzell At A Glance

1 April 2011 No Comment

Landscape around Appenzell

The Travcult crew spent about half a day in Appenzell, after attending the annual Landsgemeinde event (for more on that, read our earlier post on Landsgemeinde). Wondering what else is there to see and do at Appenzell, we took a quick tour around the small town on foot. The cool April breeze and beautiful vista of the pristine surroundings made the walk thoroughly enjoyable; and although most of the businesses were closed that day, we still managed to catch several interesting sights.

Townscape
As we were walking down the streets of Appenzell, we thought that time seemed to have stopped in this charming little town.

Buildings of Appenzell

Buildings of Appenzell
The traditional houses, still adorned with old, intricate murals and wall reliefs made us feel like we have time travelled back to 19th century Switzerland, or maybe even centuries earlier. We were sort of expecting to see Heidi jump into view and offered to be our guide for the day.

Buildings of Appenzell

In Appenzell, one can find murals on the wall similar to this one

Appenzell also have its fair share of modern tourist amenities. The trains and station that service the town are modern and efficiently run; there are several cafes and restaurants in town, as well as newer hotel buildings.

Museum Appenzell
The museum, located near the town center, tells the story of life in Appenzell through the centuries. Museum exhibits include antique beds, chests, cabinets, paintings, and all sorts of household items. The museum also displays a collection of flags and tools of the military service, which is an integral part of being Swiss. Daily life aside, there are also exhibits showcasing nature landscape and wildlife. Of our particular interest is the skeleton of a bear, which is featured prominently on the flag of canton Appenzell Innerrhoden.

A bedroom exhibit at the Museum Appenzell

An exhibit at the Museum Appenzell

An exhibit at the Museum Appenzell

Samples of exhibits from Museum Appenzell

Lastly, for those of us who have never been to Egypt and see a mummy, there is a lone mummy on exhibit at the museum. We are not sure about the story behind the mummy or how it managed to reach Switzerland.

A mummy exhibit at the Museum Appenzell

Yes, it is an Egyptian mummy

Church
The church (Pfarrkirche Appenzell), located on the proximity of the museum, is the next place we visited. The church building seemed rather grand for a town the size of Appenzell. Like many other old churches in Europe, the interior of the building is a display of fine craftsmanship. Also impressive is the church’s pipe organ, a rarity in modern churches.

Details on the church's belltower

Details on the church’s belltower

Inside the churchImpressive stained glass design

Impressively designed stained glass display

Behind the church there is a small plot of cemetery which might interest some readers. We stumbled upon it while walking around the church compound. We are convinced that it was probably the nicest looking public cemetery we ever saw. The design of the tombstones, the flowers, and the landscaping work made it look like a beautiful garden.

Cemetery at the back of the church

Yes, the idea of visiting a cemetery can be rather morbid, but we believe that as long as visitors are respectful of the dead, and that the locals don’t object, there is nothing wrong in that.

Travel Info

Information on the Museum Appenzell, and other sights around the canton (in German)
http://www.ai.ch/de/portrait/kulturbrauchtum/sehenswuerdigkeiten/welcome.php?action=showobject&object_id=3

More pictures of the Pfarrkirche Appenzell (in German)
http://www.kath-appenzell.ch/service-navigation/fotogalerie/pfarrkirche-appenzell.html

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