Clay concentration of a presumably multiphase house floor © Archäologischer Dienst des Kantons Bern

  Seedorf  |     Lobsigesee

Short Description
During an excavation in 1953, on a slight elevation on the shore of Lake Lobsige, archaeologists found the remnants of a pile dwelling settlement that dated to the Neolithic, of about 3900 BC to 3700 BC, with well-preserved artefacts. Unfortunately, by 2007, much of the structures had eroded due to the draining of the marsh. Today, only the constant artificial re-inundation of the area, prevents the remains from further deterioration. There are three settlement phases present at the Lake Lobsige site. The oldest one belongs to a time when such lacustrine settlements in the Land-of-three-Lakes were rare and uncommon. Artefacts indicate that the inhabitants were traveling ling distances, to trade with people in other regions. Strangely shaped objects, items made of alpine crystal, and stone axe heads that are made of Nephrit and Zoisit – which only exist in the region around the Zermatt-Saas-Fee – demonstrate that the founders of this settlement maintained far-reaching relationships with other populations in the alpine valleys. Flint from southeastern and eastern France, as well as from northern Italy, point to an extensive network of contacts into distant regions.


Eneolithic; approx. 3900-3750 B.C. (C14)

Lake Lobsigesee

515 m.a.s.l.

Size of the site 1,1 ha / approx. 2 soccer pitches

Size of the bufferzone 27,6 ha / approx. 39 soccer pitches

Special Features & Highlights
One of few settlements in a bog. It’s a particularly old settlement.

Location and extent of the settlement at Lake Lobsigesee © Archäologischer Dienst des Kantons Bern

Current Activities

New publication of the interdisciplinary study of the site:
Carolilne Heitz, Abseits der grossen Seen. Archäologie und Erhaltung der neolithischen Unesco-Welterbestätte Seedorf, Lobsigesee. Hefte zur Archäologie im Kanton Bern 7. Bern 2020.


Pile Dwellings up close
The site is located under ground on the lakeshore/in the lake but the lake can be visited. A panel informs on site.

Local museum at Seedorf
in the municipal building
to the website
opening hours on Sundays or individually for groups by arrangement

Showcase in staircase
open to the public during opening hours of the building