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Discover Bern by Bike

Which cycling routes have the best views? And where are the best mountain bike trails in the city and region of Bern? Find the answers to these and other questions in our bike guide. Ambitious road bike aficionados or relaxed fair-weather cyclists – there’s something for everyone.

Bern, city of bicycles! The Bernese love riding their bikes – not even rain or snow can stop them. You’ll see everything from trendy Fixies to sleek road bikes to comfy e-bikes in the city’s alleys and neighbourhoods. And in around ten minutes, cyclists can leave the city centre behind and find themselves surrounded by nature and stunning views. The country’s capital as well as its surroundings, with their rolling hills and many pretty sites, are a true mecca for bike fans.

Road Bike

Want to enjoy the diversity of the Bernese countryside but get in some physical activity, too? Then a tour on a road bike is the thing for you! “Gümmeler” (road cyclists) can be seen throughout the region. We particularly recommend a tour through the hilly landscapes of the Emmental valley – challenging climbs are rewarded with a downhill experience that takes you past lush green meadows and traditional farmhouses. And there are plenty of charming restaurants and farm shops along the way to recharge your batteries. Take a look at our favourite road bike tours in the region.

Gravel Bike

Riding solely on paved roads is too boring, but you want to cover some distance in addition to riding downhill sections? Then the gravel bike is for you: it’s the ideal combination of physical challenge and enjoying nature. Be it for a short after-work ride or a day trip with friends: you’ll find routes for all levels in and around Bern. We recommend exploring the impressive Gantrisch Nature Park with its pre-alpine terrain, were gravel roads alternate with asphalt passages. Or pick one of the many other diverse routes that the city and region of Bern have to offer!

Mountain Bike

From flow trails to skill parks to single tracks: the city and region of Bern have lots to offer for mountain bikers – always set in peaceful nature and with stunning views. Tip: in only 15 minutes, you can ride from the city centre to Bern’s local mountain, the Gurten, where the Gurten Trail awaits, an ideal trail for beginners and more experienced riders alike. The 1.7 kilometres are full of jumps and berms. And if you’re mostly into the “down” part of downhill biking and not too keen on riding uphill, this trail is perfect for you, as bikes are allowed in the Gurten funicular.

Unusual accommodation option: Overnight stay in a micro-caravan in combination with an eCargo bike.

“Veloflickbuch” by Nora Ryser

It’s annoying when the bike chain drops. And even more annoying to have a flat tire. Thanks to the “Veloflickbuch” (bicycle repair book), repairing becomes easy-peasy! It offers instructions on how to repair and maintain your bike all by yourself. The book is suitable for children from the age of ten as well as adults. Fittingly, the book by Bernese illustrator Nora Ryser is sold in the Chinderbuechlade children’s bookstore in Bern’s Old City.