94 L'Areuse–Emme–Sihl
94 L'Areuse–Emme–Sihl
94 L'Areuse–Emme–Sihl
94 L'Areuse–Emme–Sihl
94 L’Areuse–Emme–Sihl
94 L’Areuse–Emme–Sihl

Cycling in Switzerland

L'Areuse–Emme–Sihl

L'Areuse–Emme–Sihl

Fleurier–Zürich

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L'Areuse–Emme–Sihl

L'Areuse–Emme–Sihl

The route makes a sweeping arc through a variety of landscapes in seven cantons, always accompanied by bodies of water, from the wild Gorges de l’Areuse, through the Emme’s riverside woodland to the twists and turns of the Sihl.
The green fairy (absinth) still hovers over the Val de Travers, both route and Areuse push dramatically through a gorge before views opens up to Lac de Neuchâtel. The bustling old-town district of Neuchâtel is watched over by a one-thousand-year-old castle. In Seeland, rows of vegetables in all shades of green stand in black soil. After idyllic Wohlensee you reach the Swiss capital of Bern with its historic UNESCO old town, federal government building and milling crowds on the Bärenplatz.

The mostly peaceful Emme nourishes the riverside woodlands where golden oriels pipe. You are in the Emmental, staid farming country, where Gotthelf once had to read the riot act to obstinate locals. Passing Trachselwald Castle, the route climbs to Huttwil, flashpoint of the 1653 Peasants’ War. A goods train rattles along, carrying gravel away from the bed of the Napf. The Burgrain Farming Museum shows the laborious task of working the land. The town hall in Sursee is impressive, the waters of the Sempachersee silver and the Chilchbüehl, a long-forgotten early Roman church, captivating.

Fruit trees, dairy farming, pig breeding and farm dogs alternate, soon you reach Hochdorf in Seetal before sweeping over the Lindenberg into Freiamt in Canton Aargau and alongside the railway line to Zug. Towering office-blocks are strangling the charming old town but Zuger Kirschtorte (kirsch cake) is still delicious. The route winds north alongside the Sihl on the edge of the lonely Sihlwald wilderness, and on through the urban sprawl to Zurich.
The route makes a sweeping arc through a variety of landscapes in seven cantons, always accompanied by bodies of water, from the wild Gorges de l’Areuse, through the Emme’s riverside woodland to the twists and turns of the Sihl.
The green fairy (absinth) still hovers over the Val de Travers, both route and Areuse push dramatically through a gorge before views opens up to Lac de Neuchâtel. The bustling old-town district of Neuchâtel is watched over by a one-thousand-year-old castle. In Seeland, rows of vegetables in all shades of green stand in black soil. After idyllic Wohlensee you reach the Swiss capital of Bern with its historic UNESCO old town, federal government building and milling crowds on the Bärenplatz.

The mostly peaceful Emme nourishes the riverside woodlands where golden oriels pipe. You are in the Emmental, staid farming country, where Gotthelf once had to read the riot act to obstinate locals. Passing Trachselwald Castle, the route climbs to Huttwil, flashpoint of the 1653 Peasants’ War. A goods train rattles along, carrying gravel away from the bed of the Napf. The Burgrain Farming Museum shows the laborious task of working the land. The town hall in Sursee is impressive, the waters of the Sempachersee silver and the Chilchbüehl, a long-forgotten early Roman church, captivating.

Fruit trees, dairy farming, pig breeding and farm dogs alternate, soon you reach Hochdorf in Seetal before sweeping over the Lindenberg into Freiamt in Canton Aargau and alongside the railway line to Zug. Towering office-blocks are strangling the charming old town but Zuger Kirschtorte (kirsch cake) is still delicious. The route winds north alongside the Sihl on the edge of the lonely Sihlwald wilderness, and on through the urban sprawl to Zurich.
260 km | 5 Stages
Asphalted: 235 km
Natural surface: 25 km
2700 m | 3000 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Fleurier
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Arrival / return travel Zürich
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Services

