Bikes & e-bikes

Emmentaler Cheese Route

The app-based electric bike route devoted to Emmentaler cheese

Discover exciting stories about the centuries-old tradition of cheese production. Your virtual guide in the form of an app (for iPhone or Android) will show you the way and provide you with background information on every aspect of the famous cheese.

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Experience report Travelita

Anita Brechbühl, better known as Travelita, wrote a experience report of her e-bike tour through the Emmental in May 2020:

In flottem Tempo durch die malerische Hügellandschaft des Emmentals pedalen und gleichzeitig spannende Fakten rund um das bekannteste Kulturgut der Region erfahren; das tönt nach einem abwechslungsreichen Tagesausflug, oder? Erleben lässt sich dies auf weiter lesen.  

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Offer valid from 1 April to 31 October

Electric bike hire

Burgdorf cycle station or Emmentaler Show Dairy, Affoltern i. E.
Mon–Sun 09.00–17.00 hours (latest bike return time: 16.45 hours)

Subject to change without prior notice

Travel comfortably by train to Frutigen, and from there take bus no. 230 to the «Blausee BE» stop.

Rates

Prices from Burgdorf 1 day

  • CHF 30.00 Electric bike hire 1h
  • CHF 40.00 Electric bike hire reduced price* 3h
  • CHF 60.00 Electric bike hire reduced price* 6h oder ganzes Wochenende

* Half-Fare travelcard/GA travelcard/STS/children aged up to 15.99
People aged 16 and above are allowed to ride electric bikes (or people aged 14 and above with a moped licence).

Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration

Notes

Route

The Emmentaler Cheese Route starts and finishes in Burgdorf.
You can choose from either a 1-day tour (35 km) or a 2-day tour (78 km). For 80% of the way, the tours follow signposted SwitzerlandMobility routes. As a result, route-finding is very easy thanks to the app and the signposting. There are several battery exchange points en route.

Attractions

Along the way, there are a total of 21 attraction points on the longer tour and 11 on the shorter one. These provide fascinating information about Emmentaler cheese. When visiting a farm, for example, users can learn how much milk a cow produces per day and how tiring it must have been to transport milk 100 years ago.
At the Emmentaler Show Dairy, visitors can view a live demonstration of how the famous Emmentaler cheese is produced.

Technology

When using the Cheese Route app (for Android or iOS), visitors are guided along the route with the help of GPS technology. The app can be downloaded free of charge.

At each attraction point, an audio alarm sounds and the app supplies fascinating information about the attraction. Visual support is provided by a gallery of images with relevance to the topic. At each attraction point, users can click the “Ideas” icon in the navigation bar to find out at which local places they can eat, find accommodation, purchase cheese or change the battery on their electric bike.

The app is trilingual (with texts in German, French and English), while the audio content is quadrilingual (Swiss German, German, French and English).

Battery exchange stations

There are 4 charging stations along the route: At the Lueg monument; at the Show Dairy in Affoltern; in Langnau; and at the Rüttihubelbad (Walkringen).

Further informations on the Cheese Route and App download

How to get there

Travel comfortably by train to Burgdorf. Take the bus directly from the station to the Kronenplatz stop. The E-Trottivermietung is vis-a-vis stop at Hohengasse 19.

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