Ermitage / Birseck Castle

Arlesheim, Switzerland

The Ermitage in Arlesheim is an English landscape garden designed in romantic reverence for nature and is one of the largest English landscape gardens in Switzerland. Located at the foot of Birseck Castle, it combines several elements given by nature: The Gobenmatt valley with the rocky Flühen, its caves and grottos, as well as various man-made ponds and streams with fish populations. In 2015, the Ermitage celebrated its 230th anniversary. Visitors can take part in guided tours on site or take a virtual tour of the grounds on the Ermitage website.


Various walks and hikes in the vicinity of Gempen, Schönmatt or the Dorneck ruins lead down to the Ermitage as a romantic final section. The Hermitage itself offers a tour with 35 stops, which begins at the gardener's house. The guide "The Ermitage in Arlesheim" is available from the brochure vending machine at the organic farm, which is about 50 m from the Ermitage car park. The tour is not wheelchair accessible.


There are only picnic facilities on the grounds of the Ermitage. Arlesheim offers various restaurants and shopping facilities. There is also a barbecue area with a shelter in the forest about 10 minutes' walk from Birseck Castle in the direction of Reichenstein Castle.

Other greenbelt sites in the vicinity


Castle Dorneck




Further information

Here you will find further information from our partner on the subject of the 'English Garden Parks', the 'Ermitage' and the Gobenmatt excursion.


  • Barbecue / fireplace, By the water, Culture, Excursion with animals, Excursion with children, Walk

  • Bicycle, Car

  • Picnic area, Shopping facilities nearby

  • Amphibians, Birds, Caves, Cultural landscape / meadows, Fishes, Forest, Insects, Reptiles, Waters

  • Castle / Ruins, Historical site, Museum / Guided tours, Tour

  • Buggies, Families, Groups (< 10 persons), Groups (> 10 persons), Pets, School classes, Walkers


From the bus stop "Arlesheim Dorf", hiking signs show the way to the Ermitage. If you arrive by car, you can use the car park after the Schönmatt junction.

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