61 Berner Oberland-Route
61 Berner Oberland-Route

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Berner Oberland-Route

Stage 1, Thun (Steffisburg)–Interlaken

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Berner Oberland-Route

Panoramic section with overwhelming views of the Thunersee and 4000m summits. Up and down through fields of flowers, Justistal peaceful and almost Alpine. Along the sun terrace of Beatenberg down to Unterseen, bordering on the Alpine tourism town of Interlaken.
A bike tour from Thun to Interlaken actually sounds quite easy. Simply coasting along the lake, right? Not on famous stage 61.1 of this route, high above Lake Thun. A challenging climb up toward Goldiwil follows right after Steffisburg. But the views from "Lake Thun’s veranda" are superb: the Gantrisch range, Stockhorn, Niesen and the famous Eiger, Monk and Jungfrau trio. The cows grazing in the green meadows are not interested in the panorama – but they seem to be taken with the passing bike riders, judging by the way they stare. Small farmer’s shops along the way are selling apple cider or cheese. For a short while you travel on Herzroute 99 (popular with e-bikers) and on Moonliner route 24 (popular with party animals!).

Lovely Goldiwil follows next, then the Heiligenschwendi health resort and Sigriswil with its suspension bridge. The picture-perfect villages of the Bernese Oberland are located in the midst of a hiking area with fantastic views of lake and mountains. On the opposite side, you can see the cables of the Stockhorn gondola and the giant Niesen pyramid, possibly shrouded in a mystical cloud formation. After Sigriswil a CHF 5 ticket is required to take the road into the quiet Justistal Valley and up to the village of Beatenberg. Of course, only cars and motorcycles have to buy a ticket...

The route up through deciduous and coniferous forests is narrow and rocky. Sigriswiler Ridge is awe-inspiring and traffic is light. A gigantic rock is found close to Grönhütte. According to the information provided, it broke off from Sigriswiler Ridge on 2 May 1974 and plunged down between the construction hut that used to be there and the transportation cable car. Obviously a big scare for those who were there, but surprisingly, nobody was hurt. Emerging from Justistal Valley you now enter Beatenberg, possibly Europe’s longest village. After a final downhill ride with lots of turns you arrive in peaceful Unterseen. Once across the Aare River, which connects Lake Thun with Lake Brienz, the fantastic, but challenging bike tour ends in the Alpine tourist town of Interlaken.
Panoramic section with overwhelming views of the Thunersee and 4000m summits. Up and down through fields of flowers, Justistal peaceful and almost Alpine. Along the sun terrace of Beatenberg down to Unterseen, bordering on the Alpine tourism town of Interlaken.
A bike tour from Thun to Interlaken actually sounds quite easy. Simply coasting along the lake, right? Not on famous stage 61.1 of this route, high above Lake Thun. A challenging climb up toward Goldiwil follows right after Steffisburg. But the views from "Lake Thun’s veranda" are superb: the Gantrisch range, Stockhorn, Niesen and the famous Eiger, Monk and Jungfrau trio. The cows grazing in the green meadows are not interested in the panorama – but they seem to be taken with the passing bike riders, judging by the way they stare. Small farmer’s shops along the way are selling apple cider or cheese. For a short while you travel on Herzroute 99 (popular with e-bikers) and on Moonliner route 24 (popular with party animals!).

Lovely Goldiwil follows next, then the Heiligenschwendi health resort and Sigriswil with its suspension bridge. The picture-perfect villages of the Bernese Oberland are located in the midst of a hiking area with fantastic views of lake and mountains. On the opposite side, you can see the cables of the Stockhorn gondola and the giant Niesen pyramid, possibly shrouded in a mystical cloud formation. After Sigriswil a CHF 5 ticket is required to take the road into the quiet Justistal Valley and up to the village of Beatenberg. Of course, only cars and motorcycles have to buy a ticket...

