6 Highlights of the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch
- The viewpoints Schrattenfluh (2093 m above sea level), Beichlen (1770 m above sea level) and Farneren (1452 m above sea level) let you see the panorama of the biosphere area very well.
- Out of an area of 400 km2, one quarter comprises moorland of national importance.
- Everywhere in the nature park you will find sites for experiences and adventures tailored to families.
- The longest suspension bridge in Entlebuch (65 m) can be found in Flühli. It hovers about 45 m above the Seebebach and takes you to the magnificent Chessiloch waterfall.
- You can pan for gold at the Grossen Fontannen between Doppleschwand and Romoos
- The adventure park Mooraculum imparts scientific knowledge about the moorlands in a playful way.
- The Marbach mountain cheese dairy can be visited free of charge at any time. The show dairy also has a restaurant for an aperitif afterwards.
You can find an overview of all nature parks in Switzerland in our article about the 20 most beautiful Swiss nature parks.
There are about 750 biosphere reserves worldwide and one of them is located in the canton of Lucerne. The Entlebuch has been a UNESCO biosphere since 2001 and since 2008, when the federal program began, it has been one of Switzerland's regional nature parks.
What awaits you in the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch
The Entlebuch Biosphere is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and covers an area of 400 km². It extends over seven municipalities and is home to around 17,000 inhabitants.
It is characterized in particular by the many moor landscapes. The "wild west of Lucerne", as the area is also called, consists of a quarter of moors of national importance. Nowhere in Switzerland can you find more moors than here.
But also alpine meadows, wild mountain streams and the imposing Schrattenfluh are part of this nature park. It is not for nothing that the Entlebuch is considered a model and showcase region by UNESCO.
Due to the wide range of leisure activities, the Entlebuch is a popular vacation region that offers something for almost every taste. If you are looking for a relaxing beach vacation, you will unfortunately be disappointed here. But otherwise you are sure to find something that suits your preferences.
Villages in the Nature Park UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch
|Entlebuch||The village lies in a valley hollow of the Kleine Emme. Here the Entlen flows into the Kleine Emme. The tourism project "Experience Energy Entlebuch" comprises six experience platforms that can be reached via a well-developed network of hiking trails|
|Romoos||The municipality lies in the foothills of the Alps and is very hilly to mountainous and forested. Romoos is bordered to the east and south by the Grosse Fontanne.|
|Hasle||The community includes numerous individual farmsteads, hamlets and alpine huts. A fresco in the ossuary from 1687 shows a death dance cycle with eight larger-than-life figure pairs|
|Doppleschwand||The village lies at the foot of the Napf Mountains, between the Kleine Emme and the Grosse Fontanne|
|Schüpfheim||The village is situated on the river Kleine Emme. The Entlebucherhaus in Schüpfheim is a local history museum.|
|Flühli||The municipality of Flühli is located in the foothills of the Alps in Central Switzerland and includes the village of Sörenberg. Four modern glassworks are located in the municipality.|
|Escholzmatt||In the village center the Schybi stone commemorates the peasant leader executed in the Peasants' War of 1653|
|Marbach||In Marbach you will find a show dairy. The parish church St. Nikolaus is a worth seeing baroque church from the 18th century|
Escholzmatt and Marbach have merged into one municipality.
Viewpoints in the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch
In the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch you will discover several viewpoints that offer a beautiful view of the landscape. Here are some of the most famous ones:
|Schrattenfluh||This karstified mountain range has four prominent peaks. It reaches up to 2093 m above sea level and clearly stands out in the Entlebuch from the pre-Alpine hilly country.|
|Farneren||The Farneren reach about 1452 m a.s.l. and are located in the municipality of Hasle.|
|Schimbrig||At 1815 m above sea level, the long ridge of Schimbrig in Hasle towers above the landscape. It is known for its sulfur springs.|
|Beichlen||The Beichlen are a long mountain ridge in the center of the Entlebuch. They belong to the Emmental Alps and at 1770 m above sea level offer a beautiful view of the Entlebuch.|
These vantage points offer very different perspectives on the beauty of the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch from different directions. They are ideal to really enjoy the nature and the landscape of the region.
Mooraculum Adventure Park in the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch
The Mooraculum adventure park starts directly at the mountain station of the Rossweid Sörenberg cable car. It consists of a children's playground and two themed trails that lead directly through fens and raised bogs.
