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Susten Pass

Short facts

  • start: Innertkirchen
  • destination: Wassen
  • medium
  • 45,32 km
  • 3 hours 7 minutes
  • 1601 m
  • 2227 m
  • 626 m
  • 100 / 100
  • 60 / 100

best season

One of the most beautiful and modern Swiss passes among cyclists.

The route begins in Innertkirchen, where the Gadmer Valley and Haslital intersect. The first phase covers an elevation of 600 metres up to Gadmen, the ascent meanders along a more or less straight line through the Gadmer Valley. At the outskirts of Gadmen, the road winds its way up the mountain in long sweeping curves – the next 600 metres of elevation are climbed to the «Himmelrank» at 1800 metres above sea level.

Nomen est omen: The ascent is exhausting where the trail seems to stretch up to the sky, but the reward is a divine view. A brief stop offers a view of the kilometres travelled so far to Gadmen through the valley. There are about 4 kilometres and 400 metres of elevation left to reach the Susten Pass. Over the Bäregg, past Steinsee Lake and the Steingletscher alpine cheese dairy, awaits the pass summit at 2260 metres above sea level. It's all downhill from here: First around some long switchbacks to Sustenbrüggli, where the Sustenbrüggli Restaurant welcomes visitors to partake of sustenance before the final descent. From here the generally straight road runs gradually downhill for about 10 kilometres. Finally, the route winds downhill over two kilometres in sweeping curves until reaching the town Wassen, the tour’s final destination.

You can hop on the PostBus line anywhere along the route.

 

 

General information

Directions

Innertkirchen - Nessental - Gadmen - Steingletscher - Himmelrank - Sustenpass - Sustenbrüggli - Meien - Wassen

Safety Guidelines
  • Know road rules / mind other road users
  • Test function of the bike before departure
  • Always wear a helmet, gloves and protectors recommended
  • Know route (navigation)
  • Check weather and traffic info
  • Drink enough & keep energy stores filled
  • Have your own fitness and regeneration under control
  • Pay attention to hikers, animals, objects etc. near the road
Equipment
  • Well maintained bike
  • Helmet, gloves, protectors
  • Bicycle bell and functional lighting
  • Repair kit
  • First aid kit
  • Mobile phone for emergencies
  • Clothing adapted to the weather (always take with you: rain protection)
  • Drink and snacks
Tip
  • Visit of the Steingletscher alpine cheese dairy
Getting there

There are different ways to reach the region by car. The fastest way from Basel and Geneva is via Berne. The fastest route from Zurich is through Lucerne and the Brünig Pass. The pass is open in summer and winter.

From the south, the route goes over the Grimsel or Susten Pass into the region. Both passes are only open in summer. Alternatively, you can take the Simplon Pass and then Lötschberg car transport.

Parking

Parking is available in Meiringen or Innertkirchen. However, we recommend using public transport.

Public transit

Thanks to its central location in Europe, Switzerland is served by international trains from over 12 countries. Within Switzerland, Intercity trains run directly from Basel and Lucerne to the Jungfrau Region. Travellers from Zurich have to change in Berne. The trains run every half hour.

There is a connection to the Postbus line all along the route. The buses transport bicycles, but these must be registered the day before by 16:00 on +41 58 448 20 08.

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