9 Lakes Route
9 Lakes Route

Cycling in Switzerland

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Lakes Route

Stage 3, Gstaad–Spiez

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Lakes Route

The artfully decorated wooden houses in the Simmental Valley are among Europe’s most beautiful. The Simme River is rough here and a challenge for small boats. Finally, Spiez is a water sports paradise on gorgeous Lake Thun.
While famous athletes and stars of show business are lounging in the sun in the holiday resort of Gstaad, you are struggling along on your bike. The area is not only known for its traditional cheese shavings and the artistic paper cuttings manually made here since the 19th century. The “Hollywood of the Alps” is also where the rich and beautiful get together. An uphill section follows shortly after Gstaad. Actually, a considerable part of the route to Spiez continues to go up and down. The Lakes Route often crosses the tracks of the Montreux Berner Oberland railway. You might see one of the vintage trains passing and at the same time you can gaze at the incredible mountains and the pretty chalets everywhere. They are surrounded by lush green meadows and genuine Simmental cattle.

The Lakes Route continues through the Swiss storybook landscape to Zweisimmen. Here, in this pretty mountain village is where the Kleine Simme and the Grosse Simme are merging. The source of the Grosse Simme is at Siebenbrunnen, a rock crevice with seven springs at the foot of the Wildstrubel Mountain. So far you have followed the Kleine Simme and now between Zweisimmen and Wimmis you are accompanied by the Simme. Rafting, canoes, inflatable boats – water sports are a great way to enjoy the river along the Stockhorn and Gantrisch ranges, provided that the river is not too tempestuous.

Meanwhile, on land, you see Simmental farms everywhere. The oldest were built in the 16th century. With their extraordinary painted façades, they are among the most beautiful in Europe. Many are decorated with flowers or with entire bouquets. Shortly after Wimmis the Simme flows into the slightly larger Kander near Simmesteg. A pedestrian and bicycle bridge between Wimmis and Spiez crosses underneath the highway and the train tracks and offers a great view of the Kander. A short while later you reach the town of Spiez on deep blue Lake Thun at the end of an eventful day.
The artfully decorated wooden houses in the Simmental Valley are among Europe’s most beautiful. The Simme River is rough here and a challenge for small boats. Finally, Spiez is a water sports paradise on gorgeous Lake Thun.
While famous athletes and stars of show business are lounging in the sun in the holiday resort of Gstaad, you are struggling along on your bike. The area is not only known for its traditional cheese shavings and the artistic paper cuttings manually made here since the 19th century. The “Hollywood of the Alps” is also where the rich and beautiful get together. An uphill section follows shortly after Gstaad. Actually, a considerable part of the route to Spiez continues to go up and down. The Lakes Route often crosses the tracks of the Montreux Berner Oberland railway. You might see one of the vintage trains passing and at the same time you can gaze at the incredible mountains and the pretty chalets everywhere. They are surrounded by lush green meadows and genuine Simmental cattle.

The Lakes Route continues through the Swiss storybook landscape to Zweisimmen. Here, in this pretty mountain village is where the Kleine Simme and the Grosse Simme are merging. The source of the Grosse Simme is at Siebenbrunnen, a rock crevice with seven springs at the foot of the Wildstrubel Mountain. So far you have followed the Kleine Simme and now between Zweisimmen and Wimmis you are accompanied by the Simme. Rafting, canoes, inflatable boats – water sports are a great way to enjoy the river along the Stockhorn and Gantrisch ranges, provided that the river is not too tempestuous.

Meanwhile, on land, you see Simmental farms everywhere. The oldest were built in the 16th century. With their extraordinary painted façades, they are among the most beautiful in Europe. Many are decorated with flowers or with entire bouquets. Shortly after Wimmis the Simme flows into the slightly larger Kander near Simmesteg. A pedestrian and bicycle bridge between Wimmis and Spiez crosses underneath the highway and the train tracks and offers a great view of the Kander. A short while later you reach the town of Spiez on deep blue Lake Thun at the end of an eventful day.
53 km
Asphalted: 46 km
Natural surface: 7 km
740 m | 1150 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Gstaad
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Traffic volume
Beware: busy main roads Schönried–Saanenmöser and Grubenwald–Garstatt
Ascent Saanenmöser
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Ascent Saanenmöser
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Gstaad–Saanenmöser, Bahnhof
or
Zweisimmen–Saanenmöser, Bahnhof
Reason: metres in height saved Gstaad–Saanenmöser 220m, Zweisimmen–Saanenmöser 340m.
Cycle transport: limited space.
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Ascent Zweisimmen
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Ascent Zweisimmen
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Boltigen–Zweisimmen
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 120m, avoid main road.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Spiez
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Services

Accommodation

Jugendherberge Gstaad Saanenland
Jugendherberge Gstaad Saanenland
Saanen
Sporthotel Victoria
Sporthotel Victoria
Gstaad
B&B SportGenussNatur
B&B SportGenussNatur
Gstaad
BnB Steimandli
BnB Steimandli
Gstaad
BnB Ferienwohnung «Hübelihus»
BnB Ferienwohnung «Hübelihus»
Grund b. Gstaad
Ferienhaus Alpenblick
Ferienhaus Alpenblick
Gstaad
Golfhotel Les Hauts de Gstaad
Golfhotel Les Hauts de Gstaad
Saanenmöser
Hotel Arc-en-ciel
Hotel Arc-en-ciel
Gstaad
Hotel le Petit Relais
Hotel le Petit Relais
Saanenmöser
Posthotel Rössli
Posthotel Rössli
Gstaad
Camping Fankhauser AG
Camping Fankhauser AG
Zweisimmen
Camping Vermeille AG
Camping Vermeille AG
Zweisimmen
Forellensee
Forellensee
Zweisimmen
Obegghuus
Obegghuus
Zweisimmen
Simme-Tröimli
Simme-Tröimli
Zweisimmen
Sonnegg Hotel Garni
Sonnegg Hotel Garni
Zweisimmen
Vista Resort Hostel
Vista Resort Hostel
Zweisimmen
Pension Hirschen
Pension Hirschen
Oberwil im Simmental
B&B Chalet Stockhorn
B&B Chalet Stockhorn
Erlenbach im Simmental
Chrütz Hof
Chrütz Hof
Oey
Hotel-Motel Löwen
Hotel-Motel Löwen
Wimmis
ABZ Spiez – Hotel Seaside
ABZ Spiez – Hotel Seaside
Spiez
B&B Tschirren
B&B Tschirren
Spiez
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Bookable offers

9 Lakes Route
9 Lakes Route
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Places

Gstaad
Gstaad
Saanenmöser
Saanenmöser
Zweisimmen
Zweisimmen
Erlenbach i.S.
Erlenbach i.S.
Oey-Diemtigen
Oey-Diemtigen
Wimmis
Wimmis
Spiez
Spiez
Aeschi b. Spiez
Aeschi b. Spiez
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Places of interest

Pumppark Saanen
Pumppark Saanen
Petting zoo and playground at Foundation Alpenruhe in Saanen, Switzerland
Petting zoo and playground at Foundation Alpenruhe in Saanen, Switzerland
Pumptrack Zweisimmen
Pumptrack Zweisimmen
Diemtigtal Nature Park
Diemtigtal Nature Park
«Port Wimmis» – 3 generations of bridges
«Port Wimmis» – 3 generations of bridges
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Swimming

Outdoor baths Saanen
Outdoor baths Saanen
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