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Cycling holidays Heartroute Highlights Emmental & Zugerland

Cycling: Heart Route

Straight into your heart!

The Herzroute (Heart Route) leads through the most beautiful areas in Switzerland's Alpine foothills. The secluded trails, far from traffic noise and all hustle and bustle, are particularly appealing for exploring by electric bike. The route offers heart-warming encounters with the countryside and people. Gently rolling hills, lush meadows, beautiful forests and wonderful views of the Alps: scenery that will earn a place in your heart – the Herzroute. It wends its way through the chain of the Alpine foothills.

And behind every range of hills is a valley with its own distinctive features just waiting to be explored. The aim of the Herzroute is not directness, but its path. Switzerland as it once was is there to experience at your own pace. It's well worth spending a little time at impressive vantage points. Small hamlets, stately farmsteads and picturesque small towns cater for variety. Electric bikes are recommended to cover this route with ease as it primarily leads through rolling countryside. Points for bike rental and battery changing are found along the route. Strenuous climbs are thus easily mastered so that the Herzroute can be enjoyed by cyclists of all abilities and ages.

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Itinerary

From Langnau, the route leads through the peaceful open countryside of the Emmental. The beautiful scenic vantage points are highlights in this primeval Swiss landscape. The historic old town of Burgdorf is the ideal place to round off this eventful excursion.

approx. 55 km
1'310 m
1'450 m

Herzschlaufe Burgdorf West:

Soon after Burgdorf, the route disappears into secluded forest sections and sections with magnificent views. Without traffic, you float far above the Mittelland and enjoy the opulence of the landscape. Only in Utzigen you dive back into civilization, but are rewarded with a castle and a restaurant.

Afterwards, you will climb the Mänziwilegg hill, whose vantage point offers views of the city of Bern and far-reaching views as far as Lake Neuchâtel. You will be led back to the Emmental valley via magnificent ridges, where you can visit Lützelflüh, Gotthelf's place of work. A little later you will be back in Burgdorf with its proud fortress above the Emme.

Herzschlaufe Burgdorf East:

The route takes you into the intimate Emmental hills around Burgdorf, with the cascade of hills known as the "Wynigenberge" being particularly attractive, as they form a vantage point above the Mittelland and repeatedly offer views of the Jura and Alps. Starting from the proud castle town of Burgdorf, you climb over small roads to the vantage point Lueg and after a relaxed descent you arrive at the country inn Ferrenberg.

Magnificent farmhouses and lush green tones will spoil your eyes. After a few more kilometers, the route finds a passage into the flat, where the Emmental extends into the Eben. A final hilly section brings you back to Burgdorf via forest paths, where you enter with a view of the castle.

The eastern loop takes the guest to the "Wynigenberge" this famously situated cascade of hills on the edge of the Mittelland. Here the views pile up towards the Jura and the Alps, here one can experience many highlights that one would hardly have suspected. The "Glungge" from the Gotthelf films or the old tavern "zum Wilden Mann" still fascinate today.

approx. 43 – 48 km
930 – 1'090 m
930 – 1'090 m

Just after Burgdorf, the route leads through the unique rolling landscape of the Emmental. You are treated to views extending from the Jura to the Alps. On the way to the tiny medieval town of Willisau, impressive inns offer an invitation to take a break.

approx. 63 km
1'250 m
1'250 m

This section offers wonderful scenery between the historic towns of Willisau, Sempach and Zug. Gently rolling hills, fruit trees and lakes adorn the route. Highlights are provided by attractive chapels as well as breathtaking views of the Alps of Canton Uri.

approx. 72 km
1'050 m
1'200 m

In Zug the journey begins in the romantic old town. Through charming scenery to Unterägeri. Far above the Aegerisee lake, the route offers impressive views of the mountains. On to the high moor of Rothenturm. The «Chatzenstrick» pass rounds off the stage.

approx. 40 km
1'200 m
720 m

From the highlight of Einsiedeln, the route follows the north shore of the Sihlsee lake. After the steep climb to the highest point of the Herzroute and a fast descent to Zürichsee lake, you reach the tranquillity of the Buechberg forest. Rapperswil welcomes travellers with its southern charm.

approx. 50 km
750 m
1'225 m

Tour character

Discover the most beautiful e-bike routes in Switzerland on almost traffic-free paths. We recommend taking the tour by electric bike.

The Herzroute at SwitzerlandMobility

Prices & Dates

All data for 2023 at a glance
Place of arrival: Langnau im Emmental
  Season 1
15.04.2023 - 12.05.2023
23.09.2023 - 15.10.2023

every day
Season 2
08.04.2023 - 14.04.2023
13.05.2023 - 22.09.2023

every day
Heart Route Highlights Emmental & Zugerland, CH-BDRLR-06X
Base price
859.-
889.-
Surcharge Single Room 249.- 249.-

Category: middle class hotels & inns

Season 1
Apr 15, 2023 - May 12, 2023
Sep 23, 2023 - Oct 15, 2023
every day
Season 2
Apr 8, 2023 - Apr 14, 2023
May 13, 2023 - Sep 22, 2023
every day
Heart Route Highlights Emmental & Zugerland, CH-BDRLR-06X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
859.-
249.-
889.-
249.-

Category: middle class hotels & inns

Season 1
Apr 15, 2023 - May 12, 2023
Sep 23, 2023 - Oct 15, 2023
Season 2
Apr 8, 2023 - Apr 14, 2023
May 13, 2023 - Sep 22, 2023
Langnau im Emmental
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Rapperswil
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
95.-
135.-
115.-
170.-
95.-
135.-
115.-
170.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Langnau im Emmental
  Season 1
Apr 15, 2023 - May 12, 2023
Sep 23, 2023 - Oct 15, 2023

every day
Season 2
Apr 8, 2023 - Apr 14, 2023
May 13, 2023 - Sep 22, 2023

every day
Langnau im Emmental
Extra night double room (BB) 95.- 95.-
Extra night single room (BB) 135.- 135.-
Rapperswil
Extra night double room (BB) 115.- 115.-
Extra night single room (BB) 170.- 170.-
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Electric bike
Countrybike 27-Gang Unisex
245.-
135.-
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Travel documents printed (per room)
included
Prices per person in CHF

Our rental bikes

Services & Information

Services

Included:

  • 7 overnight stays category incl. breakfast
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • Carefully elaborated route
  • Travel documents (1 x per room) incl. SwitzerlandMobility Plus subscription 
  • Service hotline

Please note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Reservation fee of CHF 15 per adult (incl. legally required customer money protection)

 

Information

Arrival/Parking/Departure:

  • Parking at train station Langnau im Emmental. CHF 8.- per day.
  • Return journey by train via Zürich and Bern to Langnau im Emmental, duration: approx. 2.5 h.

 

Other important information: 

  • The distance travelled is approximate and may differ from the actual distance.  

  • Travel cancellation insurance, including travel interruption insurance is recommended. 

Travel documents

Travel documents "digital” 

In future we will reduce the amount of printed documents. You will receive instructions to help you find your way around using the SwitzerlandMobility app.  We will provide you with further information online. In advance you will receive a small package of documents with the following contents: 

  • Description of how to use the necessary apps 
  • Detailed programme for the individual stages 
  • Annual subscription to SwitzerlandMobility Plus 
  • Luggage tags 
  • Any vouchers

On the way, you can easily find your way with the SwitzerlandMobility app and other freely accessible aids. Background information and all other documents are delivered electronically and can be downloaded to your mobile phone in advance. 

Let us know if you don't want to do without maps. We will send them to you free of charge.

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