Knowledge & culture

Gotthelf Centre Lützelflüh

Where Jeremias Gotthelf lived and worked

Find out how Gotthelf lived with his family, where “Uli der Knecht” (Uli the Farmhand) came from, “Die Käserei in der Vehfreude” (The Cheese Factory in the Hamlet), “Anne Bäbi Jowäger”, “The Black Spider” and many others – where he wrote his sermons and letters and discussed and debated with guests. The writer and his era are brought to life. Gotthelf comes alive. You can meet the original here! When you take a group guided tour through all the rooms, led by experts from our museum team, you can look forward to an up-close encounter with the novelist, the man and the preacher who was Jeremias Gotthelf. Passion and enthusiasm are clearly noticeable here.

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    Special exhibition «Die Käserei in der Vehfreude»

    Special exhibition: «Die Käserei in der Vehfreude» (“The Cheese Factory in the Hamlet”)

    A humorous reflection on village life, Jeremias Gotthelf’s novel “Die Käserei in der Vehfreude” is part of the author’s late work and was published in 1850. Instead of building a new school as the government demands, the locals erect a cheese dairy – it’s modern and promises to be lucrative! Gotthelf addresses the dawn of the modern era, shows how women in particular suffer because of the cheese dairy, and how the farmers get into debt to buy cows. And it is also about the touching story of two lovers. Immerse yourself in the world of the hamlet’s residents, in an age when cheese fever breaks out – and in which people find it difficult to come to terms with the latest developments!

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      Opening hours Today (Tuesday) open


      1 April to 15 November 2020
      16 November 2020 to 31 March 2021 closed (Tours for groups available)

      Mon            Closed
      Tues–Sun    13.30–17.00 hours

      Public holiday opening hours

      Open Easter Monday, Ascension Day, Whit Monday and also this year on 1 August

      Group tours

      Tours for groups and events for private parties, organisations and companies are available throughout the year subject to advance booking.

      Subject to change without prior notice


      Individual admission prices

      • CHF 10.00 Adults
      • CHF 8.00 Retirees, students (with ID)
      • CHF 4.00 Children aged 7 and older

      Individual admission prices at the group rate

      • CHF 10.00 Adults up to 9 people
      • CHF 8.00 Adults 10 or more people
      • CHF 8.00 Retirees, students (with ID)
      • CHF 4.00 School groups* and children aged 7 and over
      • * per pupil (primary/sec. 1 and 2), vocational schools (up to the age of 20), 1 teacher free

      Group tour

      • CHF 140.00 Basic price for a tour (up to 25 people)
      • CHF 280.00 Basic price for a tour (26-50 people)
      • CHF 420.00 Basic price for a tour (51-75 people)
      • This excludes the admission price at the group rate (see above).


       Payment options

      • Cash payments only.
      • We cannot accept payment either by credit card (such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express, etc.) or by debit card (e.g. Maestro, etc.).
      • However, the Gotthelf Centre will be happy to issue you with an invoice for guided group tours.

      Free admission

      • Raiffeisen members with a personal Maestro card, Mastercard, Visa card or a Maestro young person's card
      • Swiss Museum Pass holders


      Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration

      Group tours

      Group tours

      Discover exciting and surprising things about the life and works of Jeremias Gotthelf from members of the museum team.

      Group tours normally include an introduction to the life and work of Jeremias Gotthelf, a visit to the museum and, if you wish, a sightseeing tour in the nearby area. Tours usually last 1½ hours. Based on experience, it is a good idea to plan at least 2– 2½ hours for your visit.

      Languages: Swiss German, German, French, English.

      Reservation required

      Additional offer

      We can put together an interesting programme for your tour to suit your needs.
      The offer ranges from tours with coffee and cake or drinks to full-day excursions through the Emmental countryside – on foot, by electric bike or by horse and cart. So you can make use of your tour guides’ expert knowledge.

      Getting here – groups

      Book your journey here in a BLS Travel Centre or online using the Group booking order form.

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        The Gotthelf Centre is approximately 9 minutes’ walk from the Lützelflüh-Goldbach Railway Station.

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