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Old 23.10.2007, 12:16
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Heidiland - Appenzeller

Hi, the outlaws are visiting from Spain soon and are only here for a couple of days. On this trip they would like to see 'typical' Switzerland ie Heidiland.

Does anyone have a recommendation of a must see town in this region that would be good to stay overnight.

I am planning to drive from Basel to have lunch in Schwyz and drive into Appenzeller and maybe visit a few spots before stopping for the night.

As ever, many thanks in advance.

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Old 23.10.2007, 12:39
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Hi, the outlaws are visiting from Spain soon and are only here for a couple of days. On this trip they would like to see 'typical' Switzerland ie Heidiland.

Does anyone have a recommendation of a must see town in this region that would be good to stay overnight.

I am planning to drive from Basel to have lunch in Schwyz and drive into Appenzeller and maybe visit a few spots before stopping for the night.

As ever, many thanks in advance.


Suggest that you spend the night in CHUR... and you can visit the surrounding area. Heidiland is about 30 mins drive to Chur.. You can also stay at the IBIS hotel in CHUR.. Nothing fancy and I believe the price is approx 120 sfr double.

Chur is the oldest city in Switzerland.

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Old 23.10.2007, 12:52
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Re: Heidiland - Appenzeller

Bad Ragaz is also a lovely town with fantastic spa and hotel if you want to spend a little more (and impress the other half with a romantic champagne jacuzzi). Just off the A3 it is really easy to reach and about 20 mins from Chur as mentioned above which is also nice.

http://www.heidiland.com/en/welcome.cfm? if you haven't already found it might help you in your plans.

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Old 23.10.2007, 23:55
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Chur is the oldest city in Switzerland.
Isn't Werdenberg (between Buchs SG and Gams) supposed to be the oldest city in Switzerland? If you can allow the detour, it is actually worthwhile to stop and see it.

Also, if you go to Appenzell, you might consider stop in St Gallen to see the library (oldest books in German language are in there) and give a walk in the old town. The windows and balconies are actually UNESCO protected patrimony.
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Re: Heidiland - Appenzeller

As per the Churer/Swiss authorities ... Chur is the oldest city in Switzerland... Even have a Big Sign on the autobahn entrance going into Chur...
Just passing on the info as advertised here..
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As per the Churer/Swiss authorities ... Chur is the oldest city in Switzerland... Even have a Big Sign on the autobahn entrance going into Chur...
Just passing on the info as advertised here..
Both are true. As I am told, Chur is the oldest city in the form of a CITY. On the other hand, Werdenberg is a city by historical importance.

A CITY in Switzerland must have 10,000 citizens. Werdenberg surely does not fall into this category , as Chur does.

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With the worst McDonalds pyramid in the developed world.

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Maienfeld is the town north of Chur that was renamed Heididorf. If they are really into the kitschy Heidi stuff, that's the place to take them - but not on a Sunday - you can walk up to Heidihaus on Sundays but nothing is open. And there are some really cute goats to feed if you/they are animal friendly. But I wouldnt want to spend a full day there, just an hour or two maybe
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Re: Heidiland - Appenzeller

Hello Everybody,
We are planning for a weekend trip to Heidiland.Self Serviced Apartments is what we plan to book.Looking for suggestions/feedback from the EF members who have already been to this place .
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Re: Heidiland - Appenzeller

The tourist info office in Bad Ragaz is very helpful. We enjoyed mini golf and went on a horse and cart tour, organised via the tourist information service.
There are plenty of nice cafes and restaurants.

We stated at a motel, but there are definitely other options around the area. There's also a small zoo/animal park in the local area...
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Thanks Swisspea ..will check at Bad Ragaz for more details.
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Re: Heidiland - Appenzeller

There are quite a few EFers who live in the area, like me, for instance, but since we live in Heidiland anyway, we do not have to deal with lodging, so I'm afraid we can't offer much help.

One thing I'd like to mention, though, is that the old post by Buttercupbananatush is wrong in that Maienfeld never was renamed Heididorf. Maienfeld, just as in the Heidi novel by Johanna Spyri, is still Maienfeld.

What is sold to tourists as Heididörfli is the tiny hamlet of Oberrofels on the foot of the mountains just east of Maienfeld, which, although Spyri never mentioned a name but just wrote about the Dörfli (i.e. little village), fairly well corresponds with the description in the novel, apart from the fact that according to Spyri there was a church, which is not the case in Oberrofels. A clear case of poetic license...

As for the equally old post by Scott, I'd venture to say that nobody in Switzerland would ever call a settlement of 10,000 inhabitants a city. That's what we call a Stadt, and that is best translated as a town. A city, if there were such a term in regular German (except the funny notion of the Zürchers to call their financial district "City," probably borrowed from the City of London, ha ha), might be something above 100,000 inhabitants or so, hence a Grosstadt in German.
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