Bikers' meeting in Hauenstein


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Description

Every Thursday from March to October, several hundred motorbike enthusiasts meet at the 'Isebähnli' restaurant in Trimbach in the canton of Solothurn. The meeting attracts bikers from throughout Switzerland, southern Germany, the Alsace and neighbouring regions of Italy. The 'Restaurant zur Eisenbahn' is transformed into a mecca for bikers, and is likely to be a familiar name for every biker in Switzerland. Over a bratwurst and a cola (beer is rarely ordered), the enthusiasts watch the bikers come and go, chat about bikes and generally have a good time. The Hauenstein bikers' meeting has been in existence since 1968 and is 'no longer as wild as it was once rumoured to be'. It originated in the mid-1960s in the Sonne restaurant in Buckten in the canton of Basel-Landschaft, but after the death of the landlady in 1968 was transferred to the 'Isebähnli' in Trimbach. The release of the film Easy Rider during the Isebähnli's second season sparked an explosion in the popularity of biking and attracted a wave of new visitors to the meeting, a trend which continues to this day.

Image gallery

  • The car park at the bikers' meeting place © Jamie Burkhalter und Tanja Coray, 2011
  • The spectators' hill is an ideal spot for watching the event © Tanja Coray, 2011
  • At the 'Isebähnli' restaurant: bikers strolling around the car park, chatting about and admiring the bikes © Karin Janz, 2011
  • One nice bike after another © Karin Janz, 2011
  • A range of models on display © Karin Janz, 2011
  • In addition to common models, you can also see vintage and unusual bikes like these © Karin Janz, 2011
  • The parking spot for vintage bikes next to the restaurant terrace © Jamie Burkhalter und Tanja Coray, 2011
  • Lively activity at the entrance to the car park © Karin Janz, 2011
  • The market table in the 'Isebähnli' restaurant © Karin Janz, 2011
  • The car park at the bikers' meeting place © Jamie Burkhalter und Tanja Coray, 2011
  • The spectators' hill is an ideal spot for watching the event © Tanja Coray, 2011
  • At the 'Isebähnli' restaurant: bikers strolling around the car park, chatting about and admiring the bikes © Karin Janz, 2011
  • One nice bike after another © Karin Janz, 2011
  • A range of models on display © Karin Janz, 2011
  • In addition to common models, you can also see vintage and unusual bikes like these © Karin Janz, 2011
  • The parking spot for vintage bikes next to the restaurant terrace © Jamie Burkhalter und Tanja Coray, 2011
  • Lively activity at the entrance to the car park © Karin Janz, 2011
  • The market table in the 'Isebähnli' restaurant © Karin Janz, 2011

References and documentation

Publications
  • Dominik Hess: 41. Saison eröffnet. Trimbach, 2009

  • Beat Wyttenbach: «Isebähnli». Das Mekka der Töff-Freaks. In: Der Sonntag no. 26, 3. Juli 2011

Documentation