Achetringele in Laupen (BE)

Achetringele in Laupen (BE)

The origin of this New Year's Eve custom in the Bernese town of Laupen can be traced back to the beginning of the nineteenth century. Originally it took place on the day of Christmas. Since it was a rather noisy and sometimes even rowdy celebration, town officials repeatedly tried to forbid it,...more

Family hosts

Family hosts

Is personal contact with the host especially important for you? If so, the bed & breakfast, holidays on the farm and sleeping-on-straw...more

Medieval ruin: Grasburg

Medieval ruin:...

Formerly the scene of imperial parties – now one of the finest medieval...more

Lama trekking

Lama trekking

Vroni and Martin Mäder belong to the not quite conventional farming...more

Achetringele in Laupen (BE)

The origin of this New Year's Eve custom in the Bernese town of Laupen can be traced back to the beginning of the nineteenth century. Originally it took place on the day of Christmas. Since it was a rather noisy and sometimes even rowdy celebration, town officials repeatedly tried to forbid it, without success.

The origin of this New Year's Eve custom in the Bernese town of Laupen can be traced back to the beginning of the nineteenth century. Originally it took place on the day of Christmas. Since it was a rather noisy and sometimes even rowdy celebration, town officials repeatedly tried to forbid it, without success. The local priest finally managed to have the date changed to New Year's Eve.

Achetringele in Laupen (BE)
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Family hosts

Is personal contact with the host especially important for you? If so, the bed & breakfast, holidays on the farm and sleeping-on-straw accommodation offers are just the thing for this. Recommendations and information about the holiday region are provided personally by the host; children often also get to interact with the farm animals and family pets. Lists and information on such types of accommodation are available from the Gantrisch region tourist offices in Schwarzenburg and Belp.

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Medieval ruin: Grasburg

Formerly the scene of imperial parties – now one of the finest medieval ruined castles in Switzerland: well away from the traffic, on a rocky crag that falls steeply away on three sides, are the partially restored walls of Grasburg castle. There are 140 steps to climb up to the castle. The well-preserved ruin can be explored in safety and is a popular destination for families, schools and hiking groups.

Medieval ruin: Grasburg
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Lama trekking

Vroni and Martin Mäder belong to the not quite conventional farming families in the Schwarzenburg region. Put differently, how many farmers are there that keep eight lamas? The tour to the impressive Grasburg ruin is just one example of an experience-packed excursion with the undemanding lamas. A party of at least four people is required for a full or half-day tour, or for a short introductory trek.

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