Cycling in the idyllic Swiss Mittelland – Alter Bernerweg


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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Tours & Highlights

    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 to the high plateau of Noréaz begins behind Payerne. Your efforts will be rewarded up here with a magnificent panoramic view. It continues in a steady up and down through an open landscape, which is interrupted here and there by refreshing forests.Finally you reach the shore of the Schiffensee and cycle along its entire length to the northern tip. On the way you always have great views of the glittering water of the lake.Shortly before the finish of the first stage, a sweeping descent brings you to the Saane. Through beautiful riparian forests you follow the river to Laupen, the stage destination.In Laupen you can choose from a variety of overnight accommodations, such as hotels, bed and breakfasts or guest houses. At the train station you have a connection to the S2 towards Bern.

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    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 high plateau on a gently sloping route through the beautiful, rural area. You will alternately cross deep forests and wide, open landscapes.You will reach Bern about halfway. Here you drive along the outskirts, but of course it is worth a detour to the old town of Bern. Then you follow the Aare out of the city and master another ascent that takes you out of the river valley.The further you leave the Swiss capital behind you, the more rural the scenery becomes again. Colorful fields and lush pastures with happy cows graze along the way. You can let your gaze wander as far as the Alps while cycling.Finally you will reach your destination for today, which is on the Emme. Here in Kirchberg you have a small selection of accommodation and connections to the S44 to Bern and to the regional train to Thun.

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  • Intermediate
    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 drive in moderate up and down through magical country idyll with a magnificent panoramic view.From Heimenhausen you cycle parallel to the Önz and witness how it flows into the dammed Aare at the end. You follow the wide river to the Aare hydropower plant and then drive over Aarwangen and wide fields until you finally get back to the banks of the Aare. Now it is not far to Oftringen.Here in the stage destination and in the neighboring Aarburg you can choose from various accommodations. At Aarburg-Oftringen train station you have a connection to the regional train service and to the S29 of the Lucerne S-Bahn and the S23 of the Aargau S-Bahn.

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    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 landscape. Outside of the villages, you will repeatedly immerse yourself in wonderful nature, for example along the Suhre.After a little over half of the stage you will reach the city of Lenzburg, where a stroll through the pretty old town is worthwhile during a break. Then you drive on through fields and meadows, past wooded hills and small towns.On a refreshing descent you reach the Reuss, which you cross on an adventurous footbridge. You have spectacular views of the river and the lushly forested banks. A crisp ascent brings you back out of the river valley. Afterwards it goes on quite flat, sometimes even sloping paths to Baden, the destination of the tour.Here you can end your bike tour on the Old Bernerweg with a visit to the beautiful old town before you start your journey home. You can travel comfortably with the regional and long-distance trains as well as with various S-Bahn lines.

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Collection Stats

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

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Cycling in the idyllic Swiss Mittelland – Alter Bernerweg