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Switzerland (local)

This page lists all reports that for Switzerland only that do not involve other countries.
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All descriptions are in English, unless otherwise noted.

Tours

Nationale Routen 7 und 9 von Veloland Schweiz August 2016
by José Rössner, tour started August 2016, submitted 27 November 2016
Europe: Switzerland
language: de, en, nl

Route 7 und 9 von "Veloland Schweiz", mit ein paar Abweichungen.

See all 29 reports by José Rössner

Spiez mit den Thunersee
Rund um den Napf (CH)
by José Rössner, tour started May 2016, submitted 27 November 2016
Europe: Switzerland
language: de, en, nl

Die Wetteraussichten für die nächsten 4 Tage versprechen kein Regen aber viel Sonne. Eine ideale Ausgangslage für eine Frühlingsfahrt. Dieses Jahr steht eine Umrundung vom Napf auf meinen Wunschzettel, ausgehend vom Camping Mauensee.
PS. A new delivery of the travel description from Napf. The URL was wrong because the link did not work.

See all 29 reports by José Rössner

Wasen im Emmental
From lake Geneva to lake Constance
by José Rössner, tour started June 2015, submitted 14 July 2015
Europe: Switzerland
language: en, de, nl

We want to ride the National Route no.5 of Velo-Land-Switzerland (There are 9 different routes throughout Switzerland.)
Romanshorn on Lake Constance to Lausanne on Lake Geneva. Because of the usual south-west wind, we opted for the opposite direction.

See all 29 reports by José Rössner

Medieval town Erlach on Lake Biel
The "Herzroute" from Lausanne to Zug (Switzerland)
by José Rössner, tour started June 2013, submitted 8 August 2013
Europe: Switzerland
language: en, nl, de

To start our bike season, we want to cycle the "Route 99" from Lausanne to Zug in Switzerland, called the "Herzroute".

We had to wait a long time due to the miserable spring weather.

Eventually, on 21 June 2013, the longest day of the year, we take the train to Lausanne in the afternoon, so we can begin the journey early next morning.

See all 29 reports by José Rössner

Between Oron and Rue
From Geneva to Interlaken on the Alpine Lake Route
by Michel Laliberté, tour started June 2012, submitted 2 January 2013
Europe: Switzerland
language: en, fr

A 3-day, 250-km bike and train ride on the Lake Road in Switzerland, from Geneva to Interlaken

See all 7 reports by Michel Laliberté

The hills of Lavaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Radtour um das Gotthardmassiv
by Hubert Becker, tour started June 2003, submitted 25 January 2012
Europe: Switzerland
language: de

Eine Rundfahrt über fünf Pässe rund um das Gotthardmassiv in 4 Tagesetappen über 276 km. Tagesetappen zwischen 33 und 103 Kilometern

See all 29 reports by Hubert Becker

Auf dem Sustenpass
Radtour Bodensee - Genfer See (Querpass)
by Hubert Becker, tour started July 2009, submitted 25 January 2012
Europe: Switzerland
language: de

Eine Fahrradtour vom Bodensee zum Genfer See in 7 Tagesetappen über 401 km. Tagesetappen zwischen 33 und 87 Kilometern

See all 29 reports by Hubert Becker

Am Col de la Croix
An autumn tour through West-Switzerland
by José Rössner, tour started September 2011, submitted 10 October 2011
Europe: Switzerland
language: en, de, nl

The weather forecasts are good for the next few days, although the sky is now still overcasted. My tour to the western part of Switzerland begins in Bremgarten AG. The farther I cycle to the west, the more the sun shines through the clouds.....

See all 29 reports by José Rössner

Vallée de la Brévine
Switzerland 2011 (German and French Switzerland)
by Davide Tambuchi, tour started July 2011, submitted 2 August 2011
Europe: Switzerland
language: it

A bicycle trip along some Switzerland lakes, from Luzern to Lausanne.

See all 15 reports by Davide Tambuchi

My Rominger Classic Tours
by Iris Mueck, tour started May 1998, submitted 28 July 2011
Europe: Switzerland

Time to report my Rominger Classic tours. Very well organized. An enjoyable ride! I would do it again, if I would be younger... Enjoy the pictures! Good luck to all the followers!

