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  • Mit dem e-Bike auf der Route 1291 über die Teufelsbrücke bei Andermatt.
    / Mit dem e-Bike auf der Route 1291 über die Teufelsbrücke bei Andermatt.
    Photo: Nico Schärer | Luzern Tourismus
  • / Picknick vor dem Schloss Heidegg während der Route 1291.
    Photo: Nico Schärer | Luzern Tourismus
  • / Ein Selfie mit dem Wasserturm in Luzern vor dem Start der Route 1291.
    Photo: Nico Schärer | Luzern Tourismus
  • / Mit dem e-Bike auf der Route 1291 durch das Städtli Willisau.
    Photo: Nico Schärer | Luzern Tourismus
  • / Fahrt über den Furkapass und vorbei am Hotel Restaurant Belvedere auf der Route 1291.
    Photo: Nico Schärer | Luzern Tourismus
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By e-bike through the history-steeped Lucerne-Lake Lucerne region on the «Route 1291»​.
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Distance 371.9 km
168:00 h
8,103 m
8,150 m
2,455 m
423 m
Explore the heart of Switzerland on an e-bike! The new «Route 1291» offers e-bikers probably one of the most impressive and historic routes in Switzerland. The start and finish of the circular tour are in the city of Lucerne. The route leads via Weggis, Brunnen and Altdorf to Andermatt. From there it continues over the Furka, Grimsel and Brünig Passes to Lungern, Sörenberg, Entlebuch and finally to the Lucerne countryside regions of Willisau, Sursee, Beromünster as well as Hochdorf. The route of over 300 km is divided into 7 stages and runs along numerous sights, castles and historic towns. The «Route 1291» crosses a varied landscape with palm trees, lakes, mountains, gorges, glaciers and Alpine passes. The many culinary highlights and wineries round off the new e-bike route.

 

Route: 385 km | Duration: 7 days (approx. 34 hours) | Ascent 9010 hm | Descent 8900 hm

 

On the way on 7 stages:

Stage 1: Luzern – Weggis – Brunnen – (mit Schiff) – Flüelen

Stage 2: Flüelen – Andermatt

Stage 3: Andermatt – Furkapass –​ Grimselpass – Meiringen

Stage 4: Meiringen – Lungern – Sörenberg

Stage 5: Sörenberg – Kemmeriboden – Marbarch – Entlebuch

Stage 6: Entlebuch – Luthern – Willisau – Sursee

Stage 7: Sursee – Beromünster – Hochdorf – Luzern

Author’s recommendation

The Route 1291 passes numerous wineries and other culinary highlights that are ideal for a stopover.
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Luzern Tourismus AG
Update: May 18, 2022
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,455 m
Lowest point
423 m
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Rest stops

Hotel Drei Könige Luzern
Max Chocolatier
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz
Seerestaurant Bellevue
Hotel Höfli
Gotthard Raststätte A2
Schlüsselbar Andermatt
Sust Lodge am Gotthard
Parkhotel Du Sauvage
Rischli hotel
Hotel Kemmeriboden-Bad - Schangnau
Marbach mountain dairy
Herb Garden Escholzmatt
Emmenegger Bike & Sport
B&B Schafbuur
Drei Könige hotel
Savurando - the culinary e-bike treasure hunt in Entlebuch
Charcoal burners' path Romoos
Kreuz hotel Romoos
Charging station for e-bikes
Gold panning Romoos
Menzberg viewpoint
Herb village Hergiswil
Café AMREIN Chocolatier
Old Town of Willisau
Organic Farm Agrovision Burgrain
Hotel Sursee
Wirtshaus zum Herlisberg
Gelfingen, Kneippanlage Sieben Brüggliweg
Weingut Heidegg
Alpine Farm House Horben
Alpenzeiger auf dem Horben
Playground Reusszopf, Lucerne
Spreuer Bridge Lucerne

Safety information

On this route, pay attention to the signposting on site. On some sections of the route, fast e-bikes (45s with yellow number) are sometimes prohibited. Here you will find the traffic signals and their meaning.

When passing through farms, we thank you on behalf of the farmers for passing through at an adapted, reduced speed.

Tips and hints

The Route 1291 shows Central Switzerland in all its facets: Over alpine passes, through hilly Alpine foothills and past steel-blue lakes. The highlights are the trips over the Furka and Grimsel passes, which are only open from around June to October due to their altitude.

