We plan to go to Switzerland next year in Feb for 10 nights
On the last night, we will go to Appenzell to a little town. Then there's a Ebenalp cable car that can be done is very beautiful especially the hotel at the top and I just realise the place is actually very near Appenzell travelling distance
There are few things. I heard many people say that Appenzell is a very small town and said they can be seen within 1-2 hours, not sure if you agree with that, if so, would you recommend the following change?
We will leave from the other town in St Moritiz and there are 2 train we can take, one is 7am and 9am.
Originally, we were going to take the 9am and arrive 1pm, now we are considering the first train at 7am (arrive at 11am) given the added itinerary for Ebenalp. I am not sure if the following day will be doable as follows:
7am - Leave St Mortiz
11:15am - Arrive Appenzell
11:30am - Check in @ Appenzell
12pm - Head from Appenzell to Wasserauen station (which I believe takes 10 min ride) and take the cable car up to the top. (12 min train + 6 min cable ride)
12:30pm - Walk from Ebenalp to Wildkirchli (cave) to Ascher Cliff (which I believe is 1/2 hour walk? correct me if i am wrong)
1:30pm - Have lunch in Berggasthaus Aescher/Ascher hotel
2:30pm - After lunch, walk back up to Ebenalp cable car station (approx. 1/2 hour walk? correct me if I am wrong)
3:15pm - Take the cablecar and return back to Wasserauen station to Appenzell station.
4pm - Stroll along the street till shop closes at 6pm? (I'm assuming the closing times, correct me if i am wrong)
Would you think can be done 1 day? Becuase the next day, we plan to head back to Zurich to tour half day before taking the 7pm flight (meaning leave the train @ Zurich station at 4pm), and if it is impossible to do in 1 day, we may have to sacrafice the Zurich day sightseeing and head straight to the airport from Appenzell
Of course, if the previous day, if we are able complete them all, then we can do the sightseeing in Zurich before heading to the airport!
The schedule above is my conservative estimate, of course for those who have been there would know better than me
PS: I want to also ask for the walking part from Ebenalp to Wildkirchli (cafe) to Ascher Cliff to Ebenalp, are they difficult to walk in terms of steepness, dangerous etc? Or its easy to do?
And is during in Feb, will the landscape in Appenzell be very green or fulll of white snow??
Your advice and suggestion would be appreciated!