9 Lakes Route
9 Lakes Route

Cycling in Switzerland

Lakes Route

Lakes Route

Montreux–Rorschach

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Lakes Route

Lakes Route

The Lakes Route takes you on a trip right across picture-postcard Switzerland. From Lac Léman to the Bodensee, passing 10 larger and smaller lakes and offering stunning views over water in the Alps and Alpine foothills.
On this route you travel though picture-postcard Switzerland from the Bodensee to Lac Léman, with stunning views of the lake landscape in the Alpine region.

Climb away from the shimmering play of light on Lac Léman, enjoy Gruyère cheese at Lac de la Gruyère, experience Alpine farming, tradition and tourist bustle in Saanenland, visit the chalk and cheese twosome, the Thunersee and Brienzersee. Followed by clear lake views conquering the passes; after the Brünigpass the Vierwaldstättersee with its many arms and the Innerschweiz metropolis of Luzern.

The lakes then strung like pearls, the reed-adorned Zugersee, battle-renowned Ägerisee, the «powerful» Sihlsee, the Zürichsee with its villa-lined shores - and the Walensee with the sheer towering cliffs of the Churfirsten. In between mighty passes, busy places of pilgrimage, flower-filled moors and bird paradises, later the lure of asphalt strips on the Rhine, in the distance beckon the shallow river delta and wide reaches of the Bodensee.
The Lakes Route takes you on a trip right across picture-postcard Switzerland. From Lac Léman to the Bodensee, passing 10 larger and smaller lakes and offering stunning views over water in the Alps and Alpine foothills.
On this route you travel though picture-postcard Switzerland from the Bodensee to Lac Léman, with stunning views of the lake landscape in the Alpine region.

Climb away from the shimmering play of light on Lac Léman, enjoy Gruyère cheese at Lac de la Gruyère, experience Alpine farming, tradition and tourist bustle in Saanenland, visit the chalk and cheese twosome, the Thunersee and Brienzersee. Followed by clear lake views conquering the passes; after the Brünigpass the Vierwaldstättersee with its many arms and the Innerschweiz metropolis of Luzern.

The lakes then strung like pearls, the reed-adorned Zugersee, battle-renowned Ägerisee, the «powerful» Sihlsee, the Zürichsee with its villa-lined shores - and the Walensee with the sheer towering cliffs of the Churfirsten. In between mighty passes, busy places of pilgrimage, flower-filled moors and bird paradises, later the lure of asphalt strips on the Rhine, in the distance beckon the shallow river delta and wide reaches of the Bodensee.
510 km | 10 Stages
Asphalted: 458 km
Natural surface: 52 km
6000 m | 6000 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Montreux
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Diversion, Cham-Zug
Diversion, Cham-Zug
Duration
24.10.2022 - 23.12.2022
Reason
Construction & maintenance work
The route is being diverted. Please follow the local signposts. See map for details.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office
Diversion, Root
Diversion, Root
Duration
03.06.2022 - 30.11.2022
Reason
Construction & maintenance work
The route is being diverted. Please follow the local signposts. See map for details.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office
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
Diversion, Gäsi-Mühlehorn
Diversion, Gäsi-Mühlehorn
Duration
10.10.2022 - 31.03.2023
Reason
Construction & maintenance work
The route is closed from Monday to Friday and is diverted via the Kerenzerberg. On weekends, the route is open to traffic. Please observe the signposting on site. Details see map.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office
Diversion, Lungern
Diversion, Lungern
Duration
03.10.2022 - 15.12.2022
Reason
Construction & maintenance work
The route will be diverted via the pass road. Please observe the signposting on site. Details see map.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office
Diversion, Willerzell viaduct
Duration
28.03.2022 - 23.06.2023
Reason
Construction & maintenance work
The route is being diverted. Please follow the local signposts. See map for details.
Details
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Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office
Diversion, Altenrhein
Duration
18.10.2022 - 31.12.2022
Reason
Construction & maintenance work
The route is being diverted. Please follow the local signposts. See map for details.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office
Missing signalization, St. Margrethen
Missing signalization, St. Margrethen
Duration
until further notice
Reason
Other
Signposting is missing on this section of the route. Details see map.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Rorschach
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Services

