Sleep on the cliff- Berggasthaus Aescher
Two years ago, an Indian colleague told me about this lengendary mountain hut built on the cliff in Switzerland, which I had wanted to go badly since then. Finally, I got to visit Berggasthaus Aescher last summer! (see: http://www.therichest.com/expensive-lifestyle/location/10-mind-blowing-hotels-to-visit-before-you-die/)
Berggasthaus Aescher (“Berggasthaus” means mountain guesthouse in German) is located in Eastern Switzerland, close to St. Gallen and Appenzell. Situated on an altitude of 1600m, the mountain hut has a history of 200 years. It has been a mountain guesthouse / restaurant since its establishment. With its hardly accessible location, transporting daily necessities to this mountain hut is always difficult, and it only runs from May to October every year.
I took the regional trains from Appenzell to Wasserauen. Weather was rainy and foggy, where I can still catch a glimpse of the green rolling hills.
It was really foggy as I got off at Wasserauen and took the cable car up to Ebenalp. Was overwhelmed in the sea of clouds and fog when I hiked down to Berggasthaus Aescher.
Very very foggy, the visibility was only around 50 metres. Still, I have read quite a few hiking reports to the Berggasthaus Aescher and virtually knew the way, I still feel nervous to hike in such a foggy weather.
“What???”, “How come???”, “No way!!!”
Everyone who has seen Berggasthaus Aescher with their eyes would probably be taken by surprise the first time they saw it. After the slopes, water-dripping caves, and unforgiving cliffs, and after the one last turn – Berggasthaus Aescher is just right there!!! It just pops out of nowhere and just sits right there!!! Seriously, why on earth would someone want to build a mountain hut in this difficult location? Probably, it is the spirit of mountain lovers and adventure takers, always aim for the difficult goals!
The hosts in the hostels are very nice and friendly. Run by a family and with its remote location, the operation of the hostel tends to be primitive. Supply of water is an issue here as pipes cannot reach this mountain hut – which means no shower here! Almost every guest only stays for one night here.
After a full day of journey, it’s simply satisfying to fill my stomach with this starchy and tasty rosti! Many locals hiked up here and drank a lot of red wine during dinner time, and then hiked down the mountain in the dark…
The fog has cleared away in the morning – I was rewarded with the sea of clouds.
Peaceful as it is. Small flocks of sheep and cows are enjoying their breakfasts, with their unique Swiss cow bells. “Ding dong ding dong” and the quiet sound of nature, how serene it is!
Berggasthaus Aescher http://aescher-ai.ch/
Only open from May to October every year
Transport: Take train from Zurich to Gossau, and transit to regional trains to Wasserauen. Take a cable car from Wasserauen to Ebenalp. Once you reach the peak, hike down for 15 minutes by following the road signs. Alternatively, you can hike up from Wasserauen to Berggasthaus Aescher.