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Old 04-16-13, 02:39 PM
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Veloland-Switzerland

Hi everybody.

I'm intending to travel to the Switzerland or work purposes.

My boss have decided to be nice and extended this planned stay for having some good time.

Therefore, I am trying to plan a bike trip in country, which I have never been before on.

I was thinking about riding the Veloland 3rd route - North to South or the

first half of 2nd route - Rhein.

I am not sure what route to choose and if I chose well.

Generally, I am searching for large open green views with backround snowy mountains.

The trip must not be longer than 300km( I have four days of stay). Starting point - Zurich.

I am a medium level rider.

Thank for your concern.
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Let me start by saying that the bike riding in Switzerland is wonderful. The national routes are very well marked and there are a large number of secondary bike routes that often are marked, though not as completely as the national routes. You can buy a bike map of Switzerland that has many of the bike routes and recommended roads marked.

What's more, Switzerland has a good rail network that allows you to ride the train to the top of a pass, if you want, and then ride down from there. I rode up two steep climbs before I employed the train and, had I known how easy it was, I would have done it more.

I have done much of Route 3, along the Rhein (Rhine, as well spell it here in the US). I rode from Schaffhausen to Sargens, where I headed north-west. I also rode from Basel back to Schaffhausen. I wrote a journal of this tour that includes hundreds of photos.

It would be hard to ride a bike for 4 days in Switzerland and not see some beautiful country, lakes, rivers, forests, and alpine views.

But, I would urge caution in trying to pedal a loaded touring bike over a steep alpine pass. Don't assume that just because it is one a bike route that it is easy!
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Switzerland is great for cycling and as raybo said: You can cycle anywhere for beautiful country, lakes, rivers, forests, and alpine views.

I'm a little biased towards eastern Switzerland since I spent many years living there. However, there is a route that should fit your distance and time contraints, but also give you lots to see. You can cycle the Rhein Route from the Zurich area to Sargans. This will take you along the Lake of Constance and provide amazing mountain views in the Rhein Valley. In Sargans you can turn west on the #9 "Lakes Route" and make your way back towards Zurich. If you run behind schedule you can take a train back to Zurich.

Be sure to check out this great mapping resource at https://map.veloland.ch/. Have fun!

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I would add just one word to the great advice offered so far. If you fly into Zurich airport, do not ride your bike into the city. The route is hard to follow, or it least it was when I was there in 2004.

If I were to do it again, I would just take the train! The landscape to the south of Zurich is much nicer than the route from the airport to the city!
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