Cycling holidays Heart Route Lausanne - Rorschach/Romanshorn

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.  


The Herzroute begins on Lausanne's splendid promenade. The climb via the Lavaux vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage, affords spectacular views of Lac Léman and the Alps. Picturesque panoramic sections and green pastoral landscapes as far as Romont. 

approx. 50 km
1'090 m
750 m

The route from Romont offers a wealth of impressions and touches the rolling Alpine foothills as well as the Three Lakes region with the historic towns of Avenches and Murten. It leads along the fjord-like Schiffenensee lake to the medieval town of Laupen.

approx. 65 km
930 m
1'160 m

The route leads from Laupen through the Bernese hinterland up to Längenberg. This point offers phenomenal views of the Alpine chain and soon also of Lake Thun. The route continues via Riggisberg into the moraine lake area around Amsoldingen and finally to Thun. 

approx. 65 km
1'310 m
1'240 m

After climbing the «King's Stage» up to Heiligenschwendi high above Lake Thun, you're rewarded with wonderful Alpine views. The route then dips into the forests of Eriz, a fabulous rolling landscape that flows gently into the Emmental. 

approx. 70 km
1'870 m
1'760 m

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. 45 km
900 m
1'040 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. 65 km
1'230 m
1'210 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. 70 km
890 m
760 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
1'180 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

Wetlands and rolling hills characterize the Zürcher Oberland. The slopes of the Bachtel offer views of the Zürichsee lake and the Alps. Then into the Tösstal, a little-known area of Canton Zurich. Via the pre-Alpine Goldingertal valley and over the Ricken Pass into Toggenburg. 

approx. 55 km
1'040 m
850 m

The cosy corners of Toggenburg as highlights. With Krinau and Libingen you visit two little-known gems. After crossing the River Thur, in good weather you see the Santis mountain in all its glory. Impressive arrival in the Appenzell region before approaching the stage point of Herisau. 

approx. 55 km
1'000 m
875 m

A powerful piece of Eastern Switzerland, a strong insight into the Appenzell region and the backdrop of the Alpstein. Fascinating contrasts between the Rhine Valley and the stage stop of Altstätten. Challenging topography and varied landscape make this one of the most diverse stages. 

approx. 45 km
880 m
1'170 m

Differing landscapes, cantons and locations are crossed in a compact area. The vantage point of St. Anton rewards you with magnificent views of the Bodensee (Lake Constance), the Rhine Valley and the Vorarlberg Alps. The Herzroute reaches the harbour town of Rorschach via Walzenhausen and Rheineck. 

approx. 40–55 km
1'020–1'100 m
1'020–1'160 m

Tour characteristic

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

Prices & Dates

All data for 2020 at a glance
Season 1
Apr 25, 2020 - May 15, 2020
Sep 19, 2020 - Oct 18, 2020
every day
Season 2
May 16, 2020 - Sep 18, 2020
every day
Heart Route Lausanne - Rorschach/Romanshorn, CH-ZSRLR-13X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room

Category: Middle class hotels & inns

Season 1
Apr 25, 2020 - May 15, 2020
Sep 19, 2020 - Oct 18, 2020
Season 2
May 16, 2020 - Sep 18, 2020
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Countrybike 27-speed
Electric bike
Travel documents digital only (reduction per room)

Our rental bikes

Services & Information


  • 13 overnight stays in the desired accommodation category incl. breakfast
  • Daily luggage transport
  • Carefully elaborated route
  • Detailed tour documentation (1 x per room)
  • GPS-data available
  • 7-day Helpline

Not included:


  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Costs for collecting luggage at the station. CHF 24.- per person.



  • Parking in Lausanne at Port d’Ouchy. CHF 18.- per day.
  • Return journey by train via Romanshorn and Zurich to Lausanne, duration : approx. 4 h.


Travel documents "analogous"

By default, your  travel package includes a set of travel documents, which we will transmit  you in advance. The following documents will inform you about your tour:

  • Travel program with all organizational details.
  • Official guidebook « Cycling Switzerland»
  • maps for your biking and/or hiking routes
  • Detailed maps about your  stage locations
  • Detailed programme day-by-day

Travel documents "digital"

If you select the option "digital travel documents" when booking, we will provide you with all documents for your trip in a digital form. You will receive a small set of documents with the following content:

  • Manuals for the use of necessary apps
  • luggage tags
  • eventual  vouchers

En route  you will inform  yourself easily with the app of SwitzerlandMobility and other free  apps. Background information and all other documents are electronically assigned and can be downloaded to your mobile phone in advance.

Since this option saves resources and costs, a discount of CHF 30.- per room is offered.


4.3 of 5 Stars (3 Ratings)
5 stars
Renata Giovanoli CH | 19.09.2019
Diese Route ist wirklich eine Augenweide wert. Genuss pur und wirklich für das Herz alles dabei
3 stars
Erik Lattrez BE | 21.08.2019
Wir senden noch eine getrennte e-mail mit Details unsere Probleme
Hotels sind allen OK und Signalisierung unterwegs ist ausgezeichnet! Sehr vieles zu sehen und entdecken. Nur: Miet Elektrovelo in Lausanne ist eine Katastrophe: da ist NIEMAND die Auskunft geben kann wie man das Fahrrad bedienene kann. Wis wurden loss geschickt mit nicht funktionierende Farräder( wurden am Bahnhof vorab schon 2 x umgetauscht. Inzwischen war es zu spät um zu starten und waren wir verplichtet mit dem Zug nach Romont zu fahren
Günther Lämmerer
Günther Lämmerer answered:
In den meisten Fällen liefern wir die Fahrräder aus unserer eigenen Flotte direkt ins Hotel der Kunden, da wir so sicher sein können, dass die Räder funktionieren und einwandfrei gewartet sind. Da die Herzroute aber die Möglichkeit bietet unterwegs den Akku zu wechseln, dürfen nur Leihräder aus der Herzroute-Flotte verwendet werden. Aus diesem Grund war es nötig, dass Sie die Räder am Bahnhof abholen. Dass Sie dort so schlecht behandelt wurden und dass dann erst noch kaputte bzw. schlecht gewartete Räder abgegeben wurden tut mir sehr leid. Es ist uns gar nicht recht, dass Sie hier solche Probleme hatten und wir möchten dies wieder gut machen. Wir melden uns dafür noch mal direkt bei Ihnen.
5 stars
Claudia Wielander CH | 02.07.2019
Sehr schöne Routen, abseits vom Verkehr. Nachdem einige Höhenmeter überwunden waren genossen wir herrliche Panoramas und schöne, ruhige Gegenden. Ziel war immer ein interessanter Ort. Die Reise ist sehr zu empfehlen, wir werden wieder etwas Ähnliches unternehmen.

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