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.