3 North-South Route
3 North-South Route

Cycling in Switzerland

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North-South Route

Stage 2, Aarau–Luzern

Route report
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North-South Route

From Aarau, the route leads into the flat Suhre Valley with the Jura mountains behind you and the Alps in the distance. The cycle track traverses fruit-laden orchards and fertile fields by idyllic Lake Sempach until you finally reach the one and only Lucerne.
Your journey starts in picturesque Aarau, the city of fine gables. The ride through the southern district is pleasant. Brügglifeld football stadium, where the local club has played at home since 1924, is now rather elderly. You reach the river Suhre, which flows through the valley of the same name, at the town of Suhr. This 34-km river emerges from Lake Sempach and flows into the Aare to the east of Aarau. The golf balls on the 18-hole Oberentfelden course have not emerged from a lake! They fly past your ears and, together with the irrigation systems, help to cool you down a little. Aarau, Buchs and Suhr run into one another almost seamlessly, but the building boom seems to tail off in the Mittelland and the ambience becomes calmer here. The Thatched House is a striking feature at Muhen: collections featuring various handicraft trades are on show (tours: see the commune's homepage).

The local raptors seem to be touring for a different purpose: awesome red kites and buzzards in search of prey circle above fields where maize, cabbages, asparagus, onions and other vegetables flourish. The path along the Suhre is pretty – and anything but sad, despite the many weeping birches and willows. The lovingly maintained town of Sursee is located at the northern end of Lake Sempach. Then come several pretty bathing spots, after which extensive sections of the lakeshore are closed to the public. Sempach, with its notable town hall dating from 1474, is also a pretty spot. To the north-east of the town, a chapel recalls the legendary Battle of Sempach on 9 July 1386. This place is also famous for the Swiss Ornithological Institute. This charitable foundation oversees local birdlife, researches the lifestyles of wild birds and tracks down the causes of the various threats they face.

The Rigi massif is already beckoning and welcoming you in the distance. You ride through the gently undulating Luzernerland region, through Rothenburg, down to Emmenbrücke and then to the river Reuss. The Reusszopf leisure area, with its own water meadow and island, has plenty of interesting sights. Amid motorways and railways, you may prefer to focus your thoughts on the graylings, German tamarisks and scarce blue-tailed damselflies that are also found here. The cycle path now passes the church of St. Charles, Mühlenplatz square with the Mill Bridge – and soon you are in the heart of Lucerne, one of the most visited Swiss cities.
From Aarau, the route leads into the flat Suhre Valley with the Jura mountains behind you and the Alps in the distance. The cycle track traverses fruit-laden orchards and fertile fields by idyllic Lake Sempach until you finally reach the one and only Lucerne.
Your journey starts in picturesque Aarau, the city of fine gables. The ride through the southern district is pleasant. Brügglifeld football stadium, where the local club has played at home since 1924, is now rather elderly. You reach the river Suhre, which flows through the valley of the same name, at the town of Suhr. This 34-km river emerges from Lake Sempach and flows into the Aare to the east of Aarau. The golf balls on the 18-hole Oberentfelden course have not emerged from a lake! They fly past your ears and, together with the irrigation systems, help to cool you down a little. Aarau, Buchs and Suhr run into one another almost seamlessly, but the building boom seems to tail off in the Mittelland and the ambience becomes calmer here. The Thatched House is a striking feature at Muhen: collections featuring various handicraft trades are on show (tours: see the commune's homepage).

The local raptors seem to be touring for a different purpose: awesome red kites and buzzards in search of prey circle above fields where maize, cabbages, asparagus, onions and other vegetables flourish. The path along the Suhre is pretty – and anything but sad, despite the many weeping birches and willows. The lovingly maintained town of Sursee is located at the northern end of Lake Sempach. Then come several pretty bathing spots, after which extensive sections of the lakeshore are closed to the public. Sempach, with its notable town hall dating from 1474, is also a pretty spot. To the north-east of the town, a chapel recalls the legendary Battle of Sempach on 9 July 1386. This place is also famous for the Swiss Ornithological Institute. This charitable foundation oversees local birdlife, researches the lifestyles of wild birds and tracks down the causes of the various threats they face.

