The Laupen Historical Loop is a 31-kilometre circular route between Niederwangen and Laupen. It is especially suited for e-bikes. There are four experience sites that invite cyclists to immerse themselves in the history of the region and contemplate time.
It is also worth stopping at the many charming farm shops, restaurants, inns and cafés along the way. The route is best explored counterclockwise and follows the existing cycle routes 74, 34 and 888. Ideal starting points are Niederwangen or Laupen station.
- Location : between Niederwangen and Laupen
- Distance : about 31 km
- Elevation gain : difference about 409 m
Weather in Laupen
|Tu Tuesday||12 82.4 °||28 82.4 °|
|We Wednesday||16 86 °||30 86 °|
|Th Thursday||14 86 °||30 86 °|
Getting to the Route and Back
From Bern, the Laupen Historical Loop can easily be reached by e-bike – following the existing Veloland routes – or public transport. It’s best to begin either in Niederwangen or in Laupen.
By public transport
In just 10 minutes, the regional train brings e-bikers from Bern to Niederwangen, where the first experience site of the Laupen Historical Loop awaits. We recommend taking a train with low-level access, which makes it easier to transport your e-bike. If you prefer starting directly in Laupen, it will take 30 minutes from Bern’s main station to get to the historical town.
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Train stations along the way
The following train stations are on or near the route and ideal starting or end points:
- Niederwangen station
- Neuenegg station
- Laupen station
- Thörishaus station
- Rosshäusern station
- Oberwangen station
- Riedbach station
Train tickets for bicycles
There are different types of tickets for passengers bringing their own bicycles:
For short journeys, purchase a normal ticket at a reduced price (1/2).
Bike Day Pass
If you are travelling longer distances, it makes sense to buy a 1-day bike pass for CHF 14.00.
Annual bike pass
With the annual bike pass for CHF 240.00, you can bring your bike on all train routes that allow self-service loading of bicycles for an entire year. Keep in mind: the annual pass does not guarantee a space on the train and capacities may vary.
Please note: The tickets listed above are for the bicycle only. Each passenger will also need a valid ticket.
Tickets can be purchased at the counter, at ticket machines or online.
If you are renting an e-bike from Rent a Bike, the train ticket is included in the rental price.
Self-service loading of bicycles is not possible for groups of more than ten people and their bicycles. We recommend renting the e-bikes at your destination.
Please take note of the information on self-service loading of bicycles at www.bls.ch/velo
Renting an e-bike is fast and easy at Rent a Bike in Bern or Laupen or at a bike shop along the Laupen Historical Loop.
Offers and prices are listed on the website.
Bike helmets can be rented at all stations, prices start at CHF 5.00 per day.
We recommend making reservations in advance for groups.
Groups of ten or more paying persons receive a 20-percent discount on the base price, including helmet rental and return transport. The bikes must be picked up at and returned to an official Rent a Bike rental station (Reductions with the GA Travelcard or Half Fare Travelcard are not possible anymore).
If the station from which you want to start your ride does not have enough e-bikes available, you can book bikes from Rent a Bike’s mobile rental station. No matter where, what, or when, Rent a Bike will deliver the e-bikes directly to your chosen location.
You can find more information about “à la carte” group tours on the website.
Self-service loading of bicycles
Your rental bike can be taken on trains with a self-service bike loading area without purchasing an additional bike ticket. Your rental contract doubles as a bike ticket.
Rent a Bike AG
How it works
1.Reserve an e-bike via Rent a Bike for the location of your choice (recommendation: Bern main station or Laupen station). Reservations can be cancelled free of charge up to 48 hours in advance.
2. Show your ID, Half Fare Travelcard, GA Travelcard or driver’s license when picking up your bike and pay in cash or by debit card.
3. You are given the rental contract and your e-bike.
4. Explore the Laupen Historical Loop.
5. Return the e-bike at the location of your choice. Make sure you check the opening hours beforehand.
Please note: e-bikes can only be rented by people aged 16 or older, or from age 14 with a moped license.
Battery Charging Stations
E-bike battery performance differs from model to model. Newer e-bikes can easily manage the 31-kilometre Laupen Historical Loop without an additional battery or charging stop. In any case, we recommend fully charging the battery before tackling the route, or, depending on the model, bringing another battery or your own charging device.
If the route does become too much for the battery, there are places along the way where you can charge it using your own charger.
Eating and Drinking
Bicycle trekking makes you hungry and thirsty. Fortunately, there’s the right gastronomic option for everyone along the Laupen Historical Loop: country inns serve regional dishes, and the many farm and village shops sell all kinds of yummy picnic ingredients.
More information on the options along the way is provided here.
Exploring the Laupen Historical Loop without being pressed for time and spending the night in majestic Laupen Castle, a quaint inn along the way, or Switzerland’s beautiful capital – sounds like a relaxed getaway to us!
Package “Bernese E-Bike Love”
Spend time together, enjoy the hustle and bustle of Bern, and hop on an e-bike the next day to explore the Laupen Historical Loop. One night in a double room including breakfast as well as recommendations for tours and activities are included in this package, with prices starting at CHF 152.00. As an optional feature, you can add an e-bike rental.
We’re happy to help if you have further questions.