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Hermitage, Arlesheim, Switzerland

Largest English landscape garden in Switzerland, embedded in the nature-given elements: Gobenmatttal valley with its rocky faces, cages and grottos as well as an artificial pond with fish population. 

Walking tour

Beginning of round trip with 35 stations at the ‘gardener's hut’ (N 47° 29' 27" / E 07° 37' 40"). The guidebook ‘Die Ermitage in Arlesheim’ can be obtained from the brochure machine at the organic farm (50 m before the hermitage's parking area). Specific features: Near the gardener's hut (4th station), ‘Salamanderteich’ (salamander pond) and ‘Felsentor’ (rock gate, 3rd station), ‘Apollo grotto’ (station 22) and ‘Proserpina grotto’ (station 26). In the valley there are two ponds with large fish populations (mainly carp) Cyprinus carpio]), dragonflies (Odonata) and water birds.

N: 47° 29' 33"   E: 07° 37' 25" Detail POI download
Map: Map of Switzerland (Landeskarte der Schweiz), 1:25'000, sheet no. 2505 Basel and environs (Basel und Umgebung)

Activity: on foot, on the water, Viewpoint, Fire place / Picnic
Culture: Historic site
Equipment: Maps, good footwear, botanical identification books, Camera, Binocular
Nature: Forest, Rivers, Lakes, cultural landscape, Birds, Reptiles / Amphibians / Fishes, Insects, Plants
Required time: 1/2 Day

Target groups:
Individuals, Excursion with children, Groups / Extended families, Schools lower level, Schools intermediate level, Schools upper level
Varied and interesting place for day trips for all target groups. Not wheelchair accessible.

Food and drinks:
Barbecue / picnic area
Only picnic option. Restaurants in the village Arlesheim.

Public transport: tram, Bicycle, Car
Documents: Half-Fare Card
Take the tram no. 10 to stop Arlesheim Dorf. From there follow hiking signs to "Ermitage" (ca. 700 m to entrance after the gardener's hut (N 47° 29' 27" / E 07° 37' 40"). By car go to parking area after road junction Schönmatt (N 47° 29' 34" / E 7° 37' 26").
Usefull Links:
  • Fahrplan BLT
  • Ermitage-Info

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