Destination: Ebianum Baggermuseum (museum of diggers), Fisibach
Interesting thing: I found the museum commentary pretty interesting!
My 26Cantons52Weeks challenge has been on a bit of a hiatus. April’s poetry month, combined with our London trip and my writing course has not left much spare time. However, I’m back with two more cantons to write up, which will mean I’ve done eight so far (not counting Zurich yet, that’s my ace up the sleeve!) with 18 to go. We’re nearly at midyear but summer is a great time for tourism for non-skiers like myself so I’m still confident I can visit all 26 Swiss cantons in 2017.
So to Fisibach and the Ebianum Baggermuseum (museum of diggers)! It was a rainy Sunday and Himself had to work, so I decided to drive the kids to this hidden gem of a museum (Himself had taken them previously and assured me it was good for a few hours’ entertainment). It was an easy half-hour drive from our place in Zurich with the sat nav. I’m still new enough to driving here that I feel proud of making it to new places on my own in the car!
The museum is basically a huge, airport-hangar/barn of a room which displays the decommissioned digger vehicles, cranes, tractors and bulldozers used by local-family business Eberhard over the years. Eberhard is a construction and civil engineering business, but more about that later. There’s loads of construction vehicles on display, from Eberhard’s first steam-powered tractor to more modern machines. You can also climb on and into a lot of the diggers, which the kids enjoyed. Perhaps the best bit (for us) was at the end, where there’s a large indoor sandpit full of kid-size construction vehicles, as well as about 20 ride-on bobbycars, tractors and balance bikes. The kids played here for about two hours. On a rainy Sunday, I’d say about 90% of the museum visitors were families with 0-7 age boys. I saw a few girls too and I know I would have enjoyed playing here with my brothers as a child.
Your CHF15 entry (free for kids under 7) also gives you an audio tour of the museum, which I requested in English, and was delighted to find the commentary done by members of the Eberhard family (even in the English version!). I’ll outline the story, apologies for any gaps, I had to keep one ear on the kids!
Eberhard was started by two brothers in the 1950s after they got their first big break — winning contracts to help build Zurich’s Kloten Airport in the 1940s. After that they mostly went from strength to strength, winning both Swiss and international building contracts, including a substantial amount of work in the MiddleEast. I loved the mix of personal anecdotes and hard facts in the commentary. The commentators were from the 2nd generation of the Eberhard family, so they really know their stuff. Their grandmother, who had 10 children, was also the bookkeeper for the business (can you imagine?!) so, in typical Swiss fashion, they also had exact figures for things, such as how much they paid for various machines over the years and things like – “when we got back from the Middle East, our local bank informed us we were due to foreclose, luckily we secured a loan for 1 million Swiss francs, so we could continue our business…”
Since I’m learning a bit about memoir writing at the moment, I found these personal details and family history bits of the story really fascinating and nicely done.
There’s also a spacious café are with an OK range of food (picknick is verboten, but we had brought sandwiches so ate them alongside some food we purchased).
A really fun day-trip to Aargau!
This is quite close to my house, so give us a shout next time and we might join you, we love it as well 🙂
I haven’t done very well so far in organising companions for the canton visits, altho that was my original intention! Heh. Will do!
Any subject can be interesting if the commentators (the Eberhard family and you) are interested in it and share their story openly. I’m sure it’s great fun to watch the kids’ reactions too 🙂
Yay, you made it to my canton!
I have heard of this museum but never been. Colin’s interest in diggers only lasted about two minutes.
Thanks for sharing parts of the audio tour, too!
Let me know when you come back, Aargau has much more to offer! 🙂
I have never heard about this museum. Thanks and best of luck with the second half of the year and getting all your Cantons visited.
Hey, no pressure you will still ahve time to visit the rest! What will you do once you have visited them all? Perhaps visit all the dams in Switzerland? I love them but there are so many!😂
My daughter loves trucks, train, bus and diggers.
Thanks for the tip Claire! I´m sure my boys would love it! And best luck with your cantons challenge!
I love the idea of visiting all the cantons in a year! Maybe I’ll try it some time 🙂
I was just thinking I haven’t been to Aargau yet, but Rheinfelden and Laufenburg are both in Aargau, so I have. Yay!
Yes i surprised myself with how many I’ve already visited but in previous years !