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Switzerland (all)

This page lists all reports that for Switzerland including those that involve other countries too.
Click here for a list of reports that involve only Switzerland.
All descriptions are in English, unless otherwise noted.

Tours (continued)

Archivio salite d'Europa/European climbs
by Voronin
language: it, de, fr, en

Tabular data and altitude profiles of mountain passes all over Europe.

Alpen Pass Photo Sketch
by T. Kitamura
Europe: France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany
language: jp

A photo album of mountain passes in the Alps

Patrick Schleppi's Bicycle Pages
by Patrick Schleppi
Europe: Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy
language: en, fr, de

Extensive data about Patrick's extensive tours in the Alps from 1991 to 2005: includes reports, maps, diagrams... a must-see for the Alpine cyclist. Contains a list of passes in the Alps and the Jura, true stories about cycling, and some pictures.

See all 6 reports by Patrick Schleppi

Patrick Schleppi at the Grimselpass
Voyage en bicyclette de Losone (Locarno) à Palerme
by André Rudaz
Europe: Switzerland, Italy
language: it

iVoyage en bicyclette de Losone (Locarno) à Palerme via Bologne, Florence, Bolsena, Rome, Naples, Pompei, Paestum, Taormina, Cefalù.

L'idea di questo viaggio è da attribuire a Pietro Angeloni di Golino per degnamente festeggiare i suoi 50 anni. [...]
Il tempo è sempre stato molto clemente, senza pioggia, la temperatura sino in Calabria è stata piuttosto fresca ed il vento generalmente in nostro favore. La foschia e la parziale mancanza di sole ha un po' penalizzato la qualità delle fotografie (in particolare le vedute della Costiera Amalfitana) ma non si può avere tutto!
Man mano che si andava verso Sud il traffico diventava più caotico, il lato stradale meno pulito, i prezzi più abbordabili e la gente più calorosa.

L'idée de ce voyage est à attribuer à Pietro Angeloni de Golino qui désirait fêter dignement ses 50 ans. [...]
Le temps a toujours été clément, sans pluie. La température jusqu'en Calabre a été plutôt fraîche et le vent généralement en notre faveur. Le manque de soleil et une légère brume ont un peu pénalisé la qualité des photos (en particulier sur la côte Amalfitana), mais on ne peut pas tout avoir!
Plus nous nous dirigions au sud, plus le trafic devenait chaotique. Les bords de routes étaient moins propres, mais les prix plus abordables et les gens plus chaleureux. Cela se confirmait, on ne peut pas tout avoir!

See all 2 reports by André Rudaz

By Acquafredda near Praia a Mare
Cycling from the Baltic Sea to the Alps
by Karl Brodowsky
language: en, de, se

From the cycling pages of Karl Brodowsky: see the German Version for plenty of interesting reports in German.

See all 16 reports by Karl Brodowsky

Veloreisen
by Martin Würfl
Europe: Germany, Switzerland, France
language: de

Many tour reports:

  • 2005 - Von Den Haag nach Berlin - unterwegs auf dem Europaradweg R1
  • 2005 - Quer durch den Thurgau nach Rohrschach
  • 2005 - Flotte Fahrt zum Bodensee
  • 2004 - Entlang der Flüsse Naab, Main, Tauber, Altmühl und Donau
  • 2004 - Von Zürich aus nach Aigues-Mortes ans Mittelmeer
  • 2004 - Mal eben um den Bodensee...
  • 2003 - Bretagne...ausnahmsweise mal mit Auto und Ferienwohnung
  • 2003 - Von Zürich nach Würzburg - Siebene auf einen Streich
  • 2003 - Neckarttalradweg
  • 2002 - Das Loiretal zum Atlantik
  • 2002 - Through the Valley of the Loire to Brittany (english version)
  • 2002 - Tour de Hessen
  • 2002 - Spritztour ins Elsass
  • 2001 - Von Zürich aus ins Loiretal
  • 2001 - Von Lausanne nach Olten
  • 2000 - Von Oberviechtach ins schweizerische Solothurn
  • 1999 - Fränkische Schweiz, Aischgrund, Taubertal und Jagst
  • 1999 - Von München nach Oberviechtach
  • 1999 - Stein am Rhein und Bodensee
  • 1998 - Bodensee und Hochrhein
  • 1997 - Fulda- und Weserradweg
  • 1997 - Von Zürich aus um den Bodensee und wieder zurück
  • 1995 - Von München aus ins Markgräfler Land
  • 1995 - Von Erlangen nach München
  • 1994 - Rundfahrt Altmühltal und Donau
  • 1994 - Donauradweg von Donaueschingen bis Regensburg
Martin Würfl
Blood, Sweat and Tears - Cycling in the mountains
by Luddo Oh
language: en, nl

Reports and pictures from various mountains of Europe, America, and Australia. Partly in Dutch.

