Theatre tours

An unforgettable experience! An actor takes you on our two tours through Villa Patumbah or the park. Public theatre tours are held on the first Sunday of every month. The offer can also be booked for private events or excursions with school classes.

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Public theatre tours
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First Sunday of every month, October to April
From Sumatra and the exotic scents of paradise – to dream house and demolition object. With the “eternal butler” Johann, we follow in the footsteps of the eventful history of Patumbah Park and its villa. Why does the house have this strange name? What’s the source of all this splendour and who lived here? “Johann” can tell us all about it, having been in the service of the villa since 1885. A theatre tour of the park and villa, including the 2nd floor with the Asian gallery, for young and old from approx. 6 years. Date: /

Costs in addition to admission: adults CHF 10, children CHF 5
Duration: 1 hour 

Language: Swiss German
Text: Simon Ledermann, direction: Roger Pfyl, acting: Peter Hottinger or Jürg Plüss, props : Bernadette Meier

Please note: limited number of places. Registration required by 5pm the day before. Telephone enquiries for remaining tickets possible from 12 noon on the day of the event. Tickets are available at the box office until 1:45pm.

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Every first Sunday of the month, May to September (excluding August)
It all fits: the old house, the snake-filled rocks and the crocodile moat. Expedition leader Albert has found Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book in the library of the old villa and in it the story of the brave mongoose Rikki Tikki Tavi. Albert is convinced that the great battle with the cobra took place here in the Patumbah jungle. Tigers, lions and snakes in Patumbah Park? With Albert we experience the historic park from a surprising new perspective. An adventuresome theatre tour in the park, for families with children from approx. 6 years. Date: /

Costs in addition to admission: adults CHF 10, children CHF 5
Duration: 1 hour

Language: Swiss German
Text and direction: Simon Ledermann, acting: Peter Hottinger or Jürg Plüss, costume: Barbara Medici, illustrations: Raffaella Popp

Please note: limited number of places. Registration required by 5pm the day before. Telephone enquiries for remaining tickets possible from 12 noon on the day of the event. Tickets are available at the box office until 1:45pm.

Theatre tours for groups
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The “eternal butler” Johann takes visitors on a voyage of discovery through the rooms of the villa and its eventful history, while the expedition leader Albert explores the Patumbah jungle on a foray through the park. Opening up a rich world of stories and adventure, both the villa tour and the jungle tour can be booked for groups.

Language: Swiss German
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: CHF 350 / outside our opening times and business hours: CHF 450. Plus reduced admission per person, min. 10 admissions will be charged.
Max. 25 people

Invite your friends on a jungle tour through Patumbah Park! An actor in the role of expedition leader Albert will take you through the park along secret paths and share the story of the brave mongoose Rikki Tikki Tavi. Afterwards you can have your own picnic or cake in the park.

Dates: Monday–Friday, 9am–4:30pm / Saturday, 2–4:30pm / Sunday, 12 noon–4:30pm, from May until the autumn holidays.

More on the jungle tour

Language: Swiss German
Duration theatre tour: 1 hour
Age: 6–10 years
Number of places: 10 to max. 25 people, at least one accompanying adult required.
Costs: CHF 350. Any admissions to the Swiss Heritage Center (exhibitions/villa) will be charged in addition.

Practical information: if the weather is uncertain, we provide a table under the covered veranda by prior arrangement, on Saturdays and Sundays from 30 minutes before the museum opens. Toilet facilities are available at Villa Patumbah. The children’s birthday party takes place entirely in the park, in any weather, and lasts no later than 5pm when the museum closes.