The route up through deciduous and coniferous forests is narrow and rocky. Sigriswiler Ridge is awe-inspiring and traffic is light. A gigantic rock is found close to Grönhütte. According to the information provided, it broke off from Sigriswiler Ridge on 2 May 1974 and plunged down between the construction hut that used to be there and the transportation cable car. Obviously a big scare for those who were there, but surprisingly, nobody was hurt. Emerging from Justistal Valley you now enter Beatenberg, possibly Europe’s longest village. After a final downhill ride with lots of turns you arrive in peaceful Unterseen. Once across the Aare River, which connects Lake Thun with Lake Brienz, the fantastic, but challenging bike tour ends in the Alpine tourist town of Interlaken.
45 km
Asphalted: 45 km
Natural surface: 0 km
1200 m | 1150 m
difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Thun
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Ascent Heiligenschwendi
107
Ascent Heiligenschwendi
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Thun, Bahnhof–Heiligenschwendi, Reha Zentrum
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 570m.
Cycle transport: special ticket required.
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Ascent Beatenberg
74
Ascent Beatenberg
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Interlaken West (See)–Beatenberg via Beatenbucht
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 550m.
Cycle transport: limited space.
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Ascent Beatenberg
19
Ascent Beatenberg
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Interlaken West, Bahnhof–Beatenberg, Waldegg
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 640m.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Interlaken Ost
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Services

Accommodation

Quellenhof
Quellenhof
Uetendorf
Hotel Freienhof Thun
Hotel Freienhof Thun
Thun
Congress Hotel Seepark
Congress Hotel Seepark
Thun
Jui’s Homestay
Jui’s Homestay
Heimberg
Hotel-Restaurant Rössli
Hotel-Restaurant Rössli
Heimberg
Hotel Restaurant Möve
Hotel Restaurant Möve
Faulensee
s’paradiesli. in sigriswil
s’paradiesli. in sigriswil
Sigriswil
Dorint Blüemlisalp Beatenberg/Interlaken
Dorint Blüemlisalp Beatenberg/Interlaken
Beatenberg
Jugendherberge Leissigen
Jugendherberge Leissigen
Leissigen
Hotel-Restaruant Kreuz
Hotel-Restaruant Kreuz
Leissigen
Adventure Hostel Interlaken
Adventure Hostel Interlaken
Unterseen/Interlaken
Golf- und Strandhotel, Restaurant Neuhaus zum See
Golf- und Strandhotel, Restaurant Neuhaus zum See
Interlaken
TCS Camping Interlaken + RiverLodge
TCS Camping Interlaken + RiverLodge
Interlaken
Jugendherberge Interlaken
Jugendherberge Interlaken
Interlaken
Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof
Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof
Interlaken
Carlton-Europe Hotel
Carlton-Europe Hotel
Interlaken
Hotel Artos
Hotel Artos
Interlaken
Hotel Derby Garni
Hotel Derby Garni
Interlaken
Balmer's Herberge und Tent Village
Balmer's Herberge und Tent Village
Matten b. Interlaken
Hotel Walida
Hotel Walida
Bönigen b. Interlaken
TCS Camping Bönigen - Interlaken
TCS Camping Bönigen - Interlaken
Bönigen b. Interlaken
Chalet Gafri BnB - Frühstückspension
Chalet Gafri BnB - Frühstückspension
Wilderswil
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Places

Thun
Thun
Spiez
Spiez
Sigriswil
Sigriswil
Beatenberg
Beatenberg
Habkern
Habkern
Interlaken
Interlaken
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Places of interest

Rabenfluh Trail
Rabenfluh Trail
Schloss Thun
Schloss Thun
Beatushöhlen
Beatushöhlen
Niederhorn
Niederhorn
Harder Kulm - Interlaken's own mountain
Harder Kulm - Interlaken's own mountain
The Weissenau near Interlaken
The Weissenau near Interlaken
Bönigen, a village of woodcarved houses
Bönigen, a village of woodcarved houses
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Swimming

Schwäbis river bathing place Thun
Schwäbis river bathing place Thun
Thun lakeside beach
Thun lakeside beach
Merligen lido
Merligen lido
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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