Heart Route

Laupen - Willisau

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heart-warming encounters

The whole of the Heart Route leads from Lausanne to Rorschach right across Switzerland. Between Laupen and Willisau it turns into a romantic journey into the past. This section is the most popular along the 700-kilometre tour, with the ‘royal’ stage leading to the magical panorama at a 600-metre elevation from Thun to Heiligenschwendi. It then dives into the forests of the Eriz, a fairytale landscape which slowly becomes the Emmental. Through lush green hills and pastures, traditional villages, the route continues to Burgdorf and on the Heart Route classic to Willisau.


  • Riggisberg, Gantrisch Nature Park
  • Thun, Old Town, castle and cruise on Lake Thun
  • Signau as one of the most beautiful villages in the Emmental
  • Affoltern i. E., Emmental show dairy including restaurant
  • Madiswil, Landgasthof Bären with its magical “bike garden”


Condition: middle
Technique: middle
Duration: 4 days
Distance: 244 km
Elevation: 4,330 m

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