E-Bike Through Switzerland

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Monika Leuenberger

Like the idea of exploring by bike, but aren't sure you have what it takes?

E-Bikes may be the answer. And there's no better setting than the beautiful scenery of Switzerland for your biking adventure. All you have to do is get on, turn on the switch and set off on a tour along Cycling in Switzerland routes. With an E-Bike, when you push the pedals, the silent electric motor more than doubles your power. That makes climbing uphill a breeze. 

All About E-Bikes

What is an E-Bike?

Fundamentally, an e-bike is just a regular bicycle with an electric motor to provide additional assistance. You can pedal normally and just use the motor to help out on hills and headwinds, or use the motor all the time just to make riding easier. The experience is entirely different from riding say a gas scooter or motorbike. Here the electric assistance is perfectly smooth and silent, and it complements rather than supplants human power.

What's more, e-bikes are economical. For 50 Swiss francs a day (with discounts for multiple days), you can rent an electric bike from one of 400 rental stations around the country and then set out on some 5,600 miles of well-marked bike paths.

What makes (E-)Bike in Switzerland special?

Switzerland has Switzerland Mobility, a unique network of routes and the largest national network of routes for soft tourism and slow traffic in Europe: 12,428 miles with uniform signposting for hikers (3,914 miles), bicyclists (5,281 miles), mountain bikers (2,050 miles), inline skaters (621 miles) and canoeists (254 miles).

Active vacations in Switzerland have become even easier. A large number of services offered by partners, such as luggage transfer, public transportation or equipment rental complement the Switzerland Mobility route network.

A total of 100,000 markers in various colors now show you the way: Hiking: green; bicycling: light blue; mountain biking: yellow; inline skating: violet; canoeing: turquoise. In addition, 57 maps in German, French and English as well as a brochure with overnight offers along the Switzerland Mobility routes are available.  

Routes and Itineraries 

Emmentaler Cheese Route

Switzerland’s first cheese route leads through the heartland of the King of Cheese. The Emmental Cheese Route focuses on the world’s favorite cheese, but also includes other aspects of local agriculture, charming country inns and other places of interest.

The highlights of the route are a visit to the Affoltern Show Cheese Dairy, Jeremias Gotthelf's home and Burgdorf Castle. You will also learn many interesting things about cheese production and storage, historic cheese-trading places and cheese transportation on land and water.

If you do the two day route (about 40 miles), the best places to stay are probably Burgdorf and Langnau i. E.

Napf Region (Lucerne to Bern)

The Emmental is a gentle hilly landscape between Bern and Lucerne, a terrain ideal for mountain bike tours.

Magic Valley and Ascona (Ticino)

The longest valley in Ticino offers the most relaxing and wild side of the region. The cycling path provides constantly fascinating views of the Maggia river and crosses enchanting small typical villages. A visit in one of the traditional and authentic grotti completes the tour in this Magic Valley.

Swiss Travel System – Through Switzerland with E-Bike and Train

And if you don’t want to do just parts of your journey on the e-bike, that is no problem at all. Switzerland has a great public transportation system. One that works like clock work – and welcomes bikers!

Simply bring your bicycle along for the trip: with a valid bike ticket, you can load your bicycle or your bike trailers (unloaded) onto most SBB trains and private railways yourself. The same applies for most postal buses. If your bike can be folded up and stored in a suitable carry case, you can even take it along free of charge as hand luggage.

Swiss Trails 

Swiss Trails is responsible for bookings across all 22 national routes in all 5 areas of the Switzerland Mobility project – cycling, walking, mountain biking, skating and canoeing. In addition to its package offers, Swiss Trails also offers its customers the chance to devise their own individual travel programs lasting as long as they wish with SwissTrails à la carte along with the convenience of pre-booked accommodation and luggage transfer.

SwissTrails organizes daily luggage transfer between accommodation points across all national long-distance routes. Our SwissTrails couriers are on hand every day across the country to provide our customers with this important service – even in the farthest-flung mountain valleys.

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