Clock Tower (Zytglogge)
Today it is one of Bern’s most important sights. The ornate astronomical clock with its moving figures was built in 1530. It served as the city’s main clock and thus had an authoritative function in Bern.
It was from there that travel times indicated on stone markers along the cantonal roads were measured. Standard units of length – formerly cubit and fathom, today meter and double meter – are displayed for the public in the arch of the gate.
please read more about Bern on this site: http://www.bern.com, text above is an excerpt from this site.
45 minutes via train from Swiss holiday house
A stroll through the past. More than one hundred century-old buildings from all over Switzerland, 250 farmyard animals, traditional, old-time gardens and fields, demonstrations of local crafts and many special events create a vivid impression of rural life in days gone by. Ballenberg is indeed unique.
Until fairly recently, the writing of history was directed above all else to the biographies of kings, aristocrats and rich citizens. It dealt with military campaigns and extraordinary events. The life of the ordinary people was not regarded as a suitable subject. Investigation into the past days of rural life was directed almost exclusively to the way of life of rich landowners.
Interest in everyday life has developed only slowly in the last few decades, and today it has become one of the most important topics of Swiss social history in the Open-Air Museum Ballenberg. Rural everyday life in general, and the history of women in particular, are the central points on which we concentrate.
Look directly at the ballenberg website: ballenberg.ch, this text above is an excerpt from this site.
25 minutes via car from swiss holiday house or combine the ship cruise for a whole day adventure
It took millions of years to create, but you can experience it in one day!
On the shore of Lake Thun (Thunnersee) is St Beatus caves (prehistoric cave dwelling) access to the caves can be by Boat, bus, Car or walk and a reasonable fitness is required to reach the entrance. There is a 10-minute walk from the car park to the cave entrance or 20 minutes from the boat station (2-3 Hours required). A guided tour of the caves goes to an approximate depth of 1000m along a well-lit path. St. Beatus Caves themselves extend far into the interior of the mighty Niederhorn massif. In the 18th century the only access was via the picturesque pilgrims’ path to St. Beatus Caves. Nowadays it’s far easier to reach by boat, bus or car.
St. Beatus Caves:
Daily open from 09:30 to 17:00h.
Guided tours every 30 minutes.
Daily open from 11:30 to 17:30h.
http://www.beatushoehlen.ch, above information is an excerpt from this website. Explore the Bernese Oberland in any weather.
located 20 minutes from Swiss holiday house
GLASS FABRIC HERGISWIL
Glasi Hergiswil is the only glass works in Switzerland where glass is manually shaped and blown into unique contemporary forms. A visit to Glasi Hergiswil is an adventure. You can watch the glassblowers at their work, visit the museum, sample various exhibitions and the Glasi Park, and purchase our products directly.
The products of Glasi Hergiswil are obtainable through the normal trade channels. They can also be purchased on the spot in Hergiswil or through the Glas shop.
Experience the GLASS LABYRINTH!
www.glasi.ch/ information courtesy of this website
located 1. 1/2 hour from Swiss holiday house.com
TRÜMMELBACH FALLS LAUTERBRUNNEN
Loud thundering and roaring in the interior of the mountain, gurgling, foaming and churning water: these are the Trümmelbach Falls. They are Europe’s largest subterranean water falls and are located in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, often called the valley of 72 waterfalls.
located 15 minutes from swiss holiday house by car.