445 St. Petersinsel-Weg
445 St. Petersinsel-Weg
445 St. Petersinsel-Weg
445 St. Petersinsel-Weg

Hiking

St. Petersinsel-Weg

St. Petersinsel-Weg

Erlach–Erlach

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St. Petersinsel-Weg

St. Petersinsel-Weg

The circular route on the St. Petersinsel in Berner Seeland is a real feast for the eyes. Surrounded by the idyllic Bielersee lake, you go as you please on an easy path through this luxuriant nature reserve with many species of plants.
From the pretty Erlach harbour, the route leads from the mainland to the island. Mainly level, it runs mostly along field paths through the varied island landscape. The St. Petersinsel is car free, making a visit to relax and tank up on energy all the more inviting. You soon switch off and unwind, completely in harmony with nature.

The stretch leads over a level peninsula where you can experience and enjoy the welcome solitude of an untouched plant kingdom. As you stroll through airy woodland, past wide fields and the wonderful and wild lake shore, you'll be filled with a happy holiday feeling. The woods as well as the Heideweg which is especially rich in biodiversity are under a conservation order.

There are many rest spots to take a break. The barbecue grills right at the edge of the water are particularly popular. Of historical interest, the Klosterhotel and Restaurant also offer a unique ambiance. It's well worth stopping here and enjoying the remarkable views before starting your journey back to Erlach.
The circular route on the St. Petersinsel in Berner Seeland is a real feast for the eyes. Surrounded by the idyllic Bielersee lake, you go as you please on an easy path through this luxuriant nature reserve with many species of plants.
From the pretty Erlach harbour, the route leads from the mainland to the island. Mainly level, it runs mostly along field paths through the varied island landscape. The St. Petersinsel is car free, making a visit to relax and tank up on energy all the more inviting. You soon switch off and unwind, completely in harmony with nature.

The stretch leads over a level peninsula where you can experience and enjoy the welcome solitude of an untouched plant kingdom. As you stroll through airy woodland, past wide fields and the wonderful and wild lake shore, you'll be filled with a happy holiday feeling. The woods as well as the Heideweg which is especially rich in biodiversity are under a conservation order.

There are many rest spots to take a break. The barbecue grills right at the edge of the water are particularly popular. Of historical interest, the Klosterhotel and Restaurant also offer a unique ambiance. It's well worth stopping here and enjoying the remarkable views before starting your journey back to Erlach.
11 km | 1 Stage
50 m | 50 m
2 h 40 min
easy (for wheelchair users) | difficult (for wheelchair users)

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Erlach, Stedtli
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Information for blind and visually impaired people
Blind and visually impaired people can walk the obstacle-free routes thanks to voice guidance. Voice guidance is integrated in the MyWay Pro app. This offer is supported by Procap Switzerland, the Swiss Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and SwitzerlandMobility. Voice guidance is offered only in the MyWay Pro app for iOS.
Information for wheelchair users
The obstacle-free routes enable us to offer a leisure activity to people who depend on paths without substantial natural or physical obstacles. This offer is supported by Procap Switzerland, SwitzerlandMobility, the Swiss Hiking Federation, and the Swiss Cantons.

The sightseeing attractions and overnight accommodation suggested by Switzerland Mobility are not necessarily wheelchair accessible. More information on accessibility is found at www.procap-reisen.ch or www.rollihotel.ch.

Obstacle-free routes, grade of difficulty see PDF.
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Arrival | return travel

Barrier-free travel / public transport
Ins is reached from Bern support railway station by S-Bahn (S5 / S52), with independent boarding and alighting in Bern and Ins. From Biel support railway station, Ins is reached by regional train with independent boarding and alighting in Biel and Ins. Low-floor buses (Route 521) travel from Ins to the Erlach Stedtli bus stop.
Wheelchair-suitable parking spaces
Erlach harbour has a large public car park with two wheelchair-suitable parking spaces. There are another two parking spaces for wheelchair users in front of the Erlach municipal camp site.

