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50 mountain bike routes in Switzerland for 2022

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In Switzerland you can find mountain bike routes with a total length of over 9800 km. The most popular regions are Valais and Grisons. Especially the Engadin is a paradise for bikers. But also in the other regions of Switzerland you will discover easy to challenging mountain bike routes.

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Riding a mountain bike through Switzerland lets you feel nature in a special way. You have the choice whether you want to undertake particularly strenuous and long tours through the mountains or prefer shorter ones. As a rule, mountain bike routes lead through mountainous or at least hilly regions.

There are about 9800 km of signposted routes for mountain bikes in Switzerland. The signposting is uniform throughout Switzerland. So you can quickly find your way everywhere. Mountain bike routes are signaled with red signposts and contain a white bike as pictogram. In addition, you can recognize both the name and the number of the respective route on it

For particularly long tours, it's best to rent an e-mountain bike. It supports you if necessary so that you can make progress with less energy expenditure. By the way, certain mountain railroads offer the possibility to take your bike with you. However, the railroads regulate this very differently. Some take the mountain bike only on the first and last ride, others always and some not at all. There are even mountain railroads (like the one of Tschentenalp that take your mountain bike for free. Before a planned tour you should inform yourself, so that you do not have to experience unpleasant surprises.

Mountainbiking in Switzerland - Number of MTB routes

MTB RoutesNumber
national routes3
regional routes16
local routes254

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Rent a mountain bike or e-mountain bike

If you prefer to rent a mountain bike on site, you will usually find a rental facility near the mountain railroads. For particularly long tours, it's best to rent an e-mountain bike. It supports you when needed, so that you can move forward with less energy expenditure

Here is a selection of rental options:

By the way, certain mountain railroads offer the possibility to take your bike with you. However, the railroads regulate this very differently. Some take the mountain bike only on the first and last ride, others always and some not at all. There are even mountain railroads (like the one of Tschentenalp that take your mountain bike for free. Before a planned tour you should inform yourself, so that you do not have to experience unpleasant surprises.

Mountain bike (MTB) Difficulty level

difficultyeasymediumhard
Requirementsno specific MTB knowledge requiredMTB basic knowledgegood MTB riding technique; knowledge of mountain hazards
Trail qualitywell paved trails and roads, preferably not asphaltedusually traffic-free and well paved, preferably not asphaltedusually traffic-free and not asphalted
technically demanding pathsnoneonly short demanding sections (pushing passages)technically demanding paths and trails (pushing passages, obstacles, carrying sections)
dangerous sectionsnonefrequent
equipmentrobust touring bike, better MTBMTBMTB with suspension
condition (daily stages)up to 40 km in length; up to 800 meters in altitude; up to 4 hours riding timeup to 50 km; up to 1200 meters in altitude; up to 5 hours riding time50 km; 1200 meters in altitude; 5 hours riding time

Bike Tours Switzerland

Three national tours through Switzerland lead you in several stages through mountains, forests, along rivers and lakes. They often have partial stages that are also feasible for families or beginners.

Alpine Bike (1): Scuol - Livigno - St. Moritz - Bivio - Tiefencastel - Safien Platz - Lumbrein - Disentis - Andermatt - Meiringen - Grindelwald - Interlaken - Adelboden - Zweisimmen - Château d'Oex-Leysin

This national route starts in the southeast of Switzerland in the Engadine. With a small detour to Italy (Livigno) it continues to the Bernese Oberland. Passing the lighthouse on the Oberalp Pass, you continue west into the Jungfrau region and reach Interlaken with Lakes Brienz and Thun. This route ends in the Vaud Alps, where you will experience a particularly spectacular alpine nature.

  • Technique: difficult
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 670 km
  • Duration: per stage between 4:00 and 6:00 hrs.
  • Number of stages: 16
  • Ascent / descent: 24,900 (↑ hm) / 24,900 (↓ hm)
  • Season: passable in midsummer
  • Suitable for: experienced mountain bikers with great experience
Alpine Bike (Photo: MySwitzerland)Alpine Bike (Photo: MySwitzerland)
Alpine Bike (Photo: Rolf Bruckert, Velobuero MySwitzerland)Alpine Bike (Photo: Rolf Bruckert, Velobuero MySwitzerland)

Panorama Bike (2): Rorschach - Trogen - Appenzell - Niederurnen - Einsiedeln - Schwyz - Sarnen - Sörenberg - Habkern - Thun - Schwarzsee - Charmey - Les Paccots - Montreux

The second national route starts in Rorschach on Lake Constance. From there it leads first through the picturesque Appenzellerland and then along several lakes like the Walensee, the Sihlsee and the Vierwaldstättersee. Lake Brienz and Lake Thun are also on the route before you arrive at Lake Geneva. This route scores with the interplay of the lakes and the beautiful Alpine panorama that is reflected in it.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 450 km
  • Duration: per stage between 4:00 and 6:00 hrs.
  • Number of stages: 14
  • Ascent / descent: 15,300 (↑ hm) / 15,400 (↓ hm)
  • Season: passable from mid-May to October
  • Suitable for: moderately experienced mountain bikers

Jura Bike (3): Basel - Laufen - Delémont - St-Ursanne - Saignelégier - La Chaux-de-Fonds - Ste-Croix - Le Sentier - Nyon

