Strictly speaking, this region extends beyond the Swiss border and includes the Principality of Liechtenstein. It includes the hilly Appenzellerland, the mountain ranges Alpstein and Churfirsten, the vacation region Heidiland, the alpine Glarnerland and the tri-national Lake Constance. The city of St. Gallen with its abbey district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular starting point for excursions in the region. Adjacent to the Rhine Valley is the Principality of Liechtenstein with its capital Vaduz and the Prince's Castle.
Which popular destinations can I find in the region of Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein?
Besides Lake Constance, Appenzellerland and the Alpine region in Toggenburg are the most popular destinations in the region of Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein. Heidiland and Glarnerland are also well-known vacation destinations, along with Schaffhausen with its famous Rhine Falls. The three lakes are called the pearls of the Alpstein: the Seealpsee, the Sämtisersee and the Fählensee. But also the spectacular mountain restaurant Äscher, built in rock, is a popular destination in the region.
What can I experience in the region of Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein?
The hilly areas in Appenzellerland, Heidiland and Glarnerland are wonderfully suitable for hiking and extensive bike tours. The mountains in Alpstein offer more than 700 km of hiking trails. A mountain paradise also awaits you in the Churfirsten in Toggenburg.
For families and groups a scooter fun is a nice experience. For canyoning the Fallenbach gorge near Amden is suitable. It almost resembles a gorge in the rainforest and is nevertheless also well suited for beginners
In winter there is also hiking, with and without snowshoes. Around Schwellbrunn, which was awarded the title of "most beautiful village in the world" in 2017, you walk at about 800 to 1100 m.a.s.l. and have almost exclusively a wonderful view of the Alpstein mountains. You can sled for four kilometers on the Schwägalp, over three kilometers between Stoss and Altstätten and on many other sledding runs. The small mountain resort of Malbun in the Principality of Liechtenstein at 1600 meters above sea level offers a beautiful winter sports area with 23 km of slopes and seven lifts.
What do the cities in the region of Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein offer?
The old town of Rapperswil is very worth seeing. The main square and six alleys leading off it from the late Middle Ages as well as the pretty castle on the hill in the city can be admired. The pretty lakeside promenade has many places to sit and various restaurants.
The landmark of the city of St. Gallen is its Abbey District, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The car-free old town with its splendid town houses from the 16th to 18th centuries is also worth seeing. The colorful oriels are popular photo subjects and only Schaffhausen has more oriels than St. Gallen. The theater group Mummenschanz is known far beyond the city limits.
Frauenfeld is the cantonal capital of Thurgau and has a pretty old town with a small castle. The rectangular ground plan of the town and its tower date from the 13th century, the magnificent legation houses from the 18th century.
Schaffhausen lies directly on the Rhine and also has a medieval old town to offer. Bay windows and painted house facades are typical of the traffic-free town. The Munot fortress towers high above the town. The ring-shaped structure was built in the 16th century based on a design by Albrecht Dürer. Stein am Rhein is guarded by Hohenklingen Castle and scores with its pretty houses painted with frescoes. Both towns are only 20 km apart and can be reached by boat on this particularly romantic route in about two hours