The “Tales of the Gantrisch” Cycling Route is a 64-kilometre e-bike route in the Gantrisch Nature Park. The scenic route takes you to different experience sites that tell tales and myths from the region. You can listen to them on your smartphone by scanning the QR code or read them in the secret compartment. The legends are told by authentic voices from the areas in which they originated.
This route, especially suited for e-bikes, starts at the welcome stations and leads through a beautiful fairytale landscape. Take your time discovering the abundance of legendary tales, diverse farm and village shops, and inviting restaurants. The loop takes you clockwise along the signposted Veloland routes 74, 4, 37, 62, and 99. En route, you will also encounter the logos of the “Tales of the Gantrisch” route, which will help you find the way to the experience sites.
- Location : Gantrisch Nature Park
- Distance : 64 km
- Elevation gain : 1'350 m
Getting to the route and back
The welcome stations in Burgistein, Schwarzenburg, and Riggisberg can be reached by public transport from Bern, Thun, or Fribourg. From there, take the existing Veloland routes to the welcome stations of the “Tales of the Gantrisch” Cycling Route.
If you’re starting in Bern, follow the Veloland signs for route 62 and 99 to Riggisberg or 74 to Burgistein for about an hour. From Thun and Fribourg, the Veloland route 4 takes you to the “Tales of the Gantrisch” Cycling Route. If you arrive from Lake Schwarzsee, route 62 will lead you to the welcome station in Schwarzenburg.
To the veloland network
By public transport
In about 30 minutes by train, you can get from Bern to Burgistein or Schwarzenburg. From Thun, you can reach Burgistein by train in about 15 minutes. In order to start at the welcome station in Riggisberg, take the regional train from Bern to Toffen or Thurnen and from there the PostBus to the stop Riggisberg, Post.
To the online timetable
There are two 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 along your bike on all train routes that allow self-service loading of bicycles for an entire year. Keep in mind that the annual pass does not guarantee a space on the train and capacities may vary.
Please note: The tickets listed above are only for the bicycle. Each passenger will also need a valid ticket.
Tickets can be purchased at the counter, at ticket machines or online.
Self-service loading of bicycles is not possible for groups of more than 10 people and their bicycles. We recommend renting bicycles at your destination.
We recommend making reservations in advance for groups.
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 all trains with a self-service bike loading area without purchasing an additional bike ticket – your rental contract doubles as a bike ticket.
Battery charging stations
E-bike battery performance differs from model to model. Newer e-bikes can easily manage the 64-kilometre “Tales of the Gantrisch” Cycling 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:
- Restaurant Caroline
- Gasthof Löwen Riffenmatt
- Hotel Restaurant Sternen Guggisberg
- Hotel Restaurant Sonne
- Gasthof Bühl
- Restaurant Brunnen
- Hofladen Pfandersmatt
- Bergkäserei Oberbütschel REK
- Erlebnis Hofmatt
- Biohof Breitenackern
- B&B Bären Rüeggisberg
- Bed and Breakfast im Schloss
- Stebi's Check Point
- Hadorn Velos Motos
- Gantrisch Bike & Sport
Eating and drinking
Stop at a legendary restaurant or country inn along the way and enjoy a delicious meal made from regional ingredients, or buy the ingredients for a relaxed picnic or barbecue at one of the numerous farm and village shops.
More information on the options along the way is provided here.
Spend the night in a cosy accommodation along the “Tales of the Gantrisch” E-bike Route, allowing you to enjoy all of the route’s highlights without any time pressure and to perfectly round off a day of bike riding and exploring. By the way: we’ve created two offers four your e-bike getaway, “Sagenhafter Gantrisch” (“legendary Gantrisch”) and “Sagenhaft kombiniert” (“legendary combo”).
We’re happy to help if you have further questions.