Mittelland Route

Aarau - Lausanne Ouchy

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The most popular of Switzerland’s long-distance bike routes

The most popular of all the multi-day tours of Switzerland, the cycling country, runs 370 kilometres from Romanshorn on Lake Constance to Lausanne on Lake Geneva and at an elevation of just 1,600 metres has virtually no inclines. Most of the route is away from motorised traffic and is therefore ideally suited for pleasure cyclists and families. The cleverly designed route leads along lakes and rivers, through wide plains and peaceful valleys, towns and villages but also through urban centres such as Zurich. From Solothurn, as the “Water- way”, it follows the River Aare which meanders scenically through the Three- Lakes region to Lake Biel.


  • Hagenwil, water castle with restaurant
  • Winterthur, International Photo Museum
  • Aarau with its cobblestone Old Town and the cafés along the Aare
  • Solothurn, the most beautiful baroque city in Switzerland, Champ-Pittet
  • Pro Natura Centre in the “Swiss Camargue”

Highlights & tips

  • The Solothurn TCS camp site lies by the River Aare, boasting spacious lawns and a swimming pool
  • Altreu is an official European Stork Village; the Witi nature reserve is also well worth a visit
  • Biels Omega Museum tells the fascinating 160-year history of the famous watch brand
  • The quirky, unusual Frog Museum in Estavayer-le-Lac is the only one of its kind worldwide
  • The sandy beach of La Menthue in Yvonand, shaded by pine trees, offers a delightfully refreshing dip
  • Explore the Champ-Pittet wildlife discovery centre in Cheseaux-Noréaz, gateway to a natural gem

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