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Between Lake Constance and Lake Geneva – the Mittelland Route

Christoph Heribert Gasser

Between Lake Constance and Lake Geneva – the Mittelland Route

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4-8

days

3-6 h

/ day

237 mi

8,250 ft

8,325 ft

From Lake Constance to Lake Geneva, you can explore the diverse landscape between the Jura and the Alps: the Mittelland. Although the strip which runs through Switzerland is densely populated, the route often leads through untouched nature, beautiful scenery and several large lakes. In addition, you will follow along rivers, especially on the Aare. You will also discover many cultural treasures as you cycle through the small villages and towns where you can taste a variety of regional delicacies, cross over rivers on a medieval wooden bridge and cross the language border from German-speaking to French-speaking Switzerland.

The Mittelland Route consists of seven stages, each with a length of 30 to 40 miles (50 to 65 kms). At each stage, you will cover about 1000 to 1300 feet (300 to 400 meters) of altitude. Overall, the route is not too difficult, you just need a basic level of fitness. And should you run out of breath, you can easily hop onto a train. The start and finish of the stages, as well as many other places en route are connected to the railway network.

Thanks to the excellent infrastructure in Switzerland, the Mittelland route is ideal for your first multi-day bike ride. In all stages, you will find several accommodation options and also cafes, supermarkets and guesthouses to ensure you have a comfortable stay. You will mostly cycle on well-developed secondary roads with little traffic and the route is signposted throughout. Just follow the number five and enjoy the stunning landscapes between the Jura, Alps, Lake Constance and Lake Geneva.

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The Mittelland Route, from Romanshorn to Lausanne

236 mi

8,275 ft

8,375 ft

Last updated: December 3, 2021

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  • Intermediate
    02:47
    22.7 mi
    8.2 mph
    1,150 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The journey from Lake Constance to Lake Geneva through the Swiss Mittelland begins in the pretty harbor town of Romanshorn. The journey is very easy: Several train lines lead you here and you can also take the ferry from Friedrichshafen.

    

    To warm up you leave Romanshorn on small side roads with almost

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  • Intermediate
    03:20
    34.1 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,875 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage on the Mittelland route is a bit longer and hilly than the first, but you are already warmed up. Between the villages, which you cross, you drive again and again through beautiful landscapes. Wide fields, quiet forests and lush meadows are on your way.

    

    After about ten kilometers you reach

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  • Intermediate
    04:13
    39.9 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You leave the center of Kloten and drive around the largest airport in Switzerland. From several points, you have a nice view of the airport and you can watch the planes taking off and landing. If the aviation is not that exciting and you prefer the quiet nature - no problem. After a small hill Kloten

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  • Intermediate
    04:01
    37.2 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,125 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The fourth stage on the Mittelland route is entirely dedicated to the Aare. But you do not always drive along the riverbank, but make a little dangling here and there. There are no long climbs on this stage, but often small hills that you overcome.

    

    Let's start in Aarau. You first drive to a small island

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  • Intermediate
    04:09
    38.7 mi
    9.3 mph
    950 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This stage also begins with a biking on the Aare. Even before you have left Solothurn, you have a great view of the Krummturm. Its name comes from the slightly crooked roof, which was intentionally constructed in this way. Shortly thereafter, a very beautiful route starts right next to the Aare, sometimes

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  • Intermediate
    03:16
    31.7 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It starts from Ins through a landscape, which is crossed by countless small and large canals. Overlooking the small Mont Vully, you cross the Broye Canal on a wooden bridge that connects Lake Murten with Lake Neuchâtel. Afterwards you also crossed the language border and you are now in French speaking

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  • Intermediate
    03:28
    32.5 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The last leg of the Mittelland route takes you from the southern tip of Lake Neuchâtel south to the northern end of Lake Geneva. At the beginning you cycle in the countryside through a beautiful landscape. Small villages, canals and ponds are on your way.

    

    After the first climb you reach La Sarraz and

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    237 mi
  • Duration
    25:14 h
  • Elevation
    8,250 ft8,325 ft

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