See all 98 reports by Iris Mueck

2nd place award
Cycling in Switzerland
by Glen and Margaret Netherwood, tour started September 2009, submitted 14 December 2010
Europe: Switzerland

Without any doubt Switzerland is a very scenic country. The lakes and the mountains are very picturesque with the sound of cow bells in the background. If you are lucky you might even hear the enormous Alpine horn!

See all 6 reports by Glen and Margaret Netherwood

Swiss Alpine passes with an E-Bike, Sept./Oct.2010
by José Rössner, tour started September 2010, submitted 7 November 2010
Europe: Switzerland
language: en, de, nl

I want to find out if I can surmount higher passes with my e-bike as the passes I made in Corsica last May. Therefore, I cycle a few passes in the Swiss Alps on some beautiful days in September/October.

See all 29 reports by José Rössner

Pragelpass
Svizzera, Agosto 2000
by Davide Tambuchi, tour started August 2000, submitted 22 July 2010
Europe: Switzerland
language: it

A short tour in German Switzerland

See all 15 reports by Davide Tambuchi

Svizzera, Agosto 2001
by Davide Tambuchi, tour started August 2001, submitted 22 July 2010
Europe: Switzerland
language: it

Some lakes, and the great capital: Bern

See all 15 reports by Davide Tambuchi

Svizzera, Agosto 2002
by Davide Tambuchi, tour started August 2002, submitted 22 July 2010
Europe: Switzerland
language: it

The Appenzell region, and the great lake of Bodensee

See all 15 reports by Davide Tambuchi

Svizzera, Luglio 2003
by Davide Tambuchi, tour started July 2003, submitted 22 July 2010
Europe: Switzerland
language: it

The fresh Jura, the great north of Switzerland

See all 15 reports by Davide Tambuchi

Svizzera 2005 (Svizzera Tedesca e Francese)
by Davide Tambuchi, tour started July 2005, submitted 22 July 2010
Europe: Switzerland
language: it

The wonderful Jura, the beautiful lake of Ginevra, the great land of lakes.

See all 15 reports by Davide Tambuchi

Svizzera 2010 (Svizzera Tedesca)
by Davide Tambuchi, tour started July 2010, submitted 21 July 2010
Europe: Switzerland
language: it

This year I made a tour in German language Switzerland. This reportage is completed with some photo that illustrate how to having fun in this wonderful country

See all 15 reports by Davide Tambuchi

Svizzera 2009 (Da Como a Ginevra, per l'anniversario di Calvino)
by Davide Tambuchi, tour started July 2009, submitted 21 July 2010
Europe: Switzerland
language: it

This is a tour in French Switzerland, from Como to Ginevra... this is Calvino anniversary!

See all 15 reports by Davide Tambuchi

Rhone from Visp to Lake Geneva
by Wieslaw Kraus, tour started 2008, submitted 27 May 2010
Europe: Switzerland

This time we're already in a foursome. I am with my three children. The youngest is 10 years old Agatha. We drive along the Pennine Alps. In addition to biking trails great mountain tours - Zermatt with Matterhorn and Chamonix with Mont Blanc. Travel of dreams.

See all 5 reports by Wieslaw Kraus

Rhone River below Martigny
Svizzera centrale: da Berna a Lucerna (from Bern to Luzern)
by wemaster - castione.ch, tour started July 2008, submitted 18 February 2010
Europe: Switzerland
language: it

La regione che si trova subito a nord delle Alpi svizzere è ricca di laghi, grandi e piccoli. Agli estremi si trovano i due bacini piú grandi, il lago Lemano a sudovest e il lago di Costanza (Bodensee) a nordest, che segnano anche i confini naturali del vasto altipiano e della stessa Confederazione, dal cantone di Ginevra a San Gallo.

Il percorso che attraversa la Svizzera centrale si snoda fra questi estremi restando ai margini del grande altopiano, e tocca buona parte dei laghi posti alle pendici della catena alpina, all'incirca fra Thun e Walenstadt, attraversando anche alcuni centri maggiori come Berna, Thun, Lucerna, Zugo, Zurigo, Rapperswil: siamo nel cuore della Svizzera, dove si trovano i cosiddetti cantoni primitivi.

Finché si resta sulle sponde dei laghi il percorso non presenta particolari difficoltà, anzi è spesso pianeggiante; d'altra parte siamo ancora in un territorio segnato dalle Alpi, quindi capita che ci si trovi a dover superare qualche dislivello o passo alpino (è il caso del Brünig fra Meiringen e Sachseln).

