The mountain guesthouse on the rocky face of the Ebenalp

The Mountain Guest House in Äscher-Wildkirchli is built directly into the rock face of the Ebenalp mountain in Appenzell, Switzerland. There are no TVs, just a single toilet and all 40 of the beds are in boarding-school style dormitories but hikers flock throughout the summer for the unrivalled peace and quiet.
Only accessible by a narrow mountainside path, the guest house is more than a century old and so isolated in the winter it only opens May to October.
It’s just metres from the Wildkirchli Mountain Chapel where masses during the summer are accompanied by traditional Swiss yodelling.
Claudia and Beny Knechtle-Wyss have opened their home to guests for the last 27 years and in 2012 it was even named ‘mountain guest house of the year’ by the UNESCO International Council on Monuments and Sites.





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