The Ermitage monument landscape includes the English landscape garden, the Birseck palace complex, the mill complex and the forest houses.The Hermitage was designed and further developed in three phases (1785, 1793, 1812) according to different concepts: The first facility from 1785 was based on the ideal of an unspoilt natural landscape, in which nature as a universal spiritual power in the sense of Rousseau was left without artificial interventions.
October 6, 2020
The Hermitage in Arlesheim is a romantic landscape garden based on the English model. It is a place of stillness, tranquility, reflection, for some even a place of strength. The meandering, playful paths make you want to discover the different corners and niches of the Hermitage. Here you can meet the hermit Brother Klaus or discover small cave entrances. The Hermitage also seduces with a beautifully landscaped pond. The wooden footbridge that leads into the pond invites you to linger. The Hermitage has its charm in every season. It was opened in 1785. There is so much to say and experience about the Hermitage that it is worth taking part in one of the regular tours. Inquire at the Arlesheim tourist office or at the «Friends of the Hermitage» association.Towards the end of the 18th century, the largest English garden in Switzerland was created near Birseck Castle Hill. English gardens combine the natural landscape with elements that are artificial but modeled on nature. Observation platforms, waterfalls, suspension bridges and hermit's hermitages, which were connected by winding paths, were created.Already in antiquity there was apparently a sacred landscape in the area of the Hermitage. Findings in the caves show that this area was inhabited as early as the Stone Age. "The sensitive people who live close to nature must have always noticed the high vibrations at the Ermitage, which is why it can be assumed that this hill with its caves has been the home of wise women and men for thousands of years."And even today a secret hovers over the landscape. Intensive places of power are right next to the grotto in the entrance area, on the rock overhang at the carousel square or on the square of the Temple Rustique. It is the places of power whose vibrations help to open the inner eyes. The Hermitage has become a true place of pilgrimage for many who know the importance of such places and appreciate their influence.Source: Pier Hänni, Magic Jura. Hikes to places of power from Schaffhausen, via Basel to the Neuchâtel Jura, AT Verlag, Baden and Munich, pp. 76-80.
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