SAGAS FROM THE ALPSTEIN LAKES

The young countess began to weep tears of joy; these flowed down to the ground, finally becoming a small stream, which slowly began to fill the valley at her feet – this is how Lake Fählensee came into being.When the overspill poured down over the Stiefel path into the valley of Sämtis-Alp, the torrent of water flowed round to a wooded rock below Alp Sigel, where the water again collected, forming Lake Sämtiser. More

THE MERMAID OF WEISSBAD

Terrified, he asked her who she was and what she was doing here."For three hundred years, I have been guarding the pure water of the Weissbach.As you can see, the water gives me eternal youth.And if you promise to marry me, then you can become one of us and live forever as I do."He did not particularly dream of such a life, but the girl was so very beautiful, and his heart was pounding so wildly. More

LEGENDARY GIANTS AND ELVES

Those who visit Locher brewery and, watch production processes, and observe how hardworking experts use natural ingredients to create products, can’t help thinking of the good elves of yore, who once used to come out at night to help folk.Elves once populated Alpstein too, as our next legend relates. More

OAK BARRELS, UP TO 120 YEARS OLD

As a historical brewery, the Locher family are in the possession of historical oak beer barrels which have served for decades – and some for more than a century – to store beer.During their long lives, these barrels have soaked up the aroma of beer, and now imbibe this spirit, along with the ancient sagas and memories, to the spirit of Appenzeller Säntis Malt. More

HANNES THE PEAT CUTTER

About 300 years ago, on the hillside above Gonton moor, a smallholder and peat cutter named Hannes is said to have lived.He had a special gift, and was able to "counter heat and fire".In other words, he was able to heal fever and swellings, get rid of warts and even staunch bleeding – all by repeating prayers his deceased mother had taught him.The following tale is told about him. More