The Most Beautiful Bike Routes in and around Bern

Discover the city and region of Bern on two wheels. Whether it’s cruising through Bern neighborhoods on a city bike, gliding effortlessly along on an e-bike, racing through the countryside on a road bike or hitting the trails on a mountain bike, there’s something to suit every cycling taste.

For recreational Cyclists and E-Bikers

  • Route information
    Location All over Switzerland
    Distance 710 km (13 stages)
    Elevation gain 15,000 m ascent | 15,000 m descent
    Starting point Lausanne
    Finish Rorschach
    Route All over Switzerland
    Route conditions Difficult (without motorized 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 4 to 6 of the Herzroute lead through the idyllic Emmental valley and are ideal for day trips.

    Stage 4

    Location Bernese Oberland and Emmental
    Distance 67 km
    Elevation gain 1,800 m ascent | 1,650 m descent
    Starting point Thun
    Finish Langnau i.E.
    Route Thun–Steffisburg–Schwendi–Horrenbach–Eriz–Schwarzenegg–Bätterich–Röthenbach i. E.–Signau–Langnau i. E.–Signau
    Route conditions Difficult (without motorized bike)
    Directions Arrive in Thun, return from Langnau i. E.

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    Stage 5

    Location Emmental
    Distance 39 km
    Elevation gain 1,000 m ascent | 1,150 m descent
    Starting point Langnau i.E.
    Finish Burgdorf
    Route Langnau i. E.–Signau–Blase–Arnisäge–Walkringen–Mänziwilegg–Luterbach–Dieterswald–Oberburg–Burgdorf
    Route conditions Difficult (without motorized bike)
    Directions Arrive in Langnau i. E., return from Burgdorf

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    Stage 6

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

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    Location Lucerne and Emmental
    Distance 155 km (3 stages)
    Elevation gain 4,200 m ascent | 4,200 m descent
    Starting point Willisau
    Finish Willisau
    Route Willisau–Eriswil–Sumiswald–Lüderenalp–Langnau i. E.–Trubschachen–Turner–Escholzmatt–Schüpferegg–Entlebuch–Romoos–Menzberg–Hergiswil b.W.–Willisau
    Route conditions Difficult (without motorized bike)
    Directions Arrive in and return from Willisau
    Comments The stages can be ridden in either direction and are marked as Route 399 all along the way. E-bikes can be rented in Willisau, Langnau i. E. and Entlebuch. Reservations are strongly advised.

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    The Herzschlaufe Napf has three stages that are great for day trips.

    Stage 1

    Location Lucerne and Emmental
    Distance 58 km
    Elevation gain 1,600 m ascent | 1,500 m descent
    Starting point Willisau
    Finish Langnau i.E.
    Route Willisau–Rufswil–Eriswil–Drehershüsli–Sumiswald–Lüderenalp–Langenegg–Langnau i. E.
    Route conditions Difficult (without motorized bike)
    Directions Arrive in Willisau, return from Langnau i. E.

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    Stage 2

    Location Emmental and Entlebuch
    Distance 44 km
    Elevation gain 1,100 m ascent | 1,100 m descent
    Starting point Langnau i.E.
    Finish Entlebuch
    Route Langnau i. E.–Trubschachen–Turner–Escholzmatt–Längschwand–Schüpferegg–Habschwanden–Entlebuch
    Route conditions Difficult (without motorized bike)
    Directions Arrive in Langnau i. E., return from Entlebuch

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    Stage 3

    Location Entlebuch and Lucerne
    Distance 54 km
    Elevation gain 1,550 m ascent | 1,700 m descent
    Starting point Entlebuch
    Finish Willisau
    Route Entlebuch–Romoos–Holzwäge–Hinteregg–Menzberg–Grauberg–Hergiswil b.W.–Willisau
    Route conditions Difficult (without motorized bike)
    Directions Arrive in Entlebuch, return from Willisau

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    Location Emmental
    Distance 30 km
    Elevation gain 750 m ascent | 750 m descent
    Starting point Langnau i. E.
    Finish Langnau i. E.
    Route Langnau i. E.–Hüpfebode–Hindere Blappach–Trubschachen–Habbach–Bärau–Langnau i. E.
    Route conditions Intermediate
    Directions Arrive in and return from Langnau i. E.
    Comments E-bike rentals at the BLS counter at the Langnau i. E. train station.

