At Spycher-Handwerk AG in Huttwil, wool is produced and processed. Visitors find out how that’s done on the free informative trail – and on workdays, they have the opportunity to see the show carding room and watch the workers handle the 100-year-old machines that are still used daily.
Where does wool come from? How is it processed? Which products can be made from it? And what’s the difference between a Valais Blacknose and a Racka? You will find the answers to all of these questions along the way. And going down the trail is also a wonderful sensory experience: there are 25 wool samples so you can feel your way through the different breeds.
Information panels in German and French explain step by step how wool is processed: after shearing the sheep, the wool is washed, dyed and carded, and then spun, woven, knit or felted.
At Spycher-Handwerks shop, you can see how diverse wool can be and how many uses it has. Yarn can be used for spinning and knitting, new wool as a filling for duvets and pillows, or it can be made into all kinds of clothes to cover people from head to toe.
A large adventure playground with a petting zoo will keep children busy and entertained. The comfortable bistro invites visitors to stay just a little longer, and if you want to extend your stay even more, you can sleep over in one of the yurts, participate in a felting workshop or go on a camel trek.
Opening hours shop and manufacturing
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Sunday Closed* Languages Panels in German and French Admission Free
*The trail “Wool: From Sheep to Textile” can still be visited.