Eastern Switzerland has a personality all its own. This less traveled, quieter region is the reality of what many people imagine when they think of Switzerland - the painted houses and simple life depicted in the "Heidi" stories.
Appenzell is a perfect example. The streets are lined with charming painted houses and the tantalizing smell from local bakeries. The locals still take traditional dress very seriously, and voting is done by a show of hands in the town square. This area is well-known for its fine embroidery and its Appenzeller cheese.
Schaffhausen, on the other hand, has developed into a busy modern town, but it still boasts one of the most captivating medieval town centers in Switzerland. The houses there are adorned with beautiful bay windows—called oriels—and ornate painted facades. Visit the Munot Fortress, built between 1564 and 1589, which provides stunning panoramic views. Or, go vineyard-hopping and taste the area's wines.
In St. Gallen, history lovers won't want to miss the Baroque cathedral with the Abbey Library, which houses about 140,000 documents, many of which are hand-written and date back a thousand years. To get your blood pumping while enjoying the awesome scenery, grab a bicycle and take the Lake Constance Cycle Path down to the lake. Or walk the Bridge Trail that passes over 18 bridges in the Sittertobel near St. Gallen.
Eastern Switzerland provides an opportunity to experience this country not from a tourist's viewpoint, but as a part of the community. And there's no better way to immerse yourself in the community than by staying at one of the Swiss properties or apartments we feature.
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