Emmental – a region of natural beauty in Switzerland
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The Emmental is a region in west central Switzerland, forming part of the canton of Bern. It is a hilly landscape comprising the basins of the Emme and Ilfis rivers. The region is mostly devoted to farming, particularly dairy farming. Its notable cities are Burgdorf and Langnau.
The German poet Jeremias Gotthelf described the Emmental as follows:
"Its horizon is narrowly defined by wooded hills at whose feet countless valleys lie, irrigated by rushing streams which carry their debris in quiet murmurs until they find the Emme's womb".