Highlights: Chillion (Castle), Saint-Maurice (Abbey).
Route 1-Section 5 (Martigny 471m-Montreux 390m)
Stats from SwitzerlandMobility.ch: 47 km (1 km unpaved). Height difference is Ma-Mo: 80m, Mo-Ma: 160m. Their site has the full profile.
February 2017 (1-day trip)
I think this has to be the easiest section among all the biking routes in Switzerland. It is basically flat and I had no need to turn-on the engine.
I started from Montreux train station. Route-1 passes just in front of its exit and it is well marked. This is also the starting point of Route-9 (section 1) and the end point of Mountain-bike Route-2 (section 14).
From the train station the route takes the busy main road until Villeneuve (for about 4km). To avoid this, from the station I went strait to lake and biked on the footpath at the water edge. Bikes are allowed here and the path is large and paved. It also brought me directly to the fabulous Chillon Castle, which appears magically after a bent on the road, like a castle rising from the lake.
If there is one castle one must see in Switzerland is Chillon Castle (Chillon.ch). The castle is quite large and it takes easily a couple of hours to visit. It is a well preserved medieval fortress. It underwent many modification, passing from the hands of Savoy (12th-16th century), to Bern (16th-18th century), and finally Vaud.
Here are links to Introduction & some sections on Route 1:
- BIKING THROUGH SWITZERLAND (with an electric bike)
- Route 1: Section 8-end (Geneva-Geneva Chancy)
- Route 1: Section 6 (Montreux-Morges)
- Route 1: Section 7 (Morges-Geneva)
- Route 1: Section 4 & Route 72 (Sierre-Martigny)