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Cycling Holidays Heart route Napf Loop

Cycling: Heart Route

The secrets of the Napf area

Sparsely populated and almost untouched lay Emmental, the backcountry of Lucerne, and the biosphere Entlebuch at the feet of the Swiss Alps. The most imposing rising in this region is the Napf, which the Herzschlaufen tour (Napf heart loop) completely surrounds.

However, the true highlights you'll pass on this tour are the genuine villages and the stunning, lone standing farmhouses of Emmental. From Willisau, the culinary centre of Emmental, you travel to Langnau, the cultural heart of this region. A little side trip to the biosphere of Entlebuch completes this journey around the Napf. 

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Itinerary

Start off your tour around the Napf right with a Willisauer Ringli (Willisauer biscuit). There is also no reason why you skip a visit to the Diwisa distillery. Not only will Willisau surprise you in a culinary aspect, but its enchanting old town awaits you. 

The foothills of the alps couldn't be more beautiful. You follow a ridge and enjoy the view over the Central Plateau. From Wyssachen the landscape gets more rough and you follow the Herzschlaufe (heart loop) around the Napf in a steady up and down until you reach Sumiswald. A short break gives you enough energy for the climb up the Lüderenalp. From there on you cruise relaxed through the Gohldike to Lagnau im Emmental.

approx. 60 km
1'600 m
1'480 m

First you visit the regional museum in Lagnau im Emmental. Afterwards you cycle past Trubschachen with the Kambly-factory and numerous covered bridges. Then steep uphill on a mountain range where you have an unrestricted view of the Napf's summit.

Drive past remote farmyards and continue with a thrilling descent down to Escholzmatt. From there you drive along the sunny valley side of the Entlebuch until you reach the biosphere's homonymous municipality. 

approx. 45 km
1'100 m
1'080 m

The day's stage starts wild and solitary through the Fontanne valley. Afterwards you ascend the Menzberg and with it the Napf's main crest. Now it's getting exciting, because the drive through the Luthertal (Luther valley) resembles a roller coaster ride. Entlebuch and Emmental show themselves from their rough side in the last few metres. Enjoy it! The trail will bring you back to Willisau, and from there individual departure.

approx. 55 km
1'550 m
1'675 m

Tour character

The heart loop track is extremely challenging. Therefore the use of an electric bike is highly recommended, in order to enjoy the beauties of the Emmental to the utmost on its mostly car-free roads.

The Herzschlaufe Napf at SwitzerlandMobility

Prices & Dates

All data for 2023 at a glance
Place of arrival: Willisau
  Season 1
29.04.2023 - 12.05.2023
23.09.2023 - 15.10.2023

every day
Season 2
13.05.2023 - 22.09.2023

every day
Heart route Napf loop, 5 days, CH-ZSRWW-05X
Base price
604.-
624.-
Surcharge Single Room 164.- 164.-

Category: 3* hotels & guesthouses

Season 1
Apr 29, 2023 - May 12, 2023
Sep 23, 2023 - Oct 15, 2023
every day
Season 2
May 13, 2023 - Sep 22, 2023
every day
Heart route Napf loop, 5 days, CH-ZSRWW-05X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
604.-
164.-
624.-
164.-

Category: 3* hotels & guesthouses

Season 1
Apr 29, 2023 - May 12, 2023
Sep 23, 2023 - Oct 15, 2023
Season 2
May 13, 2023 - Sep 22, 2023
Willisau
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Willisau
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
85.-
120.-
85.-
120.-
85.-
120.-
85.-
120.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Willisau
  Season 1
Apr 29, 2023 - May 12, 2023
Sep 23, 2023 - Oct 15, 2023

every day
Season 2
May 13, 2023 - Sep 22, 2023

every day
Willisau
Extra night double room (BB) 85.- 85.-
Extra night single room (BB) 120.- 120.-
Willisau
Extra night double room (BB) 85.- 85.-
Extra night single room (BB) 120.- 120.-
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Electric bike
Countrybike 27-Gang Unisex
199.-
115.-
Prices per person in CHF

Our rental bikes

Services & Information

Services

Included:

  • 4 overnight stays incl. breakfast
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • Cost of luggage pick-up at the station
  • Subsidy for arrival by train
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • 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 | Departure:

  • Arrival by public transport in Willisau
  • Departure by public transport from Willisau. For direct departure: Suitcases must be returned to the luggage counter by 5:00 p.m. at the latest.
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. 

Ratings

4 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
4 stars
Jean-Daniel Rumpf CH | 11.06.2021
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