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A ride full of variety around the Napf

Cycling · Central Switzerland
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  • Entlebuch - Willisau - Lutherthal
    / Entlebuch - Willisau - Lutherthal
    Photo: Willisau Tourismus, Willisau Tourismus
  • / Entlebuch - Willisau - Lutherthal
    Photo: Willisau Tourismus, Willisau Tourismus
  • / Entlebuch - Willisau - Lutherthal
    Photo: Willisau Tourismus, Willisau Tourismus
  • / Langnau - Entlebuch
    Photo: Willisau Tourismus, Willisau Tourismus
  • / Willisau - Langnau
    Photo: Willisau Tourismus, Willisau Tourismus
  • / Willisau - Langnau
    Photo: Willisau Tourismus, Willisau Tourismus
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Paul Hasler is the initiator of the Heart Route. He was on his bike for days at a time, looking for the best possible cycling around the Napf. Veloland Route No. 399 opened in spring 2018 as the «Napf Heart Loop».
moderate
152.4 km
11:34 h
3553 m
3553 m
150 kilometres, 3 one-day stages and 4200 metres of elevation gain

The Napf Heart Loop has been supplementing the Heart Route since April 2018. The three-day round tour starts in Willisau, passes through Langnau and into the Entlebuch and ends back in Willisau. The route leads through a hilly landscape mainly along quiet lanes. Crests and high points offer wonderful opportunities for admiring views of the Napf countryside and the Alps. Combine your tour with stop-overs at guesthouses and eateries to sample their regional specialities, and at night stay in tranquil lodgings and hotels along the route.

The three one-day stages of the Napf Heart Loop

Willisau – Langnau
This 57 km leg leads through the greenery of the Willisau region and the lush meadows of the Emmental and Upper Aargau. It offers a total of 1500 metres of elevation gain, with plenty of ups and downs through the wonderful prealpine countryside.

Langnau – Entlebuch
At 44 km, this leg is the shortest of the three and focuses on the Emmental and the Entlebuch. Featuring green hills and valleys, the scenery is unique at any time of day.

Entlebuch – Willisau
Discover countless sights as you pedal along the quiet lanes of the Napf: Romoos, the wild Fontanne (a tributary of the Kleine Emme), the Menzberg (1000-plus metres in altitude), the romantic Luther valley and lots more. The pretty little town of Willisau with its old quarter is the perfect place for taking a break. After 54 km and 1600 metres of elevation gain, you have surely earned yourself a meal here.

Heart Route no. 99
The Cycling in Switzerland organisation (Veloland Schweiz) allocated waymarking number 99 to the Heart Route many years ago. Linking Lake Constance and Lake Geneva, it follows a carefully selected itinerary through regions of appeal to tourists. Rent a Bike and Eurotrek offer cycle rental, luggage transport and free battery swaps along the route.

Author’s recommendation

Ein Bummel durch das schöne historische Städtli Willisau lohnt sich!
outdooractive.com User
Author
Willisau Tourismus
Updated: July 11, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
1210 m
Lowest point
554 m
Best time of year
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Tips, hints and links

E-bike rentals
Rent a Bike AG is the e-bike rental partner on the Heart Route. It is best to book ahead at Willisau, Langnau or Entlebuch. Visit www.rentabike.ch/home for more details

Start

Willisau (554 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.122521, 7.996633
UTM
32T 423893 5219268

Destination

Willisau

Turn-by-turn directions

Willisau - Eriswil - Summiswald - Langnau i.E. - Trubschachen - Escholzmatt - Schüpfheim - Entlebuch - Romoos - Menzberg - Hergiswil b.W. - Willisau

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Mit dem Zug nach Willisau

Getting there

Auf der A2 Ausfahrt Dagmersellen oder Sursee
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
152.4 km
Duration
11:34 h
Ascent
3553 m
Descent
3553 m
Public transport friendly Loop Multi-stage tour Scenic With refreshment stops

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