See all 4 reports by Luddo Oh

Tour of the Alps 1960
by Jobst Brandt, tour started 1960
Europe: Switzerland, France, Austria

Jobst's 1960 tour started and ended in Tuscany. The Net was not in place yet, so the report had to wait...

See all 20 reports by Jobst Brandt

Tour of the Alps 1959
by Jobst Brandt, tour started 1959
Europe: Switzerland, France, Austria

Well, there's a first time for everybody, and Jobst too had to discover the Alps once. If you are looking for the inspiration to do it yourself, just go ahead and read this glorious report.

I had asked Mr Cinelli what the greatest road in the Alps was, to which he replied without hesitation, the Stelvio, but that I might not like it because it was unpaved. That especially caught my interest so here I was heading up the Valtellina at Tirano where the road to the foot of this great pass starts its climb.

I arrived in Bormio at 3:30 and decided to go to the top in beautiful afternoon sunshine. After a snack at the store I headed up the road that ran out of pavement at the city limit and became a coarse gravel and grey powdery road that, with a little rain, was pretty solid. I discovered that standing up easily caused wheel spin, so I pulled my straps tight and worked on a smooth stroke to keep traction.

Farther up the Braulio canyon the road went through several tunnels for avalanche and rockfall protection. These stone arch tunnels wind along the wall with ventilation holes near the floor that give a little light, and because they are not straight, I could only see where I was going from reflections from the wet floor. Everything was dripping and water rushed in drains under the walls. The amazing part is that these are one lane tunnels in which uphill traffic has the right of way, as is common here. Therefore, downhill drivers had to assess when to enter by watching what went in from below, something that is possible from the lay of the land.

I was discovering why Pirelli named their top racing car tire the Stelvio. This has a special meaning to people who know this road. At the end of the Braulio canyon the road goes up a wall in a series of traverses with tight hairpins to reach the upper Braulio Valley at Bocca di Braulio, that ends at a ridge over which the Umbrail pass from Switzerland joins the Stelvio, about three kilometers below the summit.

See all 20 reports by Jobst Brandt

Trails

Travesía de los Alpes Occidentales en BTT (Geneve-Ventimiglia
by Zinaztli, tour started August 2011, submitted 25 September 2011
Europe: Switzerland, France, Italy
language: es

Itinerario en bicicleta de montaña con alforjas que sigue la travesía de los Alpes Occidentales, principalmente por su vertiente francesa, aunque los últimos kilómetros son por la vertiente italiana. Toma como punto de partida Ginebra, a orillas del Lago Leman, para terminar en Ventimiglia, en la frontera entre Francia e Italia, a orillas del Mediterráneo. La ruta sigue el itinerario descrito en la guía ''La traversé des Alpes à VTT, du Léman'' la Méditerranée'' de Patrick Bernard, editado por Didier Richard.

Recorremos en Francia: Savoie-Mont Blanc (Genevois, Chablais, Portes du Soleil, Grand Massif, Pays du Mont Blanc, Beaufortain, Tarentaise y Maurienne), Hautes Alpes (Briançonais, Pays du Guillestrois y Queyras) y Alpes-Haute Provence (Ubaye). Y en Italia: Piemonte-Cuneo (Valle Maira, Valle Stura, Valle Gesso, Valle Vermenagna y Valle Tanaro) e Imperia (Alpi Marittime y Liguria).

Ruta eminentemente montañera que coincide en muchos momentos con los tres grandes itinerarios transalpinos (Grande Traverse des Alps GTA-GR 5, Via Alpina y Route des Grandes Alpes) y con otros senderos de largo recorrido (GRP Littoral du Leman, Tour des Portes du Soleil, Tour des Fiz, GRP Tour du Pays du Mont Blanc, GRP Tour du Beaufortain, GRP Tour de Haute-Tarentaise, GR 57 Tour du Mont Thabor, GR 58 Tour du Queyras, GR 541, GR 56, GR 6, GRP Tour du Chambeyron, Percorsi Occitani, Via de la Sale y Alta Via Monti Ligure).

