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Ebenalp
This Alpine area in Appenzellerland sits at an altitude of more than 5,000 feet and is home to the much-photographed Aescher-Gasthaus, Switzerland’s version of the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. The 19th-century guesthouse was constructed directly into a jagged cliff face and became so popular that it closed to overnight guests in 2017. Fortunately, the cable car heading there from Wasserauen still runs, and the short 20-minute hike to it is worth the trip itself, trekking through the ancient Wildkirchli caves once home to 16th-century hermits and prehistoric bears, not to mention a grotto chapel built right into the stone, a small museum, and a sheep farm occupying some seriously steep meadow terrain.
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Ebenalp, 9057 Schwende District, Switzerland