Bernina Holding AG


Aw jeez, I ride all day trying to make it to Bernina Holding (manufacturer of Bernina sewing machines) in the riverfront town of Steckborn but don't arrive until 5:15 PM on a Thursday afternoon. In Europe that usually means you're out of luck because everyone's long gone. It's true here as I find the front door of the four-story, ugly gray building from the 1950's or 1960's locked. I spot several high-end cars in the parking lot and figure maybe several executives are working late. I can also see four women inside the lobby area yakking away but not a one will come to the door to see what I want. It looks like there's a factory connected to the building and it really looks old probably from the 1930's or 40's. Business hours are posted on the front door: 7:30-12:00 and 13:15-17:00. Wow, the head office closes down for an hour and 15 minute lunch.

There's still plenty of daylight left in the day so, I pass on spending the night in town and continue riding. Actually, I would have arrived in Steckborn before 5 PM but some of the riverfront towns I've been passing through had detours and roadblocks set up because rising water from the river have flooded whole towns.