24 Emmental–Entlebuch
24 Emmental–Entlebuch
24 Emmental–Entlebuch
24 Emmental–Entlebuch

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Emmental–Entlebuch

Stage 3, Escholzmatt–Luzern

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Emmental–Entlebuch

Entlebuch, biosphere reserve, mysterious forests and grassland. Fortune seekers still pan for gold in the waters of the klein Emme and Fontanne. Past Werthenstein Monastery through the Littau alluvial landscape to Luzern.
The Entlebuch is primarily associated with the UNESCO Biosphere initiative. However, it's also Western Europe's last region to produce charcoal commercially. Between 80 and 100 tons are created annually in the Napfgebiet near Romoos. Charcoal burning isn't always as quiet and bleak an activity as the landscape around here may sometimes suggest. Trees are cut down and charcoal kilns (covered wood piles) fired up, curse by curse and puff by puff – as can be seen in Robert Miller's movie "Köhlernächte" (Nights of Charcoal Burners).

Riding on the bike lane between Escholzmatt and Schüpfheim is another delight. It runs steadily downhill along the main road. The catholic part of Entlebuch has far more churches, chapels and holy figures than the Emmental valley. Another striking aspect: the different farmhouses. Whereas in the Emmental, they were massive, with large hipped roofs and regular arches, they now tend to be much smaller, with interrupted arches, small roof triangles and coloured window frames. At Schüpfheim, the route meets the Kleine Emme, formed by the confluence of the Waldemme and Weissemme. Information panels point out that many babies have been born of late. Not quite as colourful are the crows dangling above the manure heaps by the farmhouses. They are meant to keep vermin away. Next comes a challenging uphill section before the route leads downhill again in the Fontanne area.

The going flattens out again on the Kleine Emme river before Wolhusen. The "Guggenland" area, where people always look forward to their next carnival, is home to the former Werthenstein Franciscan monastery. The monastery and pilgrimage church are perched magnificently above the river loop. Near Malters, the cycling path also loops around a bit. Take a left, cross over the Torenbergbrücke bridge and through the Littau riparian zone before approaching the "Beauty by the Lake" on a long straight section. The name, of course, refers to Lucerne, a place of longing for people from around the world. But before that, you pass through a large industrial zone, with jet planes roaring overhead. Similar to these, the starlings are also partial migrants. Forming large flocks, they gather for departure on the Reuss river, only to return to scenic Central Switzerland a few months later...
Entlebuch, biosphere reserve, mysterious forests and grassland. Fortune seekers still pan for gold in the waters of the klein Emme and Fontanne. Past Werthenstein Monastery through the Littau alluvial landscape to Luzern.
The Entlebuch is primarily associated with the UNESCO Biosphere initiative. However, it's also Western Europe's last region to produce charcoal commercially. Between 80 and 100 tons are created annually in the Napfgebiet near Romoos. Charcoal burning isn't always as quiet and bleak an activity as the landscape around here may sometimes suggest. Trees are cut down and charcoal kilns (covered wood piles) fired up, curse by curse and puff by puff – as can be seen in Robert Miller's movie "Köhlernächte" (Nights of Charcoal Burners).

Riding on the bike lane between Escholzmatt and Schüpfheim is another delight. It runs steadily downhill along the main road. The catholic part of Entlebuch has far more churches, chapels and holy figures than the Emmental valley. Another striking aspect: the different farmhouses. Whereas in the Emmental, they were massive, with large hipped roofs and regular arches, they now tend to be much smaller, with interrupted arches, small roof triangles and coloured window frames. At Schüpfheim, the route meets the Kleine Emme, formed by the confluence of the Waldemme and Weissemme. Information panels point out that many babies have been born of late. Not quite as colourful are the crows dangling above the manure heaps by the farmhouses. They are meant to keep vermin away. Next comes a challenging uphill section before the route leads downhill again in the Fontanne area.

The going flattens out again on the Kleine Emme river before Wolhusen. The "Guggenland" area, where people always look forward to their next carnival, is home to the former Werthenstein Franciscan monastery. The monastery and pilgrimage church are perched magnificently above the river loop. Near Malters, the cycling path also loops around a bit. Take a left, cross over the Torenbergbrücke bridge and through the Littau riparian zone before approaching the "Beauty by the Lake" on a long straight section. The name, of course, refers to Lucerne, a place of longing for people from around the world. But before that, you pass through a large industrial zone, with jet planes roaring overhead. Similar to these, the starlings are also partial migrants. Forming large flocks, they gather for departure on the Reuss river, only to return to scenic Central Switzerland a few months later...
47 km
Asphalted: 45 km
Natural surface: 2 km
360 m | 780 m
easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Escholzmatt
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Traffic volume
Beware: busy main roads Schüpfheim, Rossei–Wolhusen–Werthenstein and Blatterbrügg–Littau–Seetalplatz

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Luzern
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Services

Accommodation

Gmünde
Gmünde
Schüpfheim
Bed and Breakfast im Entlebuch/Hasle
Bed and Breakfast im Entlebuch/Hasle
Hasle LU
Drei Könige
Drei Könige
Entlebuch
Lindenhof
Lindenhof
Ebnet
Hotel Kreuz
Hotel Kreuz
Romoos
Gasthof Rössli
Gasthof Rössli
Ruswil
Gasthaus zur Emme
Gasthaus zur Emme
Werthenstein
Hinter-Langnau
Hinter-Langnau
Schachen LU
Hotel Kreuz
Hotel Kreuz
Malters
Seeburghof
Seeburghof
Luzern
B&B Haus im Löchli
B&B Haus im Löchli
Luzern
Backpacker’s Lucerne
Backpacker’s Lucerne
Luzern
Hotel Continental Park
Hotel Continental Park
Luzern
Jugendherberge Luzern
Jugendherberge Luzern
Luzern
The Bed + Breakfast
The Bed + Breakfast
Luzern
Holiday Inn Express Luzern-Kriens
Holiday Inn Express Luzern-Kriens
Kriens
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Places

Escholzmatt
Escholzmatt
Schüpfheim
Schüpfheim
Entlebuch
Entlebuch
Wolhusen
Wolhusen
Werthenstein
Werthenstein
Malters
Malters
Lucerne
Lucerne
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Places of interest

Rollsportpark Schüpfheim
Rollsportpark Schüpfheim
UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch
UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch
Heiligenkreuz - a place of power
Heiligenkreuz - a place of power
Adventure Energy in Entlebuch
Adventure Energy in Entlebuch
Zyberliland Romoos
Zyberliland Romoos
Wolhusen Tropical Centre
Wolhusen Tropical Centre
Willisauer Landstrasse
Willisauer Landstrasse
Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke)
Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke)
Glacier Garden
Glacier Garden
KKL Luzern
KKL Luzern
Lake Lucerne
Lake Lucerne
Lion Monument
Lion Monument
Musegg Wall
Musegg Wall
Rosengart Collection Lucerne
Rosengart Collection Lucerne
Schweizerhofquai/Nationalquai
Schweizerhofquai/Nationalquai
Swiss Museum of Transport
Swiss Museum of Transport
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Swimming

Outdoor swimming baths Wolhusen
Outdoor swimming baths Wolhusen
Swimming complex Mooshüsli Emmen
Swimming complex Mooshüsli Emmen
Park bathing complex Kriens
Park bathing complex Kriens
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Signalization

Signalization
For cycling, follow the logo indicated on the red signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
Signalization