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SUISSE news Spring 2018 / May 2018

Travel News (May 2018)
Switzerland Tourism

Summer Stories

Passionate hosts, keen local cyclists and professionals share their insider tips: Let yourself be inspired by our 12 cycling stories. Whether in a leisurely or sporty mood, everyone can write their own cycling story in Switzerland.

A Summit of Legends

The alpine passes surrounding the Gotthard are legends chiselled in stone: they are firmly entrenched in Swiss history and are a thrill for all racing cyclists. Conquering them entails a fight, suffering and liberation. This even goes for former cycling professional Bruno Risi.

A Mountain Pass Route Guaranteed to Delight

Picturesque vineyards with impressive views of the Alps, low-traffic passes that get your calves burning and culinary temptations along the way: the Vaud Alps hold a wealth of fascination for racing cyclists. It’s no wonder that racing bike guide Alain Rumpf takes particular pleasure in giving his guests a tour of the place he grew up in.

Almost like in Days Gone by

Flour from the village mill, fresh butter from the cheese dairy, and a delicious biscuit that’s based on a recipe more than a century old: on the trail of the Kambly Bretzeli through Emmental on an e-bike, you’ll have the feeling of taking a trip back into the past.

Castle-Hopping by Bike

In the Middle Ages, Aargau was the realm of the powerful Habsburgs, who used it as a base to take possession of large swathes of Europe. Today, their castles and fortresses are exciting destinations for those on bicycle tours along the verdant Aare river.

Nothing is More Liberating than Riding a Bike

Idyllic farms, green meadows, spectacular views of the Walensee and Churfirsten: all of this is sure to have once provided Johanna Spyri with inspiration for her novel “Heidi”. Now, more than 100 years later, we are witnessing the beginning of a new chapter: Flumserberg as a cyclists’ destination.

On the Trails of Pros

Valais: the spectacular setting of many stages in the Tour de France and Tour de Suisse. But these cycling highlights are not just for the professionals. On the Valais Bike Tour, leisure cyclists can explore the most beautiful routes in Valais over ten days.

From Single Trail to Gnocchi Feast

A magnificent view of the city of Lugano, lake and snow-capped Alpine peaks, an ultramodern hut and two young hut wardens who prefer the hut’s signature stew to haute cuisine: if you stop off for a bite to eat prepared by Alessandro Müller, Jvan Cattaneo and their team, you’ll encounter heart-felt Ticino hospitality and a very special hut experience.

Where Even People Set Down Roots

On the slopes of the Mont Vully, the vines are ranged one after the other, as far as the eye can see – yet it is the smallest winegrowing region with protected designation of origin in Switzerland. The “Tour du lac de Morat” cycle route runs right through it and past the pretty winegrowing villages, offering countless enticing opportunities.

La Route Verte -- Treasures of the Jura

It is a leisurely ride from Schaffhausen to Geneva by e-bike on the seven stages of the new Route Verte, which passes through six Regional Nature Parks. From east to west – always following the gentle arc of the Jura mountain range. The Route takes you to see winegrowers and their grapes, through virtually undiscovered places to farmers and their horses, to musical instrument makers and their 350-year-old tonewood spruces. A journey to vibrant park landscapes and friendly, hard-working people.

Simply Combine: Train, Boat and Cycling Tour

How about making your cycling holiday even better with scenic railway and traditional boat journeys, your bike always by your side? The following example on the Rhine Route, stage 6, between Kreuzlingen and Schaffhausen, shows how a holiday like this works in Switzerland and why this particular combination makes for an unforgettable experience.

Take a "Brake" for Jurassic Hospitality

On bike route 44, mountain bikers ride by numerous locations that might give them reason to pause: curious cows that stand in the way and the tempting “Métairie du Milieu de Bienne” with its crispy, buttery rösti and delicious juicy ham. Let’s start with this last point: the excellent food 

Welcome to the Wilderness

The region around the Swiss National Park is paradise for e-mountain bikers. The terrain is neither too steep nor too flat and therefore perfectly suited for a multi-day bike tour. Your constant companion: pristine nature. Four days take you over mountain passes, along forest trails and single trails, past cultural treasures and through wild, untouched natural surroundings. This charming bike tour is a must for keen cyclists and aspiring enthusiasts alike.