With playful experiments and puzzles, scientific topics are conveyed in a child-friendly way at the Mooraculum. At the same time, benches and fireplaces invite families to linger longer.
Admission to the adventure park is free and it is open from the end of May to the end of October.
Adventure Playground Mooraculum Adventure Park
The large playground is located directly next to the Rossweid adventure restaurant. It consists of several playgrounds:
- Ponds with water play equipment
- Hanging chair forest
- climbing adventure
- raft to cross the big pond
At the edge of the forest you will find four barbecue sites, which can accommodate a total of 40 people. They are partly sunny, partly in the shady forest. You can get firewood bundles for a few francs at the mountain station.
Sundew trail in the Mooraculum adventure park
The circular trail is 1.5 km long and is suitable for baby carriages. It leads through colorful fens with pretty flowers, including many orchids. The blueberry high moor forest with gnarled mountain pines lets visitors experience another world.
A total of 17 diversely designed experience stations have been set up. You have the opportunity to experience a lot of exciting things about the moor. The beauty of it is that you experience it with all your senses. The mosaic maiden Mira from the high moor accompanies you.
You explore animal tracks, walk barefoot over moss and sand and compare flower scents. Hanging chairs on the trees invite you to linger.
Large moorland circular trail Sörenberg in the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch
This theme trail is about 4.5 km long. The Great Moor Circuit Sörenberg is easy to walk. You should plan 1.5 hours for it.
Did you know that the peat soil grows by only one millimeter per year? For one meter of peat soil it takes 1000 years of growth.
The typical peat soil is formed by carnivorous plants like sundew and mosses. The adventure stops you find along the way are interactive. You build bog art, solve riddles and combine to bring the bog balance into balance.
At the bottom and top stations of the Rossweid cable car, you can pick up an explorer kit with expedition gear for you or your family. Magnifying glass, compass and acid test strips will help you to collect real research results. In the Moor Whisperer Pass you enter the results and may even get a reward at the end.
Trotti experience in the Mooraculum
At the top station of the Rossweid cable car you can rent fat scooters for the descent and return them at the bottom station.
Attention: They are racy and not suitable for smaller children.
Fat-Trottis not only look cool, they also guarantee driving fun with their oversized tires. The fast-paced descent leads from the top station 4 km along mountain meadows, an alpine cheese dairy and the sparkling reservoir.
Cable car Sörenberg - Rossweid
The cable car takes 6:40 min and is in operation both in summer and winter.
|Tal station||m above sea level||Mountain station||m above sea level|
Parking spaces are available at the valley station, in the middle of Sörenberg village.
Schrattenfluh karst landscape
The karst landscape of the Schrattenfluh (also called Schratteflue), which reaches 2093 m above sea level, is so unique that it too - along with the moor landscape - has been awarded a UNESCO prize. It is one of the most natural karst landscapes in Switzerland. Above ground it impresses with very bizarre patterns in the karst rock and underground with a widely branched cave system. The permeable surface lets the water pass directly into the depth. There it flows off through a strongly branched, huge underground water network.
The mountain range has a length of about six kilometers and stands out clearly in the landscape. The almost vegetationless cart fields are located on the flat sloping southeastern flanks. There are also numerous caves to be found here. With the biosphere guide you can take part in organized tours that will also take you into the caves.
Other excursion destinations in the Entlebuch Biosphere that are best suited for families
The Entlebuch is particularly suitable for a family excursion. In addition to the Mooraculum adventure park already described, there are other adventure sites in the Entlebuch UNESCO Biosphere.
For example, you can spend a whole day washing for gold with a guide at the Grosse Fontannen between Doppleschwand and Romoos.
In Marbach there is an experience cheese dairy, which you can visit spontaneously with your family. While you learn a lot of exciting things about the production of cheese, you also get to try one or two delicacies. It also has a restaurant for an aperitif afterwards.
Zyberliland Romoos in the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch
Families are on the trail of the mysterious Bärgmandli in the adventure world of Zyberliland in the wild Napf region. You can recognize the bear mandli by their little red feet. Six different play worlds are hidden in the picturesque landscape.
