Motorbike Tour - South-North, Stage I

Mendrisio - Altdorf

Nante: Airolo-Pesciüm

Nante: Airolo-Pesciüm "Ristorante

Nante: Airolo-Pesciüm

Nante: Airolo-Pesciüm "Canalone

Airolo: A2 - Nord

Airolo: A2 - Nord

Airolo: A2

Airolo: A2

Airolo: Gotthardtunnel A2 - Süd

Airolo: Gotthardtunnel A2 - Süd

Airolo: Pesciüm

Airolo: Pesciüm "Sasso della Boggia

Airolo: Lüina - San Gottardo

Airolo: Lüina - San Gottardo

Altdorf › Ost: Restaurant Nussbäumli

Altdorf › Ost: Restaurant Nussbäumli

Altdorf: Lehnplatz

Altdorf: Lehnplatz

Altdorf: Live Wetter (Bristenblick)

Altdorf: Live Wetter (Bristenblick)

Altdorf: Ski und Wandergebiet Eggbergen - 1450müM

Altdorf: Ski und Wandergebiet Eggbergen - 1450müM

Altdorf: Live Wetter (Gitschenblick)

Altdorf: Live Wetter (Gitschenblick)

Lugano: Piazza Riforma

Lugano: Piazza Riforma

Lugano: Skatepark

Lugano: Skatepark

Lugano: and Lake - from Monte Bre

Lugano: and Lake - from Monte Bre

Lugano: lido

Lugano: lido

Lugano

Lugano

Lugano: Società Canottieri Ceresio Gandria - Castagnola

Lugano: Società Canottieri Ceresio Gandria - Castagnola

Lugano: San Salvatore und Bucht von

Lugano: San Salvatore und Bucht von

Pazzallo: San Salvatore

Pazzallo: San Salvatore

Paradiso: Lugano, ex-palace

Paradiso: Lugano, ex-palace

Paradiso: Lugano

Paradiso: Lugano

Lugano: Homecam

Lugano: Homecam

Paradiso: Lago di Lugano, Società Canottieri Audax di

Paradiso: Lago di Lugano, Società Canottieri Audax di

Innertkirchen: Aareschlucht

Innertkirchen: Aareschlucht

Innertkirchen: Grimsel

Innertkirchen: Grimsel

Innertkirchen: Kreuzung

Innertkirchen: Kreuzung

Tiefenbach › Süd-Ost: Schafberg

Tiefenbach › Süd-Ost: Schafberg

Realp: mit dem Bahnhof der Dampfbahn Furka-Bergstrecke DFB

Realp: mit dem Bahnhof der Dampfbahn Furka-Bergstrecke DFB

Albert Heim Hütte: Schafberg

Albert Heim Hütte: Schafberg

Tiefenbach: Blick vom Weiler - zum Furkapass

Tiefenbach: Blick vom Weiler - zum Furkapass

Wassen UR: A2, Gotthard, Göschenen

Wassen UR: A2, Gotthard, Göschenen

The South-North Tour starts in Mendriso and takes bikers in two day-stages to Basel. The first stage takes you from Mendriso via Lugano and Bellinzona to the Gotthard, and via the Furka, Grimsel and Susten passes to Altdorf.

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Route, Stage 1

Mendrisio – Lugano - Bellinzona – Airolo – Gotthard – Furka – Grimsel – Susten – Altdorf

Highest Elevations

  • Furka Pass, 2431m
  • Susten Pass, 2224m
  • Grimsel Pass, 2165m
  • Gotthard Pass, 2108m

Description

The first stop is in Lugano, the largest city in the Ticino Vacation Region, or in Bellinzona, the Ticinese capital. Dominated by castles, Bellinzona is ideally located at the narrow section of a valley with access to the Alpine passes of Gotthard, San Bernardino and Lukmanier.

The next highlight of the tour is the arrival on the Gotthard Pass. The area around the Gotthard Mountain is Europe’s “Water Palace”. It is here, in the center of the Alps, that the large rivers originate: Rhine, Rhone, Reuss and Ticino (a tributary to the Po). A 60-kilometer nature trail in the Göscheneralptal (Alpine Valley of Göschen) is dedicated to the theme “Water Worlds”.

The tour continues via the Hospen Valley and Realp to the Furka Pass, which links the Urner Land with Canton Valais. On the Valaisian leg of the tour, you will have a wonderful view of the Rhone Glacier at Hotel Bélvèdere, three kilometers below the summit of the Furka Pass. A side trip to the Glacier Grotto, an ice chamber cut into the glacier every year, is always worth your while.

After the glacier, the journey continues over the Grimsel Pass to the Hasli Valley. The pass road takes motorbikers through a wild, sparsely grown mountain region dominated by granite rocks and imposing power plants. At Innertkirchen in the Bernese Oberland, the Grimsel Pass Road meets the Susten Pass Road, the link back to the Reuss Valley in Urner Land. The last leg of the first stage of the tour takes you from Wassen to Altdorf near the Urner Lake.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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