Best time to visit Switzerland

Cycling in Switzerland

With its great lakes and wide meadows Switzerland is a paradise for cyclists

Best time: March–November

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Every corner of Switzerland is made for great biking. If you're in Zurich, try cycling from Seebach station through the woods to Katzensee lake where you can take a relaxing swim. If you happen to be in Geneva, try exploring the Lake Geneva vineyards. In the Rhône Valley, start from Martigny station and cross the river to get to the villages of Fully, Chataigner, and Saillon. Take a scenic trip to Ticino—a pleasant Italian-speaking region. If you want to see medieval castles, try the road from the Alpine valleys through Bellinzona. If you prefer mountain biking, Switzerland has a lot to offer as well. There are plenty of trails around the Matterhorn with various levels of difficulty.​

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When is the best time of year to go cycling in Switzerland?

Switzerland is ideal for cycling from March to November when temperatures are mild and the scenery is stunning. The weather is most favorable during these months. Spring or fall is best to avoid summer crowds while still having pleasant weather for cycling. Show more

Where are some of the best places to go mountain biking in Switzerland?

Switzerland is a mountain biker's dream with trails suitable for all skill levels. Excellent locations include the Davos-Klosters Mountains, the Portes du Soleil between Switzerland and France, Zermatt Resort, and the Matterhorn area which offers different difficulty levels. Show more

What are some scenic routes for cycling in the Lake Geneva area?

The Lake Geneva area is splendid, offering picturesque cycling routes with beautiful scenery. Lavaux's vineyards, the Riviera region, the roads between Montreux and Chillon Castle are some top-notch routes. Lausanne and Montreux have bike-friendly roads and infrastructure to cycle in the cities too. Show more

When cycling around Ticino, what Italian-speaking villages are worth stopping in?

Ticino, the Italian flavored region of Switzerland, charms cyclists with its picturesque scenery. Lugano, Bellinzona, Locarno, and Ascona are amongst the Italian-speaking villages worth stopping in. The well-developed network of cycling paths makes it easy to enjoy cycling in the region. The Gotthard Pass is also a must-see destination. Show more

Where are some medieval castles located along the road from the Alpine valleys through Bellinzona that are accessible by bike?

Cycling enthusiasts like to explore Switzerland's scenic routes & medieval castles. The road from Alpine Valleys through Bellinzona is a great choice. Accessible castles on this route include the Castelgrande, Montebello, and Sasso Corbaro. These castles are known for their remarkable history and beautiful architecture and designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Show more

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