From the Schwyz valley basin to Canton Glarus and back via Upper Lake Zurich. A delightful yet challenging tour involving two steep pass crossings and one gentle one.
This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed.
Distance 121.9 km
Highest point1,550 m
Lowest point409 m
A fabulous tour that takes all day and leaves you in no doubt about what you have accomplished! Natural phenomena such as Europe’s largest primeval spruce forest (Bödmeren), one of the world’s largest cave systems (Hölloch), the wild karst zone at the Pragel Pass, and the lakes are total delights and more than make up for all the effort.
The tour starts at the historic little town of Schwyz. The first 20 kilometres or so on a busy main road in the Muota valley are flat and perfect for warming up. You pass the world’s steepest funicular railway to Stoos, as well as the famous village of the weather prophets where, on entering the Hölloch (Europe’s third-largest cave system), a narrow pass road commences its ascent to the Pragel Pass – at 18%, the steepest section of the tour. From the natural idyll of Pragel, where you can taste alp cheese in the dairy or, higher, in the alp restaurant, you descend past pretty Lake Klöntal to Glarus. Now another flat stretch along the entire Linth valley brings you to Siebnen, where the Wägitaler Road leads towards Sattelegg, then down to Willerzell on glorious Lake Sihl. A cooling dip in the lake would surely be welcome! Following the left-hand side of the lake, the route visits Unteriberg and Oberiberg before dipping down to the Hoch-Ybrig area. A continual yet gentle ascent (14%) through attractive scenery brings you to the Ibergeregg Pass. Having arrived at the restaurant at the very top, almost at the foot of the two Mythens, you are ready for the thrilling descent and occasional fabulous views of the Schwyz valley basin, Brunnen, Lake Lucerne and Lake Lauerz.
Nature protection area Ibergeregg: December 01 - March 31
all notes on protected areas
Take the train to Schwyz, then the bus to “Schwyz Post”.
Auf der Nord-/Süd-Achse A4 nimmt man die Ausfahrt Schwyz oder Brunnen und ist dann innert weniger Kilometer mitten im Dorf Schwyz.
Bei den Bahnhöfen Schwyz und Brunnen gibt es günstige P+R-Parkplätze. An Sonntagen darf man auch den grossen Mythencenter-Parkplatz benutzen. Parkhäuser in Schwyz sind Hofmatt oder Mythenforum.
32T 473628 5207531
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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Padded shorts and jersey
Water bottle and cage
Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
Puncture repair kit
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