The Emmental is a wonderland for hiking and cycling! The Emmental offers you numerous possibilities to embellish your stay with us with large or small discovery tours. Our reception staff will be happy to help you plan your excursions.
We will be happy to prepare a packed lunch for you to take away on your day trip. Please order these from our staff the day before by noon.
The Emmental hills are very inviting for a hike in and around Burgdorf. Be it along the Emme river, up into the charming hilly landscapes or just for a short stroll through our beautiful old town - Burgdorf offers idyllic trails for ambitious hikers as well as for those who prefer it less strenuous!
Picturesque Burgdorf is the perfect starting point for various stages of the Heart Route and the Heart Loop (regional bike route). The route through the Emmental is particularly attractive and prepared for e-bikers. Charging stations can be found along the way. Various traditional inns or modern shops and restaurants along the cycle path also cater for your physical well-being - for example, the Bärau market hall with its Bistro 1784 www.markthalle-baerau.ch.
Enjoy a happy round of golf at Golf Emmental in Oberburg. Whether as an individual, family, group, club or company, Golf Emmental offers special try-out-day courses. Our guests can play on the 18-hole course at any time - even on weekends. The restaurant "zum Alten Sumpfhaus" belonging to the golf course offers delicious refreshments after the game. Oberburg can be reached in 5 minutes by car.
The mighty Zähringer site is a unique architectural monument, one of the best preserved of its kind lying on the castle rock and is a contemporary witness which rightly belongs to the monuments of national importance. From here, the Zähringer line of gentry founded the city of Bern, among other places. The museum which is integrated in the castle tells the history of the castle, the region and the global context using multimedia and invites visitors to explore. The approximately 900-year-old castle lies practically around the corner. This impressive landmark can be reached quickly by foot.
In the old slaughterhouse in Burgdorf, which is an originally Gothic building, Bernhard Luginbühl set up an exhibition with sculptures and reliefs made of iron and wood, which has become a complete work. You can enjoy the museum independently or book a guided tour. Guided tours with aperitifs are possible in small and large groups by appointment.
We wholeheartedly recommend a visit to the Bärau market hall. Like the Hotel & Restaurant Orchidee, the market hall is also operated by the Lebensart Foundation. The shelves are filled with a wide range of products that have been manufactured or refined together with people with disabilities. There is always something new to discover and to experience. In the Bistro 1784 you can fortify yourself with fine sweet and savoury specialties from the Lebensart house. Those who stop here are part of the happiness!
A visit to the Emmentaler show dairy with its adventure worlds and rich gastronomy is an ideal excursion destination from the Hotel & Restaurant Orchidee. Whether accompanied or with the audio guide, a tour of the dairy is entertaining and instructive for young and old. User tip: Combine a visit to the cheese dairy with a bike tour, because Affoltern is on the Herz route (regional bike route).
The perfect family adventure in Burgdorf: You can play at over 25 posts at tables, on the floor, on walls, on stairs, in the park and in front of buildings across Burgdorf. At some posts you will find toys that were manufactured in the Lebensart carpenter's workshop together with the residents. The tour passes sights, shops, and restaurants.
Aebi pottery has been in existence for over 100 years. The Aebi pottery impresses with its original range. Practically every piece is handcrafted and unique. Learn informative facts about traditional handicrafts and enjoy creative moments in an ambience steeped in history.
Do you know the typical Kambly «Bretzeli»? The biscuit factory in Emmental produces a variety of sweet and savoury specialties. The factory also offers visitors a world of experience revolving around the well-known sweets. Whether you want to bake biscuits yourself or learn the exciting story of the «Bretzeli» - Kambly SA offers a very unique experience for every moment.