Se visitan algunos grandes macizos montañosos (Mont Blanc, Vanoise, Ecrins y Queyras) junto con otras zonas menos conocidas (Chablais, Giffre, Montagne d'Anterne, Beaufortain, Tarentaise, Iseran, Maurienne, Thabor, Grand-Briaçonais, Vallée de la Cerveyrette, Durance, Parpaillon, Ubaye, Viraysee, Mary, Haut-Piemont, Valle Maira, Valle Stura, Haute Roya y Liguria).

See all 13 reports by Zinaztli

Alpi Bike. Travesía de los Alpes en BTT (Trieste-Ventimiglia)
by Zinaztli, tour started July 2009, submitted 14 December 2009
language: es

Travesía de los Alpes de este a oeste, que une Trieste y Ventimiglia . Circula Cinco países: Italia, Eslovenia, Austria, Suiza y Francia. Los macizos montañosos más conocidos de los Alpes: A. Julianos, A. Cárnicos, Dolomitas , Adamello-Pressanella, Ortler, Engadina, Bernina y Bregaglia, lagos de Como y Maggiore, Monte Rosa, Mont Blanc, Gran Paradiso, Monviso, Alpes Marítimos y Mercantour. Recorrido realizado en solitario en 43 días (del 4 de julio al 15 de agosto de 2009). Son unos 2.100 kilómetros y cerccerca de 60.000 metros de desnivel (media diaria: 50 km. y 1.400 m.). Coincide en muchos tramos con al Vía Alpina, Alta Vía Cárnica, Tour del Monte Rosa, Tour del Mont Blanc, Alta Vía del Valle de Aosta y Vía de la Sale. Cruza collados por encima de los 2.500 metros (Tarscher Pass, Stelvio, Cassana, Turlo, Salati, Bettaforca, Nana, Malatrá, Chavannes, Chivasso, Longia y Sibolet). Cicloturismo de montaña en estado puro. El sueño de todo biker de atravesar todos los Alpes.

See all 13 reports by Zinaztli

Transalp Oberstdorf - Torbole am Gardasee
by FiloRosso Webdesign, tour started August 2000, submitted 13 April 2006
Europe: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy
language: de

Alpencross Bericht einer Mountainbike-Extremtour von Oberstdorf zum Gardasee, 7 Tage (davon 4 Regentage)/440km/14000 Höhenmeter.

See all 2 reports by FiloRosso Webdesign

Transalp Oberstdorf - Torbole am Gardasee
by FiloRosso Webdesign, tour started August 2000, submitted 13 April 2006
Europe: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy
language: de

Alpencross-Bericht einer Mountainbike-Extremtour von Oberstdorf zum Gardasee, 7 Tage (davon 4 Regentage)/440km/14000 Höhenmeter.

See all 2 reports by FiloRosso Webdesign

Mountainbike the Alps
by Ralf Bueschges, tour started 2005, submitted 1 January 2006
Europe: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy

Photos and reports of transalp mountain bike tours from Bavaria to Italy. Alpine traverses between Oberstdorf and Lake Como and Tegernsee and Lake Garda.

In Search of Singletrack in the Alps
by Per Löwdin, tour started 2000
Europe: Switzerland, Italy, France

We flew from Stockholm to Geneva. Then we biked along the southern shore of Lac Leman, crossed Pass des Morgines, headed up the Rhone valley, and made a side trip to Zermatt. Then, we continued to Brigg, Davos, St Moritz, Livigno, Canazei, and Cortina. From Cortina we headed south to Lago di Garda. Reaching the Plains of Po approaching Milan we spontaneously decided to take a train to San Reno, and continue from there to Monaco, Nice and up through the mountains to Chamonix, ultimately heading back to Geneva for our return flight to Sweden. There are plenty of excellent reports on cycling along these roads [...] and we feel we have little to contribute. Instead these pages are focused on the possibilities of single track riding.

See all 8 reports by Per Löwdin

In Search of Singletrack in the Alps
by Per Löwdin, tour started 2000
Europe: Switzerland, Italy, France

Includes trail descriptions in Switzerland, Italy and France.

We flew from Stockholm to Geneva. Then we biked along the southern shore of Lac Leman, crossed Pass des Morgines, headed up the Rhone valley, and made a side trip to Zermatt. Then, we continued to Brigg, Davos, St Moritz, Livigno, Canazei, and Cortina. From Cortina we headed south to Lago di Garda. Reaching the Plains of Po approaching Milan we spontaneously decided to take a train to San Reno, and continue from there to Monaco, Nice and up through the mountains to Chamonix, ultimately heading back to Geneva for our return flight to Sweden. There are plenty of excellent reports on cycling along these roads [...] and we feel we have little to contribute. Instead these pages are focused on the possibilities of single track riding.

