This page provides a summary for cycling and climbing by bike the top climbs in Switzerland. Biking up some of the greatest climbs in the world including Mannichen, Passo Umbrail, Col du Jaman, Gotthard Pass, Lago del Naret, Sanetschpass and many more. These climbs can be viewed via the map below (scroll in to view climbs in particular areas), or by a detailed list of the climbs that can be arranged by difficulty, distance (longest climbs in the area), altitude gained, highest elevation (highest summit), average grade (sort the grades by varying distances), lowest start point, etc. You can also view the Top 10, and Top 25 bicycling climbs in Switzerland. Click on "Climb Page" to jump to the detail page for that particular bike climb. We feel this page provides a good summary of the best bicycling and biking climbs in Switzerland.
Switzerland is one of the greatest climbing countries in the world, boasting exceptional scenery, steep bike climbs, and 12 of the Top 100 World Bike Climbs. The climbing area of Sion (just southwest of Lake Geneva) has five Top 100 World Climbs within a 20 kilometer radius, making it a top world climb zone.
THE HARDEST BIKE CLIMB IN SWITZERLAND
Of Switzerland’s 12 World 100 Bike Climbs, Breithorn is the one to crack the Top 10 and is the most difficult bike climb in that country. The climb is beautiful, and when PJAMM Cycling did it, there was no sign of life whatsoever for the last 10 kilometers -- it is as private and as peaceful as a double digit 13 kilometer climb can be. There are no visual obstructions to impede the distant views after climbing above tree line at about kilometer 11.
THE MOST EPIC BIKE CLIMB IN SWITZERLAND
Wow! How many times can we say Bucket List on this website?? We don’t want to overuse the phrase, but Mannlichen is simply a magnificent climb -- stunning. We begin this Top 100 World Climb in the very quaint village of Grindelwald (population 3,818 in 2016 -- at the foot of The Eiger), in roughly the center of Switzerland. The climb is tough from the outset and is 8.9 miles overall, 4,465’ at 9.55% average grade (¼ mile 17.4%, ½ mile 14.5%, one mile at 13%, and a 2.5 mile stretch at 12.25%).
THE BEST SWISS BIKE CLIMB, ENDING AT A GLACIER.
This is a tough climb at 15 miles, 6,325’ and 7% average grade (¼ mile 20.7%, ½ at 15.2%, and one full mile averaging double digits at 12%).
The climb begins in Conthey and initially winds its way through many lovely hillside vineyards up to and through several villages/communities until moving above treeline at mile 13 (6,500’) and offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, ending at Tsanfleuron Glacier.