84 Mittelländer Hügelroute
84 Mittelländer Hügelroute

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Mittelländer Hügelroute

Mittelländer Hügelroute

Thun, Heimberg–Zürich

Route report
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Mittelländer Hügelroute

Mittelländer Hügelroute

Through down-to-earth Emmental with its flower-adorned farmhouses, a stop at St.Urban monastery, on through the Seetal valley with shallow lakes rimmed with reeds, over the Reuss into Säuliamt, the metropolis of Zurich already calling.
The rolling Kiesental valley gives way to hills and gullies along the Emme, you are in Emmental, Gotthelf country, a picture-book landscape and home to down-to-earth people. In Burgdorf, the fortress stands defiant on high sandstone and in Wynigentäli impressive farmhouses stand proud, little day-labourers’ huts pressed against the Schattseite slopes. After the small towns of Herzogenbuchsee and Langenthal, you cross the Langeten water meadows, where periodic flooding supplies the soil with nutrients.

In blessed silence you admire the skilled woodcarving on the baroque choir stall in the St. Urban Monastery before the roar of the motorway in Wiggertal brings you back to the present and remains in the background as far as Sursee. Beromünster, the national radio transmitter scrapes the sky on a low hill, the sombre Richensee Tower sits in the dip between the Hallwilerseee and Baldeggersee lakes, things brighten up again on the ascent with Heidegg Castle and its rose garden.

The Lindenberg, a long ridge, separates Luzern from Aargau. Downhill run to Freiamt and the renovated Muri Monastery, followed by the wide Reusstal marshes, a peaceful natural paradise. Uphill to Säuliamt, once a rather poverty-stricken area off the major trading routes. A motorway soon penetrates the rural idyll. Birmensdorf, Urdorf and Schlieren, independent and village-like yet already caught up in the maelstrom of Zurich city.
Through down-to-earth Emmental with its flower-adorned farmhouses, a stop at St.Urban monastery, on through the Seetal valley with shallow lakes rimmed with reeds, over the Reuss into Säuliamt, the metropolis of Zurich already calling.
The rolling Kiesental valley gives way to hills and gullies along the Emme, you are in Emmental, Gotthelf country, a picture-book landscape and home to down-to-earth people. In Burgdorf, the fortress stands defiant on high sandstone and in Wynigentäli impressive farmhouses stand proud, little day-labourers’ huts pressed against the Schattseite slopes. After the small towns of Herzogenbuchsee and Langenthal, you cross the Langeten water meadows, where periodic flooding supplies the soil with nutrients.

In blessed silence you admire the skilled woodcarving on the baroque choir stall in the St. Urban Monastery before the roar of the motorway in Wiggertal brings you back to the present and remains in the background as far as Sursee. Beromünster, the national radio transmitter scrapes the sky on a low hill, the sombre Richensee Tower sits in the dip between the Hallwilerseee and Baldeggersee lakes, things brighten up again on the ascent with Heidegg Castle and its rose garden.

The Lindenberg, a long ridge, separates Luzern from Aargau. Downhill run to Freiamt and the renovated Muri Monastery, followed by the wide Reusstal marshes, a peaceful natural paradise. Uphill to Säuliamt, once a rather poverty-stricken area off the major trading routes. A motorway soon penetrates the rural idyll. Birmensdorf, Urdorf and Schlieren, independent and village-like yet already caught up in the maelstrom of Zurich city.
175 km | 4 Stages
Asphalted: 153 km
Natural surface: 22 km
2400 m | 2500 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Thun
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Arrival / return travel Zürich HB
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Services