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    Location All around Bern
    Distance 59 km
    Elevation gain 950 m ascent | 950 m descent
    Starting point Circular route, so you can select the starting point and finish yourself
    Route Bern-Belp Airport–Kehrsatz–Köniztal–Köniz–Weiler–Herzwil–Niederwangen–Oberbottigen-Riedbach–Frauenkappelen–Wohlensee–Hinterkappelen–Wohlen–Zollikofen–Worblental bei Deisswil–Gümliegen–Allmendingen–Kleinhöchstetten–Bern-Belp Airport
    Route conditions Difficult (without motorized bike)
    Directions You can select the arrival and departure points yourself

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For Road Cycling Fans

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    Location Bern and its surroundings
    Distance 60 km
    Elevation gain 686 m ascent | 868 m descent
    Starting point Bern, Zytglogge
    Finish Bern, Zytglogge
    Route Bern Zytglogge–Kramgasse–Nydeggbrücke–Aargauerstalden–Rosengarten–Matte and Marzili district–Bethlehem–Brünnen Westside–Riedbach–Bramberg–Laupen–Wileroltigen–Golaten–Eymatt–Steinisweg–Hinterkappelen–Bremgartenwald–Bern Zytglogge
    Route conditions Easy
    Directions Arrive in and depart from Bern’s main train station
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    Highlights Lueg, Emmental Show Dairy, Kambly Experience, Lüderen Alp, Moosegg
    Location Emmental
    Distance 107 km
    Elevation gain 2,305 m ascent | 2,305 m descent
    Starting point Burgdorf
    Finish Burgdorf
    Route Burgdorf–Heimiswil–Lueg–Affoltern i. E.–Schonegg–Wasen–Lüderenalp–Trubschachen–Blappach–Röthenbach–Würzbrunnen–Chuderhüsi–Langnau i. E.–Emmenmatt–Moosegg–Goldbach–Oberburg–Burgdorf
    Route conditions Intermediate
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    Highlights Chuderhüsi, Lueg, Emmental Show Dairy
    Location Emmental
    Distance 108 km
    Elevation gain 2,105 m ascent | 2,096 m descent
    Starting point Burgdorf
    Finish Burgdorf
    Route Burgdorf–Luterbach–Bigenthal–Worb–Münsingen–Konolfingen–Zäziwil–Chuderhüsi–Röthenbach–Zihlmatt–Signau–Zollbrück–Ranflüh–Sumiswald–Affoltern i. E.–Lueg–Burgdorf
    Route conditions Difficult
    Directions Arrive in and depart from Burgdorf, Bahnhof (train station)
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    Highlights Lueg, Emmental Show Dairy
    Location Emmental
    Distance 50 km
    Elevation gain 900 m ascent | 900 m descent
    Starting point Burgdorf
    Finish Burgdorf
    Route Burgdorf–Heimiswil–Lueg–Affoltern i. E.–Sumiswald–Wasen–Häusernmoos–Wynigen–Burgdorf
    Route conditions Intermediate
    Directions Arrive in and depart from Burgdorf, Bahnhof (train station)
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    Highlight Blaseflue
    Location Emmental
    Distance 47.8 km
    Elevation gain 855 m ascent | 861-m descent
    Starting point Langnau i. E.
    Finish Langnau i. E.
    Route Langnau i. E.–Emmenmatt–Hasle–Rüegsau–Walkringen–Blaseflue–Signau–Langnau i. E.
    Route conditions Intermediate
    Directions Arrive in and depart from Langnau i. E., Bahnhof (train station)
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    Location Bern and Gantrisch
    Distance 72 km
    Elevation gain 1,429 m ascent | 1,430 m descent
    Starting point Wabern bei Bern
    Finish Wabern bei Bern
    Route Wabern, train station–Köniz–Niederscherli–Schwarzenburg–Riffenmatt–Gürnigel–Riggisberg–Toffen–Gürbetal–Kehrsatz–Wabern, Bahnhof
    Directions Arrive in and depart from Wabern, train station
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    Location Bern and Frienisberg
    Distance 40.5 km
    Elevation gain 700 m ascent | 700 m descent
    Starting point Bern, train station
    Finish Bern, train station
    Route Bern, train station–Bremgartenwald–Herrenschwanden–Kirchlindach–Schüpberg–Grächwil–Meikirch–Frienisberg–Frieswil–Murzelen–Wohlen b. B.–Hinterkappelen–Bremgartenwald–Bern, train station
    Route conditions Intermediate
    Directions Arrive in and depart from Bern, train station
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    Location Bern and Bernese Oberland
    Distance 109.5 km
    Elevation gain 916 m ascent | 916 m descent
    Starting point Wabern bei Bern
    Finish Wabern bei Bern
    Route Wabern, train station–Kehrsatz–Belp–Münsingen–Wichtrach–Heimberg–Hilterfingen–Oberhofen am Thunersee–Gunten–Merligen–Sundlauenen–Neuhaus–Unterseen–Därligen–Leissigen–Spiez–Gwatt–Thun–Uetendorf–Seftigen–Toffen–Belp–Kehrsatz–Wabern, train station
    Directions Arrive in and depart from Wabern, train station
    Tip Keep in mind that on weekends and after work the route is very busy.
    The section starting from Beatenbucht is also very popular among motorcyclists.

For mountain bike lovers

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    Location Bern, Emmental and Lucerne
    Distance 140 km (3 stages)
    Elevation gain 3,700 m ascent | 3,800 m descent
    Starting point Bern
    Finish Lucerne
    Route Bern–Moosegg–Langnau i. E.–Lüderenalp–Napf–Willisau–Emmenbrücke–Lucerne
    Technical skills Intermediate
    Route conditions Difficult
    Directions Arrive in Bern, depart from Lucerne

    The route is divided into three stages that are ideal for day trips.