 

Historical highlights

  1. Lucerne: Chapel Bridge with water tower
  2. Schwyz: Federal Charter Museum
  3. Altdorf: Tell monument
  4. Andermatt: Devil's Bridge
  5. Furka Pass: Hotel Restaurant Belvedere and Rhone Glacier
  6. Beromünster: Landessender and monastery
  7. Seetal: Heidegg Castle

 

Culinary highlights

  1. Lucerne: Max Chocolatier
  2. Brunnen: Lakeside Restaurant Brunnen
  3. Uri: Gotthard service area
  4. Andermatt: Sust Lodge Andermatt
  5. Schangnau: Restaurant Kemmeriboden-Bad
  6. Entlebuch: "Schafbuur" (Sheep farm) and Emscha
  7. Willisau: Café Amrein

Accommodation along Route 1291:

  1.   Lucerne: Hotel Drei Könige
  2.  Altdorf: Hotel Höfli
  3.  Andermatt: Hotel Schlüssel
  4.  Meiringen: Parkhotel Du Sauvage
  5.  Sörenberg: Hotel Rischli
  6.  Entlebuch: Hotel Drei Könige
  7.  Sursee: Hotel Sursee

 

Start

Lucerne train station (436 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'665'508E 1'211'283N
DD
47.049346, 8.300751
DMS
47°02'57.6"N 8°18'02.7"E
UTM
32T 446888 5210885
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Destination

Lucerne train station

Turn-by-turn directions

The Route 1291 starts in the middle of the city of Lucerne. From there, the route leads via Weggis, Brunnen and Altdorf to Andermatt. It continues over the Furka, Grimsel and Brünig Passes to Lungern, Sörenberg, Entlebuch and finally to the Lucerne regions of Willisau, Sursee, Beromünster and Hochdorf. The subsequent journey back to the city of Lucerne concludes the Route 1291.

On this route, pay attention to the signposting on site. On some sections of the route, fast e-bikes (45s with yellow number) are sometimes prohibited. Here you will find the traffic signals and their meaning.

When passing through farms, we thank you on behalf of the farmers for passing through at an adapted, reduced speed.

Note

Wildlife refuge Andermatt 1: December 01 - April 30
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By bus or train to Lucerne station.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'665'508E 1'211'283N
DD
47.049346, 8.300751
DMS
47°02'57.6"N 8°18'02.7"E
UTM
32T 446888 5210885
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

  • E-bike (incl. spare battery, if possible) and charger for on the road.
  • Suitable equipment for your own safety

If you don't have your own e-bike, we recommend Rent a Bike. Rent the right e-bike for you online and pick it up conveniently at Lucerne station.


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Status
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Distance
371.9 km
Duration
168:00 h
Ascent
8,103 m
Descent
8,150 m
Highest point
2,455 m
Lowest point
423 m
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  • 7 Stages
recommended route Difficulty Stage 1 Open
Distance 54.5 km
Duration 8:20 h
Ascent 555 m
Descent 527 m

The first stage of the Route 1291 leads from Lucerne railway station via Weggis to Brunnen. From there it goes by boat to Flüelen and continues by ...

from Luzern Tourismus AG,   Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
recommended route Difficulty Stage 2 Open
Distance 37.1 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 1,026 m
Descent 51 m

The second stage of Route 1291 finds the route climbing for the first time: from Altdorf, it leads via Erstfeld, Wassen and Göschenen to Andermatt. ...

from Luzern Tourismus AG,   Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Difficulty Stage 3
Distance 70.9 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 1,493 m
Descent 2,339 m

Three highlights feature today on stage three of Route 1291: from Andermatt, the route heads up and over the Furka and Grimsel passes then down to ...

from Luzern Tourismus AG,   Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
recommended route Difficulty Stage 4 Open
Distance 43.1 km
Duration 4:25 h
Ascent 1,638 m
Descent 1,114 m

Half-time! The fourth stage of Route 1291 signals the halfway mark of the entire route and takes you over the Brünig and Glaubenbielen passes into ...

from Luzern Tourismus AG,   Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
recommended route Difficulty Stage 5 Open
Distance 56.6 km
Duration 4:20 h
Ascent 861 m
Descent 1,269 m

The fifth stage of Route 1291 traverses the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch. From Sörenberg, you pedal past the imposing Schrattenfluh to the village of ...

from Luzern Tourismus AG,   Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
recommended route Difficulty Stage 6 Open
Distance 69.7 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 1,354 m
Descent 1,572 m

The penultimate stage of Route 1291 leads from the mountainous terrain around the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch out into the open Lucerne hinterland ...

from Luzern Tourismus AG,   Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
recommended route Difficulty Stage 7 Open
Distance 58.8 km
Duration 4:35 h
Ascent 917 m
Descent 961 m

Almost there! The seventh and final stage of Route 1291 takes you through the Seetal valley: From Sursee, the route continues to Beromünster, then ...

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