The national mountain bike route 3 starts in Basel and leads along the western border of the country southwards to Nyon. The wooded Jura heights, the Welschgätterli as a rocky pass and beautiful old villages like Delémont you pass on the way. This tour is very scenic and the view falls on magnificent breeding horses. The section from the Val de Travers to the southernmost Jura ridge is considered particularly impressive. The view of Lake Neuchâtel with the Alps in the background is a postcard idyll.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 365 km
  • Duration: per stage between 3:30 and 4:30 hrs.
  • Number of stages: 9
  • Ascent / descent: 9,400 (↑ hm) / 9,200 (↓ hm)
  • Season: passable from July to October
  • Suitable for: moderately experienced mountain bikers
Panorama Bike (Photo: Rolf Bruckert, Velobuero MySwitzerland)Panorama Bike (Photo: Rolf Bruckert, Velobuero MySwitzerland)
 Jura Bike Val Terbi (Photo: My Switzerland) Jura Bike Val Terbi (Photo: My Switzerland)

Mountain bike Graubünden

Graubünden is one of the best regions in Switzerland for hiking and biking. As a mountain biker, you can expect over 2500 km of bike trails over natural paths, through forests or over exciting mountain trails. And all this in a unique alpine panorama with idyllic Graubünden mountain villages.

Heidiland Bike (25): Niederurnen (Ziegelbrücke) - Walenstadt - Sargans

The route leads mainly on asphalt roads and well passable natural paths. On the way you will see the idyllic nature with the Kerenzerberg and the mystical Walensee. On the second day you will also experience the culture of the region. The castle ruins of Gräpplang and the Capuchin monastery of Mels are on the way. Sargans Castle can be seen from afar at the end of the tour.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 99 km
  • Duration: 15:00 to 16:00 hrs.
  • Number of stages: 2
  • Ascent / descent: 3,000 (↑ hm) / 3,000 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to October passable
  • Suitable for: experienced cyclists with good physical condition

Reservoir Nalps - Cavorgia (206): Sedrun - Surrein - Reservoir Nalps - Cavorgia - Sedrun

The round tour leads to the reservoir Nalps on the opposite side of the valley from Sedrun. The steady ascent goes upwards over several curves. Besides an impressive waterfall, this tour attracts with a beautiful view of the Oberalpstock and the summit of the Piz Gannaretsch (3040 m above sea level).

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 29 km
  • Duration: 3:30 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 1,000 (↑ hm) / 1,000 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October passable
  • Suitable for: experienced riders with good physical condition or with e-mountain bike

Peil (232): Vals Post - Maiensäss Tschifera - Vals Post

The ride up through the Peiler forest starts at the valley station of the Vals sports cable cars. This easy tour is very popular with leisurely bikers. On the way you will have a view of the Peiler mountains and the Valser Horn. Downwards, small paths lead through the middle of colorful meadows. To Maiensäss Tschifera, the route leads over bumpy paths with many inclines. Back to Vals you ride the circular route along the goods roads.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 14 km
  • Duration: 2:30 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 640 (↑ hm) / 640 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October passable
  • Suitable for: Beginners and families

Brambrüesch Tour (255): Chur - Brambrüesch - Chur

From Chur you do a round trip to the local mountain Brambrüesch and back. To get to the top you follow the river Plessur and further to Passugg with the Theophil spring. Easy climbs and beautiful descents alternate. From the plateau Brambrüesch you take the road to the mountain railroad middle station Känzeli. In winter this is the popular toboggan run. From Känzeli you either take the road or one of the "freeride slopes" of the Alpenbikepark Chur.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 31 km
  • Duration: 4:30 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 1200 (↑ hm) / 1200 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to November passable
  • Suitable for: more and less experienced mountain bikers with a particularly good condition
Grisons MTB (Photo: Martin Bissig MySwitzerland)Grisons MTB (Photo: Martin Bissig MySwitzerland)
Graubünden MTB families (Photo: Martin Bissig Davos Klosters MySwitzerland)Graubünden MTB families (Photo: Martin Bissig Davos Klosters MySwitzerland)

Calörtsch (257): Versam station - Safien - Calörtsch - Brün - Versam-Safien

On this tour you start from the Versam-Safien train station in the UNESCO certified Rhine Gorge up to the Islabord viewpoint. The path then leads through forests and meadows up to the Maiensässen near Calörtsch. Via side roads you come down to the idyllic village of Brün. Finally, you return to the starting point via forest roads.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 24 km
  • Duration: 2:30 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 1050 (↑ hm) / 1050 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to October passable
  • Suitable for: more and less experienced mountain bikers with a particularly good condition

Trin Digg - Crestasee (246): Staderas - Conn - Trin Digg - Porclis - Trin Mulin - Crestasee - Staderas

From Staderas you drive through the Flims forest with a view of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Sardona to the viewing platform Conn. From here you have a wonderful view of the Rhine Gorge, also called the "Swiss Grand Canyon". The further path connects Trin Digg with Trin Mulin. Afterwards, a refreshing swim in the turquoise-blue Crestasee awaits you. The tour leads you back to the starting point via beautiful natural roads.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 22 km
  • Duration: 2:30 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 560 (↑ hm) / 560 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to November passable
  • Suitable for: Beginners and families
 Calörtsch Route 257 below Versam (Photo: MySwitzerland) Calörtsch Route 257 below Versam (Photo: MySwitzerland)
Lake Cresta (Photo: MySwitzerland)Lake Cresta (Photo: MySwitzerland)

Fideriser Heuberge (324): Fideris - Berghaus Arflina - Fideris

In the idyllic mountain village of Fideris you start your journey towards the Fideriser Heuberge. The first stop is the Berghaus Arflina with a unique view of the surrounding mountain panorama of the Prättigau. Afterwards you ride up a challenging single trail to the turning point of the tour. You will now ride rapidly downhill along forest paths.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 23 km
  • Duration: 3:40 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 1300 (↑ hm) / 1300 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to October passable
  • Suitable for: experienced cyclists with good condition or with e-mountain bike

