Our cuisine is local and honest. We go back to the roots, our local specialties and traditions and create culinary inventions from it. We like to work closely with local producers and want to do our part in obtaining the cultural heritage of the alps. Strongly connected to our heritage are ingredients, which have the reputation of being poor people’s food and have fallen into oblivion. Some of these ingredients have celebrated a comeback, for example the Ribelmais (special type of ground maize) from the Rhine Valley with which we prepare our Bramata.
The Aescher and the Wildkirchli with their caves are true treasure troves of fascinating history which we would like to share with you. With the Aescher Specials we have created food and drinks which turn this magical historical place into culinary delights. Have you ever tried our Torch Coffee, the Aescher Becki or the Aescher Twenty?
Our guesthouse upon the mountain has seen many a proud face after a steep ascent. The guesthouse in its present form has existed since 1884 and is one of the oldest mountain guesthouses in Switzerland.
In 1658, Priest Ulmann was the first hermit to live in the hermitage in the Wildkirchli.
Ever since, the place holds a fascination which has lasted through generations. Storys are told about small wild people which apparently used to live in in the Wildkirchcaves and helped the alpine dairy men. The Aescher has been a source of inspiration for poets and artists for centuries. Findings of stone tools and bones from cave bears show that the caves have been used as an ancient living space.
Stay overnight in our hermit lodge and experience the simplicity like back in the days. The lodge is situated on the way from the Aescher restaurant and the famous Wildkirchli church and offers, besides a comfy double bed, a lot of room to contemplate about what you really need in life. So to say, a modern-traditional detox Appenzell style!
Please note: At night, you can use the toilets at Aescher. For your daily hygiene we recommend our neighbouring pool – lake Seealp – which you can reach by foot in 30 minutes. Tuesdays and Thursdays are our transport days which means that you will be woken up by a motorised wheel barrow that brings all the goodies to our restaurant. No problem, because this is the time you surely won’t want to miss!
1 night at the lodge – 138 CHF per person,
including a welcome drink and breakfast at Aescher
As the event agency Pfefferbeere AG we create unique culinary experiences. We combine history, design and culinary art with a pinch of interaction and love to play with people’s expectations and preconceptions. Apart from events we also run the LOKI in Wasserauen, a converted train carriage and the Wilde Möhre in the temporary district Lattich in St.Gallen.
Experiences are the most valuable present in our fast moving society. Surprise your loved ones with a trip to the Alpstein, where they can enjoy a well-deserved break with a panoramic view and delicious food at our guesthouse Aescher.
Aescher – Gasthaus am Berg
E 9°24.862 N 47°17.004
Monday to Sunday from 7.30 am
Warm dishes served from 7.30 am to 9 pm
Season from May to November
Take the Ebenalpbahn from Wasserauen to the mountain station and then it’s a 15 minute walk to the Aescher through the Wildkirch caves. Alternatively it’s a 2h 30min hike from Wasserauen via Seealpsee to the Aescher.
As a starting point or as a grand finale we can recommend a stop at our LOKI, the converted train carriage in the garden of Wasserauen train station.
Reservations are possible for groups of 10 people. We can offer to reserve you a table in our cosy Stöbli. Between 7.30 and 9 am a breakfast reservation outside on the terrace is also possible. Please fill out the following form to make your booking:
We can't take any reservations from 9 am to 4 pm.
At the moment we cannot offer overnight stays. Thank you for your understanding!
For overnight stays in the nearby area (3 km as the crow flies) we recommend the Weissbad Lodge of our friends in Weissbad. Book online: www.weissbadlodge.ch