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Schöffel Biketrips — riverside bike trails in Switzerland

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Schöffel Biketrips — riverside bike trails in Switzerland

Bike Touring Collection by Schöffel Sportbekleidung

3

Tours

71:52 h

666 mi

26,000 ft

Rivers have always fascinated people.Trickling springs can become raging torrents. Floods cause catastrophe and, as natural borders, rivers have often been the scene of battles. On the other hand, rivers also create fertile lands alongside and they’re not only borders but also important trade routes. It’s no coincidence that, since ancient times, communities have settled along estuaries, fords and river mouths.

There’s always something to discover along rivers: medieval towns, stunning bridges and mighty fortresses to name a few. And beyond that, these watercourses create unique landscapes. Sometimes a river squeezes through a narrow corset of gorges, sometimes it flows leisurely through a broad plain to create idyllic floodplain landscapes. With islands, meanders and cliffs, rivers are prized for their incredible features.

The best way to explore rivers and their surroundings is by bike. In the past 50 years, much has improved for cycling infrastructure and you can concentrate fully on enjoying the diverse landscapes. All you really need to do is choose your route.

To make your choice easier, in this Collection we’ve put together three varied riverside cycle routes in Switzerland for you. In the heart of the Alps, you start surrounded by glaciers and follow the Rhine, the Rhone or the Aare. On all three Tours, you can experience how the landscapes change along the rivers; there’s an infinite amount to discover.

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    Rhine Cycle Route (Swiss section) — riverside bike trails in Switzerland

    Difficult
    27:02
    266 mi
    9.8 mph
    10,200 ft
    14,050 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Rhine, the tenth longest river in Europe, rises in the Swiss Alps and flows into the North Sea in the Netherlands. It flows through several countries and crosses a wide variety of cultures, language regions and landscapes.

    

    The best way to explore the Rhine is by bike, because you have enough time

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  • Difficult
    20:25
    201 mi
    9.9 mph
    8,550 ft
    12,050 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Breathtaking landscapes - that's all there is to say about the Rhone route. The pictures speak for themselves. Nevertheless, we would like to introduce you to the Swiss part of the Rhone route here, so that you can pack your saddlebags in anticipation and set off.

    

    The tour officially starts in Andermatt

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  • Difficult
    24:25
    199 mi
    8.1 mph
    7,275 ft
    12,000 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Once across Switzerland, off the beaten track: That is the Aare route. You start your journey at Gletsch train station in the heart of the Alps. 400 vertical meters up to the Grimsel Pass, which is surrounded by glaciers and glacial lakes. This is where the Aare has its source.

    

    Then it's almost all downhill

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    3
  • Distance
    666 mi
  • Duration
    71:52 h
  • Elevation
    26,000 ft

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