Tour­ing

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Feel the real Switzer­land along the more than 12,000km of cy­cle trails. Tour­ing by bike slows you to a pace where you can’t help but make dis­cov­er­ies: a quaintly painted farm­house, an un­ex­pected view of a cas­tle afloat in a sea of vines, a bäck­erei spilling the de­li­cious aroma of freshly baked bread into a vil­lage square. Just like else­where in the world, fel­low cy­clists are quick to wave, to of­fer ad­vice on routes and places to stay. More sur­pris­ing is the at­ti­tude of many mo­torists, thought­fully leav­ing you room as they over­take, even pre­pared to slow and give you pri­or­ity on the road for a time. The net­work spans the whole coun­try too: ex­ten­sive enough to get you well be­yond ar­che­typal Alpine scenes to me­an­der­ing low­land river­side trails and even city street routes. Older and younger riders needn’t miss out: there are e-bikes for hire in dozens of lo­ca­tions around the coun­try. Even ex­pe­ri­enced riders will ap­pre­ci­ate them on steeper by­ways or per­haps when re­turn­ing to your lodg­ings l aden with farm-fresh pro­duce or some choice sou­venirs. A par­tic­u­lar fea­ture of the Swiss net­work is the num­ber of spe­cial­ist places to stay, with 84 des­ig­nated bike ho­tels and more than 700 bike-friendly B&BS. Many of the hosts are cy­clists them­selves, more than happy to share their lo­cal knowl­edge or trade ‘war sto­ries’ of epic days in the sad­dle.

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