Sunday, 18 August 2013: 6 pm – 10 pm

Agricultural Co-operatives today (BĂĽtschelegg, near Bern)

Price: CH 60.00 (transport, guided tour and dinner)

The BĂĽtschelegg, half an hour journey by coach from Bern, is a lovely hill with a gorgeous view towards the Bernese Oberland mountains. Besides a restaurant (run by a family of Tamils) at the top of the hill, the BĂĽtschelegg also accommodates a horse-breeding co-operative. Part of the excursion will be a short introduction and visual illustration of today's co-operative movement in the agricultural sector in Switzerland.

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Tuesday, 20 August 4.15 pm – 10.30 pm
Rural crafts, trades and architecture: museum Ballenberg (Brienz)
Price: CHF 80.00 (transport; entrance, craft-demonstration and conference dinner)
This open air museum in the Bernese Oberland, one hour journey by coach from Bern, contains more than a hundred old buildings from all over rural Switzerland as well as 250 farmyard animals. Together with the gardens, fields and wood they create a vivid impression of rural life in days gone by. The tour includes special demonstrations of local crafts such as shingle-making, forging and wood-carving.



Wednesday, 21 August 7 pm – 10 pm
how-dairy and cheese-making (Emmental)
Price: CHF 35.00 (transport and guided tour)
This show-dairy in Affoltern in the Emmental, the beautiful hilly region south-east of Bern, provides an insight into how the original Emmentaler cheese, the one with the large holes, is produced today.