Two villages, two inns, a medieval bell and nature in Emmental

The source of the Emme, at 2197m between the Hohgant and Augstmatthorn mountains, is the border area of the Bernese Oberland and Canton of Lucerne. The river flows into the Aare at the border of Canton Solothurn near Luterbach. Between lies the Emmental, with Langenthal as the regional centre of the Obere Emmental and Burgdorf … Read more » “Two villages, two inns, a medieval bell and nature in Emmental”

Lake Schiffenen, its Nature, Castles, Magdalene Einsiedelei and History

Lake Schiffenen (Lac de Schiffenen in French, Schiffenensee in German) is a reservoir near the city of Fribourg/Freiburg. It is located in the Sarine Valley (Vallée de la Sarine), named after the river Sarine (Saane in German). Kleinbösingen, St. Jakobskirche and ancient Roman columns The dam near the villages of Kleinbösingen and Gurmels was completed … Read more » “Lake Schiffenen, its Nature, Castles, Magdalene Einsiedelei and History”

Surselva and the Geology of the Alps

Collisions and the drifting apart of continental plates have repeatedly reshaped the crust of the Earth. They created mountains that eroded and disappeared, including those on the Eurasian continent. Once, there were higher mountains than today’s Alps on the continent. Millions of years later, there were oceans. They all disappeared over time. When the African … Read more » “Surselva and the Geology of the Alps”