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Biking with young kids - looking for itinerary suggestions

Hello all!

We live in the francophone part of Switzerland and are looking for itinerary recommendations for biking as a family in the German part.

We are two families with 6 kids between the ages of 2 and 7. The older kids bike on their own but the trail needs to be completely flat (or almost). We are looking to go for a weekend and bike in one direction one day and the other direction on the second day. Along a lake or river would be ideal.

Last year we did the Voie Verte in Annecy over two days and are looking for something similar, though in Switzerland. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've been looking online but it's hard to know if the trails are both a) flat, and b) secure (ie. separated from the road).

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Re: Biking with young kids - looking for itinerary suggestions

Hi JanieCH

It's not flat, but downhill for most of the way, so very Kid Bike friendly.
Mega scenic, and I remember that most of the route is on its own separate bike path. The route goes all the way down the valley, crisscrossing the rail, motorway and the river. Dont hear much from the motorway, some lovely bridges and powerstations over the river.
North-South Route, 3


Stage 6, Airolo–Bellinzona

You would have to start in Airolo and then make it a 2 day trip down to Belinzona, or if you have time, then on to Locarno.
Opt out towns, if it rains too much, Faido and Biasca.





Good luck with the trip
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Re: Biking with young kids - looking for itinerary suggestions

Janie, there is whole website and program dedicated to this in Switzerland. I am trying to remember the name. Perhaps someone reading this can find it quicker than I can.


It is a list of scheduled day-out bike trips on flat ground designed for the whole family. They had one last summer all around the Murtensee, for example. I will sign off and try to find it on Google.
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Re: Biking with young kids - looking for itinerary suggestions

Found it. It is Swiss Slow-Up. http://www.bikeswitzerland.com/what-is-a-swiss-slow-up/
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Re: Biking with young kids - looking for itinerary suggestions

Try Thurgau or Bodensee (Lake Constance). See https://www.schweizmobil.ch/de/veloland.html for ideas
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Re: Biking with young kids - looking for itinerary suggestions

https://www.biel-seeland.ch/en/leisu...hurn.1208.html

https://famigros.migros.ch/de/ausflu...ags/velotouren
This is specifically for children and bicycles.
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In short anything alongside a river or lake will be flat. From Sargans west- and northbound for instance should fit nicely. irish temptation's link to veloland will give you all information you need.
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Re: Biking with young kids - looking for itinerary suggestions

On the German-part, you can base yourself in Kreuzlingen. Bike towards Arbon on Day1 and towards Stein am Rhien on Day2. Both routes are ~30km and flat.

I use www.schweizmobil.ch extensivey for my own and family bike tours. One option is to simply follow the National/Regional/Local routes. They also have a mobile app. You can also plan your own routes but this requires membership (CHF35/year). Elevation profile info is provided.

As a day trip, you can attend one of the remaining Slowup events for this year, check www.slowup.ch
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Re: Biking with young kids - looking for itinerary suggestions

We have done several similar trips with our small kids - the best place to look is at the interactive map here: Map Link

Our favourite mini-trip was from Solothurn to Büren and back.
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Solothurn - Büren could be combined with the ship in one direction.
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Re: Biking with young kids - looking for itinerary suggestions

Thanks so much everyone! We're clearly newbies (our oldest just started biking last year). We gave beren doing some research online but it's reassuring to get recommendations from people who've been there. I'm going to sit down with my husband tonight and start looking through all of these suggestions and hopefully make a decision soon.
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Re: Biking with young kids - looking for itinerary suggestions

Any section of the Mittelland route is perfect for kids -


https://www.schweizmobil.ch/en/cycli.../route-05.html


Well sign-posted, flat, tracks, cycle paths and quiet roads.
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Thanks so much everyone! We're clearly newbies (our oldest just started biking last year). We gave beren doing some research online but it's reassuring to get recommendations from people who've been there. I'm going to sit down with my husband tonight and start looking through all of these suggestions and hopefully make a decision soon.
Make good use of the isobaric maps you find on schweizmobil.ch and Veloland, respectively. What looks flat when in a car can be a noticeable 'climb' on a bicycle, especially if you're towing a trailer with a kid or three.

If you're completely unused to biking, your behinds may require some getting used to the saddle. So a few shorter preparatory rides may be recommendable, subject to how long of a ride you're planning for in the first place of course.

Supplementing your bike ride with public transport often combines quite nicely and provides additional flexibility. Boats are one option (expect the main season to end in mid-September), trains another. Generally speaking bikes and bike trailers can be taken on a train (for a fee) but only if there's enough space, or in the luggage car if the train has one. It is recommended to call the train station beforehand where you intend to board.
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