• Around the Katzensee: If you're in Zurich on a hot summer day and you're longing for the perfect place to swim, try cycling from Seebach station through the shaded woods to Katzenruti (picnic spot) and then on to the Katzensee, a lake with a beach and Waldhaus restaurant. Return via Affoltern. Duration: 1 1/2 hours, 13km (8 miles).

  • Around the Lake of Murten: Start out at the small medieval town of Murten (stroll down the main street and visit the castle). Carry on to Faoug, Salavaux, Bellerive (a perfect lookout point), and Vully. Duration: 4 hours, 40km (25 miles).

  • In the Rhône Valley, Lower Valais: Cyclists on this route through the Valais set off from Martigny station then cross the Rhône River to the villages of Fully, Chataigner, Mazembroz, and Saillon. The cable-car ride to Iserables from the terminus of Riddes is well worth the trip. Duration: 1 1/2 hours, 20km (12 miles).

  • Through the Lake Geneva Vineyards: Before leaving from the station at Morges, take a look at the castle (now a military museum). The route then leads up to Lully and, via Bussy and Ballens, to Biere. Continuing down a small valley to Begnins and Fechy (a scenic lookout point), you'll find yourself in Aubonne. Finally, take the second-class road, via Lavigny, Villars-sous-Yens, and Lully, back to Morges. Duration: 5 1/2 hours, 56km (35 miles).

  • Along the Shore of Lake Lucerne: This trip can last a whole day, as there are so many spots worth stopping at along the way. Set off from Lucerne station and head for St. Niklausen and Kastanienbaum in the direction of Tribschen (location of the Richard Wagner Museum). The most beautiful stretch is along the lake to Winkel-Horw Beach. Return to Lucerne. Duration: 1 1/2 hours, 13km (8 miles).

  • Lugano's Hinterland: To discover the small villages around Lugano, set off from the station for the nature reserve at Origlio Lake, and then proceed to Ponte Capriasca (a parish church with a well-preserved copy of Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper). Continue to Tesserete and Colla, along the left valley side of Cassarate, through the woods to Sonvico, and then on to Dino, Ponte di Valle, and Lugano. Duration: 4 hours, 37km (23 miles).

  • Ticino’s “Magic Valley”: This route takes you nearly all the way through Valle Maggia, the longest valley in Ticino. Beginning in the resort town of Locarno, you quickly enter more rugged territory, passing the steep cliffs and deep turquoise waters of Ponte Brolla, the stone village of Avegno, and the historic San Maurizio church before ending at the gateway to the barely populated Val Bavona. Duration: 2 1/2 hours, 30km (18.6 miles) one-way.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.