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The Swiss Alps from Lake Constance to Lake Geneva by Road Bike

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Homepage > Switzerland > The Swiss Alps from Lake Constance to Lake Geneva by Road Bike
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 3-4
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily on 18th May to 29th September
  • Location: St Margrethen (Lake Constance)
Tour Details

Crossing the Swiss alps from Lake Constance to Lake Geneva surely is a classic route. The Alpine Panorama Route crosses the northern Alpine region with its many high passes and gorges.  You will find a region so rich in its culture with beautiful vista, settlements and mountain farms. This route will seem strenuous for many and you will need to be trained. It will be a  stamina testing trip but you will be rewarded with spectacular views which will last in your memory for many years.

You will follow the King of all routes as it is known in Veloland Switzerland! You will be cycling between two of its great lakes, Lake Constance and Lake Geneva. This Alpine panorama route rises up to 2000 meters above sea level and crosses several major and minor mountain passes. Hard to conquer, sensational in terms of the view! road bikes are a must here, indeed this is the only signposted cycle route in Switzerland which is 100% tarmac roads.

Starting Location

St Margrethen (Lake Constance)

Price Includes

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast
  • 3 star guest houses
  • Luggage transfers
  • Information Pack
  • Navigation by Smart Phone App
  • Gersau to Beckenried by boat
  • GPS Files on request

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Rooms
  • Flights
  • Local city tax
  • Road bike rental
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Nights
  • Season supplements
Trip Info

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1Arrival to St Margrethgen.

Arrive during the day to the town St Margrethen which is located to the south of Lake Constance close to the Austrian / Switzerland border.

Day 2St Margrethen to Lichtensteig 43 miles 69 km, 1755/1520 up/down.

Uphill and down dale in rolling Appenzell, where it’s said that «every second house is a tavern. The friendly farming country with its own character, a finely structured landscape at the foot of the Säntis, marked by a quaint dialect and a dry wit.

Day 3Lichtensteig – Klausenpass – Altdorf 66 miles 105 km, 1985/2145 up/down.

On the climb to the Klausenpass: the Urnerboden, the largest Swiss alp. On the other side of the 1948m pass the Schächental, a mountain landscape with the traditional farming method of moving livestock from one grazing ground to the next.

Day 4Altdorf to Sörenberg, 52 miles 85 km, 1635/945 up/down.

Wild when the föhn wind blows: the mighty Vierwaldstättersee with its impressive panorama. In contrast, the shallow Sarnersee with its Obwalden «Brother Klaus» landscape. A treat for pedal-pushing fans: the Glaubenbielen Pass (1611m), the steep pass to Entlebuch.

Day 5Sörenberg to Thun, 35-44 miles, 55-70 km, 835 – 885/1435 – 1490m up/down.

After the alpine marshland in rain-rich Glaubenbielen now the biosphere reserve around Schrattenfluh. No less enchanting: the hills and dales of the Emmental, classic, pre-alpine rolling countryside.

Day 6 Thun to Gruyères, 60 miles 95 km, 1675/1520m up/down.

From «cabbage country» through the rugged Sense ravines to Fribourg im Üechtland. The old city with its cathedral and 200 gothic house facades enjoys a picturesque position in a loop of the Saane. Delightful landscape and a man-made lake: Lac de la Gruyère, land of «Crème de la Gruyère» and black and white cows. On a hill, the tiny castle town of Gruyère with its busy mass of tourists.

Day 7Gruyères – Aigle, 40 miles 65 km, 1325/1660 up/down.

Quieter in Obergreyerz and uphill through lonely, rugged Alpine pastures to Hongrin, occasionally resounding with army artillery fire. Intoxicating 1000m descent to the mildness of the Rhonetal, a sensuous downhill run through all climate zones.

Day 8Departure

Depart after breakfast.


How to get there

Fly into Zurich or Munich airport and then by train to Lustenau. Zurich is the closest. On departure fly out of Geneva or Zurich airports.

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