Play worlds in Zyberliland Romoos
- Talherrenburg for climbing and balancing with 2 barbecue areas, WC
- Nüütelimine, a water playground with gold panning and barbecue area
- Bärgmandli village with playground and barbecue area, WC
- Zyberli run, today used as a 30 m long marble run
- Ash house- tree labyrinth to hear Bärgmandli chatting and laughing
- Forest arena for playing, KUBB games (old Wickinger wooden throwing game) and barbecue area, WC
Zyberliland Romoos can be reached from the village of Romoos via a circular path called Bärgmandlitritt. It is suitable for children.
Rischli summer toboggan run in the Entlebuch UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
At the northern entrance to Sörenberg, a toboggan run is operated in summer. You'll find it near the Hotel Rischli. The fast ride goes over alpine meadows and passes 12 curves. the track is 900 m long and at the end you can be comfortably pulled back up by the lift. A photo trap with snapshot is permanently installed. You can purchase the photo at the photo booth at the finish for 5.00 CHF.
Marbachegg Carts in the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch
The Marbachegg Carts are available with three or four wheels. On a wooden track you drive over the alpine pastures of Marbachegg. With the drag lift you go back to the starting point.
Arrival: Via the cable car from Marbach (valley station) to Marbachegg. The cable car runs 10 min.
Open: May to October on weekends, during the summer and autumn vacations daily.
Water playground Flühli in the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch
On the Dammweg behind the Raiffeisenbank in Flühli, children can dam up, pump or splash water. Even sand castles are possible here. The playground at the Sonnenmatte is a little paradise for children.
How to best explore the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch
In the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch, an extensive network of trails is well maintained. On foot or by mountain bike you are well on your way here.
If you are on foot, there are many different hikes and themed trails that you can walk on your own. Also by mountain bike or bicycle you have the option to see the Entlebuch on your own or on guided tours.
Tours and excursions in the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch
- Chessiloch waterfall: From Flühli about 1 hour walk. After crossing the 65 m long and 45 m high suspension bridge, it takes about another 15 min. However, no less than 14 hiking trails cross the waterfall.
- Schrattenfluh hike: Hirsegg - Schrattenfluh - Rossweid - Sörenberg. You need 7 hrs for 18 km (difficult hike) with 1195 hm↑ and 1112 hm↓.
- Schrattenfluh Bike Tour: Round trip around the Schrattenfluh from Sörenberg, with steep ascents and interesting single trails. It follows bikeroute 817. 52 km will take you 5 hrs.
- Schrattenfluh snowshoe tour: Hirsegg - Chlus. The 10.6 km will take you about 5 hrs.
- Clientis Flowtrail Marbachegg: Take the cable car from Marbach to Marbachegg. The descent is just under 4 km in half an hour. On the way there are playful elements such as waves, curves and jumps.
- Hike from Brienzer Rothorn via Eisee to Schönebode: 6.1 km are hiked in about 3 hours, the hike is considered difficult with 1104 hm↓.
- Bramboden-Napf: The hike from Bramboden leads through the hills of Entlebuch and Emmental. 7 km are hiked in 2.5 hrs. With 382 hm↑ and 33 hm↓, the hike is moderately difficult.
Canoeing across the little Emme river
Between Schüpfheim and Entlebuch flows the little Emme. The beautiful river landscape is often the destination of hikes. But it is also excellent for paddling in white water. However, the "wild" little Emme is not suitable for beginners. Beginners can book a trial day at the local canoe club in Entlebuch.
Climbing in the Entlebuch Biosphere
You can go climbing in the Entlebuch Biosphere both in the Wolhusen climbing hall in the village of Entlebuch and in the limestone cliffs of the foothills of the Alps.
Various climbing tours of all difficulties are possible here:
- Brienzer Rothorn
Journey to the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch
The nature park is easily accessible by public transport from various directions, be it by bus or train. Trains run regularly from Lucerne and Bern to the Entlebuch and various post bus lines lead to the more remote villages. From Schüpfheim you take the post bus to Flühli "Post". By the way, the Entlebuch belongs to the validity area of the Tellpass.
The Biosphere is also easily accessible by car. It is located in the heart of Switzerland, centrally between Bern and Lucerne. You can reach Sörenberg via the main road 10 to Schüpfheim and from there to Flühli Sörenberg to the parking lot in Flühli village. In summer you can easily drive via Sarnen - Giswil over the Glaubenbielenpass to Sörenberg.
Public parking is available for a fee at the parking lot in Flühli village.
Further information on topics such as accommodation, gastronomy, package deals, events and much more can be found on the website of the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch.