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.
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.
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.
This "family" of a very special kind grows from year to year: Jürg U. Ernst conjures up gnomes from concrete. He recounts the stories of these large-eyed beings on tours. Visitors will be able to step into Pluto's head and enjoy a commanding view over the bizarre oasis from his crown. And all to the accompaniment of the waste disposal unit, which devours the drinking cups of visitors to the gnome garden... Open on set days in the summer, and by arrangement.