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Berggasthaus Aescher Switzerland
This guesthouse was built 170 years ago by farmers who needed a place to hang out so their goats could graze. This seems like an achievement on par with the pyramids. I mean, how do you drag that much timber up a mountain and then build it into a mountain ledge 170 years ago? I guess it’s amazing what you can do when motivated by finding more grass for your goats.
Today, you arrive by cable car, passing over the region of Appenzell which is so traditional Swiss people joke that when you go there you can expect to “set your watch back 10 years”. After the cable car, you can take a short hike to the guesthouse. The hike takes you through some old neanderthal rock villages or “caves” and through a 400-year-old Wildkirchli cave church where hermit monks escaped the temptations of medieval village life to pursue a holier (and draftier) existence.