Discover the site
The Hermitage in Arlesheim is a place of peace and quiet, reflection and strength. It is the largest English landscaped garden in Switzerland. Its natural and cultural features were lovingly laid out in the 18th century, and its caves, cliffs, grottos, the Birseck Castle and its ponds set the stage for a romantic experience of nature. A walk through the gardens evokes a variety of moods, impressions, and associations with mythology, devotional life and medieval romanticism. The park's oldest archaeological finds date back to the middle Stone Age.
New information panels and guided tours invite the visitor to discover a 12'000 year old history in the English landscape gardens of the Ermitage. An audio-guide allowing you to discover the archaeological sites can be now uploaded on your smartphone on arrival.
A riddle guide (in German) lets children and the whole family discover the secrets of the landscape garden by solving riddles on the walk. The riddle guide is available in printed form in the bookshops in Arlesheim for a contribution towards costs of CHF 1. You can also order it from the Friends of the Hermitage, or download it directly from the link.
Other guided tours for groups can be directly booked here.
The gardens are open all year round. The closed parts of the park are open from July to October.
Access & Contact
The Hermitage is near the centre of the town of Arlesheim, about 10 kilometres from Basel. The tram 10 takes you from the Basel main Station to Station Arlesheim, then you follow the Ermitagestrasse to the Hermitage. With the car, you take the A2 and T18, exit Arlesheim. There are no parking possibilities at the Hermitage. You may find some in the town.