Herzroute (Heart Route)

Have you ever wanted to criss-cross Switzerland on a bike? Both hobby bikers and cycling enthusiasts can pedal to their heart’s content on the quiet roads and paths of the Herzroute to reach idyllic lakes and memorable lookout points.

  • Distance Distance : 720 km (13 stages)
  • Elevation gain Elevation gain : 15,000-m ascent | 15,000-m descent
  • Starting point Starting point : Rorschach
  • Finish Finish : Lausanne

The Herzroute subscribes to the motto “The journey is the destination”. The route begins in Lausanne on the shores of Lake Geneva and ends in Rohrschach on Lake Constance (or vice versa). Divided into different stages, it leads through varied landscapes and over the rolling terrain of the Alpine foothills to fantastic lookout points. Every time you crest a hill, new valleys open up before you – each with its own distinctive charm. Speaking of charm, the third stage of the Herzroute begins in the historic little city of Laupen and takes you to Thun via the scenic Bütschelegg mountain in the Gantrisch Nature Park. This is also where the fourth stage begins, which leads past green meadows and grazing goats through the forests of Eriz to Langnau in the Emmental valley.

The Herzroute is particularly suitable for cyclists who prefer to take it easy on e-bikes, making it accessible to all ages and fitness levels. Is your battery running low? Don’t worry, there are several stations along the way where you can replace your bike’s battery and find some fuel of your own as well.

  • Tipp

    Take a short break on Stage 11: Recharge your own batteries with an afternoon snack in the tranquil Riggisberg castle garden.

  • Route information
    Location All over Switzerland
    Distance 720 km (13 stages)
    Elevation gain 15,000-m ascent | 15,000-m descent
    Starting point Rorschach
    Finish Lausanne
    Route All over Switzerland
    Route conditions Difficult (without motorised bike)
    Directions Arrive in Lausanne, return from Rorschach
    Comments The stages can be ridden in either direction and are marked as Route 99 all along the way. There are e-bikes available for rent at various locations. Reservations are strongly advised.

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    Stages 8 to 11 of the Herzroute lead through the idyllic Emmental valley and are ideal for day trips.

    Stage 8

    Location Emmental and Lucerne
    Distance 63 km
    Elevation gain 1,250 m ascent | 1,250 m descent
    Starting point Willisau
    Finish Burgdorf
    Route Willisau–Zell LU–Hüswi–Gondiswil–Madiswil–Rütschelen–Linde–Lünschberg–Häcklige–Affoltern i.E.–Schufelbüel–Brandishueb–Hasle–Burgdorf
    Route conditions Difficult (without motorised bike)
    Directions Arrive in Willisau, return from Burgdorf

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    Stage 9

    Location Emmental
    Distance 45 km
    Elevation gain 1’040 m ascent | 900 m descent
    Starting point Burgdorf
    Finish Langnau i.E.
    Route Burgdorf–Oberburg–Dieterswald–Luterbach–Mänziwilegg–Walkringen–Arnisäge–Blase–Signau–Langnau i.E.
    Route conditions Difficult (without motorised bike)
    Directions Arrive in Burgdorf, return from Langnau i.E.

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    Stage 10

    Location Bernese Oberland and Emmental
    Distance 72 km
    Elevation gain 1’760m ascent | 1’870m descent
    Starting point Langnau i.E.
    Finish Thun
    Route Langnau i.E.– Signau–Röthenbach i.E.–Bätterich–Schwarzenegg–Eriz–Horrenbach–Schwendi–Steffisburg–Thun
    Route conditions Difficult (without motorised bike)
    Directions Arrive in Langnau i.E., return from Thun

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    Stage 11

    Location Laupen
    Distance 64 km
    Elevation gain 1’030m ascent | 1’100m descent
    Starting point Thun
    Finish Laupen
    Route Thun–Burgistein–Riggisberg–Bütschelegg–Niederscherli–Thörishaus–Laupen
    Route conditions Difficult (without motorised bike)
    Directions Arrive in Thun, return from Laupen

    🗺️ Map
    ⛰️ Elevation profile