According to our travel books, Appenzellerland is viewed as a "backwards" part of Switzerland. Named for monks who colonized the area in the 10th century, Abtszell (Abbey's Cell), this region is the least populated of all the Swiss cantons. It has maintained a quaint, traditional air - which brings in tourists - and the local mountains, the Alpstein, bring in lots of day hikers.
You can see the women in traditional dress here, but the boys in the back left of this photo were the most impressive. They sport a gold earring over their right ear. I didn't get closer because they are young guys and I didn't want to embarrass them (or me) by sticking my camera in their faces...
|Folks in Appenzell, the main town in the region.|
They do have beautifully painted houses and shops.
|Pharmacy with painting of herbs|
|Can a sign be more charming?|
|Darrell in front of one of the cave openings|
|I think the building leans into the cliff for extra support!|
|Like a Swiss version of Mayberry RFD|