A guidebook to nine cycling tours for road and touring bikes, based on Switzerland's national cycle routes. Not only does Switzerland hold many of Europe's highest mountains, glaciers and azure lakes but there is also a wonderful 3300km national Swiss cycling network. Between 1998 and 2006 40 million CHF was invested in cycle routes, planning and signposting. The design philosophy is to guide cyclists onto quiet roads and cycleways (unpaved), and the signing means you don't have to spend the whole time looking at maps or a GPS!
This book is aimed at experienced cyclists who wish to go to Switzerland to test themselves and their bikes, and new cyclists who would like to ride amid exhilarating scenery, but without much sweat and certainly no tears.
The nine national routes are described, followed by a series of tours radiating from Interlaken and finally in the Alpine Star, a trio of tours for the very fit.
Since the early 1980s, Judith and Neil have explored much of southern Germany, eastern France and Switzerland by bicycle, including crossing the Alps from Heidelberg to Brissago on Lago Maggiore. They are both very fond of Switzerland, especially its superbly laid out and signposted cycle routes.
Contents Introduction An overview of the routes How to use this guide Staying Alive: Safety and route finding Getting there and getting about Money What to take Landscape Weather Accommodation Food and drink Notes on the tables The Routes 1 The Rhone Route, R1 2 The Rhein Route, based on R2 3 The North-South Route, based on R3 4 The Alpine Panorama Route, R4 5 The Mittelland Route, R5 6 An Engadine Circuit, and beyond, based on R6 7 The Jura Route, R7 8 The Aare Route, based on R8 9 The Lakes Route, R9 10 The Berner Oberland 11 The Alpine Star Appendix 1 Useful websites and information sources Appendix 2 Recommended accommodation Appendix 3 Glossary of cycling terms