9 Lakes Route
9 Lakes Route

Cycling in Switzerland

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Lakes Route

Stage 7, Zug–Einsiedeln

Route report
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Lakes Route

A cool underwater world in cave grottos, a grim battle world at crystal-clear Ägerisee, an orchid, peat and insect world on the Rothenthurm high moor and a busy world of pilgrims in Einsiedeln, place of pilgrimage.
The Lake Zug region is most charming at cherry blossom time. The main river of the canton is the Lorze. It flows from Lake Ägeri through the deep Lorzentobel ravine to Lake Zug. There are three hydroelectric power plants between Lake Zug and where the Lorze merges with the Reuss River. The ride through the tree-covered Lorzentobel valley is definitely not monotonous. Beautiful picnic spots and elderberry blossoms, which eventually will be turned into syrup, make the tour that much sweeter. The 6000-year old Höllgrotten limestone caves and their bizarre rock formations are another highlight, and the view up to the Lorzentobel Bridge spanning the ravine is an impressive sight.

The monument of the Battle of Morgarten is rather a warlike structure. The battle was fought in 1315 between the Habsburgs led by Duke Leopold of Austria and the soldiers of Schwyz with their allies. It is now remembered as the old Confederates’ first battle for freedom. Luckily, the blood that was spilled that day is long gone and now Lake Ägeri looks its best. Up you go to Sunnenberg and to Switzerland’s largest still existing heath and moorland of Rothenturm. In 1987 it gained national significance due to massive voter support. Now it offers a variety of natural habitats, such as peat banks, high and low-moorlands, globeflowers, purple moor-grass and sundew. Lapwings, skylarks, meadow pipits and other ground-breeding birds – and even cuckoos - feel quite at home here.

Along the Biber River you cycle down to Schwyzerbrugg and Biberbrugg and then follow another river, the Alp, to the famous pilgrimage village of Einsiedeln. Einsiedeln Abbey is Switzerland’s premier Baroque structure and the pertaining Mercy Chapel and the Black Madonna are highly revered in the Catholic faith. A visit to the extensive Benedictine Abbey is also recommended. It goes without saying that the impressive abbey is a popular stop on the Way of St. James.
A cool underwater world in cave grottos, a grim battle world at crystal-clear Ägerisee, an orchid, peat and insect world on the Rothenthurm high moor and a busy world of pilgrims in Einsiedeln, place of pilgrimage.
The Lake Zug region is most charming at cherry blossom time. The main river of the canton is the Lorze. It flows from Lake Ägeri through the deep Lorzentobel ravine to Lake Zug. There are three hydroelectric power plants between Lake Zug and where the Lorze merges with the Reuss River. The ride through the tree-covered Lorzentobel valley is definitely not monotonous. Beautiful picnic spots and elderberry blossoms, which eventually will be turned into syrup, make the tour that much sweeter. The 6000-year old Höllgrotten limestone caves and their bizarre rock formations are another highlight, and the view up to the Lorzentobel Bridge spanning the ravine is an impressive sight.

The monument of the Battle of Morgarten is rather a warlike structure. The battle was fought in 1315 between the Habsburgs led by Duke Leopold of Austria and the soldiers of Schwyz with their allies. It is now remembered as the old Confederates’ first battle for freedom. Luckily, the blood that was spilled that day is long gone and now Lake Ägeri looks its best. Up you go to Sunnenberg and to Switzerland’s largest still existing heath and moorland of Rothenturm. In 1987 it gained national significance due to massive voter support. Now it offers a variety of natural habitats, such as peat banks, high and low-moorlands, globeflowers, purple moor-grass and sundew. Lapwings, skylarks, meadow pipits and other ground-breeding birds – and even cuckoos - feel quite at home here.

Along the Biber River you cycle down to Schwyzerbrugg and Biberbrugg and then follow another river, the Alp, to the famous pilgrimage village of Einsiedeln. Einsiedeln Abbey is Switzerland’s premier Baroque structure and the pertaining Mercy Chapel and the Black Madonna are highly revered in the Catholic faith. A visit to the extensive Benedictine Abbey is also recommended. It goes without saying that the impressive abbey is a popular stop on the Way of St. James.
46 km
Asphalted: 40 km
Natural surface: 6 km
880 m | 420 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Zug
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Saving metres in altitude
There is a bus between Zug, Bahnhofplatz and Unterägeri, Zentrum that saves about 300 metres in altitude.
Hint
Beware: steep unsurfaced section in Lorzentobel (Baar–Aegeri).
Traffic volume
Busy main roads Schmittli–Unterägeri and Oberägeri–Morgarten.
Saving metres in altitude
There is a train between Sattel-Aegeri and Rothenthurm that saves about 150 metres in altitude.
Shooting range in operation
Beware: route past shooting stand north of Rothenthurm closed when shooting in progress, diversion via main road signposted.
Traffic volume
Beware: busy main road at Biberbrugg.
Diversion, Lorzentobel
Duration
until summer 2023
Reason
Construction & maintenance work
The route is being diverted. Please follow the local signposts. See map for details.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Einsiedeln
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Services

Accommodation

TCS Camping Zugersee
TCS Camping Zugersee
Zug
Jugendherberge Zug
Jugendherberge Zug
Zug
Hotel Löwen am See
Hotel Löwen am See
Zug
Bed + Breakfast one2be
Bed + Breakfast one2be
Zug
Dialoghotel Eckstein
Dialoghotel Eckstein
Baar
Hinterwiden-Hof
Hinterwiden-Hof
Oberägeri
Bauernhof Hintertann
Bauernhof Hintertann
Oberägeri
S'Ottä obere Seilegg
S'Ottä obere Seilegg
Sattel
Hotel St. Georg
Hotel St. Georg
Einsiedeln
Hotel Drei Könige
Hotel Drei Könige
Einsiedeln
Ferienhof am See
Ferienhof am See
Willerzell
BnB Kastenegg
BnB Kastenegg
Feusisberg
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Bookable offers

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9 Lakes Route
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9 Rhone Route Central Switzerland
Swiss
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Places

Zug
Zug
Baar
Baar
Unterägeri
Unterägeri
Sattel
Sattel
Einsiedeln
Einsiedeln
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Places of interest

Villette Cham
Villette Cham
Zytturm
Zytturm
Zug Castle
Zug Castle
Kunsthaus Zug
Kunsthaus Zug
Baar–Sihlbrugg
Baar–Sihlbrugg
Höllgrotten Baar
Höllgrotten Baar
Lorzentobel – where bridges meet the sky
Lorzentobel – where bridges meet the sky
Battle of Morgarten
Battle of Morgarten
Bergbahnen Sattel-Hochstuckli
Bergbahnen Sattel-Hochstuckli
Rothenthurm
Rothenthurm
Alte Etzelstrasse
Alte Etzelstrasse
Abbey of Einsiedeln
Abbey of Einsiedeln
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Swimming

Chamer Fussweg bathing beach in Zug
Chamer Fussweg bathing beach in Zug
Seeliken lido Zug
Seeliken lido Zug
Lido Siehbach Zug
Lido Siehbach Zug
Lido Trubikon in Oberwil
Lido Trubikon in Oberwil
Lido Tellenörtli Oberwil
Lido Tellenörtli Oberwil
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