Monday, October 12, 2020

Gold Panning in Switzerland

 Our fun gold panning experience 


The unesco Biosphere Entlebuch offers a lot of adventures for young and old.

Hiking, gold panning, biking and a lot more.

Due to covid we decided to spend our summer holiday in Switzerland. We discovered new beautiful places and learned new stuff. 

We didn't know gold panning is such a fun activity for the whole family. With hardwork and patience you will find gold flakes while enjoying the beautiful Napf surroundings. 

We booked online, in Napfgold-erlebnis. 
(Found them thru google)

They are very helpful and informative, direct to the point. Some company gives too much information but with Napf they will give you just the necessry infos that you need to know. 

The kids get to dig on their own and do the 'washing' with all the tools provided. 

You could book a day, half day or a 4-hr  gold panning experience. Since it is our first real river gold panning (my kids did the "gold panning" on a box of sand before, offered by their sports club somewhere in switzerland as part of their group excursion not the real one though but just to have a nice experience how it goes). 

We booked the 4-hr tour/experience considering we have three kids and we don't know yet at that time if they will enjoy the whole thing from walking to digging and it turns out they liked it so much that they want to do it every summer

Romoos, Entlebuch is 1hr by car from zurich.

And, 2hrs by train from Zurich main station.

Luzern is the nearest city in Entlebuch.
It is also a good idea to do some Luzern or Entlebuch sight-seeing afterwards.

This was our 4-hr gold panning experience (9am- 1pm)

- Collecting all the equipment. Rubber boots, shovel, pan, small bottle container and sluice box.

-small introduction and briefing about the area and gold panning history

-30-minute hike down the river

-Gold panning instructions

-gold panning on your own

-gather all the tools and hike up to the nearest bus station.

-took the bus back to Napfgold-Erlebnis place

-cleaned all the tools and...  finished!

You will be on your own afterwards but the Napfgold-erlebnis guides will be there all the time to give some tips and advice.

Time is so fast and patience is really a virtue. You will find gold just be patient.

We thought it was too short so i would recommend a half-day package for beginners, you have an option to book your lunch with them as well.
We were in a group but i think you can also have a private guide.

Check our short gold panning video here

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Heidegg Castle

Schloss Heidegg


During the lockdown due to the pandemic we discovered a lot of places that we haven't seen before. We visisted a lot of castles nearby and it became our our favorite afternoon walks away from the crowd.

We are lucky to be surrounded by different castles in switzerland that turned into an amazing museum.

The castle's beautiful rose garden.

The inside of the castle. Showing the old furnitures, clothes, and of course my favorite the "Kachelofen".
(Tiled stove)

Pictures in the castle through the years. 

This bed is like in a fairytale movie. 

Not a fox but a "siebenschläfer"

They have their own chapel that is located just right outside the castle and nowadays it can be rented for wedding ceremonies.

The beautiful view over-looking Baldeg lake (Baldegersee).
They also have a public bath open every summer the lake is also good for stand-up paddles but with it's own restrictions as the lake is well protected (no boats allowed) that nakes the area very peaceful.

The castle visit was very relaxing you can just sit in the rose garden and enjoy the view for hours.
They have a small cafe where you can enjoy a coffee or a small dessert.
Plus they have a nice playground for the little ones.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Schloss Wildegg

 Wildegg Castle

Möriken-Wildegg, Aargau

A beautiful castle with a well-preserved heritage in one place.

The wonderful garden with stairs in the middle will instantly make you feel a princess from the past. The beauty of the flower garden on the hill looking over small towns nearby is simply breathtaking.

Rose garden with all the information written on the side like, what kind of rose it is and the year it was planted.

At the beginning, there's an introduction about the family who used to live in the castle. Their past positions and their funny characters are portrayed on a digital screen which is very entertaining for the kids.

This part is the best for me as an interior-design lover. You'll get to see all the beautiful old-fashioned  furnitures, plates and cuttlery that only rich poeple could afford at that time.

It is very goo that they are able to maintain and preserved all the castle's belongings for future generations.

This feels like a time-travel room with the unique oven/stove that they use as a heater. Imagine how many woods they have to burn everyday during winter.

You could see how lavish their lifestyle in this buffet. All those gatherings and dinners that we see on movies are actually true.

Another room with a 'Kachelofen' tiled stove. Each room has it's own design and uniqueness. Even the maids room has a small one.

A lot of things to see and to do in this castle. For the kids it will be very entertaining as they have 'rätsel' game for them to be able to go see all the areas with all the informations and at the end they will get a small price.
A small bird cage also near the rose garden, vegtable garden with all the herbs and spices, huge relaxing area with sun beds is available.

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