Kunkels Bike (482): Bad Ragaz - Kunkelspass - Tamins

This strenuous tour starts in Bad Ragaz and then leads you up to the spa town of Valens. From there you continue to the Mapragg reservoir and along the lake shore. Afterwards you will pass through a wild valley basin to Vättis. After a last ascent you will reach the top of the pass. From there you can enjoy a great descent down to Tamins.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 31 km
  • Duration: 3:45 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 1000 (↑ hm) / 900 (↓ hm)
  • Season: passable from April to October
  • Suitable for: experienced bikers with a particularly good condition or e-mountain bike

Mountain bike Engadin

The Engadine offers you unique experiences on mountain bike trails with a total length of over 400 km. The routes lead you to steep slopes, through the typical stone pine forests and past sparkling mountain lakes. The many different routes offer something for every level.

Trans-Altarezia Bike (32): Samnaun - Sent - Sta. Maria - Val Viola - San Romerio - Tirano

This 5-stage bike tour leads you in the three-country corner over routes steeped in history and through three language regions. The start is in Samnaun, from where you cycle through Engadine villages with their typical stone houses to Italy. There you take the path over single trails and rugged high mountain landscapes to the border pass da Val Viola. The final stage takes you via San Romerio to the final town of Tirano. The highest point of this tour is at 2731 m above sea level.

  • Technique: difficult
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 215 km
  • Duration: per stage between 4:00 and 6:00 hrs.
  • Number of stages: 5
  • Ascent / descent: 7200 (↑ hm) / 8800 (↓ hm)
  • Season: passable from July to August (depending on snow conditions)
  • Suitable for: experienced mountain bikers with great experience

Bernina Express (673): Samedan - Bernina Pass - Poschiavo

This tour starts in the village of Samedan and leads past the Bernina massif to the Bernina Pass summit. The view from the pass to the Morteratsch glacier and the Piz Palü is breathtaking. Afterwards you ride on a fun descent down into the valley to Poschiavo. This single trail belongs to the repertoire of the Epic-Trails of the International Mountainbike Association. Once you've reached the bottom, you can take the Rhaetian Railway back to Pontresina via Alp Grüm.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 38 km
  • Duration: 4:10 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 950 (↑ hm) / 1650 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October passable
  • Suitable for: experienced bikers with good condition or with e-mountain bike
Viewpoint Sassal Mason on the Bernina Pass (Photo: My Switzerland)Viewpoint Sassal Mason on the Bernina Pass (Photo: My Switzerland)
 MTB Switzerland Route 21 (Photo: Andrea Badrutt Digitalfoto Grafik My Switzerland) MTB Switzerland Route 21 (Photo: Andrea Badrutt Digitalfoto Grafik My Switzerland)

Maloja Express (679): Maloja - Bergell - Castasegna

On this tour you start at the Maloja pass, 1815 m above sea level. From here the descent goes down into Bergell. You will pass many villages in Bergell with their typical stone houses, which are worth a short visit. Down in the valley, flat sections alternate with challenging climbs. However, the downhill altitude meters outweigh by far, which makes the tour very relaxed in terms of fitness.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: easy
  • Distance: 26 km
  • Duration: 2:30 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 340 (↑ hm) / 1450 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to September passable
  • Suitable for: experienced mountain bikers

Tarasp (441): Vulpera - Florins - Fontana - Avrona - Vulpera

Enjoyment is guaranteed on this route, as one scenic highlight follows the next. You start in Vulpera and cycle first past the golf course to Florins. Then the path leads up to Val Plavna and from there to the hamlet of Fontana. Through a moor landscape and a forest you come to Avrona. At the end, a fast descent back to Vulpera awaits you. This tour is especially beautiful in autumn, when the larch forests change their color and provide a golden Engadine

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 19 km
  • Duration: 3:45 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 680 (↑ hm) / 680 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to October passable
  • Suitable for: moderately experienced mountain bikers

Engiadina Bassa (442): Susch - Sent - Martina

Discover on this tour many beautiful villages in the Lower Engadine like Scuol, Sent and Tschlin. On the tour you will enjoy many great views such as Tarasp Castle and the massive Lower Engadine Dolomites. This tour is well suited for families because of good public transport connections. You can adjust the length of the stages as you wish and leave out particularly challenging or strenuous stretches. The route leads you next to the villages through many beautiful natural areas and finally to Martina.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 100 km
  • Duration: per stage between 2:30 and 6:30 hrs.
  • Number of stages: 3
  • Ascent / descent: 4300 (↑ hm) / 4700 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October passable
  • Suitable for: Families and experienced bikers with good condition or with e-mountain bike

National Park Bike Marathon: Scuol - Tschierv - Livigno - Alp Champatsch - S-chanf - Scuol

On this bike tour you will discover the many sides of the Swiss National Park by going around it once. The trail leads from Scuol past the pine forest God da Tamangur and over a flow trail to the Pass da Costainas. Further on via Tschierv, gravel roads and single trails lead you to Livigno. From Livigno you ride up to Alp Champatsch and from there on to S-chanf. In S-chanf begins the easiest part of the tour, which leads you through many Lower Engadine villages back to Scuol.

