Switzerland is cycling paradise! Not only does it hold many of Europe's highest mountains, glaciers and azure lakes where white steamships glide gracefully about like swans; little bright red trains; palm-fringed subtropical promenades in Ticino; Heidi and Grandfather; superb chocolate; good cheese; cowbells...
In addition, there is a wonderful 3,300 km national Swiss cycling network. Between 1998 and 2006 40 million CHF was invested in cycle routes, planning and signposting. The design philosophy is to guide cyclists onto quiet roads and cycleways (unpaved), and the signing means you don't have to spend the whole time looking at maps or a GPS!
Switzerland Cycling Map. 1:301,000. Kümmerly + Frey. The map is an ideal map for planning a cycling trip in Switzerland. The map shows long distance cycling routes for both road and mountain bikes, road gradients where important, and much more. In French/German.
Sample of the map detail.
1 sheet, folded
Switzerland Regional Cycling Maps. Kümmerly + Frey. These popular Kümmerly+Frey ATE cycling maps are a must for the nonmotorized traveller. They convey all the important information cyclists want before and during a trip: gradients, altitude differences, road surfaces, and traffic volume. Cantonal and national cycling paths and mountain bike courses are specifically marked. All maps feature useful additional information: places of interest accommodation and restaurants and a complete index, along with a latitude/longitude and UTM grid.
In German with multilingual legend. Index buttons next to a sheet name shows the coverage of that particular sheet.
Swiss Cycling Series index map. Sample of a cycling map
#1. Schaffhausen - Winterthur.
#2. Bodensee-Thurgau (Lake Constance).
#4. Basel - Aarau.
#5. Solothurn / Olten / Upper Argovia- Lake Sempach.
#7. St. Gallen - Appenzell - Toggenburg.
#8. Neuchâtel - Trois Lacs.
#9. Region Bern.
#11. Luzern - Vierwaldstättersee.
#12. Schwyz - Glarus.
#13. Sarganserland (Chur - Domleschg).
#14. Lausanne - Vallée de Joux.
#15. Gruyère (Montreaux - Gstaad).
#16. Bernese Oberland.
#18. Lugano - Locarno - Bellinzona.
Alsace, Basel, Southern Black Forest special sheet.
Cycle Touring in Switzerland. Cicerone Guides. This guide, written by the same authors as the Bergstrasse Bike Books below, offers nine cycling tours for road and touring bikes and are based on Switzerland's national cycle routes. Also includes tours from Interlaken and three very demanding alpine tours. All routes graded and divided into day stages. With info on itineraries, accommodation and tips for cycling in Switzerland.
Sketch map showing the routes described in this guide.
Rhine End-to-End. Part I: Andermatt to Basel. Bergstrasse Bike Books. "The Rhine End to End part 1: Andermatt to Basel" starts in Andermatt in the Swiss Alps and on the first day there is a pass climb of 600 m over 10 km, after that the road drops or is basically flat down to Basel. You can take a train to just below the top of the pass. The route leads you to Disentis with its monastery, Chur, Leichtenstein, Lake Constance, Kaiseraugst with its well excavated and restored Roman settlement to finish in Basel. The cycle touring guide includes information on back up public transport, accommodation, food and drink, travel to the starting point, how to cope with emergencies, the basic rules of the road, equipment and packing, recommended maps and a 60 page route description with sketch maps. A series of appendices include an English-German cycling glossary, hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs, Youth Hostels, camp sites and bike shops. Don't forget volume 2, Basel to Hook of Holland, listed below.
Mainly in High Gear - A Cycling Guide Around Lake Constance. Bergstrasse Bike Books. Lake Constance is one of Germany's most popular cycling areas. This guide describes not only the lakeside path, but also gives a series of excursions into Thurgau in Switzerland, down to the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen and up to historic Ravensburg.
The book includes information on back up public transport, accommodation, food and drink, travel to the starting point, how to cope with emergencies, the basic rules of the road, equipment and packing, recommended maps and a route description with sketch maps. A series of appendices include an English-German cycling glossary, hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs, Youth Hostels, camp sites, farmhouses where you sleep in the barn, bike shops and bike hire.
Where marmots dare... A cycling guide to Swiss Route 3 Basel to Chiasso via St. Gotthard Pass. Bergstrasse Bike Books. Swiss Route 3 runs from Basel to Luzern over the St Gotthard Pass to Bellinzona and Chiasso. With our Guide and the route planning we suggest, it is possible for anyone from 10 to 80 to cycle over the Alps with a judicial use of bus, ship and/or train. The book includes information on back up public transport, accommodation, food and drink, travel to the starting point, how to cope with emergencies, the basic rules of the road, equipment and packing, recommended maps and a route description with sketch maps. A series of appendices include an English-German cycling glossary, hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs, Youth Hostels, camp sites, farmhouses where you sleep in the barn, bike shops and bike hire.
(Switzerland) Swiss Mountain Biking Guides. Kummerly + Frey. Each guide is filled with information, photographs, and maps. In German. Each volume offers rides throughout Switzerland.
20 rides. 120 pages, 1993.
23 rides. 96 pages, 1994.
25 rides. 96 pages, 1997.
(France & Switzerland) Bicycling Atlas des Col des Alpes. Altigraph Edition. This is a 6-volume series that covers the Alpes, giving elevation profiles and descriptions for mountain biking rides throughout the Alpes. Soft cover atlas features bicycling routes in the French Alps. There is a description, map and elevation profile of each ride. In French. The volumes are arranged from south (Vol. 1) to north (Vol. 5) and southeastern Switzerland (Vol. 6).
Vol. 1 - Menton, Nice Monaco west ot Apt, Sault, Nyons.
Vol. 2 - Gap, Brianzon, le Bourge d'Oisans.
Vol. 3 - Grenoble, Sestrieres.
Vol. 4 - Val d'Isere, Chambery.
Vol. 5 - Gstaad, Chamonix, Geneva.
Vol. 6 - east of Vol. 5, covering Sion, Zermatt, east to St. Moritz, Chur.