Ho suddiviso il tracciato in due parti: la prima da Berna a Lucerna (circa 160 chilometri da percorrere in due giorni, con sosta a Meiringen), la seconda da Lucerna a Rapperswil (100 km , percorso di una giornata). Questo è il resoconto della prima tappa.

Thun, ponte coperto sul fiume Aar
Basel to the Lower Engadine
by Roger England, tour started June 2008, submitted 9 November 2009
Europe: Switzerland

A six day ride across Switzerland from Basel to Zernez in the Lower Engadine, taking in some of the easier passes including the Glaubenbielen Pass, the Pragel Pass, the Wolfgang Pass and the Fluela Pass.

Author by the lake
Autumn excursion from Geneva to St. Margrethen 2009
by José Rössner, tour started September 2009, submitted 13 October 2009
Europe: Switzerland

The weather forecast for the next week looks promising, so I decide to take the train to Geneva, and start a cycle tour crossing Switzerland diagonally till St. Margrethen (at the Austrian border).

See all 29 reports by José Rössner

Gruyère
Bishorn e dintorni
by Alberto Pedrotti, tour started March 2009, submitted 24 June 2009
Europe: Switzerland
language: it

A 9 day bicycle tour through Switzerland, originating from a ski climb to a 4000 m peak. Here is how it works: you go around by bicycle and, from time to time, your friends reach you to perform some ski ascent together. It is understood that the whole mountaineering gear is carried by them!

See all 6 reports by Alberto Pedrotti

Along the Rhone from Visp to Montreaux
by Wieslaw Kraus, tour started August 2008, submitted 26 February 2009
Europe: Switzerland
language: pl

The aim was not only to overcome the cycle route, but also to hold a mountain of interesting excursions. We are four persons: Agata (10lat), Ania (16), Krzysztof (22) and me, father siblings.

Website is in Polish, but it has a google translator. It is written in simple language. Try to understand all in your native language.

See all 5 reports by Wieslaw Kraus

Ice Princess 1963 - The Big Freeze of 1963
by Jobst Brandt, tour started 1963, submitted 18 December 2008
Europe: Switzerland

The winter of 1963 brought the longest cold spell to central Europe in a many years, freezing the landscape deeper than it had in 100 years. Realizing that such weather probably would not occur again in my lifetime, if ever, I decided to do more than read about frozen lakes and deep frost [...] The ice was glassy smooth here [in Zürich], the sun and warmth from the city having melted the surface during the warmest part of the day. I walked down onto the lake and mounted my bicycle carefully. From having ridden on snow packed streets, I was aware that the best gear was the highest (50-13) to prevent undesired wheelspin that could dump me onto the ice. Traction would have been even poorer had it not been -20 Celsius.

See all 20 reports by Jobst Brandt

All round Switzerland
by José Rössner, tour started August 2008, submitted 21 October 2008
Europe: Switzerland
language: en, nl, de

From 28 August to 08 September 2008 I surrounded Switzerland.

A varied tour of flat country side to hills and Alpine passes.

See all 29 reports by José Rössner

On the dike between St.Margrethen and Sargans
Touring Switzerland
by Ben and Beth Elderd, tour started September 2007, submitted 15 March 2008
Europe: Switzerland

After a year's sabbatical from bicycle touring we could not wait to get back in the saddle. After researching our options and spending countless hours on various countries' Web sites, we decided on Switzerland because of the beauty of the country and their national cycling routes. We were not disappointed.

The most difficult part was eliminating routes. Not being able to make up our minds, we decided to do a little of everything - lakes, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, national forests and rolling green pastures with ubiquitous Swiss cows and their bells.

Our journal includes lots of photos along with a daily log and an equipment list.

See all 6 reports by Ben and Beth Elderd

Taking five by Lake Brienz
Swiss Alpine tour 2007
by José Rössner, tour started September 2007, submitted 30 September 2007
Europe: Switzerland
language: en, de, nl

Like last year the month August was cloudy and rainy, and the prospect for cycling in the Alps was not very promising. September did not seem to get better, until the weather broadcasts predicted some sunny days ahead.

7. Sept. 07 I fastened the panniers onto my bicycle and was ready to start the annual alpine cycle tour.

After 9 days I was back again, without seeing a drop of rain.

