The Emmental Introduction
The Emmental is in west central Switzerland, and it is a region there that forms part of the canton of Bern. It is a beautiful and hilly landscape, and it comprises the basins of the Ilfis and Emme rivers. The region has a lot of farms, especially dairy farms. Some of its bigger cities include Langnau and Burgdorf.
The Emmental became a part of Emmental-Oberaargau, an administrative region, in 2010.
Emmental cheese is made here, and the dairy industry is still the primary economic activity source for the entire region. Pottery and ceramics have a long history in the region as well.
Tourism has not had that much of an influence on the economy of the Emmental, at least compared to the rest of Switzerland.
The region has pretty low mountains on the right side of the Aare River. It entails the basins of the Ilfis and Emme between Burgdorf and the boundary with the Solothurn canton.
The landscape has pastureland, meadows, and forest throughout. It is a good area for taking long walks and capturing photographs. It has beautiful scenery that is pastoral and idyllic.
The Emmental has played a major role in the history of the Mennonites. The Mennonites are a Christian sect based around the Anabapist denominations, and they get their name from Menno Simons of Friesland. He lived from 1496 to 1561.
The common Emmental farmhouse has a steep roof and a big overhang that nearly touches the ground. When you’re there, be sure to snap photographs of these unique farmhouses. You’re not likely going to get a chance to see farmhouses like this anywhere else in the world. While you can always look through picture books and Internet photos back at home, there is nothing that compares to flipping through your own pictures.
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The architecture, culture, and people of the Emmental region are hospitable, kind, and sweet people. Be sure to try the cheese while you’re there. There are numerous places to sample the cheese, because dairy farming is a major part of the economy of the region.
It cannot be reiterated enough that you should use being in Switzerland as an opportunity to not only try the unique cuisine, but to try the dairy products as well. There is just nothing that compares to eating fresh cheeses from the alpine mountain regions where they are produced. When you get back home and purchase the cheeses from a supermarket, it just won’t be the same.
The Emmental Photo Gallery
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