The Dala Kultur Bike is the perfect tour for beginners. The route offers a combination of technically easy trails along with various natural and cultural sites.
Distance 14.1 km
From Leukerbad, the trail climbs gently upwards through meadows and pastures and then descends through coniferous and deciduous forests to Inden. The path partly follows the route of the old Leuk-Leukerbad railway line and consists mainly of open paths without any technical obstacles. Take a look upwards and admire the imposing rock arena overlooking the route. After Inden, you pass by a restored lime kiln dating from the late Middle Ages before reaching the rock face of the Schattuflüe. Follow in the footsteps of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who reached Leukerbad in 1779 from Sierre on this historic path. After this passage, your field of vision gradually widens and the Rhone Valley reveals itself in all its splendour. The path takes you above the wine-growing village of Varen to the town of Leuk and then down to Susten railway station.
Treat yourself to a well-deserved break at the historic Inden lime kiln and learn more about the Middle Ages.
Use marked bike trails and routes only, making sure you observe all signposting. Kindly close gates after passing through. Please be considerate to walkers, as well as to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority. When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability. All riding is at one’s own risk.
This route starts near Leukerbad bus station and leads you to the sports centre, via the Dala river. Follow the path on the right side of the Dala, which takes you to Inden via wide, open singletracks. Keep firm control of your mountain bike, as hikers also use this trail. About one kilometre after the small village of Inden, the path branches off to the right in the direction of Varen. You will then come to the imposing rock face of the Schattuflüe, which offers a steep but short climb (approx. 250 metres) to a rocky ridge. Although the path is wide, feel free to do this section on foot if you are new to this area. The route then passes through the Varen forest, then through Stadilacher and Priische to the wine village of Varen. Continue on Veloland route no. 72 which runs through the village of Leuk and down along the Rhone to Susten railway station.
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Leuk can be reached by train (SBB), then by bus (LLB - Leuk Leukerbad Bus Reisen) to the starting point in Leukerbad.
It is advisable to reserve a place for your VTT via resabike.
From Basel and Zurich: A1 motorway to Bern; A6 to Spiez; direction Kandersteg; car transport Kandersteg - Goppenstein; direction Gampel; Leuk - Leukerbad.
From Geneva: Motorway A1 to Lausanne; direction Sion/Sierre; Leuk - Leukerbad
From Milan: Motorway A8/A26 direction Simplon; car transport from Iselle - Brig; direction Leuk - Leukerbad
Torrent ski lift car park or various parking options in the village of Leukerbad. Follow the local parking guidance system.
Car parks in Leukerbad :
- Alpentherme car park
- Town Hall car park
- Sportarena car park
32T 394409 5137118
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
The tourist offices in Leuk as well as Leukerbad can provide you with a range of informative documents and brochures about mountain biking in the destination.
Author’s map recommendations
Swisstopo National Maps 1:25 000: 2527 Lötschental
We recommend: a bike in excellent working order, a helmet, gloves and a bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.
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