The 800-year-old Burgdorf Castle is known as the best-preserved Zähringen era castle in Switzerland. Three museums, including one of the country’s oldest historical museums, can be found within its enchanting walls: The Burgdorf Castle Museum was founded in 1886 and holds an abundance of historical objects and documents stretching from the middle ages to the 20th century; The nearby gold-bearing Emmen River has been a target for treasure hunters for centuries, and the Helvetian Gold Museum showcases the material in all its glory; Finally, the Ethnological Museum holds remarkable collections from Asian, African, American and Oceanic cultures. All museums are a must for and kinds of Culture Vultures.