Accommodation

Auberge de Jeunesse Montreux-Territet
Auberge de Jeunesse Montreux-Territet
Montreux
Hotel du Port
Hotel du Port
Villeneuve VD
Hôtel Helvétie
Hôtel Helvétie
Montreux
Grand Hotel du Lac
Grand Hotel du Lac
Vevey
Astra Hôtel Vevey
Astra Hôtel Vevey
Vevey
Le Balcon du Mont-Pèlerin
Le Balcon du Mont-Pèlerin
Le Mont-Pèlerin
Hôtel de Gruyères
Hôtel de Gruyères
Gruyères
Camping Enney SA
Camping Enney SA
Enney
B&B Combaz d’Amont
B&B Combaz d’Amont
Montbovon
Hôtel de la Gare
Hôtel de la Gare
Montbovon
B&B Bois-de-rêves Montbovon
B&B Bois-de-rêves Montbovon
Montbovon
La Croix de Fer
La Croix de Fer
Montbovon
Les Chambres d'Hôtes du Berceau
Les Chambres d'Hôtes du Berceau
Château d'Oex
Auberge de Jeunesse Château-d'Oex
Auberge de Jeunesse Château-d'Oex
Château-d'Oex
Hotel de la Poste
Hotel de la Poste
Château-d'Oex
Hôtel Roc et Neige
Hôtel Roc et Neige
Château-d'Oex
Jugendherberge Gstaad Saanenland
Jugendherberge Gstaad Saanenland
Saanen
BnB Steimandli
BnB Steimandli
Gstaad
BnB Ferienwohnung «Hübelihus»
BnB Ferienwohnung «Hübelihus»
Grund b. Gstaad
Hotel Arc-en-ciel
Hotel Arc-en-ciel
Gstaad
Hof Scheidbach
Hof Scheidbach
Turbach
Posthotel Rössli
Posthotel Rössli
Gstaad
Sporthotel Victoria
Sporthotel Victoria
Gstaad
B&B SportGenussNatur
B&B SportGenussNatur
Gstaad
Ferienhaus Alpenblick
Ferienhaus Alpenblick
Gstaad
Golfhotel Les Hauts de Gstaad
Golfhotel Les Hauts de Gstaad
Saanenmöser
Hotel le Petit Relais
Hotel le Petit Relais
Saanenmöser
Vista Resort Hostel
Vista Resort Hostel
Zweisimmen
Sonnegg Hotel Garni
Sonnegg Hotel Garni
Zweisimmen
Camping Fankhauser AG
Camping Fankhauser AG
Zweisimmen
Obegghuus
Obegghuus
Zweisimmen
Camping Vermeille AG
Camping Vermeille AG
Zweisimmen
Forellensee
Forellensee
Zweisimmen
B&B Chalet Stockhorn
B&B Chalet Stockhorn
Erlenbach im Simmental
Chrütz Hof
Chrütz Hof
Oey
Hotel-Motel Löwen
Hotel-Motel Löwen
Wimmis
B&B Tschirren
B&B Tschirren
Spiez
ABZ Spiez – Hotel Seaside
ABZ Spiez – Hotel Seaside
Spiez
Hotel Restaurant Möve
Hotel Restaurant Möve
Faulensee
Camping Stuhlegg
Camping Stuhlegg
Krattigen
Hotel-Restaruant Kreuz
Hotel-Restaruant Kreuz
Leissigen
Jugendherberge Leissigen
Jugendherberge Leissigen
Leissigen
Dorint Blüemlisalp Beatenberg/Interlaken
Dorint Blüemlisalp Beatenberg/Interlaken
Beatenberg
Chalet Gafri BnB - Frühstückspension
Chalet Gafri BnB - Frühstückspension
Wilderswil
Golf- und Strandhotel, Restaurant Neuhaus zum See
Golf- und Strandhotel, Restaurant Neuhaus zum See
Interlaken
Hotel Bernerhof
Hotel Bernerhof
Interlaken
Hotel Derby Garni
Hotel Derby Garni
Interlaken
Balmer's Herberge und Tent Village
Balmer's Herberge und Tent Village
Matten b. Interlaken
Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof
Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof
