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Visiting the BedrettoLab

Visits for interest groups

We facilitate visits for the following groups upon request and according to our capacities:

  • Media
  • Research groups
  • Industry related to geothermal / engineering / geosciences
  • Interest groups in the field of geothermal energy, renewable energies, geosciences

Please contact Stefanie Zeller (stefanie.zeller@sed.ethz.ch) for further information.

Guided tours for the public in 2024

A partnership with the Sasso San Gottardo Museum means that members of the public can tour the BedrettoLab on the following dates:

  • Saturday 20 July 2024 (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
  • Saturday 3 August 2024 (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
  • Saturday 28 September 2024 (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

On each of these days we will be offering four guided tours in German and four in Italian. Those interested in taking part can check the time slots for each language online. Tours can be booked now on the Sasso San Gottardo Museum's website (www.sasso-sangottardo.ch/bedrettolab) at a price of CHF 25 per person.

Please note that tickets cannot be purchased via the BedrettoLab website or by contacting BedrettoLab employees.

What you can see in a tour

FAQ guided tours

Tours are open to anyone aged 10 or over. However, you should be able to complete the brisk
4.5-kilometre hike across uneven terrain in what is only a partially lit rock tunnel. You must also be able to carry a 4.5 kg self-rescuer (more information in the video) with you during the visit.

Before the tour, you will be issued with safety equipment (a helmet, a torch, a fluorescent jacket and a tracking device) and also be given a safety briefing. You will do the tour in a group of up to 20 people and will be accompanied by two trained guides. Visitors are asked to watch a safety video in advance and to fill out a short questionnaire in this regard.

Sturdy footwear (hiking boots or sturdy trainers (sneakers)) is required in the tunnel. In some parts of the tunnel, there may be water coming from the ceiling, so we recommend wearing a waterproof jacket. The temperature in the tunnel will be between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius.

No food or drink will be available around the entrance to the BedrettoLab or during the tour through the tunnel, so please bring your own drinks and snacks.

No. Tickets for the guided tours must be purchased in advance. Group numbers are limited to 20 people for safety reasons.

Based on experience of previous events, our visitors are mainly German and Italian speakers. However, if it turns out that there is a lot of demand for tours in English or French, we will make changes to our tour offering in the future/on request in order to accommodate this.