Telephoto Lens Target - World's Most Famous Mountain Hut and Lake Seealpsee

World’s Most Famous Mountain Hut and Lake Seealpsee – An impressive Photo-Hike at Schäfler Mountain in Alpstein

When the hut is one of the main focal points of a hike, you know you are not dealing with ordinary, everyday hikers’ shelter. The Äscher Hut in northeastern Switzerland is the most prominent inn in the Alps, and one look at the photograph below will tell you how special it truly is. Just imagine being there and using it as a vantage point for your photography hike. Good news – we have you covered. Find all valuable information for your hiking adventure in Alpstein area including the most outstanding photo locations on the go.

Within a few years, it has transformed – due to its breathtaking, unique location, framed by a massive rocky outcrop – from an inconspicuous insider tip to worldwide popularity.

Since the 2010s, it has been considered one of the most visited places in Switzerland
Since the 2010s, it has been considered one of the most visited places in Switzerland. Äscher Mountain Hut These are the kinds of photo oportunities Mountain Moments exists for

The famous mountain hut is located in the Alpstein mountains. Here, craggy rocky slabs rise from kitschy alpine meadows. Especially the Altenalp towers in the direction of Säntis are a photographic feast for the eyes. Contrasting between the steep boulders lies the Lake Seealp (Seealpsee). 

It is easy to reach and invites a refreshing swim on hot summer days: Lake Seealp (Seealpsee). If you keep your eyes open, you will find countless other small, worthwhile motifs not far from the well-known photo locations – and also enough space to linger and enjoy

Caution: Säntis has the highest precipitation in the Alps, and the hiking trails require a head for heights and surefooted.

Route description! This is how your hiking adventure in Swiss Alps looks like on a map

The tour begins at the mountain station of the Wasserauen-Ebenalp cable car. Briefly follow the paved path uphill in the direction of (Gasthaus) Schäfler Hut. Then continue uphill, a short stretch downhill and finally follow the well-marked hiking trail until you reach the Schäfler Hut (1925m), which can be seen from afar. From the inn go back the same way. 

At the junction just before Alp Chlus (1724m) turn right in the direction of the Äscher/Wildkirchli inn and immediately left again. Follow the path downhill until you reach the Äscher-Wildkirchli hut (1454m). 

A few steps back to the last junction and now turn left downhill in the direction of Seealpsee. At the road turn right and then about 30 meters uphill to the Seealpsee (1142m). Past the Hotel Seealpsee to the Hotel Forelle through the sparse forest path. At the road (1153m) continue straight ahead following the signs to Wasserauen (longer route). 

This worthwhile detour leads through wonderful alpine landscapes ("Hütten", 1200m) along a driveway past some alpine pastures (mostly open on weekends) and further downhill on a well-built hiking trail (1177m) over the Hüttentobel to the Wasserauen parking lot/railway station.
This worthwhile detour leads through wonderful alpine landscapes (“Hütten”, 1200m) along a driveway past some alpine pastures (mostly open on weekends) and further downhill on a well-built hiking trail (1177m) over the Hüttentobel to the Wasserauen parking lot/railway station

Photo tips that will make your Instagram – 360° panoramic views and the Äscher hut

The best photo view can be found just above the Gasthaus Schäfler with a view towards Säntis and Altenalptürm. Here you have a breathtaking 360° panoramic view.  The most beautiful pictures are often taken here with a telephoto lens. 

Don’t miss the most famous mountain inn in the world – Äscher-Wildkirchli – which seems to be stuck to overhanging rock. The third top location is right on the shore of the Seealpsee.

With a bit of luck, and there is no wind the impressive rocky peaks of the Alpstein are reflected in the lake.
With a bit of luck, and there is no wind the impressive rocky peaks of the Alpstein are reflected in the lake

Mountain Moments Photo Workshops provide Photo Tours for everybody, Alpine Experience for beginners and intermediate-level photographers with 3 to 6-hour routes, as well as Summit Experience for more advanced photographers and hikers. We have private workshops and group classes.

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More information about your Äscher Hut-oriented mountain trip

How to get there by public transport: Take the train to Appenzell, change trains here and get off at the Wasserauen/Ebenalp terminus.

How to get there by car: To Appenzell, from here to Weissbad and on to Wasserauen/Ebenalp. Parking in Wasserauen (partly with costs).

Start/finish: Wasserauen train station (868m) 47.285576,9.428426

Distance: 11km

Duration: 4.40h

Ascent/descent: 630m/1350m

Highest point/lowest point: 1925m/868m

Hike difficulty level: medium

Special features: Without mountain drive a strenuous hike (difficult), partly surefootedness necessary. On sunny weekends it is worthwhile to arrive by train.

Meals and snacks: Ebenalp mountain inn, Schäfler inn, Äscher-Wildkirchli mountain inn, hotel, Seealpsee and Hotel Forelle, Wasserauen train station.

Contact: www.appenzell.ch

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