Meine Schweiz: Biosphäre Entlebuch
The wild west of Lucerne is rich in powerful nature and captivating stories. The first UNESCO biosphere reserve in Switzerland has a lot to offer in terms of landscape. In the border area between Lucerne and the Emmental, embedded between Napf, Pilatus and Brienzer Rothorn, a mystical world spreads out that promises peace, enjoyment and relaxation: Untouched moorland, the barren beauty of the Schrattenfluh, hidden mountain lakes or shady, cool shores of the Emme make the area a diverse place for a trip away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
The Entlebuch offers more than peace and relaxation in unspoilt nature: numerous adventure trails for young and old, a moor playground, a natural Kneipp facility and numerous culinary delights make a visit to the biosphere an experience for all the senses.
How about if you interrupt your next hike with a refreshingly cold Kneipp bath and a walk on the challenging barefoot path? Your feet really deserve a little attention after the ascent to the Schwandalpweiher. After the subsequent arm bath in the icy cold well water and a break on the lounger with a view over meadows and mountains, the spicy scent of mountain herbs and warm wood in the nose, you will definitely have enough strength to tackle the next hiking stage.
Old craftsmanship is carefully cultivated in Entlebuch. If you want to look over the shoulders of a Koehler at work, you will not be disappointed on the Koehler-Weg ob Romoos: You can marvel at the ancient art of coal-making here in the summer when farmers from the Napf area are made of beech, ash and coniferous wood pile up in conical piles and then monitor the fire for a good two weeks.
All those who are more interested in shiny precious metal than black gold can be introduced to the craftsmanship of panning for gold and look for it in the Fontanne. With a little luck, a piece of pure cup gold beckons.
At most, there is Hüftgold at Stefan Wiesner in the "Rössli" in Escholzmatt : The natural cook conjures up surprising culinary works of art from the ingredients that the forest and meadow produce, which you can still remember years later. The witcher from Entlebuch transforms such exciting and extraordinary ingredients as snow, lichen or tar in his alchemical kitchen. And that is well decorated: Stefan Wiesner's creations have been awarded 17 Gault Millau points and a Michelin star. In the associated nature academy, you can learn unexpected things about edible wild plants, mushrooms, and lichens and then use them in your home kitchen.