Accommodation

Quellenhof
Quellenhof
Uetendorf
Hotel-Restaurant Rössli
Hotel-Restaurant Rössli
Heimberg
Aeschlis-Home Bed and Breakfast
Aeschlis-Home Bed and Breakfast
Konolfingen
Bauernhof Bättwil
Bauernhof Bättwil
Burgdorf
Jugendherberge Schloss Burgdorf
Jugendherberge Schloss Burgdorf
Burgdorf
Hotel Orchidee Burgdorf
Hotel Orchidee Burgdorf
Burgdorf
B&B Schwab
B&B Schwab
Ersigen
Landgasthof zur Linde
Landgasthof zur Linde
Wynigen
Oberhuus
Oberhuus
Alchenstorf
BnB Wolke 7
BnB Wolke 7
Aeschi SO
Jordihof
Jordihof
Ochlenberg
Kreuz Herzogenbuchsee
Kreuz Herzogenbuchsee
Herzogenbuchsee
BnB Hopfengrün, Langenthal-Neuhüsli
BnB Hopfengrün, Langenthal-Neuhüsli
Langenthal
Family Backpacker Aarwangen
Family Backpacker Aarwangen
Aarwangen
Gasthof zum Wilden Mann
Gasthof zum Wilden Mann
Aarwangen
Jugendherberge Zofingen
Jugendherberge Zofingen
Zofingen
Camping Sursee
Camping Sursee
Sursee
Focus Hotel
Focus Hotel
Sursee
Gasthaus Hotel Hirschen
Gasthaus Hotel Hirschen
Beromünster
Bauer Fritz
Bauer Fritz
Rickenbach LU
Bauernhof Elmiger
Bauernhof Elmiger
Ermensee
Hotel Züri by Fassbind
Hotel Züri by Fassbind
Zürich
Jugendherberge Zürich
Jugendherberge Zürich
Zürich
Hotel Swiss Night by Fassbind
Hotel Swiss Night by Fassbind
Zürich
Sorell Hotel Rex
Sorell Hotel Rex
Zürich
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Places

Münsingen
Münsingen
Worb
Worb
Lützelflüh
Lützelflüh
Burgdorf
Burgdorf
Langenthal
Langenthal
Aarwangen
Aarwangen
Sursee
Sursee
Muri AG
Muri AG
Zurich
Zurich
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Places of interest

Schloss Thun
Schloss Thun
Rüttihubelbad Sensorium
Rüttihubelbad Sensorium
Murder on the Route of St. James
Murder on the Route of St. James
Museum Franz Gertsch
Museum Franz Gertsch
Brüelhohle (Heimiswil)
Brüelhohle (Heimiswil)
Kunsthaus Langenthal
Kunsthaus Langenthal
Monastery of St. Urban
Monastery of St. Urban
Muri Friary
Muri Friary
Bikepark Allmend Zürich
Bikepark Allmend Zürich
Biketrail Triemli
Biketrail Triemli
Chinese Garden Zürich
Chinese Garden Zürich
Fraumünster Church
Fraumünster Church
Grossmünster
Grossmünster
Kunsthaus Zürich
Kunsthaus Zürich
Lindenhof
Lindenhof
Planetenweg Walking Trail from Uetliberg
Planetenweg Walking Trail from Uetliberg
Pumptrack Zürichberg
Pumptrack Zürichberg
St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church
Swiss National Museum Zürich
Swiss National Museum Zürich
Zoo Zürich
Zoo Zürich
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Swimming

Schwäbis river bathing place Thun
Schwäbis river bathing place Thun
Biglen lido
Biglen lido
Swimming pool Roggwil
Swimming pool Roggwil
Reiden baths
Reiden baths
Stämpfel Nebikon swimming baths
Stämpfel Nebikon swimming baths
Lakeside bathing place Sursee
Lakeside bathing place Sursee
Lido Eich
Lido Eich
Swimming baths Menziken
Swimming baths Menziken
Baldegg lake bathing place
Baldegg lake bathing place
Frauenbadi river bath Zurich
Frauenbadi river bath Zurich
Outdoor swimming baths Weihermatt Urdorf
Outdoor swimming baths Weihermatt Urdorf
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Signalization

Signalization
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Signalization