71 Passwang–Oberaargau
71 Passwang–Oberaargau

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Passwang–Oberaargau

Stage 2, Balsthal–Huttwil

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Passwang–Oberaargau

Disused industrial buildings are evidence of once mighty ironworks, the Jura is suddenly left behind, broad cultivated fields doze in the Mittelland, the Aare blocks the path, farmhouses become more well-to-do, the gentle Langete shapes the landscape.
The once enormous ironworks are still the most striking feature of Balsthal. To this day, the Klus area is dominated by large building complexes watched over by the venerable Alt Falkenstein Castle. Two narrow, rugged ravines (transverse valleys) have been carved through the Jura Mountains here. Near Oensingen the valley opens up and the Dünnern, a roughly 36 km tributary to the Aare River, flows out into the flat Mittelland region.

After some forests and fields full of beautiful, bright yellow sunflowers, a bridge takes you across the Aare to Aarwangen. A quick look at the castle with its prominent Early Gothic main tower, and you’re off to Langenthal, which is said to be the “most ordinary small town in Switzerland”. The population here believes that the phrase was coined by ordinary Swiss who rarely come from Langenthal. Anyway, there are some beautiful homes to see here, and the Langenthal museum with fascinating permanent and special exhibitions is situated right on the bike route. In the area of the Langete River, which originates at Ahorngrat in the Napfbergland, the atmosphere feels almost southern, at least when you pass the local tree nursery with its exciting collection of conifers and deciduous trees, in addition to avenue trees and hedge plants.

The route continues through a colourful mix of residential neighbourhoods, agricultural districts and handsome villages, such as Lotzwil and Madiswil. Once you get to the traditional market town of Huttwil after a leisurely and interesting bike tour, you might already think about the Huttwil Christmas market. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Switzerland. You may also hear people talk about the cheese market, the Easter egg market, the onion market, the crafts market, and the suitcase market (the goods are presented in a suitcase), and it is no exaggeration to say that this town really rocks!
Disused industrial buildings are evidence of once mighty ironworks, the Jura is suddenly left behind, broad cultivated fields doze in the Mittelland, the Aare blocks the path, farmhouses become more well-to-do, the gentle Langete shapes the landscape.
The once enormous ironworks are still the most striking feature of Balsthal. To this day, the Klus area is dominated by large building complexes watched over by the venerable Alt Falkenstein Castle. Two narrow, rugged ravines (transverse valleys) have been carved through the Jura Mountains here. Near Oensingen the valley opens up and the Dünnern, a roughly 36 km tributary to the Aare River, flows out into the flat Mittelland region.

After some forests and fields full of beautiful, bright yellow sunflowers, a bridge takes you across the Aare to Aarwangen. A quick look at the castle with its prominent Early Gothic main tower, and you’re off to Langenthal, which is said to be the “most ordinary small town in Switzerland”. The population here believes that the phrase was coined by ordinary Swiss who rarely come from Langenthal. Anyway, there are some beautiful homes to see here, and the Langenthal museum with fascinating permanent and special exhibitions is situated right on the bike route. In the area of the Langete River, which originates at Ahorngrat in the Napfbergland, the atmosphere feels almost southern, at least when you pass the local tree nursery with its exciting collection of conifers and deciduous trees, in addition to avenue trees and hedge plants.

The route continues through a colourful mix of residential neighbourhoods, agricultural districts and handsome villages, such as Lotzwil and Madiswil. Once you get to the traditional market town of Huttwil after a leisurely and interesting bike tour, you might already think about the Huttwil Christmas market. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Switzerland. You may also hear people talk about the cheese market, the Easter egg market, the onion market, the crafts market, and the suitcase market (the goods are presented in a suitcase), and it is no exaggeration to say that this town really rocks!
33 km
Asphalted: 32 km
Natural surface: 1 km
360 m | 220 m
easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Balsthal
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Traffic volume
Beware: busy main roads Balsthal–Klus, Aarwangen, Langenthal and Rohrbach–Brand
Diversion, Bannwil
Duration
22.03.2021 - 24.12.2021
Reason
Construction & maintenance work
The route is being diverted. Please follow the local signposts. See map for details.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Huttwil
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Services

Accommodation

Berggasthof Schwengimatt
Berggasthof Schwengimatt
Balsthal
Hotel Balsthal
Hotel Balsthal
Balsthal
Pfadiheim Balsthal
Pfadiheim Balsthal
Balsthal
Restaurant Oberli
Restaurant Oberli
Walliswil bei Niederbipp
Family Backpacker Aarwangen
Family Backpacker Aarwangen
Aarwangen
Gasthof zum Wilden Mann
Gasthof zum Wilden Mann
Aarwangen
BnB Hopfengrün, Langenthal-Neuhüsli
BnB Hopfengrün, Langenthal-Neuhüsli
Langenthal
Landgasthof Bären
Landgasthof Bären
Madiswil
Bleichehof
Bleichehof
Rohrbach
Eichmatt
Eichmatt
Auswil
Sommerhof
Sommerhof
Rohrbachgraben
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Places

Balsthal
Balsthal
Aarwangen
Aarwangen
Langenthal
Langenthal
Huttwil
Huttwil
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Places of interest

Hair and Comb Museum
Hair and Comb Museum
Thal Nature Park
Thal Nature Park
Kunsthaus Langenthal
Kunsthaus Langenthal
Monastery of St. Urban
Monastery of St. Urban
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Swimming

Swimming pool Roggwil
Swimming pool Roggwil
Hutwill open-air swimming pool
Hutwill open-air swimming pool
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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