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.

Anreise mit dem Zug nach Lützelflüh-Goldbach. Das Gotthelf Zentrum erreichen Sie ab Bahnhof Lützelflüh-Goldbach in ca. 10 Minuten zu Fuss.

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!

Opening hours Today (Thursday) open


19 March to 13 November 2022
Winter break 14.11.2022 - 31.3.2023 (guided tours for registered groups possible) 

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


 Payment options

  • Pay in cash, with Twint, vPay, Mastero (EC), Visa or Mastercard.
  • PostCard is not accepted for payment.
  • Guided tours can be paid for directly at reception or against invoice.

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.

Suggestion BLS

Hike with a visit to the museum

Combine your visit to the Gotthelf Centre with a hike in the hills of Emmental. It could be the cultural hike "On the way to Gotthelf," the hike with a visit to the Emmental demonstration cheesery in Affoltern im Emmental or even a two-day tour.

Hiking suggestions with a map

How to get there

The Gotthelf Centre is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the Lützelflüh-Goldbach Railway Station.

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