Cycling Swiss Mountain Lakes - Switzerland
Short walks of generally 3-4 hours plus optional day excursions; level or slightly hilly terrain using well kept paths.
2. Average/ Moderate
Easy day walks with more strenuous excursions. 4-5 hours per day in hilly to mountainous areas using well kept, sometimes stony paths.
Strenuous day walks or trekking in mountainous areas. 5-7 hours per day, sometimes carrying backpacks with stuff for one night; altitude differences between 1,500-3,000 ft. (500-1,000 m.) per day.
Serious excursions in high mountains, sometimes carrying backpacks with stuff for several nights. 6-8 hours per day; altitude differences up to 3,600 ft. (1,200 m.) per day. Only for those with an excellent condition and without fear of heights.
Easy cycling in nearly flat areas; Little or no experience needed. Approx. 20-50 km daily. Bicycles with up to 3 gears will do.
2. Average / Moderate
Nearly flat to hilly areas with the occasional short climb. Approx. 30-65 km daily. Bicycles with minimum 7 gears will do.
Strenuous cycling with some steeper climbs. Some experience needed. Approx. 30-75 km daily. Bicycles with up to 21 gears needed.
Serious and strenuous in mountainous areas. Slopes are longer and/or steeper. Good physical condition needed. Experience and a mountain bike needed. Approx. 30-80 km daily.
You can choose from 4 different levels of comfort, although most of our trips are rated 2 or 3 (or a combination of the two) on our accommodation scale. We try to provide en-suite rooms where possible but on occasions this may not be possible on some tours.
We are constantly looking for hotels, B&B’s, guesthouses and mountain huts that offer a special location, ambience or atmosphere that fits the trip. Accessibility to the route and personal hospitality of the owners are part of our choice of accommodations.
A hotel, a pension or a mountain hut with all the basic facilities. Most rooms have a shared bathroom.
Fine hotels or B&B’s with basic to moderate facilities. Almost all rooms have a private bathroom.
A 3-star hotel, B&B or guesthouse. Comfortable rooms with private en-suite bathroom and often air conditioning. Some accommodations might have a swimming pool.
A 4-star chateau hotel or guesthouse. The rooms are relatively large with en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. A warm welcome and a high quality are guaranteed. Some hotels have a swimming pool or sauna.
From Constance on Lake Constance to Interlaken on Lake Thun, this tour will lead you past another 7 lakes. The Rheinfall Waterfall near Schaffhausen, the “Hohle Gasse” in Küssnacht and the Einsiedeln monastery, along with the well preserved cities of Luzern and Zurich are the highlights of this self-guided cycle tour.
- Take a look at the Munot Fortress in Schaffhausen
- Enjoy the Rheinfall waterfall, which is approached by boat
- Go shopping in Zurich
- Explore the Swiss national symbols Küssnacht, Wilhelm Tell and Hohle Gasse
- Total distance: 276 km, 171 mi.
The indicated routes on Google Maps are approximate.
Day 1 Individual arrival in Constance
The largest town on Lake Constance is still quiet medieval in character to this day and in 1414 hosted the only church council ever to take place north of the Alps.
Day 2 Bicycle trip: Constance - Schaffhausen
Distance: 55 km, 34 mi. Today you will cycle along the romantic Lower Lake through small fishing villages and the well-known town of Stein am Rhein. The Canton capital of Schaffhausen is towered over by the Munot Fortress. There are over 170 oriels in the town which testify to the former wealth of the citizens.
Day 3 Bicycle trip: Schaffhausen - Zürich
Distance: 66 km, 41 mi. The first highlight of your bike tour is the Rheinfall waterfall, which you will approach by boat. The valley of the Glatt will lead you on to Zurich, the fascinating cosmopolitan Swiss city.
Day 4 Bicycle trip: Zurich - Einsiedeln
Distance: 35 km, 22 mi. Today the cycle trip will take you along Lake Zurich 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.
Day 5 Bicycle trip: Einsiedeln - Lucerne
Distance: 60 km, 37 mi. Today’s cycling will be through quiet countryside and lively villages as you pass Lake Ägeri and Lake Zug. Küssnacht, Wilhelm Tell and Hohle Gasse are all Swiss national symbols which you will see today before cycling along Lake Lucerne and reaching the city of Lucerne.
Day 6 Bicycle trip: Lucerne - Interlaken
Distance: 60 km, 37 mi. 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.
Day 7 End of program. Maybe an extension?
Your cycle tour in Switzerland comes to an end after breakfast. There are good train connections to ensure you arrive home safely.
- 6 nights with breakfast in family-run medium class hotels (for an image selection, please see Flickr)
- Entrance to the Rosgartenmuseum Constance incl. 1 coffee
- Boat trip to the Rhinefall rocks
- Train journey Pfäffikon - Einsiedeln incl. Rad
- Train journey Giswil - Brienz incl. Rad
- Luggage transport from hotel to hotel till Interlaken, unlimited number of pieces of luggage, each piece must however weigh under 20 kg.
- Telephone assistance, just a phone call away
- Detailed route description and map in English
- Flights and public transportation
- Travel insurance
- Bike rental
- Any items not mentioned in the program
Optional services (to be booked in advance):
- Additional night(s) at any of the accommodations (please use booking remarks field)
- Airport or station arrival and/or departure transfers
- Single supplement surcharge $Cad 257.-
- Bike rental 7- and 21-Gear $Cad 100.- or E-Bike $Cad 193.-
- Transfer by bus Interlaken - Constance (Sat) excl. bike € 70,-, incl. bike € 85,-
The route runs mainly along its own cycle paths and separate cycle routes. The route is quite hilly between Einsiedeln and Lucerne and you will have to dismount and push your bike at times.
How to get there:
Best arrival and departure airport is Zurich Airport (Switzerland).
There is a direct train from Zurich airport to Constance once an hour, travel time about 1 to 1.5 hours.
Tip: For online rail connections and reservations visit Rail Europe.