Hikes in Emmental: from Lucerne to Berne

Hikes in Emmental: from Lucerne to Berne

Switzerland » Self-guided (independent) hiking tours

  • Rolling green hills, contrasting with the high Alps.
  • Country farms, idyllic villages, small rivers...
  • Berne, the capital of Switzerland.
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From 815 €

Duration (days): 7

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Lush meadows, dark woods, wild waters and steeep rocky gorges are all waiting to be explored. A perfectly developed network of hiking trails and unspoiled natural beatuy are waiting to be discovered. One of the best areas in Switzerland for easy to moderate walking vacations.
The region Emmental is a lovely area: in between the well-known cities Lucerne and Berne meadows and soft hills build a beautiful contrast to the rough peaks of the Swiss Alps. Over small hills the paths lead away from the hectical city life of Lucerne to the “Napf”, the highest peak in the Emmental. You walk past farms and idyllic villages and along small rivers through silent valleys. At the end of your journey you reach the city Berne, Switzerlands capital. 

Day 1: Individual arrival to Lucerne (arrival day should be Sunday!)
Day 2: Lucerne - Wolhusen
Over a small hill you make your way out of the city center of Lucerne. Soon you reach the banks of “Kleine Emme”, a small river that leads your way to the monastery Werthenstein, a famous pilgrimage spot. From here Wolhusen is in short walking distance. Walking time: approx. 6 hours, approx. 21 km, + 300 - 580 m / - 170 - 445 m.
Day 3: Wolhusen – Luthern Bad
After a short walk you reach the “Wiggerewald”, a small forest. Here you walk through a pristine valley. Keep your eyes open, gold could be found in the Emmental for some time and maybe it is not only the sun that is sparkling in the quiet rivers. When reaching “Bärrüti” a small path brings you to the Alpine panorama route, from where you have nice views on the adjacent alpine peaks. Walking time: approx. 5 hours, approx. 16 km, + 700 / - 390 m.
Day 4: Luthern Bad – Lüderenalp / Wasen i. E.
Today the most impresive part of your hike awaits you. With 1408 meters the “Napf” is the highest peak in the Emmental. From its top you have a wonderful view, but you have to manage the strenuous uphill first. On top of the hill you may take a break in a small restaurant before walking down to Lüderenalp. Walking time: approx. 5 hours, approx. 14 km, + 840 m / - 575 m.
Day 5: Lüderenalp / Wasen i. E. – Trubschachen – Langnau i. E.
From Lüderenalp you walk up to a ridge that brings you closer to the Alps. All day long you have amazing views on the close mountains. On your way to Langnau i. E. you'll pass Trubschachen - one of the most beautiful places in the whole region. Langnau is famous for producing the famous "Emmental" cheese. You will find many big farms there. Walking time: approx. 5.5 hours, approx. 17 km, + 410 m / - 870 m 
Day 6: Langnau i. E.. – Moosegg – Worb bei Bern / Bern
From Langnau you walk up to Moosegg, which is a wonderful vantage point. From here you walk away from the smooth hills of Emmental to the outskirts of Berne. As soon as you reach Worb you are finished with your hike and take the public transport to the city centre of Berne. Walking time: approx. 6 hours, approx 18 km, + 565 m / - 660 m.
Day 7: Departure

Accommodation and luggage transportation:
En-suite rooms incl. breakfast in nice hotels and Bed & Breakfasts.Most of the houses are small and family-run businesses.

Price: 815 Euro (+40 Euro for the period June15th-end of August)

Single room supplement: 190 Euro

Group size: min. 2 persons

The price includes: 6 overnight stays with breakfast; Luggage transfer; Welcome meeting; Carefully elaborated route; Detailled route instructions; Service Hotline

The price does not include:   Public transport during the tour (approx. CHF 10.- per Person)

Tips: The trek is available between mid-May and mid-October. The tour can start on Sundays only!!! Easy hikes through the hills of the Emmental. The trails are in a good condition and it’s easy to walk them but many small up- and downhills and some longer distances require good health.  

Arrival by car: Parking close to the first hotel. CHF 15.- per day. Regular connections for the return journey from Berne to Lucerne. Costs CHF 36.- per Person.
Arrival by train: Regular connections from Zürich to Lucerne. The first hotel can be reached by foot or with public busses.