899 Herzschlaufe Burgdorf
899 Herzschlaufe Burgdorf

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Herzschlaufe Burgdorf

Stage 1, Burgdorf–Utzigen-Mänziwilegg-Lützelflüh–Oberburg

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Herzschlaufe Burgdorf

The western loop explores the lesser-known Emmental between Burgdorf and Utzigen. From the old town to the castle, then over crests and through forests in a leisurely pace. The backdrop along the way: the alps and the Jura mountain chain, and on a clear day, the lakes of Biel and Neuchâtel. And of course the Emmental valley which is spread out before you.
The western loop starts in the middle of the old town of Burgdorf which has been preserved as a medieval gem. If you feel like it, you can pedal up to the castle, which requires considerable effort. The reward is a panoramic view and a coffee in the castle courtyard. Afterwards, the path descends into the undergrowth, through secluded woods and up to a crest on which you cycle along peacefully; on your left the alps, on your right the Jura chain with the spreading plains below. Hardly ever does a car appear, and the hamlet of Dieterswald seems almost like an island in the green sea of hills.

You continue to gain height along a romantic forest passage and cross the border into the municipality of Vechigen, which marks the entrance to the Bern region. Soon after, the city appears in the distance, garnished with a view of the Stockhorn and the Fribourg alps. The village of Utzigen welcomes you with its noble castle including a castle café and matching baroque gardens.

The trail returns to the Emmental valley while continuing to climb, culminating at Mänziwilegg. On clear days, the lakes of Biel and Neuchâtel are visible from here. The Emmental spreads out before you, decorated by the Bernese alps, a view which now lines the route for a longer time. You glide downhill again on little-known paths to meet the Emme river once more in Lützelflüh, which you follow in the direction of Burgdorf. For the last few kilometres between Oberburg and Burgdorf, you follow routes 24, 84 and 99, while the 899 from Lochbach is already heading towards its eastern loop.
The western loop explores the lesser-known Emmental between Burgdorf and Utzigen. From the old town to the castle, then over crests and through forests in a leisurely pace. The backdrop along the way: the alps and the Jura mountain chain, and on a clear day, the lakes of Biel and Neuchâtel. And of course the Emmental valley which is spread out before you.
The western loop starts in the middle of the old town of Burgdorf which has been preserved as a medieval gem. If you feel like it, you can pedal up to the castle, which requires considerable effort. The reward is a panoramic view and a coffee in the castle courtyard. Afterwards, the path descends into the undergrowth, through secluded woods and up to a crest on which you cycle along peacefully; on your left the alps, on your right the Jura chain with the spreading plains below. Hardly ever does a car appear, and the hamlet of Dieterswald seems almost like an island in the green sea of hills.

You continue to gain height along a romantic forest passage and cross the border into the municipality of Vechigen, which marks the entrance to the Bern region. Soon after, the city appears in the distance, garnished with a view of the Stockhorn and the Fribourg alps. The village of Utzigen welcomes you with its noble castle including a castle café and matching baroque gardens.

The trail returns to the Emmental valley while continuing to climb, culminating at Mänziwilegg. On clear days, the lakes of Biel and Neuchâtel are visible from here. The Emmental spreads out before you, decorated by the Bernese alps, a view which now lines the route for a longer time. You glide downhill again on little-known paths to meet the Emme river once more in Lützelflüh, which you follow in the direction of Burgdorf. For the last few kilometres between Oberburg and Burgdorf, you follow routes 24, 84 and 99, while the 899 from Lochbach is already heading towards its eastern loop.
40 km
Asphalted: 31 km
Natural surface: 9 km
900 m | 900 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Burgdorf
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Arrival / return travel Oberburg
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Contact

Herzroute AG
Bahnhofstrasse 14
3400 Burgdorf
Tel. +41 (0)34 408 80 99
mail@herzroute.ch
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Jugendherberge Schloss Burgdorf
Jugendherberge Schloss Burgdorf
Burgdorf
Hotel Orchidee Burgdorf
Hotel Orchidee Burgdorf
Burgdorf
Gumpersmühlehof
Gumpersmühlehof
Grünenmatt
Bauernhof Bättwil
Bauernhof Bättwil
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Burgdorf
Burgdorf
Worb
Worb
Lützelflüh
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Murder on the Route of St. James
Murder on the Route of St. James
Museum Franz Gertsch
Museum Franz Gertsch
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Rüttihubelbad Sensorium
Brüelhohle (Heimiswil)
Brüelhohle (Heimiswil)
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Biglen lido
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