This exotic wonderland houses an immense tropical garden filled with tropical fruit plants, yielding an annual production of two tons of bananas, papayas, mangos, star fruit, dwarf bananas, guavas, lychees, mangosteens, grapefruit, avocados, pineapple, and kumquat. You can enjoy some of the products grown in-house, which are freshly prepared and sold in their restaurant or sold in the on-site shop. The continuously warm temperatures in the hothouse also sustain a small but fine collection of orchid varieties, as well as a large selection of herbs and spices, such as ginger, chili peppers, vanilla, and pepper, which you can buy in their shop or taste in their restaurant dishes.
In addition to plants, flowers, fruits, and herbs, Tropenhaus Frutigen is considered a pioneer in the field of fish breeding in land-based aquaculture. A high-performance, sustainable, professional production facility for breeding freshwater fish is at the heart of the facility. The 18°C high-quality water from inside the Lötschberg mountain forms the ideal environment for the Siberian sturgeon. Top priority is given to breeding processes appropriate to the particular species, without the use of antibiotics, medicines, or chemical pesticides. Fish stocks in the Tropenhaus have now grown to around 80,000 fish, yielding a production of 18 tons of delicate, bone-free sturgeon meat every year. With caviar from wild sturgeon being such a rarity, the caviar made from Siberian sturgeon raised in the warm and naturally pure water of the Lötschberg mountain has opened a new chapter in the history of caviar in Switzerland.
Since April 2021, they are also offering two escape games. They feature two exciting missions with over 30 tricky puzzles and a gripping story. In the room “The Forgotten Temple,” your expedition team’s airplane crashes in a jungle, and when you look out of your plane, all you see is a forgotten tent and an old temple. You need to orient yourself as soon as possible to call for help from your headquarters. In the room “The Thief of the Tear of the Gods” your expedition team arrives in a small South American village only to find that the expedition site is deserted and the professor seems to have been kidnapped to obtain a valuable Inca artifact, the Tear of the Gods. Can you free the professor in time? You can book Escape Game rooms on Wednesday-Friday from 12:00-20:30, Saturday from 10:30-20:30, and Sunday from 10:30-16:00 through their partner, LiveEscapeGame, at https://www.liveescapegame.com/de/booking/frutigen; cost is from CHF 99 for 2-3 players to CHF 150 for 5-6 players.
The exhibitions, shop, and topical garden of the Tropenhaus Frutigen are open Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00–17:30 (closed Monday and Tuesday). The onsite restaurant, Tropengarten, is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00–23:00 and Sunday from 10:00–18:00. Reserve a table at 033-672-1143 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Entrance to the tropical garden and exhibits is CHF 18 for adults, CHF 9 for kids ages 6–16, and free for kids under age 6; there are also reduced entries for families. The tropical garden, shop, and restaurant can be visited without an entrance fee.
The Tropenhaus Frutigen can be reached by car in about 90 minutes or by train, with a 7-minute walk from the Bahnhof Frutigen.