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Cycling through the heart of Switzerland – the Herzroute

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Cycling through the heart of Switzerland – the Herzroute

Bike Touring Collection by komoot

19

Tours

82:07 h

672 mi

64,075 ft

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 and 599.

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.

Ready for an unforgettable adventure through a picture book landscape? Then off you go to Switzerland!

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Die Herzroute

438 mi

41,100 ft

41,025 ft

Last updated: November 8, 2021

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  • Difficult
    03:45
    31.5 mi
    8.4 mph
    3,125 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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 beautiful old town, the Olympic Museum and the beautifully landscaped waterfront promenade are just a

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  • Difficult
    04:19
    39.6 mi
    9.2 mph
    2,100 ft
    3,000 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Unlike the last stage, you are going down more today than up. After leaving behind the walls of the medieval town of Romont, there is a long climb and a very long descent with a few small ascents.

    

    The first cultural highlight of this stage is Avenches. The small town was once the capital of the Roman

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  • Difficult
    05:31
    45.3 mi
    8.2 mph
    3,950 ft
    3,925 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You can not get enough of this beautiful landscape and elevation meters? Then the first heart loop fits perfectly into your tour. The round starts and ends in Laupen and is a nice addition to the Herzroute. But also as a day tour, the route is interesting, especially since you can easily go by train

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  • Difficult
    04:56
    39.9 mi
    8.1 mph
    3,600 ft
    3,400 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Today's stage offers you one thing in particular: fantastic panoramas! In order for you to earn these, you have to overcome some altitude. But you already have some training.

    

    It starts in Laupen, where you master the first steep climb. Shortly thereafter, you have a nice view of the mountains. In Thörishaus

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  • Difficult
    05:31
    45.2 mi
    8.2 mph
    5,225 ft
    4,850 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Also on this stage there is no shortage of promising routes and demanding climbs. But first you make a little dangling through the beautiful old town of Thun, which is partly on an island in the Aare. Thun Castle towers over the old town and has been guarding the town for more than 800 years.

    

    Shortly

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  • Difficult
    03:30
    29.0 mi
    8.3 mph
    2,975 ft
    3,450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This stage is a bit more relaxed, but you should not underestimate the 900 altitude difference that you are going through today. From Langnau you first drive to the river Emme and cross it. You are now in the Emmental, from which the famous cheese has its name.

    

    You leave the Emmental on a short but crisp

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  • Difficult
    04:44
    40.0 mi
    8.5 mph
    3,450 ft
    3,400 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At the beginning of this stage you will ride along the banks of the Emme. The route on the water is very nice. You cross the Emme on the longest wooden arch bridge in Europe and in Lützelflüh begins a short but very steep ascent, which brings you high above the Emme.

    

    Now the beautiful path begins on the

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  • Difficult
    04:38
    36.0 mi
    7.8 mph
    4,500 ft
    4,100 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second heart loop of the Herzroute 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 heart route leads through both places.

    

    On the route there are some climbs to master

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  • Difficult
    03:16
    27.1 mi
    8.3 mph
    3,300 ft
    3,225 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage of the second Herzschlaufe starts in Langnau. You cross the Ilfis and drive on a barely traveled road to Trubschachen. In the small village, biscuits and biscuits are made by Kambly. In the factory outlet you can not only drink a coffee, but also stock up on the famous Bretzeli that

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  • Difficult
    04:22
    33.3 mi
    7.6 mph
    4,650 ft
    5,100 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third and final leg of the Herzschlaufe around the Napf is once again full of wonderful views. On small roads you meander through the unique landscape and you come very close to the bowl. The many Besenwirtschaften along your way strengthen you before and after the strenuous climbs.

    

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  • Difficult
    05:08
    45.2 mi
    8.8 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,850 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It's been a long time since you saw a really big lake on the Heart Route. But today it is time again. This stage is a bit longer than the previous ones, but it is much less altitude.

    

    From Willisau you drive towards Buttisholz. On the way are many chapels, such as the chapel of St. Ottilien. Then you'll

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  • Difficult
    03:49
    29.9 mi
    7.8 mph
    2,450 ft
    2,625 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third heart loop will take you around the Seetal. The route branches off from stage seven of the Herzroute and is itself divided into two stages. The first stage starts in Eschenbach and leads you steadily uphill to the castle Horben. There and in other places along the way you can stop in a broom

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  • Difficult
    05:03
    40.9 mi
    8.1 mph
    3,500 ft
    3,300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second leg of the Herzschlaufe around the Seetal takes you from Lenzburg back to the Herzroute in Eschenbach. Along the tour you cycle past many castles and palaces. This tour is relatively long and crisp, but in the many restaurants you have on the way again and again the opportunity to strengthen

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  • Difficult
    03:34
    25.1 mi
    7.0 mph
    3,500 ft
    2,000 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Two lakes and a pilgrim monastery are on the program today. Start is in Zug, where you drive through the charming old town. About seven kilometers, it is now a few serpentines uphill. And of course you will be rewarded again with a fantastic panorama.

    

    On a high plateau you cycle on lonely paths and small

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  • Difficult
    04:56
    39.0 mi
    7.9 mph
    2,475 ft
    3,975 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This stage is quite relaxed, you cycle along two lakes, so much in the flat. A few slopes with beautiful views complete 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 Sihlsee and cycle on

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  • Difficult
    04:08
    35.3 mi
    8.5 mph
    3,425 ft
    2,800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Shortly after Rapperswil begins the first climb of today's stage, which is not lacking in climbs. In Bubikon the knight's house awaits you as cultural. In the well-preserved old walls, you can experience the Middle Ages up close.

    

    After the knight's house, your calves will again be stressed, because it

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  • Difficult
    04:16
    34.8 mi
    8.2 mph
    3,500 ft
    2,925 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today's stage is again very crisp, but you expect as always fabulous routes, a dream landscape and a lot of nature. After a short drive along the Thur, the ascent to Krinau begins and the course is also quite hilly.

    

    Shortly before Libingen you cross a beautiful covered wooden bridge. A long descent brings

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  • Difficult
    03:25
    29.8 mi
    8.7 mph
    2,700 ft
    3,775 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the penultimate stage of the Herzroute you cross the Appenzell. You start in Herisau, the capital of the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden. At the beginning, it goes a few miles slightly downhill, past the Gübsensee. That the railway in Switzerland is almost everywhere, you have already noticed on

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  • Difficult
    03:16
    25.7 mi
    7.9 mph
    3,250 ft
    3,425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last leg of the Herzroute is in front of you. And she sums up everything that makes it worthwhile to get up early and pedal: beautiful views, unique nature, high mountains, small villages, idyllic farms and an impressive lake panorama.

    

    Right at the beginning, it's 600 meters uphill to the 1,110 meter

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    19
  • Distance
    672 mi
  • Duration
    82:07 h
  • Elevation
    64,075 ft

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