Swiss highlights cycling tour in 10 days
This extended cycling holiday brings you to the heart of Switzerland. Zurich, Lucerne and Bern, Lake Thun and Lake Lucerne, the Hohle Gasse in Küssnacht and the Einsiedeln Monastery are attractions which everyone associates with Switzerland and which you will encounter along the route. You will explore numerous medieval and baroque towns, the breathtaking scenery of Central Switzerland against the backdrop of the Swiss Alps and enjoy culinary delicacies from nine cantons. This cycling holiday in Switzerland requires a certain level of fitness or you could use one of our electric bikes
1. day Arrival in Zürich
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.
2. day Einsiedeln ca. 35 km + train
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. You will cross the lake by bike and take train to Einsiedeln, which is still a popular place of pilgrimage. The Einsiedeln Monastery is a significant point along the Way of Saint James/ Camino de Santiago and attracts many pilgrims and tourists with its black Madonna.
3. day Luzern ca. 75 km
The most demanding stage of your trip awaits you today. Küssnacht, Wilhelm Tell and Hohle Gasse Ravine are all Swiss national symbols which you will see today before 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.
4. day Interlaken ca. 65 km + train
The mountains to the left and right of Lake Sarner and Lake Lungerer continue to get higher. You will take the train to get over the famous Brüning mountain pass. Passing Lake Brienz you will reach your destination; the spa town of Interlaken between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, form where you will be able to enjoy the view of the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger mountains.
5. day Bern ca. 35 km + boat
Your day begins with a boat trip on Lake Thun before cycling at a leisurely pace to Bern. Goethe thought this town was the most beautiful in Switzerland, the old town is a World Cultural Heritage Site. Bern has something for everyone; for example you can view some of Paul Klee’s work or stroll through the old town along Kramgasse. Make sure you visit the Zytgloggeturm (Clock Tower)!
6. day Biel ca. 50 km
Cycling along the Aare River and Lake Wohlen you will come to the bilingual town of Biel/Bienne. The Swiss watch 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.
7. day Solothurn ca. 30 km
Today’s stage is a short one, therefore you should take the chance to have a cable car journey above the Lake. You will then cycle on towards Solothurn at a laid back pace. The town is the capital of the Canton and is considered to be the most beautiful Baroque city in Switzerland with its Baseltor Gate, the St.-Ursen-Cathedral and numerous other buildings. The beasts of prey park in Subingen is another visitor attraction nearby.
8. day Aarau ca. 60 km
The River Aare which by now has grown in size begins to define the surrounding landscape. Villages and meadows, as well as the impressive Aarburg rock formation which is topped by the castle of the same name, are all located along the route to Aarau, which still bears the marks of the 16th Century and which was once the capital city of the Helvetic Republic. The town is also known as the “town of the beautiful gables” due to 70 intricately painted gables.
9. day Zürich ca. 60 km
Following the Aare River you will come to the “Wasserschloss” of Switzerland which literally translated means the “Water Castle”. There is no building here but a protected meadow floodplain landscape where the Aare, Reuss and Limmat rivers meet . You will cycle back to Zurich through the spa town of Baden, which not only has a beautiful old town but also 19 thermal springs.
10. day Departure from Zürich
After breakfast your cycling holiday in Switzerland comes to a close and you begin your homeward journey. We would however, be more than happy to extend your holiday in Switzerland.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Prices are per person.
30.04. – 15.05.2020
13.09. – 04.10.2020
16.05. – 28.05.2020
14.06. – 26.06.2020
01.06. – 13.06.2020
27.06. – 03.07.2020
23.08. – 12.09.2020
29.05. – 31.05.2020
04.07. – 22.08.2020
bookable additional nights
- transfer by train Lungern-Brienz with bike
- transfer by train Pfäffikon-Einsiedeln with bike
- boat trip Interlaken-Thun with bike
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Please find more information about the Swiss highlights round trip below. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421 - 886890.
Parking facilities at the hotel
Partially the hotels offer fee-based parking spaces, no reservation possible. Alternatively, we recommend parking garages, costs about 40 CHF per day / car. You will receive detailed information about the parking facilities with your travel documents two weeks prior to arrival.
Condition of cycle paths
Predominantly bike paths, separated from the road and low-traffic side roads. Partly slight inclines, especially on the 3rd day short sliding distances. The tour is not suitable for children!
Available rental bikes
We provide 27-speed gear shift bikes with freewheel or electric bikes (unisex). All bikes have a low opening that makes mounting and dismounting much easier. Men's bikes (tourer bikes) are available from 175 cm in height. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.
Currencies in Switzerland
Swiss franc can easily be lifted by debit or credit card at an ATM.
Please note that your ID card must be valid for at least 6 months before entering Switzerland.
