How do I get to the 890 Frienisberg Scenic Route? Where can I rent an e-bike? And where can I charge the battery? The answers to these and many other questions as well as all kinds of helpful tips can be found in this overview.
The Frienisberg Scenic Route is a 43-kilometre cycling tour 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
|Tu Tuesday||-8 28.4 °||-2 28.4 °|
|We Wednesday||-3 41 °||5 41 °|
|Th Thursday||1 37.4 °||3 37.4 °|
Getting to the route and back
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.
Self-service bicycle loading
If the e-bike is rented from Rent a Bike, the bike ticket for public transport is included. The rented bike can therefore be taken on all trains in the bike self-loading area without an additional bike ticket. The rental contract issued is valid as a self-loading ticket.
Rent a Bike AG
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.
We’re happy to help if you have further questions.