The Rigi massif is already beckoning and welcoming you in the distance. You ride through the gently undulating Luzernerland region, through Rothenburg, down to Emmenbrücke and then to the river Reuss. The Reusszopf leisure area, with its own water meadow and island, has plenty of interesting sights. Amid motorways and railways, you may prefer to focus your thoughts on the graylings, German tamarisks and scarce blue-tailed damselflies that are also found here. The cycle path now passes the church of St. Charles, Mühlenplatz square with the Mill Bridge – and soon you are in the heart of Lucerne, one of the most visited Swiss cities.
57 km
Asphalted: 44 km
Natural surface: 13 km
420 m | 380 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Aarau
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Traffic volume
Beware: busy main road Schenkon–Sempach.
Avoidance of traffic
Between Sursee and Sempach-Neuenkirch there is a train that can be used to avoid traffic.
Traffic volume
Beware: busy main through-road Rothenburg.
Cycling tours near the water
The section between Aarau and Sursee (32 km) is particularly attractive.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Luzern
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Diversion, Aarau
Diversion, Aarau
Duration
02.02.2022 - 30.10.2022
Reason
Construction & maintenance work
The route is being diverted. Please follow the local signposts. See map for details.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office
Diversion, Emmen
Duration
01.07.2022 - 04.09.2022
Reason
Construction & maintenance work
The route is being diverted. Please follow the local signposts. See map for details.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office

Services

Accommodation

Landhotel Hirschen
Landhotel Hirschen
Erlinsbach
Hotel Traube Garni
Hotel Traube Garni
Küttigen
B&B Hochuli
B&B Hochuli
Küttigen
Hotel Kettenbrücke
Hotel Kettenbrücke
Aarau
zum graf bed & breakfast
zum graf bed & breakfast
Aarau
Bed & Breakfast Tuch & Laube
Bed & Breakfast Tuch & Laube
Aarau
Hotel Restaurant Ascott
Hotel Restaurant Ascott
Rombach
B&B zur Föhre
B&B zur Föhre
Rombach
Hotel Bären
Hotel Bären
Suhr
HOTEL aarau-WEST
HOTEL aarau-WEST
Oberentfelden-Aarau
Wirtshaus Rütihof
Wirtshaus Rütihof
Gränichen
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
TCS Camping Sempach
TCS Camping Sempach
Sempach
Straussenfarm am Sempachersee
Straussenfarm am Sempachersee
Sempach Stadt
Swissfarm Wurzelbaumhaus
Swissfarm Wurzelbaumhaus
Neuenkirch
Gasthof + Spielparadies Chärnsmatt
Gasthof + Spielparadies Chärnsmatt
Rothenburg
B&B Haus im Löchli
B&B Haus im Löchli
Luzern
Jugendherberge Luzern
Jugendherberge Luzern
Luzern
The Bed + Breakfast
The Bed + Breakfast
Luzern
Hotel Continental Park
Hotel Continental Park
Luzern
Backpacker’s Lucerne
Backpacker’s Lucerne
Luzern
Seeburghof
Seeburghof
Luzern
Holiday Inn Express Luzern-Kriens
Holiday Inn Express Luzern-Kriens
Kriens
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Bookable offers

3 North-South Route Basel-Lugano
3 North-South Route Basel-Lugano
Swiss
Swiss "Schoggi"-Tour
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Places

Aarau
Aarau
Sursee
Sursee
Sempach
Sempach
Lucerne
Lucerne
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Places of interest

Naturama
Naturama
Aargauer Kunsthaus
Aargauer Kunsthaus
Bikelehrpfad Gränichen
Bikelehrpfad Gränichen
Rütihof Forest Rope Garden
Rütihof Forest Rope Garden
Musegg Wall
Musegg Wall
Rosengart Collection Lucerne
Rosengart Collection Lucerne
Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke)
Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke)
Lion Monument
Lion Monument
Glacier Garden
Glacier Garden
Schweizerhofquai/Nationalquai
Schweizerhofquai/Nationalquai
KKL Luzern
KKL Luzern
Lake Lucerne
Lake Lucerne
Swiss Museum of Transport
Swiss Museum of Transport
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Swimming

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
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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

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