Bicycle Tours Switzerland

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Riding near the Rhein river
Bicycle Tours Switzerland – Friends near the Rhine River

Bicycle Tours Switzerland

Switzerland is all about scenic beauty – and thus Switzerland bike tours are fun and exciting. All the bicycling freaks know that this is one place that is the perfect destination for biking vacations. Though the high peaks may seem tiring, you can ride your bike there even if you are not a top athlete.

As you will notice, there are many tour companies that will offer you a number of trips through some gentle passes. And if you are daring, you can select some steep ones, too. And apart from the ease of the passes, you can also pick the level of independence. If you are new to biking, it is best to take a guide along. If you are an experienced biker, you can tour on your own with a map of the trail.

Tip: To ensure a successful trip, read up on the weather.

Bicycle Tours Switzerland

The best cycling trails in Switzerland are located in alpine regions where the weather is extremely changeable. While cycling in heavy snow and howling gales may be thrilling, it definitely won't be fun if you were expecting warm sunshine and gentle breezes and packed accordingly.

Take a good look at the weather forecast before you leave so you can pack the gear you need for the prevailing weather conditions.

Pack and Pedal

These people will offer you many Swiss biking tours for different kinds of cyclists. If you want an easy ride with a lot of enjoyment and scenic beauty, you can select the Aare Trail Tour. It is a beautiful ride across alpine fields and near crystal clear lakes. There are medieval neighborhoods and gorgeous castles.

If you are an experienced cyclist, you can opt for the Lakes Trail tour. It starts with Lake Geneva and runs along 16 lakes. And if you want just a moderate trip, you can take the one along the Rhine River, and an easier one along the Rhone. All these trips can be either guided or self-guided. The Rhine and Rhone trips are self-guided. You will find that most bicycle tours Switzerland are 5-10 days long.

DuVine Adventures

With DuVine Adventures, you can enjoy a tour with your entire family. These bicycle tours Switzerland are geared towards the entire family, and these are moderate trips that highlight down hill biking that is especially enjoyed by kids. And there are many other activities apart from bike tours, like boat rides. So this is basically a family fun package, with bike riding as a part of the trip.

If you want just Switzerland bike tours, then you can go for other packages. All the meals, stops and lodging are kid-friendly, and if you are going with your family, I would strongly recommend these biking tours Switzerland.

Back roads

These tours are also quite stunning and offer family-friendly packages. It is all about variety and you can get lots of it from Back roads. They also offer many packages other than bicycle tours Switzerland, but since we aren't discussing boat riding or other adventure sports, we will just stick to biking.

Equipment

Now that you know about the major bicycle tour Switzerland packages, let me talk about the required cycling equipment you must carry:

  • Bike (if you have your own, good - or else you can rent one)
  • Flexibility and physical strength (though it's not equipment, it goes without saying that if you are not feeling physically fit, you cannot go bicycle touring in Europe.)
  • Bags - to hold your stuff
  • Water bottles
  • First aid kits
  • Extra clothes - if you decide to take a dip in the rivers

My Own Bicycle Tours Switzerland Adventure

Here are some of my Switzerland bike tours:

  1. A short trip with my kids from Orlikon to Kloten Airport along the Glatt (1 day, 16 miles - 25 km)
  2. Orelikon - Regensberg - Dielsdorf - Rhine River - Eglisau, and back to Zurich along the Glatt (via Bulach) (1 day, 40 miles - 60 km)
  3. Zurich - Dubendorf - Kyburg Castel - Winterthur and back to Zurich via Kloten (1 day, 40 miles - 60 km)
  4. Orelikon to Eglisau (along the Glatt), along the Rhine River to the Toss River, via Embrach back to Orelikon (1 day, 40 miles - 70 km)
  5. From Orelikon to Baden and back along the Limmat River (1 day, 30 miles - 50 km)
  6. From Orelikon to Baden and back via Dielsdorf (1 day, 40 miles - 60 km)
  7. Orelikon to Schaffhausen and back via Winterthur (2 days, 80 miles - 130 km)
  8. Circle Around the Greefensee (1 day, 25 miles - 40 km)
  9. From Zug to Luzern and back (1 day, 40 miles - 70 km)
  10. One way from Zurich to Basel (1 day, 60 miles - 110 km)
  11. Orelikon - Greefensee - Rapperswil, and back along the east bank of lake Zurich (1 day, 40 miles - 60 km)
  12. Zurich - Sihlwald - and back along the Sihl River (1 day, 30 miles - 50 km)

Always, good "cycling nutrition" was a major part of any of our bicycle tours Switzerland - here are some pictures!

Bicycle tours Switzerland
A thirsty friend

For several years now my other job bring me to Zurich almost twice a month. Each visit is for a day or two. Just 30 seconds walk from my hotel's entrance there is a bicycle rental office.

One day my friend and I decided to rent bikes and to travel from Orelikon to downtown Zurich. At that time we couldn't know that this was the beginning of a major change in our stays in Zurich.

Switzerland is considered to be a very hilly country, but as we gained more and more experience we found that there are bike trails for everyone: for the beginning rider, for the "twice a week" bike rider, as well as for the professional rider.
The bike trails are well marked, and there are very good maps for planning and navigation.

Switzerland is a haven for bike riders. At first we feared that due to weather we could bike there only in the summer, but year by year we found that the riding season in Switzerland is longer, and we can actually ride almost all year round.

In the winter, snow biking is the name of the game and there are many bike trails for this wonderful sport. In the summer-time, some of the ski resorts turn out to be great places for down hill biking.

My Own Bicycle Tours Switzerland Photo Gallery

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Kyburg Castel
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Looking over Regensberg
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Between Winterthur and Zurich
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With the "beast" near Baden
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Bicycle tours Switzerland Memories near the Rhine
(4 years before our Rhine River Tour)
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Navigation on the way back from Stein am Rhine
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Stopping by the Greefensee
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Kids on their bicycle tours Switzerland (with their father)
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Cycling nutrition during bicycle tours Switzerland
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Links About Bicycle Tours Switzerland

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Books About Cycling in Switzerland

More information about cycling in Switzerland can be found on several informative books. Take a look at these selected books:

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