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Sattelegg Ibergeregg Sattel Etzel
Switzerland/ Sattelegg Ibergeregg Sattel Etzel tour provided by: Adrian Burkert

Tour

Sattelegg - Ibergeregg - Sattel - Etzel

A nice tour you can do in an afternoon (about 2 1/2 hours) brings you from the north to the heart of Switzerland and back. These are four little passes but there are some very twisty roads to ride !!!

Data
Time: 2.5hours
Distance: 100km


Sattelegg

Data

Height of pass: 1190m
Slope: 14%
# of turns:
Best season: almost all year
Time: see route
Distance: see route
Roadmap: Map of the trip GPS Data
Location Coordinate [WGS84] Type Services
Sattelegg 47°07'37.0'' N / 008°50'44.1''E Pass Restaurant
Pfäffikon SZ 47°12'12.0'' N / 008°47'28.6''E Village All services

General information
The quality of the road is moderate-good. A fast ride with some surprising turns ;-) .

Road description
[from Pfäffikon SZ to ]

Follow the main road to Siebnen then turn right into the valley. After the tunnels fun starts - light and shadow, dry and wet road, small and wide turns follow very fast. The pass height's restaurant is surrounded by green meadows - but shortly after that you're in the forrest again.


Ibergeregg

Data

Height of pass: 1406m
Slope: 14%
# of turns:
Best season:
Time: see route
Distance: see route
Roadmap: Map of the trip GPS Data
Location Coordinate [WGS84] Type Services
Ibergeregg 47°00'20.6'' N / 008°43'44.4''E Pass Restaurants, restrooms, picnic area, hiking
Schwyz 47°01'17.0'' N / 008°39'24.8''E City all services

General information
Road conditions change a lot from moderate to good.

Road description
[heading to Schwyz]

The pass road starts easy - nothing spectacular - but then some very nice turns lead you up the hill through the forests. At once you can spot a very nice shaped peak thought the trees - the road passes it (picnic area) and you reach the pass height.
Downhills the road gets very narrow and twisty (yeah - that's what we like !!!) - take care of cars diving up, they might be cutting the curves !



Sattel

Data

Height of pass: 932m
Slope:
# of turns:
Best season: Summer, autumn
Time: see route
Distance: see route
Roadmap: Map of the trip GPS Data
Location Coordinate [WGS84] Type Services
Sattel 47°05'00.0'' N / 008°38'00.0''E Pass Restaurant
Rotenthurm 47°06'25.0'' N / 008°40'30.4''E Restaurant, gas
Biberbrugg 47°09'27.4'' N / 008°43'26.8''E Restaurants, gas station
Schwyz 47°01'17.0'' N / 008°39'24.8''E City all services

General information
Road condition: very good !!!
Although the road looks like a racetrack the speed limit of 80km/h is checked by police very often !!!
Near Rothenturm is a nature reservation - one of the last high bog ecosystems in Switzerland - worth a hike !
Rothenturm is also famous for it's moto cross championships (in autumn).

Road description
[from Schwyz to Biberbrugg]

Follow the roadsigns to Rothenturm - the road leads outside the city and up the hill. Stop at the vista points - you'll have a fantastic view into the heart of Switzerland !!! When there is fog in the valley or some fuzzy clouds cover part of the mountains you get a picture of the wild but beautyful Innerschweiz.

The route gets a little bit boring (straight, flat) but this is compensated by the areas flora and fauna so take it easy and have a picnic or a short hike. From Rothenturm you follow the main road all the way to Biberbrugg.




Etzel

Data

Height of pass: 950m
Slope: 15%
# of turns:
Best season: all year
Time: see route
Distance: see route
Roadmap: Map of the trip GPS Data
Location Coordinate [WGS84] Type Services
Etzel 47°10'25.5'' N / 008°46'22.8''E Pass Restaurant
Pfäffikon SZ 47°12'12.0'' N / 008°47'28.6''E Town All services

General information
The road is rated bad-moderate. All in all a short & funny ride (about 20min).

Road description
[from Biberbrugg to Pfäffikon]

Turn right in Biberbrugg, then follow the signs to Einsiedeln. After a few km turn left to Etzelpass, the first part was gravel on a Sunday in September '97, then asphalt. After a short while you reach the pass heigh with a restaurant - from there it winds down in a few serpentines (craziest turns I've seen so far in the region !!! also very steep) to Pfäffikon SZ.


Sights in the area

  • The Hölloch caves are supposed to be one of the biggest cave systems of the world (more than 160km, only 1km for open to public). Open all day except Monday and Tuesday - but still do check in advance (telefone number is +41-(0)43-712771). You'll see Stalaktites/Stalagmites, an underground river and some or the caves animals. From Altdorf to Brunnen, Schwyz, Unteriberg then follow the Hölloch Cave signs.
  • The church in Einsiedeln was built in the 18th century and is a famous pilgrims place, who want to see the black madonna and the nice nice paintings and Stukkaturen at the walls.
  • The three cantons of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden founded Switzerland in 1291 - the saga made famous by the German poet Friedrich Schiller ('William Tell' - Swiss national hero) so it's no wonder that there are many museums, places and Sights related to Swiss history in the area around Altdorf (which is the capitol of the canton of Schwyz)

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