You can also book extra night during your trip. Price per person in a double room: 85,00 Euro and 115,00 Euro per single room (Einsiedeln, Bern, Biel, Solothurn und Aarau) respectively 99,00 Euro per person in a double room and 139,00 Euro per single room in Luzern and Interlaken. Please send us this request at time of booking.
Extra costs which are not inculded in the price
A possibly applicable city tax is not part of the price and has to be paid at the hotel locally.
7 days hotline service
In case of chain breakdown, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: you can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
As a «metropolis of experiences» by the water, with a magnificent view of the snowcapped Alps on the horizon, Zurich offers a unique mixture of attractions – over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries, international fashion labels and Zurich designs, and the most flamboyant and lively nightlife in Switzerland. Recreational activities range from a visit to the riverside and lakeside bathing areas in the very heart of the city, to a spectacular hike on the Uetliberg mountain.
Zurich: Chagalls church window at the Fraumünster
In the 1970s, Belarussian-born Marc Chagall created a five-part stained-glass window series and a rosette for the chancel of the Fraumünster church in Zurich. This world-famous masterpiece by Chagall still impresses visitors from around the world today. Marc Chagall remained true to his motto “When I create something from my heart, almost everything goes well” throughout his whole life. He created the windows at a very advanced age and he enjoyed excellent health right up to his death in 1985, just before his 98th birthday.
Whoever enters the church will stand in a big, octagonal room and will see right in front of her-himself the Lady of the Chapel made out of black marble. It is the prayer site of the first Meinrad of Einsiedeln. After he was murdered in 861, the “wood brothers” built a chapel over the ruins of his altar.
Immensee: Hohle Gasse
The Hohle Gasse lies in the heart of Switzerland and is an historic monument. According to the "White Book of Sarnen" Tell shot the hapsburg bailiff Gessler with an arrow in this lane, the "Hohle Gasse". According to Ägidius Tschudi (around 1530), to commemorate this a chapel was built, which was completely renewed in 1638. The Tells-Kapelle (Patron Saint was initially St. Margaret, later the Fourteen Holy Helpers) received an altar painting by Caspar Wolf in 1760. In 1905 Hans Bachmann painted Gesslers death on the facade and inside, Tells death at Schächenbach.
There are particularly many sights in a small area in Lucerne. The Chapel Bridge with the Water Tower is the landmark of Lucerne and the most photographed monument in Switzerland.
Luzern: Swiss museum of Transport
Offering a range of engaging and exciting settings, the Swiss Museum of Transport presents the development of transport and mobility on road, rail and water, as well as in the air and in space. Visitors see and experience over 3000 items, simulators, multimedia shows and interactive platforms in a vast exhibition area. A visit is further enhanced by unique attractions such as the widescreenFilmtheatre, the Planetarium, the Swissarena, the Nautirama, the Swiss Chocolate Adventure and the Hans Erni Art Gallery.
Icy air streams across my face, snow crunches under my feet, and the panorama almost takes its breath: on the one hand, the view to the Mittelland to the Vosges, on the other the Aletsch glacier, bordered by four-thousand-foot peaks. Those who are on the Jungfraujoch, 3'454 meters above sea level, can feel the first step: this is a different world. One that one must have experienced.
“It is the most beautiful that we have ever seen,” wrote Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in a letter to his friend Charlotte von Stein during his stay in Bern in 1779. Today the Swiss capital still enchants its visitors with its charm and diverse attractions and events. No other city in Switzerland offers such a wonderful wealth of culture, leisure and entertainment like Bern. Hurry and hectic are foreign words to the Bernese. In their city, people enjoy life and take time for what is really important. It's entirely easy to relax and enjoy oneself in the unique Old Town atmosphere.
Biel: Omega Museum
Along with some 4000 watches, the OMEGA Museum’s remarkable collection includes movements, clocks, tools, photos, engravings, posters, signs, awards and certificates in an atmosphere created by a history of more than 160 years. The displays are updated regularly.
Solothurn features architecture from the era of the Ambassadors of the French royal house, and is also known as the "City of the Ambassadors" for this reason. Impressive buildings such as the Cathedral of St. Ursus are sure to leave lasting memories. The enchanting old town with its Mediterranean flair offers attractive shopping, countless cafés and restaurants as well as a wide range of cultural activities. The boat trip from Solothurn to Biel was unique, and I learned that the route is part of Switzerland's longest waterway. This Mittelland city is a real jewel, and is always worth a visit.
The rivers Aare, Reuss and Limmat meet at Turgi in the canton of Aargau. Some alluvial sites have been preserved in the Wasserschloss (i.e. “water castle”). The canton of Aargau aimes to preserve and upgrade the existing alluvial sites remaining with its Alluvial Site Protection Park. The Reuss and then the Limmat flow into the Aare in a small area near Turgi in the canton of Aargau. The volume of water that comes together here constitutes around one third of Switzerland’s surface runoff. This special place is called Wasserschloss. The name has become established over the past 30 in association with the protection of the entire landscape in the area.