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Sumiswald
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Stage 6, Burgdorf–Willisau
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L'Areuse–Emme–Sihl
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Herzschlaufe Napf
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Stage 1, Willisau–Langnau
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Mountain biking in

Sumiswald
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Sumiswald
Sumiswald

Sumiswald

Sumiswald lies at 700m in a typical rolling Emmental landscape. The church and the castle dominate the village, while the fissured surroundings are guarded by impressive farmhouses with huge roofs.
Sumiswald dominates a natural terrace between the rivers Grüene and Griesbach adjacent to the Gotthelf village of Lützelflüh, 35km from Bern. The village centre is classified as a cultural asset of national significance. The Marktgasse is flanked by late-baroque mercantile architecture, imposing inns and merchants' houses surrounded by generously-sized gardens. It is said that all the surviving men in Sumiswald were able to fit around the large wooden table for a funeral meal at the «Bären» inn after the plague of 1434. The late- Gothic church with its 23 valuable glass windows and striking Käsbissen tower has dominated the village landscape since 1512. Sumiswald Castle was originally used as a hospital and refuge for pilgrims and the poor. Today it is a nursing home.

The municipality is in terms of area one of the largest in Canton Bern and also encompasses the villages of Grünen and Wasen. It still has a strong agricultural identity and groups of farms, hamlets, imposing farmhouses with vast roofs and flower-decked facades dot the segmented and undulating landscape. The Oberfürten farm with its farmhouse, storehouse, «Stöckli» (small house built for the older generation to live in after retirement), stables and other outbuildings is an outstanding example of a regional architecture that still prevails today. Despite its rural setting and agricultural dominance, Sumiswald has attracted a number of firms from trade, industry and the service sectors to the municipality and created jobs.

Sumiswald is not an official tourism destination, but its fog-free altitude, attractive landscape, hilly topography and many mountain restaurants make it an ideal starting point for hikers and bikers. Trails lead through unspoilt nature, shady forests and often along ridges that afford sweeping views from the undulating Emmental landscape to the snowy peaks of the Bernese Alps. A popular destination is the Lüderenalp at 1150m, which can also be reached by bus. This is the starting point of a scenic narrow trail that leads to the Napf, at 1408m the highest peak in the Emmental with perfect panoramic views.

Highlights

  • Ridgetop hike to the Emmental excursion mountain Napf: the narrow trail through a nature conservation area to the highest peak in the Emmental is a highlight and a hiking classic.
  • Spinnen-Tisch table at the Bären Inn in Sumiswald: Legend has it that all the surviving men in Sumiswald were able to fit around the large wooden table for a funeral meal after the plague of 1434.
  • Gotthelf Museum in nearby Lützelflüh: Small museum in a parsonage outbuilding dedicated to the famous Swiss parson, poet and novelist Jeremias Gotthelf.
Sumiswald lies at 700m in a typical rolling Emmental landscape. The church and the castle dominate the village, while the fissured surroundings are guarded by impressive farmhouses with huge roofs.
Sumiswald dominates a natural terrace between the rivers Grüene and Griesbach adjacent to the Gotthelf village of Lützelflüh, 35km from Bern. The village centre is classified as a cultural asset of national significance. The Marktgasse is flanked by late-baroque mercantile architecture, imposing inns and merchants' houses surrounded by generously-sized gardens. It is said that all the surviving men in Sumiswald were able to fit around the large wooden table for a funeral meal at the «Bären» inn after the plague of 1434. The late- Gothic church with its 23 valuable glass windows and striking Käsbissen tower has dominated the village landscape since 1512. Sumiswald Castle was originally used as a hospital and refuge for pilgrims and the poor. Today it is a nursing home.

The municipality is in terms of area one of the largest in Canton Bern and also encompasses the villages of Grünen and Wasen. It still has a strong agricultural identity and groups of farms, hamlets, imposing farmhouses with vast roofs and flower-decked facades dot the segmented and undulating landscape. The Oberfürten farm with its farmhouse, storehouse, «Stöckli» (small house built for the older generation to live in after retirement), stables and other outbuildings is an outstanding example of a regional architecture that still prevails today. Despite its rural setting and agricultural dominance, Sumiswald has attracted a number of firms from trade, industry and the service sectors to the municipality and created jobs.

Sumiswald is not an official tourism destination, but its fog-free altitude, attractive landscape, hilly topography and many mountain restaurants make it an ideal starting point for hikers and bikers. Trails lead through unspoilt nature, shady forests and often along ridges that afford sweeping views from the undulating Emmental landscape to the snowy peaks of the Bernese Alps. A popular destination is the Lüderenalp at 1150m, which can also be reached by bus. This is the starting point of a scenic narrow trail that leads to the Napf, at 1408m the highest peak in the Emmental with perfect panoramic views.

Highlights

  • Ridgetop hike to the Emmental excursion mountain Napf: the narrow trail through a nature conservation area to the highest peak in the Emmental is a highlight and a hiking classic.
  • Spinnen-Tisch table at the Bären Inn in Sumiswald: Legend has it that all the surviving men in Sumiswald were able to fit around the large wooden table for a funeral meal after the plague of 1434.
  • Gotthelf Museum in nearby Lützelflüh: Small museum in a parsonage outbuilding dedicated to the famous Swiss parson, poet and novelist Jeremias Gotthelf.

Arrival and return Sumiswald

Adresse

Touristinfostelle Sumiswald
Grünen
Bahnhofstrasse 22
3455 Grünen
Tel. +41 (0)58 327 54 80
sumiswald@bls.ch
www.sumiswald.ch

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Landgasthof Bären
Landgasthof Bären
Sumiswald
SchlafSchloss Sumiswald
SchlafSchloss Sumiswald
Sumiswald
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Cycling in

Sumiswald
Herzroute
Herzroute
Stage 6, Burgdorf–Willisau
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L'Areuse–Emme–Sihl
L'Areuse–Emme–Sihl
Stage 3, Bern–Huttwil
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Herzschlaufe Napf
Herzschlaufe Napf
Stage 1, Willisau–Langnau
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Mountain biking in

Sumiswald
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