The Emmental is characterized by its characteristic hilly landscape of lush pastures and green meadows. The rolling hills are often crowned by conifers, giving the region an idyllic backdrop. A special feature are the traditional Emmental farmhouses, which stand out with their typical architecture.
The large wooden houses with their steep roofs, decorative ornaments and flower-decked balconies lend the Emmental an unmistakable charm and reflect the region’s traditional building culture. This unique blend of picturesque landscape and traditional architecture makes the Emmental a special place with an unmistakable aesthetic appeal.
5 top Emmental sights
1. Emmental show cheese dairy
The Emmentaler show dairy in Affoltern is an enchanting place where visitors can experience first-hand how real Emmentaler AOP is made several times a day.
A particular highlight is the opportunity to make cheese yourself and go through the entire process. Comprehensive audiovisual information explains the process in German, French, English, Italian and Spanish to ensure that all visitors can understand the fascination of cheese making.
The Emmental show dairy not only offers insights into traditional cheese production, but also interactive stations and activities that deepen the understanding and enthusiasm for Emmental cheese.
2. Gotthelf Center
The Gotthelf Center is located in the former vicarage where Albert Bitzius lived as a priest and poet from 1831 to 1854 and created his impressive literary work under the pseudonym Jeremias Gotthelf. His best-known novels include “Uli der Knecht”, “Anne Bäbi Jowäger”, “Geld und Geist” and “Die Käserei in der Vehfreude”, while “Die Schwarze Spinne” is considered his most famous novella.
The modern museum, which opened in 2012, provides a deep insight into Gotthelf’s life and shows his many facets as a pastor, writer, journalist, teacher, school inspector and bailiff for the poor. Visitors can experience his incredible creative power and admire valuable first editions.
3. Trachselwald Castle
The Trachselwald Castle, a venerable fortress from the 13th century, rises majestically on a picturesque hill in the idyllic municipality of Trachselwald, very close to Sumiswald. Originally built as a defensive structure by the brave barons, the castle now has a new role as a living monument to the Peasants’ War and a nationally significant architectural gem.
Visitors can tour the castle free of charge and immerse themselves in times gone by. Fascinating insights into the life of the Anabaptists, the events of the Peasants’ War and the tragic persecution of the Anabaptists are revealed here. The history is brought to life in a small but impressive exhibition that takes visitors on an impressive journey with informative panels and interactive audio stations.
4. Gäggersteg – Gantrisch Nature Park
The Gäggersteg is an extraordinary wooden walkway that meanders picturesquely through the treetops of the Pfyffe forest reserve. This unique path leads visitors right through the storm wood with its imposing root plates and allows them to experience the natural reforestation in the reserve first-hand.
As you hike along the Gäggersteg, you can also enjoy impressive views of the majestic Gantrisch range. Along the accompanying family trail, there are also numerous opportunities to learn a lot about the forest and its diverse functions.
One particularly interesting topic is deadwood, which provides a new habitat for many organisms and animals and thus helps to promote biodiversity.
5. Trub – the most beautiful village in Switzerland
The picturesque village of Trub in the Upper Emmental was honored with the coveted award for Switzerland’s most beautiful village. With a total population of 1350 and a proud 140 farms, Trub epitomizes rural beauty and tradition. The renowned magazines “Schweizer Illustrierte”, “L’illustré” and “Il caffè” present this award, in which readers can nominate villages from all parts of the country.
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