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Cycling in the idyllic Swiss Mittelland – Alter Bernerweg

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Cycling in the idyllic Swiss Mittelland – Alter Bernerweg

Bike Touring Collection by Johanna

2-3

days

3-5 h

/ day

111 mi

4,675 ft

4,950 ft

.The Alter Bernerweg (Old Bernese Path) leads you through the beautiful nature of the Swiss Mittelland, a plateau nestled between the Jura Mountains and the Swiss Alps. Lush pastures and colourful fields stretch into the distances as you pass impressive rivers, idyllic lakes, and deep, silent forests. Along the way, you enjoy breathtaking panoramic views over this beautiful landscape that extend as far as the Alps.

The Alter Benerweg cycle route winds its way for 175 kilometres (109 miles) through the area which would once have been the peasant lands of the Bernese Lords. In this Collection, I present four stages of the cycle path from the town of Estavayer-le-Lac on Lake Neuchâtel to the small town of Baden on the River Limmat. The stages take you through the hilly region, averaging 44 kilometres (27 miles) per day. At the end of each stage, there is a good range of accommodation as well as a train station, making it easy to reach the start and end of the Tour.

In addition to beautiful scenery and unspoilt nature, the Alter Bernerweg offers a wealth of culture and history. In the historic towns of Estavayer-le-Lac, Payerne, Laupen, Bern, Aarwangen, Aarburg, Lenzburg and Baden, you will be enchanted by fairytale castles and palaces as well as old churches and ruins. A bike trip through the Swiss Mittelland is a journey through wonderful landscapes that are alive with culture and history.

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Alter Bernerweg

110 mi

4,725 ft

4,950 ft

Last updated: November 13, 2021

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  • Difficult
    03:06
    29.5 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,400 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of the Old Bernerweg is in Estavayer-le-Lac on Lake Neuchâtel. You can easily get to the city with the S30 commuter train from Freiburg or Yverdon-les-Bains. After you have looked at the pretty old town, you cycle on a fairly flat route through wide fields and meadows.

    

    A demanding ascent

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  • Intermediate
    02:41
    26.9 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Right at the beginning of the second stage, you can expect a crisp ascent that will bring you from the Sense river valley to the Bramberg. Magnificent views all the way to the Alps sweeten the demanding section, which in places also leads you through refreshing forest.

    

    Then you cycle comfortably on the

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  • Intermediate
    02:31
    27.1 mi
    10.8 mph
    850 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The entry into the third stage of the Old Bernerweg is pleasant, because it is a gentle downhill. Here you roll comfortably past wide meadows and fields. You can enjoy wonderful views up to the mountains and watch cattle grazing along the way.

    

    Then you master a small ascent over a wooded hill and then

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  • Intermediate
    02:36
    27.2 mi
    10.5 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last stage on the Old Bernerweg begins again with an ascent that leads you through the village of Safenwil. This is followed by a long descent, on which you can roll it comfortably and let the surroundings work on you.

    

    On the following route, sections alternate through different communities and original

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    111 mi
  • Duration
    10:55 h
  • Elevation
    4,675 ft4,950 ft

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