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km0 - km0.6
km0 - km0.6
The first 100m in Erlach are over level cobblestones. The rest of the route to the bridge at km0.6 is surfaced. This section is mostly level with only a 15m uphill section with a 8.5% gradient at km0.6.
Restaurant Du Port
Restaurant Du Port
On the right side of the crossroads at km0.4 is the Restaurant Du Port. with a ramp to the terrace and restaurant. The wheelchair-accessible toilet is reached through the side door. WC info: door width 83cm; movement area (DxB) 150x80cm; seat height 51cm; hand grips, left fixed, right moveable; access right; mirror height 120cm (folding mirror); washbasin underside clearance 70cm.
Restaurant Du Port
Heidenweg 2
3235 Erlach
Tel. +41 (0)32 338 16 35
www.restoduport-erlach.ch/
WC Erlach municipal campsite
WC Erlach municipal campsite
If you turn left at the crossroads at km0.4 and go as far as the lake, you reach the kiosk at the Erlach municipal camping site. The last cubicle in the ladies toilet is a wheelchair-accessible toilet. WC info: door width 77cm; movement area (DxB): 270x87cm; seat height 47cm; hand grips, left none, right moveable; access right; mirror height 94cm; washbasin underside clearance 70cm.
Gemeindecamping
Stadtgraben
3235 Erlach
WC Kiosk boat station St. Petersinsel Nord
WC Kiosk boat station St. Petersinsel Nord
The St. Petersinsel Nord boat station has a wheelchair-accessible toilet. The key must be requested at the kiosk, which is only open in good weather. WC info: door width 88cm; movement area (DxB) 160x87cm; seat height 50cm; hand grips, left none, right fixed; access left; mirror none; washbasin underside clearance 70cm.
km4.4 - km5.4
km4.4 - km5.4
There is a 20m uphill section with a 12% gradient at the crossing at the end of the Heidenweg. The rest of the route is level and mostly on easily negotiable field paths.
Restaurant Kloster
Restaurant Kloster
At km4.8 you pass the Restaurant Kloster. The bistro and restaurant area are both wheelchair accessible. The restaurant has a wheelchair-accessible toilet. WC info: door width 88cm; movement area (DxB) 90x180cm; seat height 51cm; hand grips, left moveable, right fixed; access left; mirror height 130cm; washbasin underside clearance 70cm.
Restaurant Kloster
St. Petersinsel
3235 Erlach
Tel. +41 (0)32 338 11 14
www.st-petersinsel.ch
km5.4 - km6.7
km5.4 - km6.7
At km5.4 follows a section, also around 200m long, that is rather bumpy and uneven. There is a barbecue area at km5,9 and 6,7.
Shorter route option
The route can be shortened at the St. Petersinsel Nord boat station, from where Bielersee Schifffahrt boats sail to Biel and Erlach. Not all boats are suitable for wheelchairs or have a wheelchair-accessible toilet. Information on which boats are sailing can be obtained by telephone (Tel. +41 (0)32 329 88 11).
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km6.7 - km11.1
km6.7 - km11.1
From the crossroads already passed at km4.4, you return by the same path that you took to reach the peninsula.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Erlach, Stedtli
SBB Timetable Show stop and route on map
Barrier-free return journey / public transport
Ins is reached by low-floor buses (Route 521) from the Erlach, Stedtli bus stop. An S-Bahn (S5 / S52) operates to the Bern support railway station with independent boarding and alighting possible in Bern and Ins. A regional train also operates from Ins to the Biel support railway station, with independent boarding and alighting possible at both stations.

Contact

Procap Reisen & Sport
Frohburgstrasse 4
4600 Olten
Tel. +41 (0)62 206 88 30
tourismus@procap.ch
www.procap.ch/tourismus-inklusiv

Services

Accommodation

Camping 'mon plaisir'
Camping 'mon plaisir'
Erlach
B&B Hirt, Weinbau
B&B Hirt, Weinbau
Ligerz
Restaurant-Hotel St. Petersinsel
Restaurant-Hotel St. Petersinsel
Erlach
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Places

Erlach
Erlach
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Places of interest

St. Petersinsel
St. Petersinsel
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Signalization

Signalization
In general the «Barrier-free Paths» lead along the hiking routes marked yellow. Additional white signs with green route fields for «Barrier-free Paths» indicate the route at key points. The white signs should be followed where «Barrier-free Paths» differ from the hiking route network. To be certain, please take a print-out of our web map with you.
Signalization