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Tropenhaus, Frutigen (BE). Caviar & Tropical Fruit

When construction of the Lötschberg Base Tunnel began, engineers had to tackle the problem of cooling the water from underground springs. Due to the geothermal energy, around 100 litres/sec of water at 20C flows from the tunnel. If this were allowed into the Kander river without cooling it would damage the ecosystems, especially the trout living in the river.

In innovative project was developed to deal with a problem, and turn it into a profitable business and tourist attraction.

The Tropenhaus in Frutigen is nearing completion and is due to fully open to the public this Autumn. Visits are available on some days at present.

The project has several aspects:

Greenhouses heated by the water are growing around 40 tons of tropical fruit a year: Papaya, Mango, Carambola (Star Fruit), Banana, Guava, Kumquat. Tropical fruit in Switzerland without massive transportation.

A stugeon farm with 40 tanks containing up to 60,000 fish. These should produce 40-50 tons of sturgeon and 3 tons of caviar per year. The sturgeon is already on sale in some Coop stores. The caviar will not be available for a few years when the sturgeon reach maturity.

Visitor Centre plus Restaurants serving the produce from the project.

Research facilities.

Website Tropenhaus (English)

This is a great example of renewable energy and sustainability, solving a real problem. It is also creating local employment.

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Re: Tropenhaus, Frutigen (BE). Caviar & Tropical Fruit

My husband mentioned this place a few weeks ago.I was curious, anybody been there since it opened? Would be nice to hear what you thought. Thanking everyone in advance
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Re: Tropenhaus, Frutigen (BE). Caviar & Tropical Fruit

I must admit it is a very smart construction the Swiss have done there. For information, there are a link to a small introduction video in English.

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/index/Su...ml?cid=7948436
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I was there in November, found it pretty interesting, bought some "home grown" mangostene and had a really nice lunch in the restaurant. Highly recommendable
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Re: Tropenhaus, Frutigen (BE). Caviar & Tropical Fruit

My employer took me there about 12 months ago, we had a very good tour and a boring dinner afterwards. I looked at the prices and I thought it was moderately expensive.
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Re: Tropenhaus, Frutigen (BE). Caviar & Tropical Fruit

i looked at the prices a few years ago, it wont be on my list of " must visit" places
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Re: Tropenhaus, Frutigen (BE). Caviar & Tropical Fruit

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As usual, the site has messed around with the structure of its links, currently they are Home and Gallery.
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