Saturday, July 16th ~ Mount Santis (near Appenzell)
Located just 10km from Appenzell, it made for an easy trip. To get there, we took a morning train to Urnasch and then transferred to a local bus to Santis-Schwebebahn. The transportation to get to the foot of the mountain was all covered by our Swiss Travel Pass. When we got to the gondola, we got a 50% discount for our round trip ticket by presenting the train pass. That saved us $45 for the two of us.
Santis is 2,502 m (8,209 ft) above sea level. The gondola runs about every 30 minutes.
“The panorama from the summit is spectacular. Six countries can be seen if the weather allows: Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, France, and Italy.” ~ Wikipedia
I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story:
And just a sample of the shots taken from the top as well as the main viewing platforms:
NEXT STOP: Lucerne:
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for one very patient woman at the Appenzell train station. Somehow I skipped one of the cities where we were supposed to overnight on the intended journey. With all of the hotels already booked, non-refundable, and not able to be changed I was literally “up a creek”. What was especially frustrating about my goof up, was that on those two days we had intended on taking two of the most scenic and special panoramic routes. After discussing the situation with her, she went to work trying to help us.
It seemed that combining two days worth of train travel into one day was the best option. That would mean a long day with several transfers. In the midst of working on a solution, her computer stopped responding.
She did manage to come up with a viable option. Not as good as originally intended, but at least we will not miss much, can still use our pre-booked hotels, and most importantly will get us to Basel in time to take our river cruise.
But I’m even more grateful to my wonderful hubby who never once complained about my big snafu and was as kind as ever, simply stating that we would figure it out and come up with a plan B. Love this man!!!
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