Heart Route

Thun - Zug

Of all Switzerland’s itineraries for electric bikes, the Emmental Heart Route is the most popular. The stretch from Thun to Willisau offers a delightful trip in time through lush, rolling scener.

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1st day:
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.

2nd day:
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.

3rd day:
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.

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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