Nine kilometres with experiences for a whole day.

This rather gentle tour is very varied. The route actually begins at Schwyz railway station, in the district of Seven. However, if you are not in a hurry, you are welcome to make a flying visit to the picturesque old town a little to the east.

Schwyz is far older than the founding of the Swiss Confederation, with the first documented mention as "Suittes" as early as 972. A church from the 8th century and even older Alemannic graves attest to the great age of Schwyz, which was initially called "Ze Kilchgassen".

But now onto your bike! On the north side of the station (also from the central platform), you can reach Lake Lauerz and the family-friendly lakeside resort of Seewen with the "Sewen Beach" restaurant directly and without the main road via the subway to the west. The unclouded, romantic view of Lake Lucerne's little brother compensates for the fact that the cycle route no. 51/77, which is completely asphalted for the time being, runs partly along the motorway.

A worthwhile detour is the "Aazopf" at the mouth of the Steiner Aa. Branching nature trails bring young and old closer to the floodplain landscapes that have disappeared in many places. During floods, the Steiner Aa brings a lot of fine material from the steep and erosive catchment area. In this way it has created a large delta, the front of which pushes further into the lake year after year. Every year, the sediment layer at the bottom of the lake grows between 1 and 3.6 centimetres. Viewed over a long period of time, the shallow lake becomes a river landscape - a natural process. The foremost part of the Aazopf is privately owned, the observation paths branch off to the left and right shortly before - park your bikes somewhere.

Only a few more turns of the bike take us to the Buchenhof campsite at the northern tip of the lake, whose beautiful bathing lawn is also open to non-guests. A little later we leave the shore of the Lauerzersee and continue on a small unpaved road through the extremely attractive moorland landscape towards Goldau. Here, too, it is worth taking a detour to see the cotton grass along the Goldbach. On the north side of the motorway, there is very little ascent at the end - the large boulders on the left and right show it very clearly: we are in the Goldau landslide area of 1806.

On the north side of the station, the well-known Goldau Zoo is home to a hundred native and European species of wild animals. No less exciting is a ride on the cogwheel railway up to Rigi Kulm at an altitude of almost 1800m... free with GA and SBB day tickets and free for accompanied children!

Realised by Roland Baumgartner

Pictures: Roland Baumgartner


By train to Schwyz and Arth-Goldau; by car: motorway exit Schwyz, car park at the Badi right next door.

Another tip:
Visit the Goldau Zoo with 100 native and European wild animal species.