The Grand Bike Tour in Switzerland
Round trip from Zurich
- Radweg-Reisen Tour
- Round trip from Zurich
- Internationally-known towns, blue mountain lakes, white Alpine peaks
- Included: Boat trip on Lake Thun!
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km / day avg.
This grand bike tour takes you into the heart of Switzerland. Zurich, Lucerne, Berne, Thun Lake and Vierwaldstätter Lake, Hohle Gasse in Küssnacht and Einsiedeln Monastery: these are the attractions many people associate with Switzerland and that you will get to see on your biking holiday. Discover Medieval and Baroque towns; one of them even has the illustrious nickname of Town of the beautiful gables. The impressive backdrop of Switzerland's mountains is always with you as you cycle through this wonderful landscape. This cycling tour takes you through nine cantons – right through Switzerland's cycling country – Veloland.
- Start / Destination
10 days , 9 nights
approx. 410 km
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between 30 and 75 km, Ø 50 km
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- Parking information
Parking deck Bahnhof (station carpark), 176 parking spaces, Opening hours: 24 / 7, Cost: approx. 4.40 CHF / hour, CHF 43.00 / day.
No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
- Tour operated by
Day 1: Individual arrival in Zurich
The city on the lake of the same name is seen as being the only metropolis in Switzerland and has a well-preserved old town. All tourist attractions can be found within walking distance in and around the old town, e.g. stained glass windows by Marc Chagall in the Fraumünster-Church. Relax on the shores of Lake Zurich or enjoy the cultural attractions and night-life of the city. If you have booked rental bicycles, they can be collected in your hotel.
Day 2: Zurich – Pfäffikon – Einsiedeln, approx. 35 km + train ride
Today you will cycle along the northern shore of Lake Zurich, which is also known as the Gold Coast, towards Rapperswil with its old castle and will then cross over the lake along a dam. You will be taken by train to Einsiedeln, which to this day is still a popular place of pilgrimage. The Einsiedeln Monastery is a significant point along the Way of Saint James and attracts many pilgrims and tourists with its black Madonna.
Day 3: Einsiedeln – Lucerne, approx. 75 km
The most demanding stage of your trip awaits you today as you will have to cross over mountain ridges en route to Lake Zug. Küssnacht, Wilhelm Tell and Hohle Gasse Ravine are all Swiss national symbols which you will see today before cycling along Lake Lucerne and reaching the city of Lucerne. Regional, culinary specialities such as Luzerner Chügelipastete (a puff-pastry shell filled with diced veal and mushrooms in a creamy sauce) should not be missed.
Day 4: Lucerne – Giswil – Brienz – Interlaken, approx. 65 km + train ride
The mountains to the right and left of Lakes Lungern and Sarnen are getting taller. In Giswil, you will get on the train, to overcome the famous, 1000 m (3280 ft) high Brünig pass. Past Lake Brienz you will reach today’s destination. The holiday resort of Interlaken, located between Lakes Brienz and Thun, offers great views onto the Jungrau, Mönch and Eiger mountains. If you want to enjoy a picturesque view of the town, go to the Schynige Platte station.
Day 5: Interlaken – Thun – Bern, approx. 35 km + boat trip
Today’s stage starts with a boat trip over Lake Thun, followed by a leisurely ride towards Bern. This city, which has received UNESCO world heritage site status and was already raved about by the likes of Goethe, has a lot to offer: Why not discover Paul Klee’s work or stroll along the Kramgasse through Bern’s historic centre, or visit the Zytgloggeturm tower, which is known for its astronomical clock and its unique chime.
Day 6: Bern – Biel, approx. 50 km
Cycling along the Aar River and Lake Wohlen you will come to the bilingual town of Biel / Bienne. The Swiss watch-making industry made the town famous. In the Omega museum you can learn all about the industry. The many fountains in the old town are also worth a look, the majority of which are fed by the Roman springs. They were once thought to be holy. The lake shore known as the Strandboden is also beautiful.
Day 7: Biel – Solothurn, approx. 30 km
Cycling alongside the river Aare, you will quickly reach Solothurn. This canton capital, with great sights such as the Basle Gate, St. Urs’ Cathedral and other splendid monuments, is considered to be Switzerland’s most beautiful baroque town. Solothurn also has a special connection to the number eleven: eleven churches and chapels, eleven fountains, eleven towers and eleven steps are only a few examples. We’re sure that you will discover further connections to Öufi.
Day 8: Solothurn – Aarau, approx. 60 km
Charming villages, lush meadows and an impressive castle lie ahead on your way towards Aarau. This town is shaped by the 16th century and was once the capital of the Helvetic Republic. You will be particularly impressed by the over 70 detailedly painted roof soffits in the town’s historic centre, which is also why Aarau is known as the town of pretty gables. Look upwards!
Day 9: Aarau – Zurich, approx. 60 km
Following the Aare, you will reach the Swiss Water Castle, not a building, but a protected pastureland in the area where the rivers Aare, Reuss and Linmat meet and water from 40 % of the Swiss whole surface area come together. Via the spa town of Baden, which does not only offer a pretty historic centre but also has its own Spa Quarter with 19 thermal springs, you will return to Zurich.
Day 10: Individual departure or extension of stay
After breakfast your grand bike tour in Switzerland ends. We would however, be more than happy to extend your stay in Zurich.