Accommodation

La Coué
La Coué
Travers
B&B Villa Moncalme
B&B Villa Moncalme
Travers
Chalet La Prise-Milord
Chalet La Prise-Milord
St- Sulpice
Ferme Restaurant le Soliat
Ferme Restaurant le Soliat
Couvet
Hôtel de l'Aigle
Hôtel de l'Aigle
Couvet
La ferme du grand Roumaillard
La ferme du grand Roumaillard
Travers
Buvette Restaurant la Baronne
Buvette Restaurant la Baronne
Montalchez
Café-Restaurant la Grand'Vy
Café-Restaurant la Grand'Vy
Gorgier
L’Aubier Éco-Hôtel
L’Aubier Éco-Hôtel
Montezillon
Hôtel Restaurant La Maison du Prussien
Hôtel Restaurant La Maison du Prussien
Neuchâtel
Petit Hôtel de Chaumont
Petit Hôtel de Chaumont
Chaumont
TCS Camping Gampelen Neuenburgersee
TCS Camping Gampelen Neuenburgersee
Gampelen
Auberge La Sauge
Auberge La Sauge
Cudrefin
BeachIN
BeachIN
Ins
Hôtel de la Gare
Hôtel de la Gare
Sugiez
Romantik Hôtel de l’Ours
Romantik Hôtel de l’Ours
Sugiez
BnB Ryfflihaus
BnB Ryfflihaus
Treiten
Hotel Restaurant Jura
Hotel Restaurant Jura
Kerzers
B&B Maja’s Lodge
B&B Maja’s Lodge
Wohlen b. Bern
TCS Camping Bern - Eymatt
TCS Camping Bern - Eymatt
Hinterkappelen
Bern Backpackers Hotel Glocke
Bern Backpackers Hotel Glocke
Bern
Hostel 77
Hostel 77
Bern
Hotel Restaurant Bären
Hotel Restaurant Bären
Oberbottigen
Hotel-Pension Marthahaus
Hotel-Pension Marthahaus
Bern
Jugendherberge Bern
Jugendherberge Bern
Bern
SustenBern
SustenBern
Bern
BnB Eichholz Bern
BnB Eichholz Bern
Wabern
B&B Wabern
B&B Wabern
Wabern
Aeschlis-Home Bed and Breakfast
Aeschlis-Home Bed and Breakfast
Konolfingen
Wielandleben
Wielandleben
Röthenbach
Gasthof Schlossberg
Gasthof Schlossberg
Signau
Gasthof zum Roten Thurm
Gasthof zum Roten Thurm
Signau
Hotel Moosegg
Hotel Moosegg
Emmenmatt
Emme Lodge
Emme Lodge
Langnau im Emmental
Hotel Emmental
Hotel Emmental
Langnau im Emmental
Hotel Hirschen
Hotel Hirschen
Langnau im Emmental
Gumpersmühlehof
Gumpersmühlehof
Grünenmatt
Hof Schaufelbühl
Hof Schaufelbühl
Grünenmatt
SchlafSchloss Sumiswald
SchlafSchloss Sumiswald
Sumiswald
Forum Sumiswald
Forum Sumiswald
Sumiswald
Landgasthof Bären
Landgasthof Bären
Sumiswald
Winterholz
Winterholz
Rüegsbach
Muessachen
Muessachen
Walterswil BE
Nyffeler's Bauernhof
Nyffeler's Bauernhof
Häusernmoos im Emmental
Sommerhof
Sommerhof
Rohrbachgraben
Bleichehof
Bleichehof
Rohrbach
Eichmatt
Eichmatt
Auswil
Archehof
Archehof
Hofstatt
B&B Brand
B&B Brand
Fischbach LU
Hotel und Gasthaus Post
Hotel und Gasthaus Post
Willisau
Camping Sursee
Camping Sursee
Sursee
Focus Hotel
Focus Hotel
Sursee
Bauer Fritz
Bauer Fritz
Rickenbach LU
BnB Bisang
BnB Bisang
Nottwil
Straussenfarm am Sempachersee
Straussenfarm am Sempachersee
Sempach Stadt
TCS Camping Sempach
TCS Camping Sempach
Sempach
Gästezimmer Meyerisli
Gästezimmer Meyerisli
Neuenkirch
Swissfarm Wurzelbaumhaus
Swissfarm Wurzelbaumhaus
Neuenkirch
Bed & Breakfast Schachehof
Bed & Breakfast Schachehof
Inwil
Hotel Arcade
Hotel Arcade
Sins
Neuhof
Neuhof
Sins
Jugendherberge Zug
Jugendherberge Zug
Zug
Bed + Breakfast one2be
Bed + Breakfast one2be
Zug
Hotel Löwen am See
Hotel Löwen am See
Zug
TCS Camping Zugersee
TCS Camping Zugersee
Zug
Dialoghotel Eckstein
Dialoghotel Eckstein
Baar
Romantik Seehotel Sonne
Romantik Seehotel Sonne
Küsnacht ZH
Jugendherberge Zürich
Jugendherberge Zürich
Zürich
Hotel Swiss Night by Fassbind
Hotel Swiss Night by Fassbind
Zürich
Hotel Züri by Fassbind
Hotel Züri by Fassbind
Zürich
Sorell Hotel Rex
Sorell Hotel Rex
Zürich
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Bookable offers

