Urnäsch is a municipality in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden in Switzerland. The Protestant church together with the houses on the village square and the Museum für Appenzeller Brauchtum are listed as heritage sites of national significance.
- Elevation of the village: 838 m (2,749 ft)
- Lowest elevation: Murbach 722 m (2,369 ft)
- Highest elevation: Petersalp 1590 m (5,217 ft)
a part of Urnäsch known as Färchen
was first mentioned. In 1344
the village is sold to the German
, but later the monastery of St. Gallen
acquires the land.
After the battles in Vögelinsegg (1403) and Stoss (1405) the land gained independence as part of Appenzell. In 1417 a church was built. This is considered the formal establishment of Urnäsch. There was a devastating fire in 1641.
Some 950 people work in Urnäsch: 10 per cent in agriculture, 41 per cent in trade and industry, 49 per cent in the service sector. There are just under 100 farms and 18 hotels and restaurants in the village.