3 North-South Route
3 North-South Route

Cycling in Switzerland

North-South Route

North-South Route

Basel–Chiasso

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North-South Route

North-South Route

The North–South Route leads through the large scenic Swiss regions of the Jura, Mittelland, Central Switzerland and over the Alps to the south. It follows many historically and culturally significant traffic routes and visits many places of interest.
The classic transit route follows major traffic routes and leads through large Swiss landscapes: the Jura, Mittelland, Central Switzerland then over the Alps to the south.

Basel, Liestal and Ergolztal: a busy, self-assured agglomeration. Lovely, peaceful landscapes of the Baselbieter Jura with the Schafmattpass. Thrilling ride down to Aarau. Off the beaten track through flat Suhrental, along Sempachersee, joining the stream of tourists in Luzern; now mountains fill the horizon. A complex water: the grandiose Vierwaldstättersee, often mild, but stormy when the Föhn wind blows.

Closely harried by traffic over the Teufelsbrücke bridge towards the Gotthard, the south beckons with a racy downhill ride. The climate changes, first granite, soon chestnut trees and vineyards, Bellinzona «La Turita» a glimpse of the vegetable garden of Magadino. Lago di Lugano with photogenic Morcote, at the end of the Mendrisiotto, a seething cauldron of railway, motorway, custom posts and shops.
The North–South Route leads through the large scenic Swiss regions of the Jura, Mittelland, Central Switzerland and over the Alps to the south. It follows many historically and culturally significant traffic routes and visits many places of interest.
The classic transit route follows major traffic routes and leads through large Swiss landscapes: the Jura, Mittelland, Central Switzerland then over the Alps to the south.

Basel, Liestal and Ergolztal: a busy, self-assured agglomeration. Lovely, peaceful landscapes of the Baselbieter Jura with the Schafmattpass. Thrilling ride down to Aarau. Off the beaten track through flat Suhrental, along Sempachersee, joining the stream of tourists in Luzern; now mountains fill the horizon. A complex water: the grandiose Vierwaldstättersee, often mild, but stormy when the Föhn wind blows.

Closely harried by traffic over the Teufelsbrücke bridge towards the Gotthard, the south beckons with a racy downhill ride. The climate changes, first granite, soon chestnut trees and vineyards, Bellinzona «La Turita» a glimpse of the vegetable garden of Magadino. Lago di Lugano with photogenic Morcote, at the end of the Mendrisiotto, a seething cauldron of railway, motorway, custom posts and shops.
365 km | 8 Stages
Asphalted: 336 km
Natural surface: 29 km
4600 m | 4600 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Basel SBB
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Danger: Axenstrasse (Brunnen–Flüelen)
Duration
until further notice
Reason
Other
Along Lake Lucerne between Brunnen and Flüelen the route leads over the Axenstrasse. The Axenstrasse is narrow, heavily traveled and very dangerous. We strongly recommend you travel this stretch by train or with an attractive boat trip. Our recommendation is the No. 31 rail connection or No. 29 by boat for this stretch.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office
Diversion, Intschi–Meitschligen
Duration
19.10.2020 - 30.10.2020
Reason
Construction & maintenance work
The route between Meitschligen and Intschi is closed to all traffic in both directions. A diversion is signposted for cyclists, but can only be used by mountain bikes and touring bikes. Cyclists with racing bikes are recommended to use either the train from Erstfeld to Göschenen or the bus from Amsteg to Wassen. Please also pay attention to the instructions on site.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office

