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Santis der Berg, Urnaesch

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At 2,501.9 metres above sea level, Säntis is the highest mountain in the Alpstein massif of northeastern Switzerland. It is also the culminating point of the whole Appenzell Alps, between Lake Walen and Lake Constance. Shared by three cantons, the mountain is a highly visible landmark thanks to its exposed northerly position within the Alpstein massif. As a consequence, houses called Säntisblick (English: Säntis view) can be found in regions as far away as the Black Forest in Germany. Säntis is among the most prominent summits in the Alps and the most prominent summit in Europe with an observation deck on the top. The panorama from the summit is spectacular. Six countries can be seen if the weather allows: Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, France, and Italy.GeographySäntis is located in the Alpstein region, nearly 10 km southwest of the town of Appenzell. Three cantons meet on Säntis: Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Appenzell Innerrhoden, and St. Gallen, the mountain being split between the municipalities of Hundwil, Schwende and Wildhaus-Alt St. Johann. Even though its summit is at only 2502 metres above sea level, the mountain ranks number 13th in the Alps and 29th in Europe in topographic prominence at 2021 metres. Peaks with high prominence often have impressive summit views, even if their elevations are relatively modest, Säntis being a prime example. Säntis is also the highest mountain of both cantons of Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Appenzell Innerrhoden.
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  • Travelling with Swiss friends they brought from Lake Zurich up to Santis for a very unique breakfast. For 54ch (€50) you get a return trip in the cable car to the top of the mountain and an all you ca...  more »
  • Indeed impressive with the providing a perfect 360 degrees view on snowcapped mountain tops. I guess we were lucky to have nice weather with optimal visibility. Still, I can't wait for a midsummer vis...  more »
  • Take a cable car all the way up Mount Santis and once you're at the station, climb up to the balcony, or better yet, go all the way up to the weather station and if the weather is right, you'll have a...  more »
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  • Unfreudlichers staff. Is overpriced. The price-performance ratio does not match.
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  • The staff is very friendly. The ride up the mountain very pleasant and by the prospect of a huge experience.
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  • Shows the traditional way of making cheese.
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