Photo: Typical view along the route.
A gentle walk through a typical Emmental landscape of rolling hills and giant farmhouses.
Normally I explore this region by bike, but hiking is also a lovely way to explore it (if you have the patience for some slower public transport).
Route: Wynigen – Lueg – Kaltacker – Binzberg – Burgdorf.
Length: 17.3km, +570m, – 560m.
For more hikes in Switzerland see my list of hikes.
Season: Outside of heavy snow this would be doable year round. The highest point is only 888m so will not often be covered in snow. I would reccomend it in spring when everything is in bloom and higher routes in the mountains are still blocked by snow.
Arrival/Departure: Train to Wynigen / Train from Burgdorf.
Supplies: There are a few restaurants along the route, otherwise shops and restaurants at the start and end.
Alternate routes/shortcuts: A shorter route would have been to carry on past the Lueg to Affoltern i.E (with its show dairy) and take the bus from there, or follow the ridge south from Lueg to the station at Hasele-Rüegsau.
This was a very quiet area. There were always a few people coming and going at the Lueg, otherwise we hardly saw anyone.
Notes along the route
Wynigen is as nice a place as any to start to hike. It is a bit out of the way but there are a number of beautiful wooden houses.
From Wynigen the path climbs up through forest and meadow. Sometimes on footpaths and sometimes on the (very quiet) road.
Going to the Lueg and back is a bit of a detour, but it is worth it for the views (and the novelty of a giant Swiss war memorial). At 888m it is barely a blip by Swiss standards, but it offers a fantastic view over the rolling Emmental landscape and off to the Alps.
From Lueg we doubled back and then carried on along the ridge from Kaltacker to Binzberg. Again this was easy walking on a mix of footpaths and quiet back roads through meadows and forest.
The route ends by dropping down into Burgdorf. A little town with a handsome medieval centre topped by a castle (which is also a YHA youth hostel these days).