The quaint little town of Laupen lies at the foot of the medieval fortification and presents a pretty variety of colours and shapes with its many different roofs, ridge heights, and reddish-brown tiles. Thanks to its strategic location by the confluence of the Sense and Saane rivers, the impressive border fortress defied the Habsburg attack in the 14th century, thus saving the city of Bern.
You can’t miss it: The grand, majestic castle complex from the 12th century is the region’s landmark. It sits high on a sandstone cliff and offers visitors a beautiful panoramic view of the Chasseral, the Jura range, the Stockhorn range, and the Bernese Alps in the distance.
Art and Cultur at the Laupen Castle
On the first and third Sunday of each month from April to October, the castle opens its doors to the public, granting visitors a look behind the thick castle walls and access to the magnificent knights' hall, vaulted cellar, and prison tower. The permanent exhibition in the castle museum as well as documentaries and various guided tours provide additional historically, economically, and culturally interesting facts and figures about the castle complex and the town of Laupen.
There are also regular art exhibitions on the castle grounds and visitors have the opportunity to talk to the artists personally at special events.
If you want to make your visit extra special, you can spend the night at Laupen Castle. The beds and dormitories evoke the unforgettable feeling of being at camp. Brave and adventurous guests can also request to spend the night in one of the former prison cells.
The Stiftung Schloss Laupen (Laupen Castle Foundation) also rents out its premises for private events such as weddings: couples can say "I do" in the elegant ceremony room, the perfect romantic backdrop for the civil marriage ceremony and the aperitif and hors d’ oeuvres that follow. Other rooms in the castle turn birthdays, company events, or private celebrations into unforgettable events.
New Year’s Eve
On New Year's Eve, all of Laupen anxiously awaits the last strike of the clock at eight p.m., when a group of figures makes its way down from the castle to Bärenplatz square. Disguised with costumes and scary wooden masks, the "Bäsemanne", "Blaateremanndli", and "Glöggeler" roam the alleys of the small town, ridding it of the evil spirits with the help of ringing bells, inflated cow bladders, and brooms. This ancient custom is called "Achetringele" and is still celebrated today the way it has been for centuries. An unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages!
More activities in Laupen
Due to its ideal location, the area around Laupen offers unlimited cycling, hiking, and swimming options. The outdoor swimming pool in Laupen lets you enjoy a hot summer’s day to the fullest.
Rail Bicycle in the Sense ValleyRiding the rail bicycle is an athletic and entertaining expedition through the Sense valley.Adventure & Sport, Bern for Families, Excursions in good weatherRail Bicycle in the Sense ValleyMore
Farm Museum AlthuusSet amidst today's village life, his hands-on museum gives visitors an up-close encounter with the 300-year-old history and development of the area.Trips & Recreation, Art & CultureFarm Museum AlthuusMore
By the way, Laupen has a lot to offer on rainy days, too: the theatre "Die Tonne" regularly stages its own productions, the town’s cultural committee organizes classical concerts and jazz matinées, and the movie theatre provides cinematic entertainment. For those who prefer something more active: at the BEO-FunPark, you can bounce, climb, and slide to your heart’s content and practise your aim in an introductory course in archery.