See all 8 reports by Per Löwdin

In Search of Singletrack in the Alps
by Per Löwdin, tour started 2000
Europe: Switzerland

We flew from Stockholm to Geneva. Then we biked along the southern shore of Lac Leman, crossed Pass des Morgines, headed up the Rhone valley, and made a side trip to Zermatt. Then, we continued to Brigg, Davos, St Moritz, Livigno, Canazei, and Cortina. From Cortina we headed south to Lago di Garda. Reaching the Plains of Po approaching Milan we spontaneously decided to take a train to San Reno, and continue from there to Monaco, Nice and up through the mountains to Chamonix, ultimately heading back to Geneva for our return flight to Sweden. There are plenty of excellent reports on cycling along these roads [...] and we feel we have little to contribute. Instead these pages are focused on the possibilities of single track riding.

See all 8 reports by Per Löwdin

Durchs Hintertürchen in die Schweiz
by Florian Michahelles, tour started 1997
Europe: Italy, Switzerland
language: de

This is a tour over the spectacular Passo San Giacomo, between Italy and Switzerland.

See all 14 reports by Florian Michahelles

Passo S. Jorio (2014 mt.) - A MTB Way from Italy to Switzerland
by Marco Buffa, tour started 1996
Europe: Italy, Switzerland

See all 14 reports by Marco Buffa

Off-road in the Alps
by Carsten Gregersen, tour started 1995
Europe: Italy, France, Switzerland
language: en, dk

From Carsten's Cycling Web, the Web site of Carsten Gregersen. This trip is dedicated off-road cycling. We go by car to the Alps and stay at different campsites and arrange one-day rides without pack. In the peaceful Vanoise national park we are at the home ground of the marmot. The western Susa valley offers some very relentless climbs on old military roads and an unforgettable tour along the Asietta ridge. We end the trip in Grindelwald at the feet of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau - three magnificent, Swiss giants.

See all 11 reports by Carsten Gregersen

Eiger dominates the views from the hiking tracks around Grindelwald
Alps Trip 1994
by Gavin Dixon, tour started July 1994
Europe: Switzerland, Italy

Inspired by the epic Alpine stages of the TdF and GdI that I see each year on SBS TV and by the personal accounts of Jobst Brandt, Mark Chung and others on the net, I made a plan for a two-week cycle around the Alps.

Denn die Wahrheit liegt da draußen...
by Florian Michahelles
Europe: Germany, Switzerland, France
language: de

Mit dem Mountainbike zweimal über die Alpen. From the MTB page of Florian Michahelles. The great story of a five-weeks trip from Mittenwald (Germany) over to Alps to Bozen/Bolzano and then to Liguria, Corse (France) and back through Lombardia and Switzerland. Individual sections are linked to under the various countries.

See all 14 reports by Florian Michahelles

Die Alpenquerulanten
by Florian Michahelles
Europe: Switzerland, Italy
language: de

Alpenuberquerung mit dem MTB bei zwei Wochen Regen. Nach einem Fruhstuck aus Wasser, Milupa-Milchpulver (ab dem 1. Monat) und Musli brechen wir auf. 340km, 11.000 Hohenmeter warten auf uns. This beautiful tour will take Florian and his buddies over Switzerland and Italy.

See all 14 reports by Florian Michahelles

Biken in Oberwallis
by Richard and Robert Glaisen
Europe: Switzerland
language: de

An absolutely super site, with 100 trail descriptions in the Oberwallis region. Descriptions include a map, an altimetry profile and all relevant data.

Durchs Hintertürchen in die Schweiz
by Florian Michahelles
Europe: Switzerland
language: de

Von Arona nach Airolo auf Schleichwegen. This is a tour over the spectacular Passo San Giacomo, between Italy and Switzerland.