See all 29 reports by José Rössner

Berisal, ascent to the Simplon pass
One week in the Swiss Alps
by José Rössner, tour started September 2005, submitted 5 January 2007
Europe: Switzerland

This journey I made in Sept.2005. From Bremgarten (AG) cycling in direction Graubünden,the eastern part of Switserland. I enjoyed one week cycling, climbing 7 passes.

See all 29 reports by José Rössner

A look back at Gletsch
From Andermatt to Chur with a detour
by José Rössner, tour started September 2006, submitted 26 December 2006
Europe: Switzerland

The month August 2006 was one of the worst fore many years. Cold weather and much rain left little hope for a third bicycle tour this year. The weather forecasts of the first weekend in September promised however improvement. Sunday evening I packed my bags and Monday morning 10.15 a.m. I started cycling From Andermatt to Chur with a dertour.

See all 29 reports by José Rössner

On the Bernina pass
Lost in Switzerland
by Nancy and Ron, tour started June 2006, submitted 31 July 2006
Europe: Switzerland

Nancy and Ron take a leisurely 28 day tour through parts of Switzerland, starting and ending in Zurich. Ron took more than 3,000 high quality photos and over 200 are included in this journal.

Tour of the Alps 2005
by Jobst Brandt, tour started June 2005, submitted 1 January 2006
Europe: Switzerland

The Axenstrasse is noted for its rugged cliffs that drop steeply to the dark green lake. The Gotthard railway lies below the road near the water, mostly in tunnels, while the road wound its way through short tunnels on the way to Flüelen in the Reuss valley. The Axenstrasse can best be appreciated from a bicycle with its view of towering snow capped peaks above the lake.

See all 20 reports by Jobst Brandt

Tandemtour von den Bergen in die Stadt
by Karl Brodowsky, tour started September 2003
Europe: Switzerland
language: de

Nachdem ich schon mit Heidrun eine kleine Alpentour gemacht hatte, waren nun auch meine Söhne Bernhard und Ulrich damit an der Reihe. Weil Bernhard mit seinem eigenen Fahrrad fahren würde, suchten wir uns eine Route aus, die schöne Aussichten auf die Alpen bietet, aber doch nicht die großen Pässe enthält. Merkwürdigerweise gibt es zwischen Zürich und dem Rheintal bei Sargans ein Tal, das über gar keine Paßhöhe zu verlaufen scheint, sondern zwischen den Bergen hindurch auf fast konstanter Höhe bleibt. Vom Zug aus sah dieses Tal nun auch noch immer recht schön aus und da bot es sich an, von Chur aus in dieser Richtung zu fahren. Der Ursprung dieses Tals war wohl einmal ein Gletscherverlauf im Rheintal, der sich während der Eiszeit bei Sargans teilte. Natürlich waren auch Überlegungen im Raum, vielleicht auch den einen oder anderen Paß zu überqueren, aber letztlich entschieden wir uns doch für eine einfache Strecke.

See all 16 reports by Karl Brodowsky

Tandemtour über die Alpen
by Karl Brodowsky, tour started August 2003
Europe: Switzerland
language: de

So eine diffuse Idee war also schon geboren, irgendwie von Chur über den Oberalppaß und den Gotthardpaß nach Airolo oder so zu fahren. Der spannende Teil war nun, wie man das Tandem hinbekommt. Natürlich nehmen in der Schweiz fast alle Züge Fahrräder mit, aber es gibt oft dafür solche Haken im Eingangsbereich der Wagen, die sich für Tandems weniger eignen als für normale Fahrräder. Aber man kann es ja versuchen, notfalls hätten wir kurzfristig umdisponiert.

See all 16 reports by Karl Brodowsky

Around Switzerland by bike
by Norman D. Ford, tour started 2003
Europe: Switzerland

Cycling Switzerland's National Bike Routes, from the high Alps to mountain lakes, rivers and medieval towns with painted houses.

It was months since my knee surgery but when I mentioned bike touring in Switzerland to my orthopedist, he immediately said, ``No pedaling up long hills.''
Switzerland Without Hills? It scarcely seemed possible to bike through this mountainous land without long uphill climbs. Yet Switzerland offers several unique strategies that help to make it possible.
To begin with, I simply cycled around Switzerland on four connecting long-distance bike paths that were largely flat and level. Mostly car-free and 80 percent paved, these were four of Switzerlands nine National Bike Routes.
For example, I rode half way around the country on Route 9, the Lakes Route, which runs beside a series of lakes and rivers on a mostly level route through spectacular mountain ranges. Then I switched to Route 5, the Mittelland Bike Path, that bordered more lakes and the beautiful Aare River. In between, short stints on Routes 2 and 8 were also flat and easy.
True, there was an occasional long climb. But I never had to pedal far uphill. Nearly every long upgrade can be by-passed by putting your bike on a train or Post bus and letting it take you up hill.

