With an area of 13.6 hectares, the picturesque Seealpsee is one of the most photographed lakes in Switzerland. Find the lake at an altitude of 1,143 meters, surrounded with enormous mountains of the Alps. There are more than 1000 km of hiking trails in the vicinity. From the nearby Ebenalp, you can reach popular attractions, such as Wildkirchli and the Santis mountain.
|Country||Switzerland, Canton of Appenzell|
|Location||Wasserauen, Alpstein region|
|Parking||Wasserauen, cable car parking lot|
|Can you swim in the lake?||Yes|
|Boat rental||CHF 5/30 mins|
|Hiking route||6 km | 280 m level | kid-friendly|
|Cable car||No direct lift (only nearby)|
|Parameters||13,6 hectare | 15 m depth | 630 m length|
Map - Where is Seealpsee located?
The Seealpsee is located near the border in the northeastern tip of Switzerland. Lichtenstein, Austria and Germany's Lake Constance are just a few kilometres away. You are in the canton of Appenzell, in the province of Alpstein. The lake belongs to the area of Schwende and can be reached from the town of Wasserauen.
It is located at the end of a wild valley, surrounded by mountains on three sides, you can only approach it on foot.
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More about the lake
- On the shore of the lake, you find the famous Berggasthause Forelle, run by the local Fritsch family. Here, you can have lunch in the open-air restaurant and stay, as the family also rents out rooms.
- At the lake, find the Bruderklausenkapelle, which the locals built in 1967. During the summer season, weddings are kept in the chapel.
- One of the most exciting pieces of information about the area is that the cheese called Seealpkäse is made here. It owes its unique taste to the milk of the cows that graze here. The grass and herbs here have special flavour due to the unique microclimate of the lake. As the weather warms up, so does the cheese-making starts. You can visit the "cheese factory" run by Hans and Daniela Gmünder if you register in advance by phone (+41 77 468 04 90). If you want to taste the cheese, you could do so at Forelle.
Can you swim in the lake?
Yes, swimming in the lake is free, but it is only recommended for experienced and good swimmers. The locals do not recommend swimming around the entire lake but rather encourage you to rent a boat.
You can rent a rowing boat at the Forelle restaurant, the price of which (in 2023) is CHF 5/30 minutes. You can also request a life jacket if you want - but wearing it is not mandatory. It is worth testing your muscles and rowing a little in the idyllic environment.
The lake can be approached on a hiking trail (red) or on foot on the service road (yellow) used by the locals (No8). The hiking trail is 6 km long, and the difference in level is 280 meters up and the same down. It is a child-friendly and easy route that can be accomplished even with kids. It is trendy in summer when you can expect many hikers on the marked paths.
During your tour, the highest point will be 1040 meters. It is worth counting 3 hours for the entire program - plus the stops you want to spend on the shore of the lake. You can go around the lake on an easy hiking trail. If you come with kids, calculate plus one hour or the hike.
|Starting point and endpoint||Wasserauen car park (next to the cable car)|
|Length||5.5 km (2 hours)|
|Further options||+1.5 km lake loop (30 mins)|
|Level difference||280 m|
|Duration (with no stops)||2.5 - 3 hours|
Hiking trails around the lake
The area has approximately 1,200 km of marked routes, several of which are start near the lake. For many enthusiastic hikers, the Seealpsee is not the final destination but only an intermediate stop.
|Hiking routes near Seealpseee||Duration|
|The loop trail around the lake||45 mins|
Yes, the lake and its surroundings are also accessible to dogs. As far as we know, the Forelle Inn is also dog-friendly.
Unfortunately, those who want to approach the lake by hiking should expect that it is not barrier-free - so you cannot stroll along it either with a wheelchair or a stroller. There is a service road leading to the lake (yellow road No8), which the employees of the local restaurant use. We can't go here with a stroller because it's very steep.
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