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Cycling in Switzerland

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Burgdorf
ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 28, Huttwil–Burgdorf
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ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 29, Burgdorf–Bern (Bärengraben)
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Emme-Uferweg
Emme-Uferweg
Route 446, Burgdorf–Hasle-Rüegsau
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Flüeweg Burgdorf
Flüeweg Burgdorf
Route 389, Burgdorf–Burgdorf
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Cycling in

Burgdorf
Mittelländer Hügelroute
Mittelländer Hügelroute
Stage 1, Thun, Heimberg–Langenthal
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Emmental–Entlebuch
Emmental–Entlebuch
Stage 1, Biel/Bienne–Burgdorf
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Emmental–Entlebuch
Emmental–Entlebuch
Stage 2, Burgdorf–Escholzmatt
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Herzroute
Herzroute
Stage 5, Langnau–Burgdorf
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Herzroute
Herzroute
Stage 6, Burgdorf–Willisau
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Skating in

Burgdorf
Bärnbiet Skate
Bärnbiet Skate
Route 22, Bern–Burgdorf
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Burgdorf
Burgdorf

Burgdorf

The small town of Burgdorf at the gateway to the Emmental – thanks to the cheese of the same name, a well-known hilly and forest landscape with spacious farmhouses – possesses a mediaeval old town with late-baroque patrician houses and an impressive castle.
Encircled by a gentle, hilly landscape and imposing cliffs, this town is dominated by its castle: the 800-year-old bricks in its walls would have had many stories to recount: such as how this town grew around the largest and best-maintained Zähringen castle in Switzerland. The museum in the castle presents the history of Burgdorf and the Emmental. Visitors can enjoy magnificent views of the city and the Bernese Alps from the donjon, which was built at the end of the 12th century.

The Burgdorf old town, comprising an upper town and lower town, is regarded as a jewel of urban architecture. The mediaeval urban architecture has to be admired as being virtually perfect: the upper town between the castle and church mound as a feudal residential town with patrician houses in the Bernese late-baroque style and neo-classical buildings, and the granary quarter at the foot of the castle cliff, the lower town linked to the upper town by stairs, which housed the businesses and trades.

Today, the alleyways of the old town, with their pleasant street cafés and snug small squares are a popular meeting place for shopping, entertainment and culinary enjoyment in a historic setting.

In the Helvetian Gold Museum in Burgdorf Castle, visitors will gain an oversight of gold panning and gold mining in Switzerland. At 97%, the gold from the Emme creek has a higher millesimal fineness than that from the ‘El Dorado’ of the American West! In remembrance of the Swiss gold rush in the Emmental, gold panning experience days can still be booked today.

Highlights

  • Old Burgdorf Abattoir – Bernhard Luginbühl, an important Swiss wood and iron sculptor has lived and worked in Mötschwil near Burgdorf since 1965. His works are exhibited in the old abattoir in Burgdorf and in the sculpture park in Mötschwil.
  • Burgdorf Franz Gertsch Museum – monumental, life-like wood carvings are a hallmark of the artist Gertsch. Changing exhibitions with contemporary art.
  • Burgdorf Castle – Switzerland’s largest and best-maintained Zähringen castle with a historic museum.
  • Lueg – Vantage point (888 m) near Burgdorf with panoramic views across the hilly landscape of the Emmental, as well as the Jura and the Alps.
  • Emmental – thanks to the cheese made here, this is a well-known hilly landscape with spacious farmhouses and reminders of the poet Jeremias Gotthelf.
The small town of Burgdorf at the gateway to the Emmental – thanks to the cheese of the same name, a well-known hilly and forest landscape with spacious farmhouses – possesses a mediaeval old town with late-baroque patrician houses and an impressive castle.
Encircled by a gentle, hilly landscape and imposing cliffs, this town is dominated by its castle: the 800-year-old bricks in its walls would have had many stories to recount: such as how this town grew around the largest and best-maintained Zähringen castle in Switzerland. The museum in the castle presents the history of Burgdorf and the Emmental. Visitors can enjoy magnificent views of the city and the Bernese Alps from the donjon, which was built at the end of the 12th century.

The Burgdorf old town, comprising an upper town and lower town, is regarded as a jewel of urban architecture. The mediaeval urban architecture has to be admired as being virtually perfect: the upper town between the castle and church mound as a feudal residential town with patrician houses in the Bernese late-baroque style and neo-classical buildings, and the granary quarter at the foot of the castle cliff, the lower town linked to the upper town by stairs, which housed the businesses and trades.

Today, the alleyways of the old town, with their pleasant street cafés and snug small squares are a popular meeting place for shopping, entertainment and culinary enjoyment in a historic setting.

In the Helvetian Gold Museum in Burgdorf Castle, visitors will gain an oversight of gold panning and gold mining in Switzerland. At 97%, the gold from the Emme creek has a higher millesimal fineness than that from the ‘El Dorado’ of the American West! In remembrance of the Swiss gold rush in the Emmental, gold panning experience days can still be booked today.

Highlights

  • Old Burgdorf Abattoir – Bernhard Luginbühl, an important Swiss wood and iron sculptor has lived and worked in Mötschwil near Burgdorf since 1965. His works are exhibited in the old abattoir in Burgdorf and in the sculpture park in Mötschwil.
  • Burgdorf Franz Gertsch Museum – monumental, life-like wood carvings are a hallmark of the artist Gertsch. Changing exhibitions with contemporary art.
  • Burgdorf Castle – Switzerland’s largest and best-maintained Zähringen castle with a historic museum.
  • Lueg – Vantage point (888 m) near Burgdorf with panoramic views across the hilly landscape of the Emmental, as well as the Jura and the Alps.
  • Emmental – thanks to the cheese made here, this is a well-known hilly landscape with spacious farmhouses and reminders of the poet Jeremias Gotthelf.

Arrival and return Burgdorf

Adresse

Tourist Office Brugdorf
Bahnhofstrasse 44
3402 Burgdorf
Tel. +41 (0)58 327 50 92
tourist-office@burgdorf.ch
www.burgdorf.ch/tourismus.0.html

Services

Accommodation

Bauernhof Bättwil
Bauernhof Bättwil
Burgdorf
Hotel Orchidee Burgdorf
Hotel Orchidee Burgdorf
Burgdorf
Jugendherberge Schloss Burgdorf
Jugendherberge Schloss Burgdorf
Burgdorf
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Places of interest

Murder on the Route of St. James
Murder on the Route of St. James
Museum Franz Gertsch
Museum Franz Gertsch
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Hiking in

Burgdorf
ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 28, Huttwil–Burgdorf
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ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 29, Burgdorf–Bern (Bärengraben)
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Emme-Uferweg
Emme-Uferweg
Route 446, Burgdorf–Hasle-Rüegsau
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Flüeweg Burgdorf
Flüeweg Burgdorf
Route 389, Burgdorf–Burgdorf
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Cycling in

Burgdorf
Mittelländer Hügelroute
Mittelländer Hügelroute
Stage 1, Thun, Heimberg–Langenthal
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Emmental–Entlebuch
Emmental–Entlebuch
Stage 1, Biel/Bienne–Burgdorf
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Emmental–Entlebuch
Emmental–Entlebuch
Stage 2, Burgdorf–Escholzmatt
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Herzroute
Herzroute
Stage 5, Langnau–Burgdorf
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Herzroute
Herzroute
Stage 6, Burgdorf–Willisau
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Skating in

Burgdorf
Bärnbiet Skate
Bärnbiet Skate
Route 22, Bern–Burgdorf
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