Did you know that in Switzerland you can find over 300 covered timber bridges? Probably the most known is the Kapellbrücke in Lucerne (I wrote about it here), but as the figure suggests, there’s plenty of other not so famous timber bridges. On my recent biking trip, I discovered four of them, which span across the river Emme. Just ride a few tens of kilometers in the Emmental region and you will feel like in the movie The Bridges of Madison County.
Switzerland, like the Czech Republic, is interwoven with bike trails. I followed the number 24. The entire route runs from Biel to Lucerne, but I rode through parts of the first and second legs (a route map here)
Start and finish point: Kirchberg (BE)
Total distance: 29km
Condition: an easy ride through forest along the river Emme; a bit dangerous stage between Hasle-Rüegsau and Lützelflüh due to traffic
The first bridge, which I came across during my cycling trip, was Neumattbrücke. It is the longest freely suspended arched wooden bridge in Switzerland. On its one hundred tons of wooden construction, 200 trees have been used. * The bridge was built in 2013 to allow better access for visitors to Schwingfest, which took place on a nearby meadow between Kirchberg Burdorf. Don’t you know what is Schwingen? So you must read my article on traditional Swiss sports and you will know more (link here).
Wynigenbrügg innere (Burgdorf)
The bridge from 1776 is the second oldest on my route. Here you can look at the panorama of Burgdorf with its medieval castle on the hill, or you can relax in a large meadow Schützenmatte, where are various events being organized. For example, last year’s Swiss hot air ballons championship (link here)
About five kilometers further you encounter another wooden bridge that connects the villages of Hasle bei Burgdorf and Rüegsau. Less than 70 meters long bridge was built in 1839. Not far from it there is a large playground (more information below).
The oldest bridge on the route comes from 1584. ** This is where I ended my biking trip for covered timber bridges and rode back the same route.
Playground at Hasle-Rüegsau
As I already mentioned, near the bridge Winterseybrügg you can find a large playground, which is also a great place for a picnic. Not far from it at the river, there is a fireplace where you can roast something for lunch. On the playground, there are several tables where you can eat your goodies.
- If you go on a cycling trip with small kids, finish off your route at the bridge in Hasle-Rüegsau and don´t follow the trail to Lützelflüh. There is relatively high traffic between these villages.
- When your kids are tired and don´t want to return back on the bike, it is possible to take the train in Hasle-Rüegsau (timetable here).
- Along the way, you can make a stop in Burgdorf. You can go to explore its medieval castle, or have a picnic in a meadow Schützenmatte with the view of the rocky foothills.
And what about you? Do you have any favorite cycling route? Would you recommend any? Tell me in the comments!
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