Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach

A visit to the world of birds

Visit the Ornithological Institute and become one of the birds: first, you get banded and then you experience Switzerland from a bird’s eye view.

You have never experienced the world of Swiss birds like this: Before visiting the exhibit, you will be banded, just like a bird, hatch out of a giant egg like a chick and land in a bird’s nest where you start your journey through the life of a bird. The ring on your finger registers your interests and preferences in the exhibit. Based on this information, you receive a personal bird profile at the end of your visit and leave the exhibit for example as a crested tit, a bearded vulture or a moorhen.

You can also accompany the native birds on an amazing cinematic voyage through Switzerland or learn about the world of bird sounds in the mechanical “Singphony” theatre.

The wildlife garden on the shores of Lake Sempach with two aviaries, a coffee bar and a shop is a pleasant place to spend some time. The visitor centre is located in a mud-walled house - a trailblazing eco-construction. In 2017 it received the Special Commendation for Sustainability from the European Museum of the Year Award EMYA 2017.

Additional information

Buy ticket

Buy your ticket from the SBB Shop or SBB Mobile app. You can also buy a ticket from the driver, at all ticket terminals, PostBus sales offices and at the counter of your nearest railway station.

Additional ticketing apps and online shops can be found in our overview.

Timetable / travel information

You will find the entire Swiss public transport timetable online here.

Route open all year.


For groups of 10 people or more, a reservation is required on the previous day until 16.00 h at the latest. Call 0848 100 222.

Reservations for wheelchair accessibility must be made for the applicable route. 

Bicycle transport

Bicycle transport not available.

Wheelchair accessibility

Wheelchair access to the postbus.

Special comments:
Wheelchair accessibility has to be asked for for the routes in question, tel. 0848 100 222.

Contact details


Swiss Ornithological Institute
Kantonsstrasse 6
6204 Sempach