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One of the most amazing hotels of the world, many sites seem to agree. Not that much of a hotel though - bunk beds, no heating, creaking wood planks, but the views… It was almost evening when we arrived and shadows were playing with my white balance, but the views… The trip from the Ebenalp cable car is very short, at most twenty minutes down on a narrow but well maintained path (it’s Switzerland, right?), through the limestone mountain on a sodium lit cave with soot darkened walls, then hundreds of meters above the green pastures along sturdy rails you will find first a hermit retreat, then a cavern chapel, then a hotel… yes, that’s it, the Äscher inn! And the views… and the delicious looking whisky sausage specialty, and the oven rösti baked with smelly cheese, and the Dunkel Lager Appenzeller beer, mellow and refreshing and discrete just right for the moment. In the chiming bells of the sheep herd, sitting there, enjoying the view…