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Where is Brülisau – Hoher Kasten?

Brülisau village lies at an elevation of 924 m above sea level at the foot of Hohe Kasten in the Swiss canton of Appenzell. The village near the quadripoint of Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein is a popular starting point for hikes to Alpstein Mountains and very well-known for Brülisau – Hoher Kasten Cable Car offering fantastic views of the Rhine Valley and the Alpstein area.

What is the Weather like in Brülisau – Hoher Kasten?

Appenzell is one of the coldest regions in Switzerland, especially in winter temperatures mostly stay below zero. But the summer offers pleasant temperatures and attracts many tourists to spend their holidays in the mountains. Check out our live webcam for the current weather forecast for today, tomorrow or the weekend and our 5-day forecast.

[Translate to 01_EN:] Winter Panoramaaufnahme vom Hohen Kasten
[Translate to 01_EN:] Winterwandern am Hohen Kasten

What's Going on in Brülisau in the Winter?

Although Hohe Kasten is not a real skiing area, the region offers a great variety of leisure activities in the winter. Enjoy wonderful snowshoe hikes and sunny walks through this magical winter countryside. Well-groomed winter trails lead to the most beautiful alpine inns of the area. Do not miss to stop at the restaurants Plattenbödli or Ruhsitz. Hikes around Brülisau are balm to your body, spirit and soul. When the weather is clear you have a marvellous view of the highest mountain of the Alpstein massif: Mount Säntis!

[Translate to 01_EN:] Panoramaaufnahme Hoher Kasten
[Translate to 01_EN:] Drehrestaurant Hoher Kasten

What To Do in Brülisau in the Summer?

The canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden is very popular among hikers. Mount Hoher Kasten offers a 360° panoramic view of the north-eastern mountains and peaks of Switzerland and of six neighbouring countries. Hoher Kasten boasts panoramic terraces, an impressive rock trail, information boards and a modern revolving restaurant. The amazing hiking area at Hohe Kasten offers a wide range of tours for the whole family. Hohe Kasten is the starting point of the popular geological trail and of many other tours in the Alpstein area.

If you want to feel like a real king, you should try the Königstour (royal tour) in the Alpstein massif. This hiking tour includes three mountain chains, 84 kilometres of hiking trail and more than 5,000 m elevation gain. On their way hikers pass many places of interest and real insider tips of this charming countryside such as the world famous Wildkirchli Caves. Another popular trail leads to the alpine inn Staubern. Staubern ridge, at an elevation of 1751m above sea level, offers an unforgettable view of Alpstein, Säntis, Appenzell, Rhine Valley, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria and Germany. The alpine inn can also be reached via Frümsen cable car and on many other hiking trails.

When Does the Brülisau – Hoher Kasten Mountain Run Take Place?

This famous mountain run was first held in 1987, since then it has always taken place on the last Sunday of August. The race is organised on different course and in different age categories. The run starts early in the morning in Brülisau and leads via Rossberg, Rietlergatter and Kamor to Hoher Kasten (1,800 m). After the run the exhausted participants take the cable car back to Brülisau. Numerous spectators motivate the athletes and make the competition a very popular and successful event in Brülisau – Hoher Kasten.

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