Interlaken
Hotel Artos
Hotel Artos
Interlaken
Carlton-Europe Hotel
Carlton-Europe Hotel
Interlaken
Jugendherberge Interlaken
Jugendherberge Interlaken
Interlaken
TCS Camping Interlaken + RiverLodge
TCS Camping Interlaken + RiverLodge
Interlaken
TCS Camping Bönigen - Interlaken
TCS Camping Bönigen - Interlaken
Bönigen b. Interlaken
Hotel Walida
Hotel Walida
Bönigen b. Interlaken
Hotel du Lac
Hotel du Lac
Iseltwald
Jugendherberge Brienz
Jugendherberge Brienz
Brienz BE
B+B Wyler
B+B Wyler
Brienz BE
Hof Goldey
Hof Goldey
Unterbach BE
Pilgerherberge Brienzwiler
Pilgerherberge Brienzwiler
Brienzwiler
Truwaaje B+B Brienzwiler
Truwaaje B+B Brienzwiler
Brienzwiler
Hotel-Restaurant Alpina
Hotel-Restaurant Alpina
Innertkirchen
bett und zmorge
bett und zmorge
Meiringen
Gasthaus Brünig Kulm
Gasthaus Brünig Kulm
Meiringen
Erlebnishof Ming
Erlebnishof Ming
Lungern
Grill-Speiserestaurant Camping Obsee
Grill-Speiserestaurant Camping Obsee
Lungern
Bärghuis Schönbüel
Bärghuis Schönbüel
Lungern
LTB AG / Turrenhuis
LTB AG / Turrenhuis
Lungern
Fluonalp Alpkäserei und Beizli
Fluonalp Alpkäserei und Beizli
Giswil
Hotel Bahnhof
Hotel Bahnhof
Giswil
Camping International Sarnersee Giswil
Camping International Sarnersee Giswil
Giswil
Landgasthof Zollhaus
Landgasthof Zollhaus
Giswil
Seehotel Wilerbad
Seehotel Wilerbad
Wilen am Sarnersee
Verena’s Boutique Villa au Lac
Verena’s Boutique Villa au Lac
Sachseln
Camping Seefeld Park Sarnen
Camping Seefeld Park Sarnen
Sarnen
Hotel Kurhaus am Sarnersee
Hotel Kurhaus am Sarnersee
Wilen (Sarnen)
B&B Restaurant Peterhof Garni
B&B Restaurant Peterhof Garni
Sarnen
Haus des Schweizer Rudersports
Haus des Schweizer Rudersports
Sarnen
Hotel Krone Sarnen
Hotel Krone Sarnen
Sarnen
Erlebnisbauernhof Weid
Erlebnisbauernhof Weid
Kerns
Bio Hof Eggmatt
Bio Hof Eggmatt
Alpnach Dorf
Landgasthof Schlüssel Alpnach
Landgasthof Schlüssel Alpnach
Alpnach Dorf
Bauernhof Familie Waser
Bauernhof Familie Waser
Stans
Holiday Inn Express Luzern-Kriens
Holiday Inn Express Luzern-Kriens
Kriens
TCS Camping Luzern - Horw
TCS Camping Luzern - Horw
Horw
Seeburghof
Seeburghof
Luzern
Backpacker’s Lucerne
Backpacker’s Lucerne
Luzern
Hotel Continental Park
Hotel Continental Park
Luzern
The Bed + Breakfast
The Bed + Breakfast
Luzern
Jugendherberge Luzern
Jugendherberge Luzern
Luzern
B&B Haus im Löchli
B&B Haus im Löchli
Luzern
Gasthof + Spielparadies Chärnsmatt
Gasthof + Spielparadies Chärnsmatt
Rothenburg
Bed & Breakfast Schachehof
Bed & Breakfast Schachehof
Inwil
Hotel Garni an der Reuss
Hotel Garni an der Reuss
Gisikon
Kollers-Hoftreff
Kollers-Hoftreff
Meierskappel
Aparthotel Rotkreuz
Aparthotel Rotkreuz
Rotkreuz
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
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Bookable offers

