Familiy tour Schwyz
Familiy tour Schwyz

Cycling in Switzerland

Family tour Schwyz

Family tour Schwyz

Schwyz–Arth-Goldau

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Family tour Schwyz

Family tour Schwyz

From the outskirts of the small and lively town of Schwyz, home to the founding documents of the Swiss Confederation, along the lovely Lake Lauerz and on through the wild blocks of stone following the Goldau landslide to the bears and deer of the Goldau nature and wildlife park.
Switzerland owes its name and coat of arms to the small town of Schwyz, located between Lake Lucerne and Lake Lauerz at the foot of the striking Mythen. The tour begins on the outskirts of Schwyz at the station, located in the Seewen district. It’s not long before you find yourself next to the north-south traffic lifeline as you make your way forth with Lake Lauerz in sight - and any lost beauty is compensated with a beautiful view of the lake and its strikingly green belt of swimming plants. And why not stop for a coffee break at Aazopf, where the waters of the Steiner Aa flow into Lake Lauerz - or take a short detour to explore Lauerz.

Soon you come across the first chunks of rock following the Goldau landslide of 1806. Unique to Switzerland here is the multifaceted interplay of a moorland of national importance, the lake and traces of the landslide - with a motorway and cycling path running straight through the middle.

The Gotthard railway line branches off in two directions; Zurich and Lucerne/Basel from the Arth-Goldau station - from where a cogwheel railway also makes its way up the Rigi (1,797 m) - fondly known as «Queen of the mountains». At the midst of the Goldau village and right by the railway station you find the wildlife park with 100 native and European animal species - set amid a fascinating landscape of rubble and gigantic chunks of rocks.
From the outskirts of the small and lively town of Schwyz, home to the founding documents of the Swiss Confederation, along the lovely Lake Lauerz and on through the wild blocks of stone following the Goldau landslide to the bears and deer of the Goldau nature and wildlife park.
Switzerland owes its name and coat of arms to the small town of Schwyz, located between Lake Lucerne and Lake Lauerz at the foot of the striking Mythen. The tour begins on the outskirts of Schwyz at the station, located in the Seewen district. It’s not long before you find yourself next to the north-south traffic lifeline as you make your way forth with Lake Lauerz in sight - and any lost beauty is compensated with a beautiful view of the lake and its strikingly green belt of swimming plants. And why not stop for a coffee break at Aazopf, where the waters of the Steiner Aa flow into Lake Lauerz - or take a short detour to explore Lauerz.

Soon you come across the first chunks of rock following the Goldau landslide of 1806. Unique to Switzerland here is the multifaceted interplay of a moorland of national importance, the lake and traces of the landslide - with a motorway and cycling path running straight through the middle.

The Gotthard railway line branches off in two directions; Zurich and Lucerne/Basel from the Arth-Goldau station - from where a cogwheel railway also makes its way up the Rigi (1,797 m) - fondly known as «Queen of the mountains». At the midst of the Goldau village and right by the railway station you find the wildlife park with 100 native and European animal species - set amid a fascinating landscape of rubble and gigantic chunks of rocks.
9 km | 1 Stage
Asphalted: 9 km
Natural surface: 0 km
100 m | 50 m
easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Schwyz
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Visit the capital of canton Schwyz
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The recommended starting point / destination of this family cycling tour is the Schwyz railway station - located just outside the town in Seewen district. However, the route is well marked to and from the center of Schwyz. Whatever the programme of the day, it's worth finding the time to visit this lively little town at the foot of the two Mythen mountains; home to the Forum of Swiss History and important founding documents of the Swiss Confederation. And close to the attractive main square, parish church and the town hall with strikingly painted facade you discover a wealth of freshly made authentic old Swiss specialities to get a taste of!
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Schwyz location description
Schwyz railway station en route
On leaving the station you make your way past the buses and cycle to the Kirchweg path. There, through a passage beneath the main road and railway lines and on via Milchstrasse you get to the signposted Cycling in Switzerland Route 51 by the Seeweren stream. This leads direction northwest to Lake Lauerz.
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The route from the railway station to the signposted Cycling in Switzerland Route 51 initially runs for a short stretch along the main road with no cycling lane, followed by an underground passage and short distance along a district road.
Dangerous Seewen spot
Take care entering the traffic flow at this point or use the underground passage.
Detour to Lauerz
At the bridge over the Goldbach you can leave the Route 51 and make your way along a side road with little traffic to Lauerz. Lake Lauerz naturally owes its name to the village that lies right by the waters’ edge. Lauerz is a lovely place to take a cool dip or enjoy refreshments in one of the restaurants - one of which is found a little further on, on the small and legendary island of Schwanau (only reached by ferry) right next to the Chapel of St. John and a 12th century castle ruin.
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The route runs through the country, in part on natural as well as asphalted path, through the middle of a moorland landscape of national importance.
Lake Lauerz moor landscape
Visit to the Goldau nature & wildlife park
Directly north of the Arth-Goldau railway station grounds, you come across the Goldau nature and wildlife park at the midst of the woods and landslide area: A crowning finish for all the family on this rather short cycling tour. And the “Bergsturz Museum” lies directly at the entrance to the wildlife park if you’re keen to find out more about the historic 1806 landslide.
Goldau nature & wildlife park
Rigi excursion
The “Queen of Mountains” - also known as Rigi on the map, offers stunning views over the waterscape of central Switzerland and has long become a tourist magnet.
Rigi
Arth-Goldau railway station en route
From the railway station building, the route lies within seeing distance and starts from the roundabout.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Arth-Goldau
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Contact

Stiftung SchweizMobil
Monbijoustrasse 61
3007 Bern
Tel. +41 (0) 31 313 02 70
info@schweizmobil.ch
www.schweizmobil.org

Services

Accommodation

Hirschen Backpackers.Hotel.Pub...
Hirschen Backpackers.Hotel.Pub...
Schwyz
Chlosterhof
Chlosterhof
Brunnen
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Places

Schwyz
Schwyz
Arth-Goldau
Arth-Goldau
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Places of interest

Rotenflue cable car
Rotenflue cable car
Museum of the Swiss Charters of Confederation
Museum of the Swiss Charters of Confederation
Forum of Swiss History Schwyz
Forum of Swiss History Schwyz
Natur- und Tierpark Goldau
Natur- und Tierpark Goldau
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Signalization

Signalization
For cycling, follow the logo indicated on the red signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
Signalization