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Insider tip Schüpfheim: 8 fun facts you didn’t know yet!

Discover the magical world of Schüpfheim. An unforgettable atmosphere awaits you amidst the picturesque hills of the Unesco Biosphere Entlebuch. For example, embark on a journey back in time through mystical legends and traditional crafts in the Entlebucherhaus.

Did you already know? The popular Summer Night Festival has been taking place in Schüpfheim since 2001, offering something for every musical taste.

Enjoy breathtaking views and explore unknown places in the region. In this article, we present 8 fun facts about Schüpfheim that you didn’t know yet! Immerse yourself in the fascination of this traditional region and experience unforgettable moments.

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Fun facts about Schüpfheim that you didn’t know yet!

1st cold market

What the Zibelemärit is to Bern and the Sechseläuten to Zurich, the Kalte Markt is to Schüpfheim. Every year on the second Thursday in November, life comes to a standstill and Schüpfheimers and homesick Schüpfheimers meet in the village to enjoy the market.

2. First mentioned in 1150

The name Schüpfheim was first mentioned in a document in 1150. It was presumably derived from “schipf”, which meant a place that was protected from the water by means of constructions to build a settlement.

3rd Unesco Biosphere

Schüpfheim lies in the centre of the Unesco Biosphere Entlebuch and offers a wide range of activities for young and old.

4. sun hill

The Sonnen hügel in Schüpfheim is located in the old Capuchin monastery and is a place of hope and reorientation for people in an acute life crisis .

5th Summer Night Festival

The Jordan Guggenmusig has been organising theEgglifest” in Schü pfheim together with around 200 volunteers since 2001, which has become a permanent fixture at regional events in recent years. The various bars, marquees and especially the outdoor stage with its live acts offer something to suit every taste.

6th Entlebucher Alpabfahrt

The Alpine descent has been celebrated in the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch since 2003. Every September, seven alpine families in traditional costume parade 200 cows and cattle from their rustic alpine huts around Sörenberg down to Schüpfheim. They are accompanied by colourful folklore groups.

7th Emmen riverside trail

The unspoilt river landscape between Entlebuch and Wolhusen is an insider tip for nature lovers. The hike leads through a protected floodplain area, repeatedly taking you to the banks of the wild course of the Kleine Emme.

8th Entlebucherhaus

The 100-year-old Entlebucherhaus has always been home to a wide variety of people: formerly a children’s asylum, special school, agricultural school – today a museum and cultural centre.

About Schüpfheim

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Schüpfheim is a picturesque municipality in the Swiss canton of Lucerne, situated at 719 metres above sea level. Surrounded by rolling hills and forests, Schüpfheim offers an idyllic landscape and a lively natural atmosphere.

Facts and figures:

  • Population: around 4,300
  • Highest point: Schafmatt, 1979 metres above sea level
  • Area: 38.87 km2
  • Canton: Lucerne
  • Language: German
  • Currency: Swiss franc (CHF)
  • Arrival: By car, train or bus
  • Accommodation: Hotels, inns, holiday apartments
  • Activities: Hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, skiing, snowboarding, horse riding, carriage rides, experiencing traditions

Places of interest:

  • Parish church of St John and St Paul: baroque church with a high altar worth seeing
  • Entlebucherhaus: museum with a rich exhibition of Entlebuch cultural heritage
  • Biosphere mountain cheese dairy: products from regional producers in the Entlebuch biosphere
  • Schüpfheim panoramic tour: starts at Schüpfheim railway station and follows the signs for cycle route 816 along the entire route


  • Summer Night Festival
  • Alpine cattle drive
  • Chilbi Schüpfheim

Schüpfheim is an ideal destination for nature lovers, active holidaymakers and those seeking peace and quiet. The idyllic landscape, the wide range of leisure activities and the warm hospitality make Schüpfheim an unforgettable experience.

Bonus tip: Discover Schüpfheim with Foxtrail

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Foxtrail is a unique and interactive scavenger hunt that offers visitors an innovative way to discover Schüpfheim and its sights. In this adventure, participants are guided through the town in teams, solving puzzles and deciphering clues to find the next location on their way. This experience is designed to not only encourage physical movement through the town, but also to challenge teamwork and logical thinking.

How does the Foxtrail in Schüpfheim work?

Starting point: Every Foxtrail begins at a designated starting point, where teams receive their documents and initial instructions. This marks the start of their adventure through Schüpfheim.

Solve puzzles: Participants have to solve various puzzles that lead them to hidden messages, unusual places and impressive sights in Schüpfheim. The puzzles are designed to encourage participants to take a closer look at the surroundings and engage with the town’s history and culture.

Team experience: Although Foxtrail can be experienced with family, friends or as a team-building activity with colleagues, the focus is on the shared experience. The tasks require communication and co-operation, which makes the whole thing a social experience.

By taking part in a Foxtrail in Schüpfheim, visitors are given the opportunity to explore the town in a fun way. They not only discover the well-known sights, but also hidden corners and special places that are off the beaten track. At the same time, they learn interesting facts about Schüpfheim and its history, making the experience both educational and entertaining. Foxtrail thus offers a perfect combination of adventure, culture and fun, ideal for anyone who wants to discover Schüpfheim in a unique and interactive way.

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