This is a day trip. By train the location is about 1 hour away from Berne.
We meet on platform 13 to take train S44 at 09:50 to Sumiswald-Grünen. Note that YOU MUST BE IN THE CORRECT PART OF THE TRAIN!
There is about 2 hours of walking (be prepared for wet weather and ground) and an hour or more visiting the castle, plus an exhibition in the town of Haslebach. Bring snacks and drinks as we are stopping for a picnic. Return time in Berne is between 5 and 6 pm.
The event is organised by Michael and Ayten Tschanz who organise an interesting event around once a month. Themes are historical and literary. See www.chtour.ch. The cost is CHF 20 plus your train fare, chf 10 for children. The group speaks German and English and Russian. Organiser Michael Tschanz and his wife Ayten (from Baku) will speak to the club on 16 April at the club meeting on "Travel and Culture"
A few of us joined Michael‘s tour of the Trachselwald Castle on 6 April. We braved the cold spring northerly wind to be informed about this historical castle and followed by a walk through the surrounding countryside to follow the history of the Baptist immigrants that came from America. The castle has a long history being used as a prison and more recently as a council administration center up until 2009.
From the organiser Michael:
I would be ready to do a special tour in English in Bern, similar to the introductory tour we did for chtour.ch on 2 March, where we explained how Berne managed to become powerful in spite of being founded at a very late moment in history, and how the construction of the Münster (not really a cathedral, because there was no bishop) was linked to the territorial expansion of the Bernese state. Because we had mostly Bernese with us at that occasion, it was important for me to show them what they believed to know but didn't really look at - the medieval stained glass windows, what they show, how they can be understood within their time.