Those visiting the Arlesheim hermitage find themselves on the very same tracks as the hermits who visited the hermitage year-in and year-out as a place of refuge for deep meditation. And anyone following the hermits path cannot help but fall into pensive thought as they stroll in the footsteps of the ancient brothers who lived in blissful solitude.
At the foot of Reichenstein Castle close to Schloss Birseck lies the Arlesheim hermitage, a romantic English garden dedicated to the worship of nature. The hermitage is Switzerland's largest English-style landscape garden. Ponds, labyrinthine paths and idyllic nature enchant visitors, transporting them to a world of mysteries and secrets.
The hermitage is a natural experience, a place of quiet, peaceful reflection, and for some even a source of strength. Children are also enthralled by the park with its artificial ponds and streams, mills, gardener's house and hermitage, but most of all the Apollo Grotto.
In the romantic landscape garden, we are not present as lords over nature such as those in ruling French gardens, instead simply part of them. And as pious hermit, as those who once dwelt in this same garden, surrounded by nature and buried deep in thought, the perceived changes that no doubt differ in each and every one of us are, however, something that may well surprise if not run away with us all.