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Tourist route: Sempach-Ruswil-Sempach

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A picturesque cycle tour centred on Switzerland’s largest farming municipality. Marvel at the phenomenal panorama and beautiful old farmhouses.
moderate
Distance 60.8 km
4:20 h
478 m
477 m
From Sempach the route heads for Neuenkirch and up the Homberg, which is on the south flank of the Ruswilerberg. The panorama that unfolds more than makes up for the effort of getting here: the alpine chain with its mighty peaks spans the entire horizon from east to west, with the Pilatus appearing to be only a stone’s throw away.

 

From Homberg, you follow the route down to Ruswil, the largest farming municipality in Switzerland. The landscape of rolling hills is dotted with scattered farming communities. Numerous farms established themselves here on the sun-soaked slopes over the years, many of them having now evolved into imposing farmsteads. Alongside the farmhouses, Ruswil boasts grand country houses, ancient peat barns and, of course, its charming village centre. 

 

The route passes high above Lake Sempach via Buttisholz and Huprächtigen on its return to Sempach.

Author’s recommendation

The Homberg offers distant views of the region. Take advantage of your presence in Ruswil to visit the parish church or play a round of golf at the Rottal golf course (open to the public).
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Author
Peter Regli 
Update: April 28, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
735 m
Lowest point
433 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

No waymarking

Start

Sursee (498 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'650'676E 1'224'842N
DD
47.172601, 8.107084
DMS
47°10'21.4"N 8°06'25.5"E
UTM
32T 432334 5224731
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Destination

Sursee

Turn-by-turn directions

Sempach-Neuenkirch-Homberg-Ruswil-Buttisholz-Huprächtigen-Sempach

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'650'676E 1'224'842N
DD
47.172601, 8.107084
DMS
47°10'21.4"N 8°06'25.5"E
UTM
32T 432334 5224731
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
60.8 km
Duration
4:20 h
Ascent
478 m
Descent
477 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Insider tip

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