See all 14 reports by Florian Michahelles

Switzerland/France - A recumbent trip through the Swiss and French Alps
by Minko Oh
Europe: Germany, Switzerland, France
language: en, nl

See all 8 reports by Minko Oh

Sites

Fahrrad Reisen / Bicycle Touring
by camino10, , submitted 13 June 2010
language: de, en

Travelogues, trip reports and travel photography: Crossing the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the Sierra Madre Mountain Range in Mexico, along the Mediterranean coast of Italy, France and Spain, bike tour to ancient Greece and Turkey, Island hopping in Mallorca, Corsica and Crete, Trans Alps Bike Tour

Reiseberichte und Tourenberichte von Fahrrad Reisen durch die Rocky Mountains in Kanada und die Sierra Madre in Mexiko, entlang der Mittelmeer Küste von Italien, Frankreich und Spanien, Veloreise bis Griechenland und die Türkei, klassischer Donau-Radweg und Elbe-Radweg, Radtouren auf den Inseln Mallorca, Korsika und Kreta, Trans Alps Bike Tour.

See all 10 reports by camino10

Danube River Bike Tour
Reiseberichte Wittram Braunschweig
by Martin Wittram
language: de, en

A large list of cycle tours, 30 at the last count. Most are in Germany, but others go all over central and northern Europe. See the overview page. English translations are available for all pages.

See all 27 reports by Martin Wittram

Zwei Räder für's Leben (Stord, Norwegen)
Fahrrad-Reiseberichte
by Dietmar Jaeger
language: de

An enormous collection of bicycle tours all over the world.
Eine enorme Sammlung von Fahrradtouren in der ganzen Welt.

I ``ciclogiri Clodiani'' dal 1985 ad oggi
by Claudio Colombo
Europe: Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland
language: it

Claudio Colombo has several illustrated reports of tours in Italy, France, Spain and Switzerland

Col d'Izoard
Reiseberichte
by Karl Brodowsky
language: de

A massive travel site, this guy has been everywhere.

Hier finden sich einige deutschsprachige Reiseberichte von Fahrradtouren, die hoffentlich unterhaltsam und informativ sind, aber auch vielleicht die eine oder andere Anregung für Leute geben, die selber einmal so etwas machen wollen. Für englischsprachige Radtourenberichte habe ich hier auch einen Anfang gemacht, ebenso für schwedischsprachige Radtourenberichte, wobei noch ein bißchen auf norwegisch und dänisch dabei ist, aber diese drei skaninavischen Sprachen sind so ähnlich, daß man entweder alle drei ein bißchen lesen kann oder eben keine davon.

See all 16 reports by Karl Brodowsky

Cycling info pages

The Twizi hostel directory - the cheapest places to stay on the planet
by Patrick Sexton, , submitted 6 January 2007

[The author travels around the world and reviews hostels, and has built up a large hostel directory.]

What are hostels?

The quickest answer I can give to you is that hostels are budget accommodations where you share a room with other travelers. To be more specific though and to give you a better idea of what to expect I will say that a hostel room is like a hotel room but instead of being just one bed there are a couple (or a few) bunk beds. There are also (gasp!) other people. People you do not know! These other people are travelers who are most likely very much like you in the sense that they are exploring and traveling and doing it as absolutely cheaply as possible. Hostels have been around a long long time. There are over 20,000 of them around the world. Hostels are very much a part of the culture of Europe, and are starting to be known in the USA as well. Hostels are a cheaper way of staying in a city where you do not live.

world map
Suisse a Vélo
Europe: Switzerland
language: fr

Has detailed info on the nine national marked cycling routes.

Bundesamt für Landestopographie - Federal Office of Topography
Europe: Switzerland
language: en, de, fr

A.k.a. Swisstopo, makes the official maps of Switzerland. French and German versions hide behind the top right F and D buttons.

Rec.Travel Library: Switzerland
Europe: Switzerland
Swiss Federal Railways
Europe: Switzerland
language: fr, it, en, de

Has timetables in German, French, Italian, and English.

Organizations and clubs

IG Velo
Europe: Switzerland
language: de, fr, en

IGVelo Schweiz - Interessengemeinschaft Velo Schweiz / The Swiss Bicycle Advocacy Association (in German, with some information in English), der Lobby der Velofahrer in Alltag und Freizeit.

The Swiss Bicycle Advocacy Association is an independent non-profit organization with about 20,000 members. (Switzerland has about 7 million inhabitants with 4 million bicycles.) Our purpose is to advocate and promote vehicular cycling for commuting, shopping and recreation. The umbrella organization and our 30 regional/local groups represent the interests of cyclists at federal and local level, and offer a variety of services.

Fédération fribourgeoise de Mountain bike - Freiburger Mountain Bike Verband
Europe: Switzerland
language: fr, de

Union cycliste fribourgeoise. News, Tour du Canton, Mountainbike, Piste, Camps, Manifestations, Structures, CLM - Cugy.

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