4 Alpine Panorama Route
4 Alpine Panorama Route

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Alpine Panorama Route

Stage 6, Thun–Fribourg

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Alpine Panorama Route

From «cabbage country» through the rugged Sense ravines to Fribourg im Üechtland. The old city with its cathedral and 200 gothic house facades enjoys a picturesque position in a loop of the Saane.
It’s hard to beat the beautiful city of Thun, but a bike tour in bright sunshine while gazing at Stockhorn Mountain is definitely a tempting alternative. Traveling along the tree-lined road to Allmendingen you leave the outskirts of the city behind. It is peaceful here, but not for long. Soon you will hear the rifle cracks from the military training grounds, the last farewell from the army town of Thun.

The plain of the Gürbetal valley was once an extensive low-moor. Initial drainages took place in the early 18th century. Today, the “cabbage land” (Chabisland) is Switzerland’s most important cabbage growing region. But enough sauerkraut for now. The landscape is becoming increasingly bumpier and tiny Ditigsee lake sparkles in the light of the morning sun. The views in the Gantrisch Nature Park are amazing. You will see pleasant farm houses and the awe-inspiring Bernese Alps with Finsteraarhorn, Eiger, Mönch (German: monk) and Jungfrau.

Believe it or not, in the small Biberze valley you will cross the Biberze three times and the Schwarzwasser once. The covered wooden bridges across the wild creeks of the foothills were built in the late 19th century. There is plenty of wood here as many a storm has raged in this area. The saying on the Rütiplötsch bridge (heaven protect me from all the dangers of water) is not a coincidence. At the intersection between Bern, Thun and Fribourg is the regional centre of Schwarzenburg. If you leave the village at the Way of St. James, you will cross the Sense River and traverse via Sodbach bridge from Canton Bern to Fribourg. The villages of St. Antoni and Tafers are in the midst of this bucolic area. Take the time to visit the marvellous wooden house built in 1780 where the museum of local history is housed. The university town of Fribourg has a medieval look. More than 200 Gothic buildings have been preserved and the unfinished tower of the St-Nicolas Cathedral is the landmark of this town with its rather cosmopolitan flair.
From «cabbage country» through the rugged Sense ravines to Fribourg im Üechtland. The old city with its cathedral and 200 gothic house facades enjoys a picturesque position in a loop of the Saane.
It’s hard to beat the beautiful city of Thun, but a bike tour in bright sunshine while gazing at Stockhorn Mountain is definitely a tempting alternative. Traveling along the tree-lined road to Allmendingen you leave the outskirts of the city behind. It is peaceful here, but not for long. Soon you will hear the rifle cracks from the military training grounds, the last farewell from the army town of Thun.

The plain of the Gürbetal valley was once an extensive low-moor. Initial drainages took place in the early 18th century. Today, the “cabbage land” (Chabisland) is Switzerland’s most important cabbage growing region. But enough sauerkraut for now. The landscape is becoming increasingly bumpier and tiny Ditigsee lake sparkles in the light of the morning sun. The views in the Gantrisch Nature Park are amazing. You will see pleasant farm houses and the awe-inspiring Bernese Alps with Finsteraarhorn, Eiger, Mönch (German: monk) and Jungfrau.

Believe it or not, in the small Biberze valley you will cross the Biberze three times and the Schwarzwasser once. The covered wooden bridges across the wild creeks of the foothills were built in the late 19th century. There is plenty of wood here as many a storm has raged in this area. The saying on the Rütiplötsch bridge (heaven protect me from all the dangers of water) is not a coincidence. At the intersection between Bern, Thun and Fribourg is the regional centre of Schwarzenburg. If you leave the village at the Way of St. James, you will cross the Sense River and traverse via Sodbach bridge from Canton Bern to Fribourg. The villages of St. Antoni and Tafers are in the midst of this bucolic area. Take the time to visit the marvellous wooden house built in 1780 where the museum of local history is housed. The university town of Fribourg has a medieval look. More than 200 Gothic buildings have been preserved and the unfinished tower of the St-Nicolas Cathedral is the landmark of this town with its rather cosmopolitan flair.
53 km
Asphalted: 52 km
Natural surface: 1 km
950 m | 880 m
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Thun
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Traffic volume
Beware: busy main roads west of Schwarzenburg and at Tafers

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Biking in swiss parks
Most of the route goes through the Gantrisch Nature Park. The region and the park take their name from the mountain range. The route passes the Bernese «cabbage land» to Schwarzenburg and over the deep Sensegraben into the canton of Freiburg.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Fribourg
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Accommodation

Hotel Freienhof Thun
Hotel Freienhof Thun
Thun
Congress Hotel Seepark
Congress Hotel Seepark
Thun
TCS Camping Thunersee + SwissTubes
TCS Camping Thunersee + SwissTubes
Gwatt
Quellenhof
Quellenhof
Uetendorf
Muriboden-Hof
Muriboden-Hof
Riggisberg
Hôtel Aux Remparts
Hôtel Aux Remparts
Fribourg
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Bookable offers

4 Alpine Panorama Route
4 Alpine Panorama Route
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Places

Thun
Thun
Wattenwil
Wattenwil
Riggisberg
Riggisberg
Rüeggisberg
Rüeggisberg
Schwarzenburg
Schwarzenburg
Freiburg (Fribourg)
Freiburg (Fribourg)
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Places of interest

Rabenfluh Trail
Rabenfluh Trail
Schloss Thun
Schloss Thun
Lakes of Amsoldingen and Uebeschi
Lakes of Amsoldingen and Uebeschi
Abegg Foundation
Abegg Foundation
Gantrisch Rope Park
Gantrisch Rope Park
Rossgrabebrügg / Schwandbachbrügg
Rossgrabebrügg / Schwandbachbrügg
Gantrisch Nature Park
Gantrisch Nature Park
Schwarzenburg–Freiburg
Schwarzenburg–Freiburg
Sensler Museum
Sensler Museum
Jean Tinguely/Niki de Saint Phalle
Jean Tinguely/Niki de Saint Phalle
St. Nicholas Cathedral
St. Nicholas Cathedral
Urban golf - a first for Switzerland
Urban golf - a first for Switzerland
Ste-Apolline bridge (Villars-sur-Glâne)
Ste-Apolline bridge (Villars-sur-Glâne)
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Swimming

Schwäbis river bathing place Thun
Schwäbis river bathing place Thun
Thun lakeside beach
Thun lakeside beach
Outdoor swimming baths Perle Eywald
Outdoor swimming baths Perle Eywald
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