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Heart Route

Lausanne - Rorschach

The Heart Route from Lausanne to Rorschach leads through the most beautiful areas in Switzerland's Alpine foothills. The secluded trails, far from traffic noise and all hustle and bustle, are particularly appealing for exploring by electric bike. The route offers heart-warming encounters with the countryside and people.

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Day 1:
Lausanne–Romont (50km): The Heart Route begins on Lausanne's splendid promenade. The climb via the Lavaux vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage, affords spectacular views of Lac Léman and the Alps. Picturesque panoramic sections and green pastoral landscapes as far as Romont.

Day 2:
Romont–Laupen (63km): The route from Romont offers a wealth of impressions and touches the rolling Alpine foothills as well as the Three Lakes region with the historic towns of Avenches and Murten. It leads along the fjord-like Schiffenensee lake to the medieval town of Laupen.

Day 3:
Laupen–Thun (64km): The route leads from Laupen through the Bernese hinterland up to Längenberg. This point offers phenomenal views of the Alpine chain and soon also of Lake Thun. The route continues via Riggisberg into the moraine lake area around Amsoldingen and finally to Thun.

Day 4:
Thun–Langnau (72 km): Perhaps the most scenic stage of the ride begins dramatically with a climb of nearly 600 vertical metres to Heiligenschwendi. Your efforts are rewarded with spectacular views over Lake Thun and the snow-capped Alpine peaks beyond. The route continues into the forests of the Eriz, a charming hilly landscape, which gradually gives way to the Emmental.

Day 5:
Langnau–Burgdorf (45 km): From Langnau, the Heart Route leads onwards through the lush green hills and pastures of the Emmental, with its impressive farmhouses and delightful scenic viewpoints. Here the journey is the thing: there›s no reason to hurry. In Burgdorf’s historic Old Town, you should definitely try some of the many Engadin specialities, including the world-famous cheese.

Day 6:
Burgdorf–Willisau (63 km): This part of the Emmental seems to have barely changed since the great 19th-century Swiss writer and pastor Jeremias Gotthelf made it famous; you can visit his former home in Lützelflüh. See the celebrated local cheese being made at the Emmen­taler cheese dairy, which doubles up as one of many battery exchange stations for electric bikes along the route.

Day 7:
Willisau–Zug (69km): This section offers wonderful scenery between the historic towns of Willisau, Sempach and Zug. Gently rolling hills, fruit trees and lakes adorn the route. Highlights are provided by attractive chapels as well as breathtaking views of the Alps of Canton Uri.

Day 8:
Zug–Einsiedeln (40km): In Zug the journey begins in the romantic old town. Through charming scenery to Unterägeri. Far above the Aegerisee lake, the route offers impressive views of the mountains. On to the high moor of Rothenturm. The «Chatzenstrick» pass rounds off the stage.

Day 9:
Einsiedeln–Rapperswil (58km): From the highlight of Einsiedeln, the route follows the north shore of the Sihlsee lake. After the steep climb to the highest point of the Heart Route and a fast descent to Zürichsee lake, you reach the tranquillity of the Buechberg forest. Rapperswil welcomes travellers with its southern charm.

Day 10:
Rapperswil–Wattwil (55 km): Wetlands and rolling hills characterize the Zürcher Oberland. The slopes of the Bachtel offer views of the Zürichsee lake and the Alps. Then into the Tösstal, a little-known area of Canton Zurich. Via the pre-Alpine Goldingertal valley and over the Ricken Pass into Toggenburg.

Day 11:
Wattwil–Herisau (55km): The cosy corners of Toggenburg as highlights. With Krinau and Libingen you visit two little-known gems. After crossing the River Thur, in good weather you see the Santis mountain in all its glory. Impressive arrival in the Appenzell region before approaching the stage point of Herisau.

Day 12:
Herisau–Altstätten (49km): A powerful piece of Eastern Switzerland, a strong insight into the Appenzell region and the backdrop of the Alpstein. Fascinating contrasts between the Rhine Valley and the stage stop of Altstätten. Challenging topography and varied landscape make this one of the most diverse stages.

Day 13:
Altstätten–Rorschach (39km): Differing landscapes, cantons and locations are crossed in a compact area. The vantage point of St. Anton rewards you with magnificent views of the Bodensee (Lake Constance), the Rhine Valley and the Vorarlberg Alps. The Heart Route reaches the harbour town of Rorschach via Walzenhausen and Rheineck.

Highlights & tips

  • Thun Castle offers fascinating insights into local history – and glorious views over the city
  • The Typically Swiss Hotel Krone in Thun, with its sun terrace on the Aare, oozes historic charm
  • Biscuit-lovers are in for a sweet treat at the Kambly Experience in Trubschachen, near Langnau
  • The Gotthelf Centre in Lützelflüh vividly evokes the life of the Swiss author, pastor and politician
  • At the visitor cheese dairy in Affoltern you can see how genuine Emmentaler AOC is made
  • A gastronomic detour to Dürrenroth and the Gasthof Bären promises a delicious gourmet treat

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