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Accommodation

Cydonia Bett & Brot
Cydonia Bett & Brot
Basel
DASBREITEHOTEL
DASBREITEHOTEL
Basel
Hotel Balade Basel
Hotel Balade Basel
Basel
Hotel Bildungszentrum 21 AG
Hotel Bildungszentrum 21 AG
Basel
Hotel Stücki
Hotel Stücki
Basel
Jugendherberge Basel
Jugendherberge Basel
Basel
B&B Sunnesite
B&B Sunnesite
Pratteln
B&B Tomsi
B&B Tomsi
Pratteln
Hotel Restaurant Bienenberg
Hotel Restaurant Bienenberg
Liestal
Seiler's Hotel
Seiler's Hotel
Liestal
Hotel Restaurant zur Sonne
Hotel Restaurant zur Sonne
Sissach
Landgasthof Farnsburg & Genussweinkeller
Landgasthof Farnsburg & Genussweinkeller
Ormalingen
Bed & Breakfast Rünenberg
Bed & Breakfast Rünenberg
Rünenberg
Naturfreundehaus Schafmatt
Naturfreundehaus Schafmatt
Oltingen
Waldgasthaus Chalet Saalhöhe
Waldgasthaus Chalet Saalhöhe
Kienberg
B&B Alegria
B&B Alegria
Lostorf
Landgasthof Kreuz
Landgasthof Kreuz
Obergösgen
Rita’s Spycherli B&B
Rita’s Spycherli B&B
Stüsslingen
Gugenhof
Gugenhof
Stüsslingen
Landhotel Hirschen
Landhotel Hirschen
Erlinsbach
B&B zur Föhre
B&B zur Föhre
Rombach
B&B Hochuli
B&B Hochuli
Küttigen
Hotel Restaurant Ascott
Hotel Restaurant Ascott
Rombach
Hotel Kettenbrücke
Hotel Kettenbrücke
Aarau
Bed & Breakfast Tuch & Laube
Bed & Breakfast Tuch & Laube
Aarau
Hotel Aarauerhof
Hotel Aarauerhof
Aarau
zum graf bed & breakfast
zum graf bed & breakfast
Aarau
Wirtshaus Rütihof
Wirtshaus Rütihof
Gränichen
Hotel Bären
Hotel Bären
Suhr
Hotel zum Kreuz
Hotel zum Kreuz
Suhr
HOTEL aarau-WEST
HOTEL aarau-WEST
Oberentfelden-Aarau
Gasthaus zum Rössli
Gasthaus zum Rössli
Triengen
Camping Sursee
Camping Sursee
Sursee
Focus Hotel
Focus Hotel
Sursee
Bauer Fritz
Bauer Fritz
Rickenbach LU
BnB Bisang
BnB Bisang
Nottwil
Straussenfarm am Sempachersee
Straussenfarm am Sempachersee
Sempach Stadt
TCS Camping Sempach
TCS Camping Sempach
Sempach
Gästezimmer Meyerisli
Gästezimmer Meyerisli
Neuenkirch
Swissfarm Wurzelbaumhaus
Swissfarm Wurzelbaumhaus
Neuenkirch
B&B Haus im Löchli
B&B Haus im Löchli
Luzern
Backpacker’s Lucerne
Backpacker’s Lucerne
Luzern
Hotel Continental Park
Hotel Continental Park
Luzern
Jugendherberge Luzern
Jugendherberge Luzern
Luzern
The Bed + Breakfast
The Bed + Breakfast
Luzern
Holiday Inn Express Luzern-Kriens
Holiday Inn Express Luzern-Kriens
Kriens
TCS Camping Luzern - Horw
TCS Camping Luzern - Horw
Horw
Bauernhof Familie Waser
Bauernhof Familie Waser
Stans
Gasthof Schützenhaus Wil
Gasthof Schützenhaus Wil
Oberdorf/Stans
TCS Camping Buochs Vierwaldstättersee
TCS Camping Buochs Vierwaldstättersee
Buochs
Hotel Nidwaldnerhof
Hotel Nidwaldnerhof
Beckenried
Hotel-Restaurant Rössli
Hotel-Restaurant Rössli
Beckenried
Seminarhotel Seeblick
Seminarhotel Seeblick
Emmetten
See- und Seminarhotel FloraAlpina
See- und Seminarhotel FloraAlpina
Vitznau
Chlosterhof
Chlosterhof
Brunnen
City-Hotel
City-Hotel
Brunnen
Hotel Schmid & Alfa
Hotel Schmid & Alfa
Brunnen
Seehotel Waldstätterhof
Seehotel Waldstätterhof
Brunnen
Ferienhof Rüti
Ferienhof Rüti
Morschach
Jugendherberge Seelisberg
Jugendherberge Seelisberg
Seelisberg
Wissig-Hof
Wissig-Hof
Seelisberg
Hotel Tourist
Hotel Tourist
Flüelen
Berggahsthaus Brüsti
Berggahsthaus Brüsti
Attinghausen
Hotel Stern und Post
Hotel Stern und Post
Amsteg
Treschhütte SAC
Treschhütte SAC
Gurtnellen Station
The River House
The River House
Andermatt
Hotel 3 Könige & Post
Hotel 3 Könige & Post
Andermatt
Salbithütte SAC
Salbithütte SAC
Göschenen
Pension zum Turm, Urner Ski- und Wanderheim
Pension zum Turm, Urner Ski- und Wanderheim
Hospental
Casa Arcobaleno
Casa Arcobaleno
Airolo
B&B Motta
B&B Motta
Airolo
B&B Gottardo
B&B Gottardo
Airolo
Hotel Forni
Hotel Forni
Airolo
Capanna Föisc
Capanna Föisc
Quinto
Capanna Garzonera
Capanna Garzonera
Quinto
Motel Gottardo Sud
Motel Gottardo Sud
Piotta
Rifugio Lago Ritom – Berghaus
Rifugio Lago Ritom – Berghaus
Piora (Ritom)
Capanna Leìt
Capanna Leìt
Mendrisio
Capanna Tremorgio
Capanna Tremorgio
Prato Leventina
Azienda Marchiei
Azienda Marchiei
Osco
Hotel Ristorante Pizzeria Elvezia
Hotel Ristorante Pizzeria Elvezia
Lavorgo
Osteria Anzonico
Osteria Anzonico
Anzonico
Agriturismo - B&B Bertazzi
Agriturismo - B&B Bertazzi
Cavagnago
Capanna Prodör
Capanna Prodör
Faido
Hotel Defanti
Hotel Defanti
Lavorgo
Ostello Capuccini Faido
Ostello Capuccini Faido
Faido
Casa bnb Ticinetto
Casa bnb Ticinetto
Gironico
Capanna Pian d’Alpe
Capanna Pian d’Alpe
Biasca
Albergo al Giardinetto
Albergo al Giardinetto
Biasca
Lago (Alpe di)
Lago (Alpe di)
Biasca
Ostello Cresciano
Ostello Cresciano
Cresciano
Capanna Alva
Capanna Alva
Lodrino
Hotel Bellinzona Sud
Hotel Bellinzona Sud
Monte Carasso
Ostello per la Gioventù Bellinzona
Ostello per la Gioventù Bellinzona
Bellinzona
Camping Bellinzona
Camping Bellinzona
Bellinzona
Capanna Cremorasco
Capanna Cremorasco
Camorino
Capanna Gariss
Capanna Gariss
Preonzo
Capanna Genzianella
Capanna Genzianella
Giubiasco
Capanna Mognone
Capanna Mognone
Sementina
Capanna Orino
Capanna Orino
Gudo
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Bookable offers

