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Grand prix: around Lake Sempach

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An idyllic cycling route that takes you once around Lake Sempach. Highlights of the tour include picturesque old towns, tranquil lakeside paths and a stunning alpine panorama.
moderate
Distance 31.6 km
2:20 h
350 m
350 m
In the heart of Central Switzerland lies Lake Sempach, nestled amongst gentle rolling hills with unobstructed views of the mighty alpine chain. An idyllic cycling route leads once around Lake Sempach: the lakeside path passes via fields, past woods and through delightful medieval towns.

 

The towns of Sempach and Sursee have something in common: they both have charming medieval quarters whose layouts have been preserved and which testify to an eventful past. Both towns also take immense care over their appearance: they plan, restore and build with great sensitivity. The skilful combination of the modern and historical is a treat for the eyes and has been rewarded with the Wakker Prize.

 

A particular highlight of the tour are the phenomenal views. On a clear day, the rocky flanks appear close enough to touch, and you are treated to an incredible panorama that stretches from the Glarus Alps to the Bernese Oberland, with the Central Swiss peaks in between.

Author’s recommendation

Kirchbühl above Sempach hosts a national monument, the Church of St. Martin, surrounded by peaceful scenery and grandiose views.
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Peter Regli 
Update: September 17, 2018
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
724 m
Lowest point
498 m
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Safety information

Keep a look out for the junction: if you come from Sursee and Oberkirch, the route follows the railway line, which is to its right. On arrival at the sports facility by the Swiss Paraplegic Centre in Nottwil, the route passes beneath the line and continues to follow it on the other side. It leads through the Caribbean Village, up to the village, past the church and the Notteler Wood before hugging the flank as it heads towards Neuenkirch.

Start

Bahnhof Sursee (503 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'649'993E 1'224'648N
DD
47.170906, 8.098055
DMS
47°10'15.3"N 8°05'53.0"E
UTM
32T 431648 5224551
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Destination

Bahnhof Sursee

Turn-by-turn directions

The route can be followed in either direction.

 

Sursee station, Sursee old quarter, past the hospital, Seehüsere, over the Oberkirch Suren outflow, past Lindenhof, Oberkirch, lakeside path along the railway line, underpass at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre sports ground, through the Caribbean Village and past Nottwil station, up to the village, over the main road, continue heading for Nottwil Oberdorf, Notteler Wood, Unterhuprächtigen, Hupträchtigen, Mittel/Oberhupträchtigen, past Schwendi and Lindenholz farms, down to Neuenkirch, straight through the village and past the church, Sellenboden, Neuhus, over the railway line, Adelwil, Sempach old quarter, Kirchbühl, Neuhof, Eich, along the Roman way, pass under the motorway in Schenkon on the lakeside path, at the Sursee lido up to the ring road, Sursee old quarter, Sursee station.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Arriving by train at Sursee. The tour can start at the station. It can also be started and ended anywhere.

Getting there

Leave the motorway by the Sursee exit. Parking is available at the P+R bays by the station.

Parking

Parking is available at the P+R bays by the station or in the shopping centre next to the station.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'649'993E 1'224'648N
DD
47.170906, 8.098055
DMS
47°10'15.3"N 8°05'53.0"E
UTM
32T 431648 5224551
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Take provisions if necessary and a rain jacket in case the weather turns.

Basic Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
31.6 km
Duration
2:20 h
Ascent
350 m
Descent
350 m
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