Swiss
Swiss "Schoggi"-Tour
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Places

Couvet
Couvet
Fleurier
Fleurier
Noiraigue
Noiraigue
Neuenburg/Neuchâtel
Neuenburg/Neuchâtel
Ins
Ins
Kerzers
Kerzers
Bern
Bern
Gümligen
Gümligen
Worb
Worb
Münsingen
Münsingen
Moosegg
Moosegg
Langnau i. E.
Langnau i. E.
Lützelflüh
Lützelflüh
Sumiswald
Sumiswald
Huttwil
Huttwil
Willisau
Willisau
Sursee
Sursee
Sempach
Sempach
Hochdorf
Hochdorf
Zug
Zug
Baar
Baar
Horgen
Horgen
Albis Passhöhe
Albis Passhöhe
Adliswil
Adliswil
Küsnacht ZH
Küsnacht ZH
Zurich
Zurich
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Places of interest

Asphalt mines
Asphalt mines
Pumptrack de la Robella
Pumptrack de la Robella
The Latenium - park and archaeological museum
The Latenium - park and archaeological museum
The nature reserve centre La Sauge
The nature reserve centre La Sauge
Albert Anker House
Albert Anker House
Papiliorama
Papiliorama
Althuus Farmhouse Museum
Althuus Farmhouse Museum
Federal House of Parliament
Federal House of Parliament
Rose Garden
Rose Garden
Münster Cathedral Bern
Münster Cathedral Bern
Bear Park
Bear Park
Bern – a jewel in the bend of the Aare
Bern – a jewel in the bend of the Aare
Bern Historical Museum
Bern Historical Museum
Pumptrack Weissenstein Park
Pumptrack Weissenstein Park
UNESCO World Heritage Site - Bern
UNESCO World Heritage Site - Bern
Zeitglocken Turm (Clock Tower) - Bern
Zeitglocken Turm (Clock Tower) - Bern
Zentrum Paul Klee
Zentrum Paul Klee
Gurten - Bern's home mountain
Gurten - Bern's home mountain
GurtenTrail
GurtenTrail
Rüttihubelbad Sensorium
Rüttihubelbad Sensorium
Emmental Show Dairy
Emmental Show Dairy
Villette Cham
Villette Cham
Kunsthaus Zug
Kunsthaus Zug
Zug Castle
Zug Castle
Zytturm
Zytturm
Baar–Sihlbrugg
Baar–Sihlbrugg
Lorzentobel – where bridges meet the sky
Lorzentobel – where bridges meet the sky
Höllgrotten Baar
Höllgrotten Baar
Wildlife Park Zürich Sihlwald
Wildlife Park Zürich Sihlwald
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

Outdoor pool Piscine des Combes in Boveresse
Outdoor pool Piscine des Combes in Boveresse
Swimming pools Nid-du-Crô in Neuchâtel
Swimming pools Nid-du-Crô in Neuchâtel
Swimming bath Les Trois Lacs camp site Sugiez
Swimming bath Les Trois Lacs camp site Sugiez
Biglen lido
Biglen lido
Indoor baths Forum Sumiswald
Indoor baths Forum Sumiswald
Hutwill open-air swimming pool
Hutwill open-air swimming pool
Lakeside bathing place Sursee
Lakeside bathing place Sursee
Lido Eich
Lido Eich
Hünenberg lido
Hünenberg lido
Seeliken lido Zug
Seeliken lido Zug
Lido Siehbach Zug
Lido Siehbach Zug
Lido Tellenörtli Oberwil
Lido Tellenörtli Oberwil
Lido Trubikon in Oberwil
Lido Trubikon in Oberwil
Chamer Fussweg bathing beach in Zug
Chamer Fussweg bathing beach in Zug
Park bathing complex Seerose Horgen
Park bathing complex Seerose Horgen
Sportbad Käpfnach
Sportbad Käpfnach
Lido Bürger I Thalwil
Lido Bürger I Thalwil
Lido Bürger II Thalwil
Lido Bürger II Thalwil
Kilchberg indoor pool complex
Kilchberg indoor pool complex
Kilchberg lido
Kilchberg lido
Frauenbadi river bath Zurich
Frauenbadi river bath Zurich
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Signalization

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