3 North-South Route Basel-Chiasso
3 North-South Route Basel-Chiasso
Lake Constance - Lago Maggiore
Lake Constance - Lago Maggiore
La Route Verte
La Route Verte
Swiss
Swiss "Schoggi"-Tour
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Places

Basel
Basel
Pratteln
Pratteln
Liestal
Liestal
Sissach
Sissach
Aarau
Aarau
Sursee
Sursee
Sempach
Sempach
Bürgenstock
Bürgenstock
Lucerne
Lucerne
Alpnachstad
Alpnachstad
Stansstad
Stansstad
Stans
Stans
Buochs
Buochs
Beckenried - Klewenalp
Beckenried - Klewenalp
Emmetten
Emmetten
Vitznau
Vitznau
Gersau
Gersau
Brunnen
Brunnen
Morschach
Morschach
Seelisberg
Seelisberg
Sisikon
Sisikon
Flüelen
Flüelen
Altdorf
Altdorf
Erstfeld
Erstfeld
Amsteg
Amsteg
Wassen
Wassen
Andermatt
Andermatt
Göschenen
Göschenen
Airolo
Airolo
Gotthardpass
Gotthardpass
Rodi
Rodi
Anzonico
Anzonico
Lavorgo
Lavorgo
Osco
Osco
Biasca
Biasca
Bellinzona
Bellinzona
Medeglia
Medeglia
Rivera
Rivera
Monte Tamaro
Monte Tamaro
Tesserete
Tesserete
Lugano
Lugano
Agno
Agno
Morcote
Morcote
Mendrisio
Mendrisio
Riva S. Vitale
Riva S. Vitale
Chiasso
Chiasso
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Places of interest

