Bolligen is located in the canton of Berne with a 12th-century church, benefice barn and parsonage from the 16th century. The transmission tower of Swisscom located in Bolligen supplies the surrounding region with radio and television programs.
To the northwest of Berne, between the town and the Aare, is a large wooded area, the Bremgartenwald, now encroached on by a highway.
Bucheggberg Local Museum, Buchegg, Switzerland
The Bucheggberg Local Museum features a display of the art and commercial history of the district.
Busswil bei Buren, Switzerland
Busswil bei Büren is located at old Aar river, in the canton of Berne. The majority of the population are German-speaking.
Crystal Museum, Guttannen, Switzerland
The Crystal Museum in Guttannen houses a rich mineral collection with approximately 2000 examples from the surrounding region.
On the north side of the Aare, near the Halenbrücke, the interesting modern residential district of Halen (1959-61) is surrounded by the forest.
Heimisbach - Simon-Gfeller Memorial Room
Museum Salzbutte, Huttwil, Switzerland
Handicrafts, tools, uniforms and weapons are on display the Huttwil's local history museum.
Jegenstorf Castle, Switzerland
The Jegenstorf Castle has richly-furnished interiors from the Renaissance up to the 19th C, with emphasis on the 18th C.
Althus Folk Museum, Jerisberghof, Switzerland
The Althus Folk Museum is housed in a farmhouse c. 1703, with furnished rooms containing farm and handicraft implements.
Community Museum, Krauchthal, Switzerland
Krauchthal, in the canton of Bern, is located about halfway between Burgdorf and Bern. The Community Museum houses farming equipment, local crafts, photographic negatives and school items.
Landshut Castle (Swiss Museum for Wildlife Protection)
This Swiss museum for game and hunt contains a collection of 700 hunting items from the 15th-19th C plus a natural history display of preserved animal specimens.
Museum, Langenthal, Switzerland
Exhibits at the Langenthal Museum include life in Langenthal from 1933 to 1945, archaeological and geological items, linens, medical displays and regional customs.
Langnau im Emmental - Local Museum
A local history museum with displays of ceramics and pottery plus workshops featuring cheese making, shoemaking and pottery. Mementos of "miracle doctor" Micheli Schueppach are on display.
Gotthelf Room, Lutzelfluh, Switzerland
The Gotthelf Room in Lützelflüh features a collection of the writer Jeremias Gotthelf (1797-1854). Handwritten documents and first editions are included plus personal effects.
Local Musuem, Melchnau, Switzerland
The Melchnau Local Musuem highlights the local history of the area.
Münsingen developed from a Celtic village and played a major part in the history of the canton of Bern.
The town of Steffisburg is home to an ancient church that was completed in 1681 and completely restored between 1980 and 1983.
Local Museum, Trubschachen, Switzerland
The Local Museum in Trubschachen houses agricultural equipment, ceramics, household appliances, local history documents, and furniture.
Local Museum, Vechigen, Switzerland
The local Vechigen museum was created to preserve household, agricultural and industrial equipment. Local documents highlight the heritage of the area.
Local Museum, Worben, Switzerland
The museum in Worben has the history of the community and early educational books on display.
To the northwest of the Bremgartenwald outside Berne lies the Walensee, an artificial lake 15km/9mi long formed by the damming of the Aare (motorboat trips, rowing boats).
Bern-Brig-Bern - Scenic Rail Trip
This scenic rail route features beautiful mountain scenery, along with the Rhone Valley and Lonza Valley.
Ascent of Gurten
From Bern leave on the road to Belp, which runs southeast to the suburb of Wabern (alt. 556 m/1,824ft), 3.5km/2mi away. From here (parking) a funicular ascends in five minutes to the summit of the green hill of Gurten (861 m/ 2,825ft). At the upper station, Gurten-Kulm (843 m/2,766ft), are the Gurten-Kulm Hotel, a large garden restaurant (view of Berne) and a miniature railroad. From the Ostsignal (857 m/2,812ft: 10 minutes' walk east) and the Westsignal (856 m/2,809ft: three minutes west) there are superb views of the Bernese Alps.
Bern to Fribourg via Schwarzenburg
This driving tour includes the sights of Köniz, Schwarzenburg, and Tafers.
In Köniz (575 m/1,887ft; pop. 32,000) a visit to the Morillongut country seat (1832) and the former Augustinian Provost St Peter and Paul is a must. The notable Romanesque church (Gothic choir with 14th C. glass and wall-paintings) was taken over by the Teutonic knights in 1226.
Driving from Berne, about 5km/3mi from Köniz the road cuts across the deeply cut valley of the Scherlibach. Another 10km/6mi to Schwarzenburg (795 m/2,608ft) where there is a castle of 1573, the 15th C. little church of Maria Magdalena with a shingle-covered 17th C. clock tower and the Swiss short-wave radio transmitter.
From Schwarzenburg road 74 leads west towards Fribourg through an upland region with far-reaching views, crossing the gorge of the Sense River on a covered wooden bridge (1.3km/1mi north, above the right bank of the river the ruins of the Imperial castle of Grasburg). Via Heitenried, 13km/8mi, (760 m/2,494ft) is Tafers (655 m/,150ft) with its notable church (oldest part ninth-10th C.; altered in 16th, 18th and 20th C.). After only a few kilometers the church towers of Fribourg are visible.
Konolfingen is located in the canton of Bern and is often referred to as the "gateway to the Emmental."
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