Route 99: Section 4 – cycling Thun to Langnau I.E. , Switzerland

Highlights: Thun (& Castle)

Route 99: Section 4 (Thun 560–Langnau I.E 670)

Stats from SwitzerlandMobility.ch (https://www.schweizmobil.ch/en/cycling-in-switzerland/routes/route/etappe-01073.html): 67km long, height difference Thun–Langnau 1,800m (1,650m in the opposite direction). Their site has the full profile. The highest point is 1,137m.

Sept 2018

I haven’t biked in over a month and I was a bit uncertain if doing this tough Section, but the weather was great and I wanted to put in one last long ride above 1,000m before the fall set in. This is also an ideal route for a cloudless day because of incredible views of Lake Thun and the Alps.  

Overall, the section goes through very quiet  roads, in a rollercoaster of uphills and downhills, alternating between forests and scenic hills. 

I biked in the opposite direction, skipping the first few kilometers, already covered in 99:05, and starting directly from Signau (total 68km). 

From Signau, the road starts with the  gentle landscape of the Emmental region and then flows into the forests of Eriz.
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The many hills made me use more battery than I expected so I decided to stop half-way at an official Heartroute e-bike recharging station. The place was very convenient, right along the route, and equipped with drinks and a picnic table where I snacked while recharging a little. 

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Ebike recharge station along the Herzoute in Horrenbach

Towards the end, the route opens to particularly beautiful views of the entire Lake Thun and of the Alps in the background.

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Lake Thun

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It then goes into a wonderful descent all the way to the picturesque town of Thun and its landmark fairytale castle.

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Thun Castle

In Thun, the warm weather brought people to its Aare river for bathing, floating, and surfing right in town!

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Thun is a crossroad for several cycling routes, among which are 99:03 8:03 and 4:06.

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