  • Technique: difficult
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 145 km
  • Duration: 17:00 hrs.
  • Number of stages: 4
  • Ascent / descent: 4500 (↑ hm) / 4500 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to September passable
  • Suitable for: experienced mountain bikers with good physical condition
Route 679 Chestnut Forest Catasegna (Photo: MySwitzerland)Route 679 Chestnut Forest Catasegna (Photo: MySwitzerland)
Route 441 Tarasp Juerada d Avrona(Photo: MySwitzerland)Route 441 Tarasp Juerada d Avrona(Photo: MySwitzerland)

Mountain bike Davos

Davos Klosters with the Prättigau is a very attractive area for bikers in Graubünden. Here you will discover over 700 km of mountain bike trails through beautiful mountain valleys and with fantastic panoramas

Albula tour (242): Alvaneu Bad - Filisur - Bergün - Brienz - Stierva - Alvaneu Bad

This varied tour takes you on great trails past the RhB UNESCO World Heritage Site with its famous Landwasser Viaduct. The special thing about this viaduct is that it leads directly into a tunnel. From Alvaneu Bad, the route goes high above Filisur to Bergün. With a unique view of the Albula gorge, the last climb takes you up to Stierva. From there a unique single trail descent awaits you back to Alvaneu Bad.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 65 km
  • Duration: 6:15 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 2300 (↑ hm) / 2300 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to October passable
  • Suitable for: experienced bikers with good condition or with e-mountain bike
Albula Filisur Landwasser Viaduct (Photo: Andrea Badrutt My Switzerland)Albula Filisur Landwasser Viaduct (Photo: Andrea Badrutt My Switzerland)
Albula Trail (Photo: My Switzerland)Albula Trail (Photo: My Switzerland)

Landscape Davos (336): Davos (Wolfgang) - Frauenkirch - Glaris - Wiesen (Station)

This easy tour is perfect for families. The route takes you from the Wolfgang Pass in Davos via Frauenkirch to Glaris. From here a single trail follows high above a narrow and spectacular gorge down to Wiesen station. About ¾ of this tour consists of an asphalt path, which makes the route perfect for beginners and families.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: easy
  • Distance: 24 km
  • Duration: 2:00 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 240 (↑ hm) / 680 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to November passable
  • Suitable for: Beginners and families

Zügenschlucht (338): Davos Platz - Clavadel - Monstein - Jenisberg - Station Wiesen - Glaris - Davos Platz

This demanding tour leads you from Davos Platz through the Mattawald to Clavadel. From Clavadel you continue to Monstein, where you should definitely plan a visit to the highest beer brewery in Europe. This is followed by a challenging trail to Jenisberg and on to the Wiesen station. At the end, a steep climb to the gorge awaits you before a single trail brings you back to Davos.

  • Technique: difficult
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 45 km
  • Duration: 5:30 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 1650 (↑ hm) / 1650 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to October passable
  • Suitable for: experienced mountain bikers with great experience

Mountain bike Lenzerheide

Lenzerheide reawakens every summer as a hotspot for mountain bikers. With many different tours, every biker will be enchanted here. In addition, there is the unique Bike Kingdom Lenzerheide with great events, fun parks and exciting trails.

Lenzerheide Valley Tour (601): Lenzerheide - Rofna - Crap la Tretscha - Lenzerheide

This leisurely tour is ideal for families and beginners. Discover on natural roads from Lenzerheide the valley with Lenz, Stierva, Mutten, Mon and Obermutten. This is followed by the great viewpoint Crap la Tretscha with barbecue area and views of Alvaschein and Tiefencastel. From the vantage point, the tour leads back to Lenzerheide on comfortable paths.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 17 km
  • Duration: 1:30 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 500 (↑ hm) / 500 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to October passable
  • Suitable for: Beginners and families
Zügen Gorge Tour 338 (Photo: My Switzerland)Zügen Gorge Tour 338 (Photo: My Switzerland)
Lenzerheide Tour 601 (Photo: Traian Grigorian MySwitzerland)Lenzerheide Tour 601 (Photo: Traian Grigorian MySwitzerland)

Runda Lai (602): Lenzerheide - Parpaner Rothorn - Gredigs Fürggli - Parpan - Churwalden - Heidbüel - Lenzerheide

On this route you cycle once around the lake at Lenzerheide. The tour starts at the top of the Parpaner Rothorn, where you can reach comfortably by cable car. From the Rothorn, the tour really gets going with a downhill run past the Gredigs Fürggli to Parpan. Down in the valley you continue to Churwalden and then take the cable car up to Heidbüel. Now a final section on flow trails awaits you back to Lenzerheide.

  • Technique: difficult
  • condition: easy
  • Distance: 26 km
  • Duration: 2:30 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 320 (↑ hm) / 2400 (↓ hm)
  • Season: passable from June to October
  • Suitable for: very experienced mountain bikers

Bike Kingdom: Great mountain bike trails, many events, exciting fun parks

The Bike Kingdom Lenzerheide offers you a unique mountain bike experience. In the area there are many different mountain bike trails for every ability and condition. Besides many great trails you will also find a fascinating fun park. Here there are routes with jumps of varying difficulty.

The Bike Kingdom also hosts numerous events during the summer season. These include bike festivals, children's cups and of course the Mountain Bike World Cup Lenzerheide

The Bike Kingdom Park Lenzerheide opens one month in May and is open throughout the summer.

Mountain Bike Valais

Valais is a very popular area for mountain bikers in Switzerland. Race here on top prepared trails past sparkling mountain lakes, rushing waterfalls and over rocky mountain trails.

