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A Canton Off the Beaten Path
Cari Gray of Gray & Co. specializes in "custom trips for active travellers," and in Switzerland there's no shortage of opportunities to explore the country by bike or on foot. One of her favorite destinations is Appenzell, a canton in northeastern Switzerland roughly an hour from Zurich. She'll send you to a choice of bike routes, including some kid-friendly stretches, and other places where you can experience the timeless culture and traditional cuisine of the region. To see even more of Switzerland with Cari, this trip can be combined with her 3-day Switzerland with a French Flair itinerary, exploring the cantons of Neuchâtel and Jura.
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    Day 1
    Bike through the Appenzell
    You'll fly into Zurich, an hour from the Appenzell, and spend your first day exploring some of the area on bicycle. Buchs to St. Margrethen is a scenic route of roughly 25 miles, while there's a child-friendly stretch between Oberriet and St. Margrethen (14 miles). If you want to continue from St. Margrethen to Appenzell, the quaint canton capital, it's another 29 miles. As is typical on many Swiss biking routes, there are plenty of cafés and areas to rest.
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    Day 2
    Eat and Drink in Appenzell
    You'll see plenty of cows in Appenzell. They are responsible for one of the region's most famous products, Appenzeller cheese, often described as "Switzerland's spiciest cheese." On a visit to a cheese dairy, you'll see it produced by hand just as it has been for more than 700 years. Other culinary visits that we can arrange include an independent family-owned brewery and a bakery where you can make your own Appenzell biber, a traditional gingerbread with honey and nuts.
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    Day 3
    Bike to Glarus
    After a day of eating your way through the canton of Appenzell, it's time to get back on your bike and pedal through the canton of St. Gallen and then on to the canton of Glarus and its capital with the same name. The ride on the Alpine Panorama route, which is medium-to-difficult, is 71 kilometers (44 miles) and will take you from mountain scenery to rolling meadows and farmland and past the postcard perfect Walensee.
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