9 Lakes Route Eastern Switzerland
9 Lakes Route Eastern Switzerland
9 Lakes Route
9 Lakes Route
1 Rhone Route: Stroll Tour
1 Rhone Route: Stroll Tour
46 Tour Du Léman Charme
46 Tour Du Léman Charme
9 Lakes Route: Fribourg & Berner Oberland
9 Lakes Route: Fribourg & Berner Oberland
Route 1291
Route 1291
Tour of the Old County of Gruyères
Tour of the Old County of Gruyères
9 Rhone Route Central Switzerland
9 Rhone Route Central Switzerland
Swiss
Swiss "Schoggi"-Tour
Lake Constance cycling holidays for families
Lake Constance cycling holidays for families
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Places

Montreux
Montreux
Vevey
Vevey
Les Paccots
Les Paccots
Châtel-St-Denis
Châtel-St-Denis
Bulle
Bulle
Moléson-sur-Gruyères
Moléson-sur-Gruyères
Gruyères
Gruyères
Montbovon
Montbovon
Rossinière
Rossinière
Château-d'Oex
Château-d'Oex
Rougemont
Rougemont
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
Beatenberg
Beatenberg
Interlaken
Interlaken
Habkern
Habkern
Brienz
Brienz
Innertkirchen
Innertkirchen
Meiringen
Meiringen
Brünigpass
Brünigpass
Lungern
Lungern
Schönbüel OW
Schönbüel OW
Giswil
Giswil
Sachseln
Sachseln
Flüeli-Ranft
Flüeli-Ranft
Sarnen
Sarnen
Alpnachstad
Alpnachstad
Pilatus
Pilatus
Stans
Stans
Stansstad
Stansstad
Lucerne
Lucerne
Rotkreuz
Rotkreuz
Zug
Zug
Baar
Baar
Unterägeri
Unterägeri
Sattel
Sattel
Einsiedeln
Einsiedeln
Richterswil
Richterswil
Pfäffikon SZ
Pfäffikon SZ
Rapperswil-Jona
Rapperswil-Jona
Schmerikon
Schmerikon
Uznach
Uznach
Schänis
Schänis
Niederurnen (Ziegelbrücke)
Niederurnen (Ziegelbrücke)
Filzbach
Filzbach
Amden - Weesen
Amden - Weesen
Murg
Murg
Flumserberg
Flumserberg
Walenstadt
Walenstadt
Sargans
Sargans
Garschlu
Garschlu
Triesenberg (FL)
Triesenberg (FL)
Gaflei (FL)
Gaflei (FL)
Vaduz
Vaduz
Buchs SG
Buchs SG
Malbun SG
Malbun SG
Sennwald
Sennwald
Ruggell (FL)
Ruggell (FL)
Altstätten
Altstätten
St. Margrethen
St. Margrethen
Rheineck
Rheineck
Heiden
Heiden
Rorschach
Rorschach
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Places of interest