Dala Culture Bike (115): Leukerbad - Inden - Varen - Leuk

This tour starts in Leukerbad and leads you first through lush green forests out of the Dala valley. As soon as you arrive in Inden, the route continues past huge rock formations to Varen. Here, a view of the full width of the Rhone Valley awaits you. You'll also see terraced vineyards, for which the valley is famous. Finally, the trail descends to Leuk town and from there to Susten train station. Throughout the tour you will pass many cultural and historical sites and buildings.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: easy
  • Distance: 14 km
  • Duration: 1:20 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 260 (↑ hm) / 1000 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to November passable
  • Suitable for: Beginners and families

Nendaz-Barrage de Cleuson Bike (129): Haute-Nendaz - Siviez - Haute-Nendaz

Discover the famous Cleuson reservoir on this bike tour. The tour starts in Haute-Nendaz and leads you on forest paths to Siviez. From here you follow the Printse river and after a while you arrive at the foot of the dam. A small tunnel will lead you to the dam. After admiring the dam with its turquoise water and perhaps taking a short break, you will return to the starting point.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 31 km
  • Duration: 5:00 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 1200 (↑ hm) / 1200 (↓ hm)
  • Season: passable from April to October
  • Suitable for: experienced bikers with good condition or with e-mountain bike

Bietschhorn Bike (145): Lauchernalp - Hockenalp - Kummenalp - Restialp - Faldumalp - Ferden - Kippel - Wiler

Get to know the beautiful Lötschental better on this tour. The tour starts at Lauchernalp at about 2000 m above sea level, which you reach comfortably by cable car. Afterwards the trail leads you over the many Lötschentaler Alps. From the high trails you have a great view of the surrounding mountain panorama with the striking Bietschhorn and the Lötschenlücke. You will also see the Weisshorn and the Dent Blanche on this tour. From Faldumalp the trail descends steeply to Ferden, the first village of the Lötschen valley. After a short ride you will reach your destination in Wiler.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 13 km
  • Duration: 1:45 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 480 (↑ hm) / 1050 (↓ hm)
  • Season: passable from June to October
  • Suitable for: moderately experienced mountain bikers

Visp-Zermatt Bike (150) - Matterhorn Valley Trail (20): Visp - Stalden - St. Niklaus - Täsch - Zermatt

This physically demanding route takes you along the Vispa river from Visp (647 m above sea level) to Zermatt (1620 m above sea level). The first destination is Stalden, from where you follow the bikeroute to St. Niklaus. Through a forest you follow a single trail to Birchbach. From there on, the first glaciers and the Kleine Matterhorn appear on the horizon. With a last, strenuous climb you will finally reach Zermatt and hopefully get a good view of the mighty Matterhorn

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 38 km
  • Duration: 4:00 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 1450 (↑ hm) / 460 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October
  • Suitable for: experienced cyclists with good condition or with e-mountain bike
 MTB Kingdom (Photo: Holiday region Lenzerheide Myswitzerland) MTB Kingdom (Photo: Holiday region Lenzerheide Myswitzerland)
Route 150 Visp Zermatt Matterhorn Trail ( Photo: Stefan Walther, Geoformer MySwitzerland)Route 150 Visp Zermatt Matterhorn Trail ( Photo: Stefan Walther, Geoformer MySwitzerland)

Breithorn Bike (146): Lauchernalp - Fischbiel - Netzbord - Weissenried - Ried - Wiler

This route with a view of the Lötschental Breithorn on the sunny southern slope of the valley offers a great experience for every experienced biker. First you take the cable car up to Lauchernalp. From there it's another short way up to the hamlet of Fischbiel. Now the fun descent begins. The single trail winds down to Weissenried. The rest of the way leads you back to the valley station of the cable car in Wiler. We recommend a short stop at the chapel in Weissenried on the way. This was built in 1787 and was dedicated to the "dragon slayer" St. George.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: easy
  • Distance: 9 km
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 170 (↑ hm) / 740 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October passable
  • Suitable for: experienced mountain bikers, also for children

Mattmark Bike (159): Saas-Almagell - Mattmark dam - Distelalp - Mattmark dam - Saas-Almagell

This route starts at the village square in Saas-Almagell below Saas-Fee. First the tour leads along the river Vispa. Then an ascending road takes you up to the Mattmark dam. Once at the top, the trail goes all around the reservoir. At the end of the reservoir lies the Dischtelalp, from where further mountain bike tours start. The return trip takes you on the other side of the lake back to the dam wall. Now begins the rapid descent down into the valley and along the same path back along the Vispa to Saas-Almagell.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 22 km
  • Duration: 2:45 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 680 (↑ hm) / 680 (↓ hm)
  • Season: passable from June to October
  • Suitable for: moderately experienced mountain bikers

Häxutrail Bike (158): Belalp - Erich - Rischinerwald - Blatten

On this tour you ride from Belalp over fun bike trails down to Blatten. The trail leads you first over alpine meadows to the beginning of the actual trail at the edge of the forest. The first descent goes over forest paths with jumps, which can also be ridden around, down to a clearing. After about 200 m, the bike trail separates from the hiking trail and the real fun begins. A flow trail about one kilometer long curves through the forest down into the valley. At the end it goes over natural paths and roads to the end point in Blatten.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: easy
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Duration: 0:40 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 60 (↑ hm) / 820 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October
  • Suitable for: experienced mountain bikers

Crans-Montana Bike Marathon: Crans-Montana - Ploumachit - Cabane de la Tièche - Cordona - Veyras - Crans-Montana

