Cycling tour “Tales of the Gantrisch”

Ride through fairytale forests on two wheels, cross mystical gorges and enjoy the pre-Alpine terrain: the thematic “Tales of the Gantrisch” tour is approximately 64 kilometres long and leads you past numerous regional attractions such as the Riggisberg castle garden or the ruins of the Rüeggisberg monastery.

Route information

It’s best to start this route at the welcome locations Burgistein, Riggisberg or Schwarzenburg. Starting from Bern, follow Veloland signposting No. 74 for about an hour to Burgistein. From Thun or Fribourg, you can take route 4 to Burgistein or Schwarzenburg. The “Tales of the Gantrisch” tour leads you clockwise along existing and signposted cycling paths. We recommend informing yourself about route changes and diversions in advance, so you’re optimally prepared should you arrive at an intersection. The SwitzerlandMobility map will help you find the way.

  • Location Location : Nature Park Gantrisch
  • Distance Distance : 64 km
  • Elevation gain Elevation gain : 1'350 m

An e-bike will make your ride more leisurely, a conventional bicycle more athletic. But it doesn’t matter which one you choose, the “Tales of the Gantrisch” tour leads along varied country roads with dreamy views of the Bernese Alps and through the pre-Alpine Nature Park Gantrisch. Here you can explore places that are steeped in history such as the ruins of the Rüeggisberg monastery. The latter was once home to French monks of the Cluniac order, who brought foreign customs and moral concepts with them. The clash between the different cultures was the breeding ground for a gruesome legend. To delve deeper into the history of the land and its people, you can read or listen to the legends at six exploration sites – and all of it in the region where they originated.

Food and accommodation

So much more than just cycling: should you get hungry, you’ll find all the products you need for a mouthwatering picnic in the charming farm and village shops along the way. And if you prefer a meal made from local ingredients, you can treat yourself in one of the restaurants.

  • Fact

    Many restaurants and cafés are closed on Sundays and Mondays or have irregular opening hours. So that you don't have to cycle next door on an empty stomach, we recommend that you check the opening hours in advance on the establishments' websites.

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