Chillon Castle
Chillon Castle
St-Saphorin church
St-Saphorin church
Le Lac des Joncs, Les Paccots
Le Lac des Joncs, Les Paccots
Museum of the Gruyère Region
Museum of the Gruyère Region
La Maison du Gruyère - Cheese dairy
La Maison du Gruyère - Cheese dairy
Castel of Gruyères
Castel of Gruyères
La Maison Cailler
La Maison Cailler
Montbovon – bridges on the «Cheese Road»
Montbovon – bridges on the «Cheese Road»
11th century, Romanesque church
11th century, Romanesque church
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
«Port Wimmis» – 3 generations of bridges
«Port Wimmis» – 3 generations of bridges
Heartbeat Trail
Heartbeat Trail
Beatushöhlen
Beatushöhlen
The Weissenau near Interlaken
The Weissenau near Interlaken
Harder Kulm - Interlaken's own mountain
Harder Kulm - Interlaken's own mountain
Bönigen, a village of woodcarved houses
Bönigen, a village of woodcarved houses
Bike trail Schwanden-Brienz
Bike trail Schwanden-Brienz
Ballenberg
Ballenberg
Chaltenbrunnen
Chaltenbrunnen
Aareschlucht
Aareschlucht
Meiringen–Reuti
Meiringen–Reuti
Pumptrack Hasliberg
Pumptrack Hasliberg
Lungern–Brünigpass
Lungern–Brünigpass
Burial chapel of Brother Klaus
Burial chapel of Brother Klaus
Brother Klaus Museum, Sachseln
Brother Klaus Museum, Sachseln
High Bridge, Kerns
High Bridge, Kerns
Mount Pilatus
Mount Pilatus
Medieval town of Stans
Medieval town of Stans
Nidwalden Museum
Nidwalden Museum
Hergiswil Glassworks
Hergiswil Glassworks
Swiss Museum of Transport
Swiss Museum of Transport
Lake Lucerne
Lake Lucerne
KKL Luzern
KKL Luzern
Schweizerhofquai/Nationalquai
Schweizerhofquai/Nationalquai
Lion Monument
Lion Monument
Glacier Garden
Glacier Garden
Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke)
Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke)
Rosengart Collection Lucerne
Rosengart Collection Lucerne
Musegg Wall
Musegg Wall
Villette Cham
Villette Cham
Pumptrack Cham
Pumptrack 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
Zugerberg Trail
Zugerberg Trail
Battle of Morgarten
Battle of Morgarten
Bergbahnen Sattel-Hochstuckli
Bergbahnen Sattel-Hochstuckli
Rothenthurm
Rothenthurm
Alte Etzelstrasse
Alte Etzelstrasse
Abbey of Einsiedeln
Abbey of Einsiedeln
Altendorf–Etzel
Altendorf–Etzel
The Frauenwinkel
The Frauenwinkel
Pump track Altendorf
Pump track Altendorf
Ufenau and Lützelau Islands in Lake Züri
Ufenau and Lützelau Islands in Lake Züri
Seebrücke Rapperswil–Hurden
Seebrücke Rapperswil–Hurden
Rapperswil-Hurden Wooden bridge
Rapperswil-Hurden Wooden bridge
Rapperswil Castle
Rapperswil Castle
Freulerpalast
Freulerpalast
Hinterbetlis–Amden
Hinterbetlis–Amden
Seerenbach Falls and source of the Rin
Seerenbach Falls and source of the Rin
Walensee (Lake Walenstadt)
Walensee (Lake Walenstadt)
Seebenseen und Seebenalp
Seebenseen und Seebenalp
Paxmal
Paxmal
BikerBerg Flumserberg
BikerBerg Flumserberg
Bikepark at the lake
Bikepark at the lake
Mels–Vermol
Mels–Vermol
Schloss Sargans
Schloss Sargans
Gonzen mine
Gonzen mine
Pump track Balzers
Pump track Balzers
Galina falconry
Galina falconry
Walser museum
Walser museum
Wooden bridge and Rhein at Sevelen
Wooden bridge and Rhein at Sevelen
Vaduz Citytrain
Vaduz Citytrain
Liechtenstein state museum
Liechtenstein state museum
Prince of Liechtenstein's royal winery
Prince of Liechtenstein's royal winery
Schloss Vaduz
Schloss Vaduz
Liechtenstein art museum
Liechtenstein art museum
Buchs falconry park
Buchs falconry park
Palace and village of Werdenberg
Palace and village of Werdenberg
Lanes to alps and bridge on Grabser-Berg
Lanes to alps and bridge on Grabser-Berg
Pump track Ruggell
Pump track Ruggell
Hoher Kasten revolving restaurant
Hoher Kasten revolving restaurant
Kobelwald crystal cave
Kobelwald crystal cave
Heldsberg fortress museum
Heldsberg fortress museum
FFA Museum Altenrhein
FFA Museum Altenrhein
Market Hall Altenrhein
Market Hall Altenrhein
Henry Dunant Museum
Henry Dunant Museum
Meeting place «Kellen»
Meeting place «Kellen»
Bathing hut of Rorschach
Bathing hut of Rorschach
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Swimming

Outdoor pool with beach Vevey-Corseaux
Outdoor pool with beach Vevey-Corseaux
Swimming pool Broc
Swimming pool Broc
Outdoor baths Saanen
Outdoor baths Saanen
Merligen lido
Merligen lido
Beach bathing place Brienz
Beach bathing place Brienz
Bathing complex Sachseln
Bathing complex Sachseln
Seefeld waterpark Sarnen
Seefeld waterpark Sarnen
Lido Horw
Lido Horw
Park bathing complex Kriens
Park bathing complex Kriens
Swimming complex Mooshüsli Emmen
Swimming complex Mooshüsli Emmen
Hünenberg lido
Hünenberg lido
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
Alpamare Water Park Pfäffikon
Alpamare Water Park Pfäffikon
Lake bathing Egelsee Bubikon
Lake bathing Egelsee Bubikon
Altstätten outdoor swimming baths
Altstätten outdoor swimming baths
Outdoor swimming baths Widnau
Outdoor swimming baths Widnau
Mineral Health Spa St.Margrethen
Mineral Health Spa St.Margrethen
Rheineck swimming baths
Rheineck swimming baths
Bathing facility Speck Staad
Bathing facility Speck Staad
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