The Alpine Panorama Route crosses the northern Alpine foreland with its many passes and gorges, tradition-rich culture, settlements and mountain farms. The strenuous, stamina-testing trip is rewarded with spectacular views.

Danger: Axenstrasse (Brunnen–Flüelen)

Along Lake Lucerne between Brunnen and Flüelen the route leads over the Axenstrasse. The Axenstrasse is narrow, heavily traveled and very dangerous. We strongly recommend you travel this stretch by train or with an attractive boat trip. Our recommendation is the No. 31 rail connection or No. 29 by boat for this stretch.


This is anything but a stroll. In return the Alpine panorama route offers magnificent views and leads along trails with plenty of passes and gorges which are also ideal for road cyclists, through the northern foothills of the Alps with its traditional cultures, settlements and Alpine farms. Highlights along the tough route through the typical image of Switzerland are the historic small towns of Thun and Fribourg, the two key points of a particularly attractive stage. The rapid descent from a height of over 1,000 metres to the finish in Aigle provides a spectacular finale.


  • Appenzell, stroll along the picturesque Hauptgasse
  • Altdorf, William Tell monument
  • Hotel Kemmeriboden Bad, the legendary Kemmeriboden Merängge (meringue)
  • Thun, castle and Wocher Panorama, the oldest preserved circular painting in the world
  • Gruyères, 13th-century castle and show dairy

An enjoyable tour includes the careful planning of the same. Please inform yourself in advance at the local information center about the route and weather conditions. Depending on the season and weather conditions, this route may be blocked or interrupted

Technical information

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Start location
St. Margrethen
9200 m
9200 m
475 km
Distance on tarred ways
462 km
Distance on natural surface
13 km
Multiday route
8 days
Technical requirements
Physical requirements
Elevation profile
9200Meter ascents
9200Meter descents
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Over a pass, With panoramic view, Through a nature conservation area
Signalisation in both directions
More information https://www.schweizmobil.ch/en/veloland/route4

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Quick Facts

Route number

No. 4
Stages: 9


475 km


9200 m