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    Stage 1

    Location Bern and Emmental
    Distance 43 km
    Elevation gain 1,100 m ascent | 1,000 m descent
    Starting point Bern
    Finish Langnau i.E.
    Route Bern–Boll–Mänziwilegg–Walkringen–Moosegg–Schüpbach–Langnau i. E.
    Technical skills Basic
    Route conditions Intermediate
    Directions Arrive in Bern, depart from Langnau i. E.

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    Stage 2

    Highlight Lushütte mountain restaurant
    Location Emmental
    Distance 39 km
    Elevation gain 1,650 m ascent | 1,000 m descent
    Starting point Langnau i. E.
    Finish Napf (Stächelegg)
    Route Langnau i. E.–Lüderenalp–Churzeneigrabe–Hinterarni–Obere Lushütte–Hochänz–Fankhus–Napf (Stächelegg)
    Technical skills Intermediate
    Route conditions Difficult
    Directions Arrive in and return from Langnau i. E.

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    Stage 3

    Location Emmental and Lucerne
    Distance 59 km
    Elevation gain 1,000 m ascent | 1,850 m descent
    Starting point Napf (Stächelegg)
    Finish Lucerne
    Route Napf (Stächelegg)–Menzberg–Hergiswil–Willisau–Merzeberg–Hellbühl–Emmenbrücke–Lucerne
    Technical skills Intermediate
    Route conditions Difficult
    Directions Arrive in Langnau i. E., depart from Lucerne

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    Location Gantrisch
    Distance 23 km
    Elevation gain 660 m ascent | 660 m descent
    Starting point Schwarzenburg
    Finish Schwarzenburg
    Route Schwarzenburg–Kriesbaumen–Neumatt–Riffenmatt–Guggisberg–Obem Wald–Dorfwald–Schwarzenburg
    Technical skills Intermediate
    Route conditions Basic
    Directions Arrive in and depart from Schwarzenburg

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    Location Gantrisch
    Distance 29 km
    Elevation gain 1,050 m ascent | 1,050 m descent
    Starting point Riffenmatt, Kreuzung (junction)
    Finish Riffenmatt, Kreuzung (junction)
    Route Riffenmatt–Magerbad–Eywald–Schutzhütte–Horbüelpass–Hällstett–Riffenmatt
    Technical skills Difficult
    Route conditions Difficult
    Directions Arrive in and depart from Riffenmatt, Kreuzung (junction)

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    Location Gantrisch
    Distance 17 km
    Elevation gain 520 m ascent | 520 m descent
    Starting point Ottenleubad
    Finish Ottenleubad
    Route Ottenleubad–Süftenehütte–Wasserscheide–Süftenehütte–Ottenleubad
    Technical skills Basic
    Route conditions Basic
    Directions Arrive in and depart from Guggisberg, Ottenleuebad

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    Location Gantrisch
    Distance 23 km
    Elevation gain 950 m ascent | 950 m descent
    Starting point Blumenstein
    Finish Blumenstein
    Route Blumenstein–Bärgli–Gurnigel–Gurnigelbad–Blumenstein
    Technical skills Intermediate
    Route conditions Intermediate
    Directions Arrive in and depart from Blumenstein, Dorf (village)

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    Location Bern
    Distance 2 km
    Elevation gain 85 m ascent | 297 m descent
    Starting point Gurten
    Finish Talstation Gurten (lower station)
    Directions Arrive in and depart from Wabern, Gurtenbahn funicular

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    Location Schwarzkopf, Bern
    Distance 873 m
    Elevation gain 17 m ascent | 170 m descent
    Starting point Schlupfstrasse, 3065 Bolligen
    A free parking lot is located between Grauholz and Bolligen. From there, you can ride your bike directly up to the trailhead. No motorized vehicles allowed!
    Finish Schlupfstrasse, 3065 Bolligen
    Directions Arrive in and depart from Bolligen

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    Location Burgdorf
    Directions Arrive in and depart from Burgdorf
    Comments There are various trails with different distances and elevation gains.

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    Tip: Starting on 9 April 2019 there is a Bike Meet at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday.

Through the districts of Bern

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    Location City of Bern
    Distance 15 km
    Elevation gain 200 m ascent
    Starting point Circular route, so you can choose your own start and finish.
    Route Kirchenfeld–Schlosshalde–Obstberg–Wankdorf–Breitenrain–Spitalacker–Lorraine–Brückfeld–Neufeld–Länggasse–Inselspital–Mattenhof–Weissenstein–Schönauquartier
    Directions You can select the arrival and departure points yourself
    Comments Please obey the official traffic signs.

    There is no cycling permitted at Feldeggweg (from Helvetiaplatz to Schwellenmätteli). Please use Schwellenmattstrasse instead.

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