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They say it's nice to work up an appetite before your dinner but would you be willing to hike three hours up a cliff to eat? The Äscher cliff restaurant in Switzerland sits around 5 km above sea level and is nestled in the side of a mountain in the Alpstein area. Regular tours hike there from Wasserauen station and reports online suggest it's worth the three hour hike, offering spectacular views of this fascinating hiking area: after the first climb, you reach the picturesque Seealp lake, with, behind it, the mighty Säntis mountain.
However, the undisputed high point of this route is the Äscher mountain restaurant. The restaurant is in the most precarious position, clinging to the foot of a vertical cliff face a good 100 m high. Mighty rock formations up to more than 2500 m high tower up as if from nowhere. Deep, steep-sided valleys cut through this region.
You can plan tour and hike to the restaurant with MySwitzerland.com.