Chiètres / Kerzers

Switzerland



Address:
Moosmatte 1
Chiètres / Kerzers
3210
Phone: +41 (0) 31 756 04 60
Website: www.papiliorama.ch

Papiliorama

The Papiliorama was born in the fertile minds of its creators, Maarten Bijleveld van Lexmond, a Dutch biologist, and his wife Catheline. Originally built in 1988 in the Canton of Neuchâtel, the first Papiliorama was destroyed by fire on the 1st of January 1995. Thanks to a nationwide solidarity movement, the new Papiliorama was completed only nine months later. Due to a lack of space in its original location, which prevented any extension, the Papiliorama moved in 2003 to Kerzers, in the canton of Fribourg, in the heart of the Three Lakes region.
Papiliorama is a charitable non-profit organisation, which aims at raising awareness about the fate of tropical forests and nature worldwide, by inviting its visitors in the heart of natural exhibits.

A sister-foundation of the Papiliorama, the ITCF, protects in a very concrete way more than 11'000 hectares (110 km2) of pristine tropical nature in Belize, Centra America. More information on www.shipstern.org


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Permanent Collection

The innovative and avant-garde architecture of the Papiliorama was designed to fulfill the needs of its inhabitants.
An amphitheater 40 metres in diameter and 14 metres at its maximum height offers ideal conditions for the growth of several dozen species of tropical trees and plants, among which more that 15 species of palms and many nectar plants.

The innovative and avant-garde architecture of the Papiliorama was designed to fulfill the needs of its inhabitants.
An amphitheater 40 metres in diameter and 14 metres at its maximum height offers ideal conditions for the growth of several dozen species of tropical trees and plants, among which more that 15 species of palms and many nectar plants.
In this garden, more than 60 species of butterflies from all over the tropics can be found. At all times around a thousand butterflies flutter around in an enchanting and colourful ballet. As more than 10 species breed naturally in Papiliorama, visitors can observe the complete butterfly life cycle from egg to adult, going through caterpillars and pupae. Papiliorama is also one of the rare places in Europe where one can observe the fascinating hummingbirds, flying at full speed through the dome.

The Nocturama is quite a unique exhibit : Its translucid roof filters daylight approximately a thousand times, thus creating an artificial moonlight. The effective inversion of the day and night cycle allow visitors to wander through a tropical American forest during night-time, when nocturnal animals are active. Alongside trails, you shall encounter sloth, tree porcupines, night monkeys, kinkajous, ocelots, giant anacondas and many others.

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Cost

Adults CHF 14
Children (4-15 years) CHF 7

Group rates (10 people or more):
Adults CHF 12
Children CHF 6


Opening hours

Open every day, except on December 25th and January 1st

During summertime : from 9 am to 6 pm (last admissions 5.15 pm)
During wintertime : from 10 am to 5 pm (last admissions 4.15 pm)


Getting there

By train : Train stop « Kerzers Papiliorama ». The entrance is only 80m from
the train station. See schedules on www.sbb.ch/en . Combined
train and entrance ticket see www.RailAway.ch

By car : Motorway A1 from Yverdon to bern, exit "Kerzers", follow the signs.
The Papiliorama is located half a mile from the village on the
cantonal road to Lyss. Kerzers Town Parking "Papiliorama", CHF 3.

GPS: 46°59' 13" N and 7° 12' 06" E


Facilities

The Papiliorama has its own self-service cafeteria, the "Toucan Bar", serving non-alcoholic drinks, ice-creams and snacks (sandwiches, salads, various croissants and pastries etc.). Pic-nick is allowed.
For your group visits, we organise coffee and croissants or apéritifs, upon reservation (make sure to reserve well in advance). Please address your request to contact@papiliorama.ch. From November to Februar, the Papiliorama Foundation also organises candle-lit "Jungle Dinners".
All our exhibits are 100% wheelchair compatible.
Dogs are not allowed in the tropical complex and must be left outside.


Education

Guided tours:

After a short introduction on natural habitats of the tropics and the threats that loom over them, you shall dive into the fascinating world of butterflies and nocturnal mammals from tropical forests worldwide. We answer (almost) all questions !
Tours last between 75 and 90 minutes
Group size : max. 25 persons or 1 school class per guide
CHF 90
Reservations: contact@papiliorama.ch or +41 (0) 31 756 04 61

As the demand for tours is very high and since the availability of tours depends on the disponibility of our guides, reservations must be made as early as possible. Reservations are only valid after you have received a written confirmation from Papiliorama. Should you not hear anything from us within three days of request, please do not hesitate to phone us.

Guided tours are only offered from Monday to Saturday. There are no tours available on Sundays and Public Holidays ! There will be no guided tours on the 5th of May and the 20th of October 2007 (Childrens Day).