The Bike Marathon in the Crans-Montana region is a big circumnavigation of the region. The trail combines the many trails of the region into one big route. Ride from Crans-Montana via Ploumachit up to the Cabane de la Tièche. After admiring the unique panorama of the Weisshorn, the Zinalrothorn, the Matterhorn and the Dent Blanche, the big descent begins. Through a varied landscape it goes via Cordona and Veyras back to Crans-Montana.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 50 km
  • Duration: 8:30 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 2000 (↑ hm) / 2000 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October passable
  • Suitable for: experienced bikers with good condition or with e-mountain bike
MTB Route 158 Haexutrail (Photo: Pascal Gertschen MySwitzerland)MTB Route 158 Haexutrail (Photo: Pascal Gertschen MySwitzerland)
MTB Route 159 Mattmark Reservoir (Photo: MySwitzerland)MTB Route 159 Mattmark Reservoir (Photo: MySwitzerland)

Grimsel Bike (772): Grimsel Pass - Obergesteln

This tour is perfect if you are just looking for a fast downhill and don't want to spend a lot of energy on the ascent. The starting point is at the top of the Grimsel Pass at 2164 m above sea level. The trail descends through a charming mountain landscape to Obergesteln. You will be guided past majestic mountain giants of the Obergoms over forest paths and single trails. A truly unique but technically difficult descent of 900 meters in altitude awaits you.

  • Technique: difficult
  • Condition: easy
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Duration: 00:45 h
  • Ascent / descent: 100 (↑ hm) / 900 (↓ hm)
  • Season: passable from July to October
  • Suitable for: very experienced mountain bikers

Mountain bike Bernese Oberland

Experience the beautiful mountain panoramas with the many charming valleys in the Bernese Oberland. The region can be perfectly discovered by mountain bike on the many bike trails. The tours in the region offer you a unique experience of freedom with lots of adventure and thrills.

Bussalp Bike (342): Grindelwald - Bussalp - Holewang - Grindelwald

The Bussalp is mainly known as a sledding mountain. In summer, however, it can be experienced superbly by mountain bike. From Grindelwald it is a climb of 800 meters in altitude up to Bussalp. This strenuous climb is rewarded with a unique panorama of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Afterwards, the tour leads you back to Grindelwald on natural paths and single trails.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 19 km
  • Duration: 3:30 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 900 (↑ hm) / 900 (↓ hm)
  • Season: passable from June to October
  • Suitable for: moderately experienced mountain bikers

Mürren Bike (450): Lauterbrunnen - Alpweg - Mittelberg - Mürren - Lauterbrunnen

A great highlight of the Bernese Oberland is the triumvirate of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in the Jungfrau region. On this mountain bike tour from Lauterbrunnen you will get a great view of this mountain trio. The route takes you from Lauterbrunnen via Alpweg and Mittelberg to Mürren. Here begins the exciting descent over a single trail. Later, small roads lead you back to Lauterbrunnen, which lies in the valley of the 72 waterfalls.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 27 km
  • Duration: 3:00 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 1250 (↑ hm) / 1250 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to October passable
  • Suitable for: experienced bikers with good condition or with e-mountain bike
Mürren Route 450 (Photo Stefan Hunziker MySwitzerland)Mürren Route 450 (Photo Stefan Hunziker MySwitzerland)
Grimsel Route 772 (Photo: Sandra Müller Fotopatin Switzerland Mobile MySwitzerland)Grimsel Route 772 (Photo: Sandra Müller Fotopatin Switzerland Mobile MySwitzerland)

Lake Brienz Bike (451): Interlaken - Niederried - Oberried - Brienz

Ride on this route from Interlaken along Lake Brienz to Brienz. The route goes over natural roads first to Niederried and from there to Oberried. Afterwards you will pass an 80 m long suspension bridge, where you have to get off your bike for a short while. Now it is not far to the cozy village of Brienz. This route is perfect for beginners and families. On the way you can catch a glimpse of the Grand Hotel Giessbach and the Giessbach Falls on the other side of the lake.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 18 km
  • Duration: 01:45 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 560 (↑ hm) / 560 (↓ hm)
  • Season: April to October
  • Suitable for: Beginners and families
Lake Brienz (Photo: MySwitzerland)Lake Brienz (Photo: MySwitzerland)
Lake Brienz (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)Lake Brienz (Photo: Jungfrau Railways)

Bachalpsee Bike (341): Grindelwald - Grosse Scheidegg - First - Bachalpsee - Waldspitz - Grindelwald

From the starting point in Grindelwald, this challenging tour takes you first up to Bachalpsee. The route doesn't seem very high from below, but the ascent is quite challenging. At Grindelwald First you can make a stop and admire the uncovered Jungfrau region from the Cliff Walk. One of the most beautiful sections of the trail, however, is the picturesque Bachalpsee, where many hikers also hang out. From Bachalpsee, the route takes you back to Grindelwald via exciting descents with single trails.

  • Technique: difficult
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 31 km
  • Duration: 5:30 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 1450 (↑ hm) / 1450 (↓ hm)
  • Season: June to October passable
  • Suitable for: experienced mountain bikers with great experience

Mountain Bike Central Switzerland

Central Switzerland contains many different bike trails and larger routes. Discover here with the bike the beautiful region around Lake Lucerne and ride on flowing trails, strenuous climbs and exciting descents.