See all 13 reports by Norman D. Ford

Looking down bike route towards Grindelwald from cafe atop Grosse Scheidegg Pass
Crossing the Swiss Alps
by Györgyi Gábor, tour started August 2001
Europe: Switzerland

With the experiences of 5 tours to the High-Tatras and two cycletours in Austria and Slovenia, in the year 2001 with joining to the holiday of my parents I tried to cross the swiss Alps. The startpoint was a small village Champoussin, situated 1575m high not too far from the Lake Leman. [...] On my first cycletour I biked to France through the not too high, but steep Col de la Forclaz. This pass are usually compared to the famous climb, Alpe d.Huez, because of their comparable steepness and long. Before that time I hadn.t seen the Mont Blanc, so I found amazing the huge mass of snow. [...] (1st training-tour: 171 km + 3741 m height-diff.) On my second cycletour . thanks for the warmer weather . I took sight at the 2469m high Col du Grand Saint Bernard, at the border between Switzerland and Italy. [...] On the last 7-8 km I met with a guy from Netherlands who cycled up with a bike with about 30 kg pack. [...] The tour ended with an almost 2 hour long climb that I got used to two days before. My parents were waiting for me with a warm soup and a delicious supper. (2nd training tour: 173 km + 3371m height-diff.)

See all 26 reports by Györgyi Gábor

Lugano
Brig to Brig using the Lotschberg tunnel
by Marco Buffa, tour started August 1998
Europe: Switzerland

A long and wide bend on the left takes you into the last 10 kms. quite demanding both beacuse you already are on the climb from 17 km. and because during last 10 Km the average slope is > 7% and there are two flat stretches... After an harpin on the right you meet a tunnel (slope > 11%) that bicycles avoid on the right with a nice route (100 mt. are on pave') coasting some gorge that free climbers use for their training. You see the dam of first lake and you know you'll have to go up there: a set of bends help you on gaining altitude and finally you coast the lake at your right with its peculiar colour. Use the stretch along the lake to rest and don't be deceived by the the fact that you clearly see the [Grimsel]pass not so far.

See all 14 reports by Marco Buffa

Swiss Tour '98
by Olaf Weiss, tour started August 1998
Europe: Switzerland
language: en, de

In August 1998 I've made a cycling tour through the Swiss Alps. To start, my friend Rübe (Turnip) also known as Percus and I rode from Freiburg in Germany to Lugano, which is nearly Italy. From there I continued to Geneva (nearly France), where I caught up with my sister who lives there. Finally I went North to ride in the Jura mountains.

Im August 1998 habe ich eine Radtour durch die Schweizer Alpen gemacht. Mein Freund Rübe auch Percus genannt und ich sind von Freiburg im Breisgau bis nach Lugano (fast schon Italien) gefahren. Von da an bin ich dann alleine nach Genf weitergefahren, wo ich meine dort lebende Schwester besucht habe. Zum Abschluß bin ich dann nordwärts in den Jura gefahren.

Look, Ma! No Brakes! A Tour of the Berner Oberland
by L. T. Reissner, tour started 1998
Europe: Switzerland

It is a general rule of cycling that all hills basically just go up. Once you have gone to all the trouble of climbing a b-I-g hill on your bicycle, however, you should enjoy the luxury of the wind blasting past and a downhill run unimpeded by the need for brakes. But in Switzerland's Bernese Oberland, on some downhill rides it is hard to determine whether the source of all that screaming is the brakes or you. [...] the Bernese Oberland boasts beautiful lakes, picturesque villages and, of course, the magnificent Swiss Alps. Here are the Big Three, all stunning jagged granite peaks--the Eiger, the Jungfrau and the Mönch.

One of the great undiscovered pleasures of European travel is bicycle touring in Switzerland. The scenery is glorious, the roads perfectly-kept and superbly marked. The country is small enough to cover a lot of ground in a short time and there are excellent maps available. The trip can be a strenuous climb through bare mountains or a relaxing roll through alpine meadows.

See all 2 reports by L. T. Reissner

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