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NEWS! I've had enough of hiding from COVID and so, from October 11th, I'm back on my travels again, this time attempting an experimental cycle ride from northern England to the south of Spain WITHOUT A MAP OR COMPASS (and not cheating by sticking to the coast or using a previous route or anything). I'll navigate by the sun, if I can see it, and other natural features if I can't (natural features that, erm, I've yet to learn about, but don't worry, I've got a book to teach me along the way). You can find more details on my Primrose-Smith.com site and follow my ride and find out the places I've visited (even if I won't know where those places actually are) on my Europe By Bicycle Facebook page.

This ride's for charity. Samaritans help those who are lost in a different sort of way, an especially useful service for those suffering during these difficult times. If you want to be lovely and donate to them, please visit my JustGiving page.

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Cycling in Switzerland

Switzerland In A Nutshell

There are far more scenic bits to Switzerland than what I saw but it was all very pleasant nonetheless. If you find yourself in Zurich and are trying to find ways to save money, I recommend the Moulagenmuseum, basically a skin disease and rotten knob exhibition. You won't want any dinner after that.

Where and When I Went

Map of Switzerland

7th - 29th July 2011
One morning in Geneva in May 2018 (not shown)

Switzerland's Scenery

The images you have in your head for Switzerland didn't encroach upon my east to west journey but Zurich and Lucerne are pretty cities. Geneva was surprisingly dull, the only entertainment being a high but distinctly unentertaining jet of water.

Scenery

Scenery

Switzerland's Road Quality

Very good. There are some great cycle paths too.

Switzerland's Accommodation & Costs

Expense forced me to camp all the way. Of the five sites I used, the average was €13 (ranging from €10 to €17).

Food and drink, even in supermarkets, were expensive. The prices weren't Scandinavian but they were the highest ones in Europe outside of the aforementioned northern dangly region.

Language

In a country that has four official languages, it's a bit rich to expect anyone to speak another one on top of that but many, especially the young, speak English too.

Neighbouring Countries

Nearly every neighbour provides a national language: France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein.

Reasons To Go To Switzerland

It's got some great scenery but nothing that the countries around it haven't got for a more reasonable amount of money.

Where Have You Written About Cycling In Switzerland?

No Place Like Home, Thank God Biking Broken Europe

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