The Frienisberg Scenic Route is a 43-kilometre e-bike route around Frienisberg hill. Admire the spectacular view of the city and region of Bern and the mountain ranges behind them at the Leutschen scenic point, and the panoramic vistas of the Seeland and Jura regions on the other side of the hill. A truly scenic bike route – with culinary highlights and interesting information provided at the marked experience sites – is waiting to be explored by you.
This route can easily be done in several stages, leaving more time to enjoy the different experiences along the way. Beginning and distance can be chosen freely. Ideally, you will travel the Frienisberg Scenic Route counterclockwise. Simply follow the red Veloland signs for route 890 and don’t forget to stop at the blue signs for the experience sites.
- Location : Around Frienisberg hill
- Distance : 43 km
- Elevation gain : 760 m
The weather in Frienisberg
|We Wednesday||12 82.4 °||28 82.4 °|
|Th Thursday||14 82.4 °||28 82.4 °|
|Fr Friday||14 86 °||30 86 °|
Getting to the route and back
The E-Bike Route 890 Frienisberg Scenic Route can easily be reached from Bern’s city centre. Alternatively, you can travel there by public transport.
The prettiest way from Bern's city centre to the Frienisberg Scenic Route starts at the main station and takes you along Aare route 8 or route 94 via the Länggasse neighbourhood and through the Bremgarten forest. After crossing the Kappelenbrücke bridge, you’re already on the 890 Frienisberg Scenic Route, best travelled counterclockwise.
To the Veloland network
By public transport
You can reach the Frienisberg Scenic Route in about 20 minutes from Bern’s main station: take PostBus 101 and get off at the stop “Hinterkappelen, Post”. Remember to make a reservation for your bicycle for the public transport. Individual tickets and bicycle day passes for all of Switzerland can be purchased online.
To the online timetable
Rail tickets for bikes
There are two different types of tickets for passengers loading their own bicycles:
Single bike tickets
For short journeys, purchase a normal ticket at a reduced price (1/2).
1-day bike 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 take along your bike for a whole year on all routes that allow the self-loading of bicycles. Keep in mind, however, that the annual pass is not a guaranteed ticket and capacity may vary.
Important: The tickets listed above are valid for your bike only. Each passenger will also need a valid ticket.
Tickets can be purchased at the counter, at ticket machines or online.
The self-loading of bicycles is not possible for groups of more than 10 people including bicycles. We recommend renting bicycles at your destination.
Please take a look at the information for self-loading your bicycle at www.bls.ch/velo.
Would you like to rent an e-bike? There’s nothing easier than reserving and picking up a bike at Rent a Bike.
Offers and prices are listed on the website.
Bike helmets can also be rented at each station starting at CHF 5.00 per day.
We recommend making reservations in advance for groups.
Groups of 10 or more paying persons receive a 20% 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 begin 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 bicycle loading
Your rental bike can be taken on all trains in the bike self-loading area without purchasing an additional bike ticket. The rental contract you receive is valid as a bike ticket.
Rent a Bike AG
How it works
1. Reserve an e-bike via Rent a Bike for the location you desire (suggested location: Bern main railway station). Reservations can be cancelled free of charge up to 48 hours beforehand.
2. Show your identity card, Half-Fare Travelcard, GA or driving licence when picking up your bike and pay in cash or with an EC debit card.
3. You will then be given the rental contract and your e-bike.
4. Ride towards the 890 Frienisberg Scenic Route.
5. Return the e-bike at the location of your choice. Please check opening times beforehand.
Tip: E-bikes can only be rented if you are 16 or older, or from age 14 if you have a moped license.
Battery charging stations
E-bike battery performance differs from model to model. Newer e-bikes can easily manage the 43-kilometre Frienisberg Scenic Route 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. You can charge your e-bike’s battery at the following locations:
Eating and drinking
There are several restaurants along the Frienisberg Scenic Route that serve yummy meals made from regional ingredients, and the various farm and village shops have all the products you need for a tasty picnic or barbecue.
More information on the options along the way is provided here.
Would you prefer enjoying the Frienisberg Scenic Route and all of its highlights without having to keep an eye on the time? Great idea! We recommend the package “Bernese E-Bike Love”.
Package “Bernese E-Bike Love”
Discover the two e-bike routes 888 Grünes Band Bern (Bern’s Green Belt) and the 890 Frienisberg Scenic Route and end the day relaxing in one of our select Bernese accommodations. Two nights for two including breakfast as well as recommendations for tours and activities are included in this package, with prices starting at CHF 300.00. As an optional feature, you can add two-day e-bike rental.
Accommodations along the way
Accommodations in Bern
The federal city is an ideal starting point for the e-bike routes in the destination Bern, and there’s everything from the quaint campground to the elegant hotel to choose from when booking your stay.
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