Basel Zoo
Basel Zoo
Basel's Old Town
Basel's Old Town
Basler Cathedral
Basler Cathedral
City Hall and Marktplatz
City Hall and Marktplatz
Exhibition Tower
Exhibition Tower
Kunstmuseum Basel
Kunstmuseum Basel
Mittlere Brücke and Schifflände
Mittlere Brücke and Schifflände
Pfalz
Pfalz
Basel's pump track
Basel's pump track
Rhine Port / Three Countries' Corner
Rhine Port / Three Countries' Corner
Spalentor
Spalentor
Tinguely Fountain
Tinguely Fountain
Tinguely Museum
Tinguely Museum
Arlesheim Cathedral
Arlesheim Cathedral
Ermitage Arlesheim
Ermitage Arlesheim
Römerstadt Augusta Raurica
Römerstadt Augusta Raurica
Between the Aare and the Rhine
Between the Aare and the Rhine
Aargauer Kunsthaus
Aargauer Kunsthaus
Naturama
Naturama
Bikelehrpfad Gränichen
Bikelehrpfad Gränichen
Rütihof Forest Rope Garden
Rütihof Forest Rope Garden
Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke)
Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke)
Glacier Garden
Glacier Garden
Hammetschwand Lift Bürgenstock
Hammetschwand Lift Bürgenstock
KKL Luzern
KKL Luzern
Lake Lucerne
Lake Lucerne
Lion Monument
Lion Monument
Musegg Wall
Musegg Wall
Rosengart Collection Lucerne
Rosengart Collection Lucerne
Schweizerhofquai/Nationalquai
Schweizerhofquai/Nationalquai
Swiss Museum of Transport
Swiss Museum of Transport
Hergiswil Glassworks
Hergiswil Glassworks
Medieval town of Stans
Medieval town of Stans
Nidwalden Museum
Nidwalden Museum
Wood Trail und Natural Bike Park
Wood Trail und Natural Bike Park
Vitznau Fortress (Festung Vitznau)
Vitznau Fortress (Festung Vitznau)
Swiss Knife Valley Visitor Center
Swiss Knife Valley Visitor Center
Museum of the Swiss Charters of Confederation
Museum of the Swiss Charters of Confederation
Aussichtsparadies Stoos-Fronalpstock
Aussichtsparadies Stoos-Fronalpstock
Swiss Holiday Park
Swiss Holiday Park
Treib - Seelisberg Cable Railway
Treib - Seelisberg Cable Railway
Rütli
Rütli
Sweet chestnuts on Lake Lucerne
Sweet chestnuts on Lake Lucerne
Axenstrasse (Flüelen–Sisikon–Brunnen)
Axenstrasse (Flüelen–Sisikon–Brunnen)
Monument of Wiliam Tell
Monument of Wiliam Tell
Bathing islands Lorelei Altdorf
Bathing islands Lorelei Altdorf
Tell museum
Tell museum
Pumptrack Schattdorf
Pumptrack Schattdorf
Attinghausen, Mettlen–Berg (Surenenpass)
Attinghausen, Mettlen–Berg (Surenenpass)
InfoCenter Alptransit Gotthard AG
InfoCenter Alptransit Gotthard AG
Eldorado of cable cars: Gemsstock
Eldorado of cable cars: Gemsstock
Monument of Suworow
Monument of Suworow
The diabolic and wild Schöllenenschlucht
The diabolic and wild Schöllenenschlucht
Waterworld Göschenen
Waterworld Göschenen
Airolo, Ressiga–Madrano
Airolo, Ressiga–Madrano
Cheese factory Gottardo
Cheese factory Gottardo
Gotthard Pass trade route
Gotthard Pass trade route
Malle-poste historique
Malle-poste historique
Tremola road (Val Tremola)
Tremola road (Val Tremola)
Natural trail Lago Ritom
Natural trail Lago Ritom
Ritom funicular
Ritom funicular
Strada alta (Madrano–Osco)
Strada alta (Madrano–Osco)
Art and history in Giornico
Art and history in Giornico
Church SS. Pietro and Paolo
Church SS. Pietro and Paolo
Waterfall di Santa Petronilla
Waterfall di Santa Petronilla
Monastery of Santa Maria Assunta
Monastery of Santa Maria Assunta
Teatro Sociale
Teatro Sociale
The 3 Unesco castles of Bellinzona
The 3 Unesco castles of Bellinzona
Monte Tamaro
Monte Tamaro
Mount Pioda’s chestnut grove
Mount Pioda’s chestnut grove
Tesserete–Bigorio–Santa Maria Convento
Tesserete–Bigorio–Santa Maria Convento
Alpe Agra - Alto Malcantone
Alpe Agra - Alto Malcantone
San Salvatore
San Salvatore
The San Grato Botanical Park
The San Grato Botanical Park
Monte Generoso
Monte Generoso
Saurians on Mount San Giorgio
Saurians on Mount San Giorgio
Historic trail on Monte San Giorgio
Historic trail on Monte San Giorgio
Museo dei Fossili
Museo dei Fossili
Pumptrack Mendrisio
Pumptrack Mendrisio
Battistero Riva San Vitale
Battistero Riva San Vitale
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Swimming

Aquabasilea Wasserwelt Pratteln
Aquabasilea Wasserwelt Pratteln
Gitterlibad swimming complex
Gitterlibad swimming complex
Aarau outdoor swimming pool
Aarau outdoor swimming pool
Lakeside bathing place Sursee
Lakeside bathing place Sursee
Lido Eich
Lido Eich
Swimming complex Mooshüsli Emmen
Swimming complex Mooshüsli Emmen
Park bathing complex Kriens
Park bathing complex Kriens
Lido Horw
Lido Horw
Lido Hopfräben Brunnen
Lido Hopfräben Brunnen
Swiss Holiday Park Morschach
Swiss Holiday Park Morschach
Lido Seelisberg
Lido Seelisberg
Flüelen lido
Flüelen lido
Swimming baths Altdorf
Swimming baths Altdorf
Bathing islands Lorelei Altdorf
Bathing islands Lorelei Altdorf
Splash & Spa Tamaro
Splash & Spa Tamaro
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Signalization

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