Bike tour Brunnihütte: Engelberg - Hotel Waldegg - Rigidalalp - Brunnihütte - Engelberg

Discover on this bike tour the beautiful region of Engelberg at the foot of the Titlis. The route starts at Engelberg train station, from where the climb towards Brunnihütte begins. First you go up a road between the houses of Engelberg to the Hotel Waldegg. From there you pass the mountain inn Schwand and up to Rigidalalp. Now the last ascent starts up to the SAC Brunnihütte at 1860 m above sea level. From here you can enjoy a unique view of the peaks of Central Switzerland before you return to Engelberg via the same route.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 13 km
  • Duration: 2:20 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 860 (↑ hm) / 861 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to October passable
  • Suitable for: moderately experienced mountain bikers

4-lake bike tour in Engelberg: Engelberg - Untertrübsee - Engstlensee - Tannalpsee - Melchsee-Frutt - Melchtal - Kerns - Stans

This unique bike tour takes you past four beautiful lakes in the Engelberg region. The first lake of the tour is the Untertrübsee, which is located close to Engelberg. Afterwards, a strenuous climb awaits you, after which you can relax your legs on the chairlift during the next stage from Trübsee to the Jochpass. Within the next few hours, the route takes you along Engstlensee up to Tannalpsee and finally to Melchsee. This is followed by a ride on main roads to Stans. From here you can travel back to Engelberg with the Zentralbahn.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 53 km
  • Duration: 6:30 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 1450 (↑ hm) / 2000 (↓ hm)
  • Season: July to October passable
  • Suitable for: experienced bikers with good condition or with e-mountain bike
MTB 4 Lakes Tour (Photo: Oskar Enander MySwitzerland)MTB 4 Lakes Tour (Photo: Oskar Enander MySwitzerland)
MTB 4 Lakes Tour (Photo: Florian Bouvet-Fournier My Switzerland)MTB 4 Lakes Tour (Photo: Florian Bouvet-Fournier My Switzerland)

Lutersee Bike (411): Andermatt - Stöckli - Platten - Stöckli - Andermatt

Discover on this tour not only the region around the famous winter sports resort Andermatt, but also historical military buildings from the Cold War. The path on this tour leads you from Andermatt over the Stöckli to Platten. There you can enjoy a unique view of the valley and refresh yourself in the cool Lutersee. In the background you can also see the wind turbines on the Gütsch. The way back leads you via the same path back to Andermatt.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 29 km
  • Duration: 3:45 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 1100 (↑ hm) / 1100 (↓ hm)
  • Season: July to October passable
  • Suitable for: Beginners and families with good condition

Stoos Tour (802): Stoos - Stoos

This short but varied bike tour takes you from the mountain village of Stoos along a circular route around the high plateau in central Switzerland. On the whole ride there are always beautiful views into the valley basin of Schwyz. Compared to other tours in the region, this tour also offers beginners an opportunity to discover the region by bike.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 12 km
  • Duration: 1:30 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 500 (↑ hm) / 500 (↓ hm)
  • Season: passable from April to November
  • Suitable for: moderately experienced mountain bikers

Goldi route (926): Klewenalp - Twärenegg - Sagendorf - Seelisberg - Treib

This bike route is perfect for beginners and families, as it involves significantly more vertical meters downhill than uphill. The trail leads you from Klewenalp to Twärenegg. After a short break you start the fast track to the Stockhütte and continue to Emmetten. Afterwards you will pass the Sagendorf and reach Seelisberg. There you can refresh yourself in the Seelisberger Bergseeli before you start the last section to Treib.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: easy
  • Distance: 24 km
  • Duration: 03:10 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 400 (↑ hm) / 1550 (↓ hm)
  • Season: May to September
  • Suitable for: Beginners and families

Railway tour Mythenregion-Hoch-Ybrig (966): Laucheren valley station - Hoch-Ybrig - Ibergeregg - Rickenbach - Rotenflue - Ibergeregg - Laucheren valley station

The route starts at the Laucheren valley station in Oberiberg. To get to the highest point of the route, you have to overcome a total of over 2000 meters in altitude. So that the route is also feasible for beginners, you can complete a good 1700 of these altitude meters with gondola and chair lifts from Rickenbach. From the Sternen mountain station, the route takes you over gravel roads and technical climbs to the Ibergeregg pass summit. There begins a single trail enjoyment down to the valley station of the Rotenfluebahn, where you get a view of Lake Lucerne. This is followed by a ride with the gondola up to the Rotenflue, from where you ride back to Laucheren via the old Schwyzerweg

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 28 km
  • Duration: 3:30 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 600 - 2300 (↑ hm) / 2300 (↓ hm)
  • Season: July to October passable
  • Suitable for: moderately experienced mountain bikers
MTB Route 966 HochYbrig Spirstock (Photo: MySwitzerland)MTB Route 966 HochYbrig Spirstock (Photo: MySwitzerland)
Goldi Route 926 Seelisberg (Photo: MySwitzerland)Goldi Route 926 Seelisberg (Photo: MySwitzerland)

Mountain Bike Ticino

Ticino offers you not only more hours of sunshine than Switzerland north of the Alps, but also beautiful valleys and unique bike trails. There are about 370 km of natural surface and 140 km of single trails available.

Brè Bike (356): Monte Brè - Alpe Bolla - Cureggia - Vallà - Brè

The starting point of this tour is the picturesque village of Brè, which is a mixture of traditional architecture and modern art. From here the tour starts into the nearby forest and then over a single trail to Alpe Bolla. After the alp follows a rapid descent and a rigorous climb to the village of Cureggia. From here you ride back to Brè on the single trail.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 18 km
  • Duration: 2:30 hrs
  • Ascent / descent: 860 (↑ hm) / 860 (↓ hm)
  • Season: passable all year round
  • Suitable for: moderately experienced mountain bikers

Isone Bike (361): Rivera - Isone - Camignolo - Rivera

This demanding round trip leads you around the Val d'Isone. On the way, the most beautiful places of the valley are waiting for you to reach by bike. These include forests, meadows, viewpoints and even a peat bog. The route starts in Rivera and leads through forest paths and natural roads to Isone. From Isone you ride up to Muricce, where a single trail starts to Alpe Zalto. The ride continues on natural roads to Brusio and then on a single trail to Camignolo. From here it is not far back to Rivera.

