Are you looking for the most beautiful route between Lake Geneva and Lake Constance rather than the shortest? Do you want to get to know Switzerland as it really is? Are you comfortable at high altitude? Then hop onto your saddle and follow the Herzroute.
The route starts in the metropolis of Lausanne on the shores of Lake Geneva. From here, you will cross several cantons, get to know many lakes, discover pretty towns, churches and castles, until you finally arrive in Rorschach am Bodensee. Along the way, you will be constantly accompanied by fabulous nature and breathtaking mountain panoramas – every day!
This unique biking experience is not "free": you need to be in good form to enjoy the views and to reach the most beautiful corners of Switzerland. Many stages involve climbing 3300 vertical feet (1000 vertical meters) per stage and more than 30 miles (50 km). You can pedal the route with your trusty road bike, or if you're worried that your calves do not have enough stamina, you can also complete the Herzroute with an e-bike.
Overall, the Herzroute consists of 13 stages. All are difficult and hilly, but they offer a glimpse into hidden corners of Switzerland and a view over snowy peaks that tower above 9842 feet (3000 meters). In addition, there are three heart loops that complete the route. One of the heart loops is also divided into two stages, whilst another is split into three. Confusing? Not at all – all of the paths are well signposted. For the Herzroute you simply follow the bike path 99. The heart loops are signposted with 299, 399, 599 and 899.
The Herzroute's infrastructure is excellent. Therefore, it is not a must to ride all the stages in a row, you can divide them into sections or just cycle one single stage - you decide. You can easily reach the start and endpoints by train.
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Your unforgettable adventure through the heart of Switzerland begins in Lausanne on Lake Geneva. Before you start your tour, it is definitely worth spending some time in the city. Several parks, the pretty old town, the Olympic Museum and the beautifully landscaped promenade are just a few examples that…
In contrast to the previous stage, today you drive down more than up. After leaving the walls of the medieval town of Romont behind you, there is a long climb and a very long descent with a few small counter climbs.
The first cultural highlight of this stage is Avenches. The small town was once the capital…
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Can't get enough of this beautiful landscape and altitude? Then the first heart loop fits perfectly into your tour. The round starts and ends in Laupen and is a nice addition to the heart route. But the route is also interesting as a day tour, especially since you can easily take the train to Laupen…
Today's stage offers you one thing above all: fantastic panoramas! In order for you to earn this, you have to cope with a few meters of altitude. But you already have some training.
It starts in Laupen, where you master the first steep climb. Shortly afterwards you have a beautiful view of the mountains…
Also on this stage there is no lack of promising routes and demanding climbs. But first you make a little detour through the pretty old town of Thun, which is partly on an island in the Aare. Thun Castle towers over the old town and has watched over the town for over 800 years.
A seemingly endless climb…
This stage is a little more relaxed, but the 900 meters in altitude that you complete today should not be underestimated. From Langnau you first drive to the Emme River and cross it. You are now in the Emmental, from which the famous cheese takes its name.
You leave the Emmental on a short but crisp climb…
"Hügu Himu" - Hill Heaven. This is how the cycling paradise Emmental is called and it lives up to its name. Since the routes are so beautiful, the heart loop Burgdorf was created and given the number 899.
The first of the two stages of this heart loop shows you the unknown Emmental between Burgdorf and…
The second stage of the Burgdorf heart loop is like a journey through time through the Wynigenberge, scene of several film adaptations of works by the writer Jeremias Gotthelf, such as Ueli the servant or Ueli the leaseholder.
On small roads you wind your way out of the Emmental up to a high plateau with…
At the beginning of this stage you drive along the banks of the Emme. The route along the water is extremely beautiful. You cross the Emme on the longest wooden arch bridge in Europe and in Lützelflüh begins a short but very steep climb that takes you high above the Emme.
Now the beautiful path begins…
The second heart loop of the heart route runs around the mountain Napf, the highest peak of the Napfbergland in the Emmental Alps. The heart loop is divided into three stages and the first leads from Willisau to Langnau. The Herzroute also runs through both places.
There are a few climbs to master on…
The second stage of the second heart loop starts in Langnau. You cross the Ilfis and drive to Trubschachen on a road that is hardly used. Kambly's biscuits and biscuits are made in the small town. In the factory outlet you can not only drink a coffee, but also stock up on the famous Bretzeli, which have…
The third and last stage of the heart loop around the Napf is once again full of wonderful views. On small roads you meander through the unique landscape and come very close to the bowl. The many broom inns along your way strengthen you before and after the strenuous climbs.
From Entlebuch on the Kleine…
It's been a long time since you saw a really big lake on the Heart Route. But today it's that time again. This stage is a bit longer than the previous ones, but there are significantly fewer meters in altitude.
From Willisau you drive in the direction of Buttisholz. There are many chapels along the way…
The third heart loop takes you around the Seetal. The route branches off from stage seven of the Herzroute and is itself divided into two stages. The first stage begins in Eschenbach and it starts steadily uphill to Horben Castle. There and at other places along the route you can stop at a broom and…
The second stage of the heart loop around the Seetal takes you from Lenzburg back to the heart route to Eschenbach. Along the tour you cycle past many palaces and castles. This tour is relatively long and tough, but in the many restaurants you always have the opportunity to strengthen yourself with local…
Two lakes and a pilgrim monastery are on today's program. Start is in Zug, where you drive through the charming old town. About seven kilometers it goes uphill over some serpentines. And of course you will be rewarded with a fantastic panorama at the top.
On a high plateau you cycle on lonely paths and…
This stage is pretty relaxed: you cycle along two lakes, so a lot on the flat. A few climbs with wonderful views round off the day. Let's start in the most important place of pilgrimage in Switzerland, Einsiedeln. You drive directly past the mighty, late baroque monastery church to the Sihlsee and cycle…
Shortly after Rapperswil, the first climb of today's stage begins, which is not lacking in climbs. In Bubikon, the knight's house awaits you as a cultural highlight. You can experience the Middle Ages up close in the well-preserved old walls.
After the knight's house, your calves will be challenged again…
Today's stage is again extremely crisp, but as always, fabulous routes, a dream landscape and lots of nature await you. After a short drive along the Thur, the ascent to Krinau begins and the further course is also quite hilly.
Shortly before Libingen you cross a beautiful covered wooden bridge. A long…
On the penultimate stage of the Herzroute you cross Appenzell. You start in Herisau, the capital of the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden. At the beginning it is a few kilometers slightly downhill, past the Gübsensee. You've probably already noticed on the tour that the railways go practically everywhere…
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