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Bike Trail In Switzerland

I am interested in knowing a bike trail(s) in the Swiss alps such that you can bike in one direction and return by train with bike to the origin, where the trail is fairly level. I would be most appreciative for any suggestions? Thanks Ed Yager

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Go to:
http://www.myswitzerland.com/en.cfm/holidayoffers/hike_bike
They have the information you need. You can also order brochures from them at no cost which usually include maps. I don't know how level the trails will be there. You could consider as an alternative a bike trip down the Danube in Austria...very beautiful and level trails. You can rent a bike in Vienna and take it on the train to Linz or Passau and bike back. If you get tired at any point you can always jump back on the train to Vienna.

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Ed,
No problem. If you decide to consider the Danube, let me know, we have done this trip and had an excellent time.

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Are you looking for day rides or a multi-day tour? If the latter, the Rhone Route is a classic. Here is a description: "The Rhone Route runs through the magnificent mountain scenery of the Valais. It follows the River Rhone (known in Goms as the "Rotten") on charming and quiet paths before leading along Lake Geneva's famous palm-lined promenades, passing picturesque vineyards en route to cosmopolitan Geneva.
Andermatt-Genève
Length: 309 km
Unsurfaced: 26 km

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Lola and Alex thanks for the options!

A while ago I came across a route in the Swiss alps where you could travel by bike and then return by train. I can't remember if it was on Rick Steve's PBS or his book or another travel guide.

I will continue to go thru the Swiss website on cycling that you gave me Alex. If I am able to find it I will post it here.

Thanks again! Ed

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Swiss trains go almost everywhere so there are lots of ways to do this. But I'm sure the tourism website has suggested itineraries. If you find one that looks interesting, post again to get some feedback on scenery, towns, etc.

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I think I may have found what I was looking for in Rick Steve's Family Fun in Switzerland. The word funicular rings a bell with me as well, as the gradual down hill slope.

"We did the popular "Murren Loop": from Murren down to Stechelberg, along the valley to Lauterbrunnen, then back up — with the help of the funicular — to Murren. The funicular ride allowed us to enjoy a gradual downhill slope all afternoon. (You can rent bikes — about $30 a day with helmet — in most Alpine resort towns."

Has anybody done this that could add to the this bike tour?

Alex I will forward to "myswitzerland" see what they may say as well.
Thanks,
Ed

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Ed,
Good luck, I'm sure your trip will be excellent. Let me know how it went.

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The funicular from Lauterbrunnen up to Grutschalp has been replaced by a cablecar, but that won't make any difference to your cycling plans---you can still take your bike on the cablecar. You just won't get to ride up on a funicular.

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Lola and John Thanks for the note about the cable car and the bike rental.

Lola how can I get to know more about this trail and the cable car, any suggestions?

Thanks,
Ed Yager

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I just received a pack of info from My Switzerland in regards to inquiring of bike trail in the Murren area.

There are many routes in the area but you can sew a set together. Hiking and bike routes can be seen in the "Schilthorn Hiking Proposal" brochure.

A loop can be made as follows, The green mountain bike route 17 from Murren elev 1638 to Stechelberg elev 910. Then the green mountain bike route 16 to Lauterbrunnen elev. 800. Then take the Lauterbrunnen elev 800 to Grutschalp cable car, elev 1486. Then green mountain bike route 2 from Grutschalp 1486 elev back Murren elev 1638. Almost all down hill!

The brochure has many explanation of what you can see on the way such as flower trails, mountain views, waterfalls etc. Sound like a must see and do!

Now I need a suggestion of where to stay in Murren!

Thanks to all for the help!
Ed Yager