  • Technique: difficult
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 27 km
  • Duration: 3:45 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 1100 (↑ hm) / 1100 (↓ hm)
  • Season: passable all year round
  • Suitable for: experienced mountain bikers with great experience

Valle Morobbia Bike (392): Giubiasco - Pianezzo - Carmena - Artore - Bellinzona

The starting point of this tour is the pleasant town of Giubiasco. Here you start on the cantonal road into the beautiful Morobbia valley. You start on the famous Giubiasco-Carena racing bike track, where many big bike races have been held. Afterwards a single trail leads you towards the Paudo mountains. Now begins the rapid descent to Bellinzona. During the descent you have a view of the famous castles of Bellinzona, which belong to the UNESCO world heritage.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 20 km
  • Duration: 3:30 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 900 (↑ hm) / 880 (↓ hm)
  • Season: passable from April to November
  • Suitable for: moderately experienced mountain bikers

Alta Verzasca Bike (399): Brione Verzasca - Sonogno

This route may seem unspectacular at first, but proves to be very varied with its mix of gravel paths and single trails. With many ascents and descents, the path leads you from Brione through the back part of the Verzasca Valley to Sonogno. You will always be close to the sparkling Verzasca River. If you need refreshment, you can take a dip in the fresh river.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: easy
  • Distance: 9 km
  • Duration: 1:30 hrs.
  • Ascent / descent: 280 (↑ hm) / 110 (↓ hm)
  • Season: passable from April to October
  • Suitable for: Beginners and families
Alta Verzasca Bike (Photo: Christof Sonderegger MySwitzerland)Alta Verzasca Bike (Photo: Christof Sonderegger MySwitzerland)
Route 361 Isone (Photo: MySwitzerland)Route 361 Isone (Photo: MySwitzerland)

Cardada Bike (397): Locarno - Brè - Alpe Cardada - Val Resa - Locarno

The Cardada Bike route starts with a pleasant climb along an asphalt road from Locarno to the mountain village of Brè. Then a steeper climb awaits you, accompanied by a view of the Centovalli. Immediately afterwards, a single trail leads first uphill, then rather flat up to Alpe Cardada. The following single trail leads you over challenging sections to Val Resa. Finally, you ride back to the starting point along a path with a unique panoramic view of Lake Maggiore and the city of Locarno. To save some energy, you can take the funicular from Locarno via Orselina to Cardada.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: difficult
  • Distance: 31 km
  • Duration: 5:30 h
  • Ascent / descent: 1450 (↑ hm) / 1450 (↓ hm)
  • Season: passable from April to October
  • Suitable for: experienced bikers with good condition or with e-mountain bike

Mountain bike Jura

Mountain biking is one of the best ways to discover the hilly Jura. Routes in the region take you across lush pastures, through beautiful moors and cozy villages and small towns. The area is considered a paradise for all nature lovers, hikers, horseback riders and of course mountain bikers.

Franches-Montagnes Tour (712): Saignelégier - Les Breuleux - Les Bois - Saignelégier

This route through the Franches Montagnes leads through typical Jurassic territory with a lovely landscape with many lakes. At the beginning you ride on country roads, dirt roads and single trails to Les Breuleux. From there it goes through lush green forests and past isolated farms and horse pastures to Les Bois. Finally, you ride back to the starting point in Saignelégier. The many horse pastures are typical for this region. The Freiberger, the last original Swiss horse breed, is proudly maintained and can often be found in the pastures.

  • Technique: medium
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 42 km
  • Duration: 4:30 hrs.
  • Ascent / Descent: 640 (↑ hm) / 640 (↓ hm)
  • Season: April to November
  • Suitable for: moderately experienced mountain bikers

Le Doubs Bike (754): Le Locle - L'Escarpineau - Roches-de-Moron - Le Locle

The start and end point of this route is the UNESCO World Heritage town of Le Locle, which is considered the birthplace of Swiss watchmaking. The trail leads you first to the viewpoint L'Escarpineau, where you get a unique view of the Doubs gorge. Then follows the only technical section of the tour, which brings you to Roches-de-Moron. Now you will enjoy a great descent to Saut-du-Doubs up to a spectacular waterfall. At the end, a last strenuous climb back to Le Locle awaits you.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 29 km
  • Duration: 3:30 hrs
  • Ascent / Descent: 760 (↑ hm) / 760 (↓ hm)
  • Season: April to November
  • Suitable for: Beginners and families

Jurassic Bike (707): Porrentruy - Porrentruy

This bike tour combines the Jurassic nature with an exciting time travel 150 million years into the past. Shortly after the start in Porrentruy, a kind of "Jurassic Park" with over 14,000 fossilized footprints of dinosaurs awaits you. Afterwards you go to Chevenez and further to Col de Montvoie. At the end you ride downhill to Fontenais, from where it is only a short distance back to the starting point.

  • Technique: easy
  • Condition: medium
  • Distance: 40 km
  • Duration: 4:30 hrs
  • Ascent / Descent: 880 (↑ hm) / 880 (↓ hm)
  • Season: April to November
  • Suitable for: Beginners and families
MTB Jurassic Bike (Photo: Alex Kangang My Switzerland)MTB Jurassic Bike (Photo: Alex Kangang My Switzerland)
MTB Le Doubs Bike (Photo: MySwitzerland)MTB Le Doubs Bike (Photo: MySwitzerland)

In this mountain bike guide for 50 tours in Switzerland, you and every enthusiastic mountain biker will find a suitable route.

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