HU Travellers Meeting Switzerland 2017

1st Annual Horizons Unlimited Overland Adventure Travel Event

Friday 25 Aug to Sunday 27 Aug, 2017- Meierskappel, Switzerland


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It's All About Overland Adventure

Whether you're a seasoned veteran with wisdom to share or a complete novice hungry for ideas and guidance, it doesn't matter if you ride a motorcycle, a bicycle, or drive an expedition vehicle...

Horizons Unlimited meetings are for everyone who dreams of adventure along the road less travelled.

Central Switzerland, motorcycling paradise.

Horizons Unlimited Switzerland Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Friday 25 Aug to Sunday 27 Aug, 2017.

The Plan

The plan is simple. Show up on Friday afternoon, meet people and setup. Ride-outs (depending on weather) and workshops will take place on Friday and Saturday. Organizers will be there on Thursday afternoon, if anyone wishes to arrive early and just hang out or go for a ride in the area.

Event schedule will be posted here approx 1 week before the event.

The schedule WILL CHANGE - stuff happens! Check the latest schedule to be posted at the meeting on the day.

Presenters at HU Switzerland 2017 included...

Workshops and Tech Sessions below

Click here for detailed schedule & programme

(will be constantly updated)

Ted Simon.

Ted Simon

''Jupiter's Travels''

On the 6th October 1973 at the age of 42 Ted Simon left London on a 500cc Triumph Tiger to complete a four year solo round the world trip covering 64000miles and passing through 45 countries. On the 27th January 2001, aged 69, Ted repeated the journey, this time on a BMW R 80GS to discover what had changed over 28 years. A journey of 59000 miles through 47 countries.

One man. One motorcycle. One world.

Ted's books, Jupiter's Travels, Riding High and Dreaming of Jupiter, are to this day an inspiration to the traveller who seeks to understand the world and his/her place in it through personal adventure.

Ted will show a film (Ken Burns style) about the first part of his first trip, with a voice over by himself. This film was critically acclaimed in the USA, this will be the first showing in Switzerland!

Check out Ted's website Jupitalia, and here's an excerpt of his inspiring book on Google Books: Jupiter's Travel


Christian Schlatter

Follow your destiny against the current

... or how a baby dosn't change your travel

After a certain point in my life I decided that I have to do something different in my life: Traveling around the world by motorcycle I started 4 ½ years ago to Central Asia, I crossed Iraq, Iran and Pakistan. Then I met a beautiful Italian Girl and for sure we felt in love. We decided to continue on my motorcycle together and so we crossed South East Asia and stranded in Australia. There we were surprised, because Francesca told me that she is pregnant! After some discussion we continue the travel, got our baby and in Canada we found a nice compromise to continue with all three: we bought a sidecar! Slowly we traveled the Americas and the last continent (Africa) I crossed solo and in a couple of days I will finish my travel in Switzerland. An epic story who changed my whole life.


Check out Chris' webpage!
Dylan Samarawickrama.

Dylan Samarawickrama

When the road ends

Beating the Darien Gap on a Boatercycle

Then you arrive at a point where there is no road to continue. Between Panama and Colombia, there is one of the most dense jungles of this planet: The Darien! Stretching from the Pacific coast from the West to the Atlantic coast on the East, the Darien is home to many different groups of guerrilla fighters, drug smugglers and randomly scattered but notorious tribal groups which makes it to one of the most isolated and dangerous regions on Earth.

A perfect challenge for Dylan! As the first man ever he sails, solo, 650km around Darien, on the Pacific Ocean from Panama into Colombia on a self-built raft propelled by a motorcycle and experiences one of a kind adventure! A journey that is not only takes him across country borders but also tests his personal limits.

Click to see a video excerpt of Dylan Samarawickrama crossing the Darien Gap on a boatercycle!

Constant break downs, storms, currents and zero sailing experience were some of the challenges of his incredible journey. When things go from bad to worse, dolphins come to his rescue! Watch the video excerpt of his trip.

Dylan Samarawickrama has travelled around the world for three and half years and modestly says he has 'done some interesting adventures'.

Dylan Samarawickrama.

Dylan's book 'Am Ende der Strasse' has now been published in German and English 'When the Road Ends'! Ask him to autograph your copy at the meeting!


Andrew Dysart

Lessons Learned Crossing Africa

How to survive overlanding Africa, develop metal strength, deal with officials and bribes, health and how to read and hustle situation.

How physically and mentally strong do you think you are? Presented will be lessons learned from circumnavigating Africa. From hunting animal poachers in Namibia to police escorts in Egypt. Andi will show you the gear you'll need, keeping a healthy mindset and dealing with all types of situations from bandits, corrupt officials or animal encounters. By the end, you'll want to pack your gear and get face to face with one of the wildest untamed and most beautiful continents and people in the world.

About Andrew

Andi is a serial traveler, circumnavigating Africa on a motorbike, rode horses through Patagonia and traveled to over 80 countries on with 6 of 7 continents. He is a kiwi that lives in a rustic off-the-grid alpine hut in the Swiss alps and currently traveling for over two years. Check out Andrew's Facebook page!


Michael "Maikel" Hoh

Siberia the most insane ride of my life

Riding the BAM on high water an absolute insane offroad trip. Physically and mentally challenging trip, rewarded with awesome hospitality.

4 Riders planned to ride the BAM, 3 started, 2 accomplished the Mission. Start and End in Mongolia. The first Offroad chapter led us to Gussinojesee to check out the skills of the motley new team. Some technical issued slowed us down but where fixed still fast. From Irkutsk we made our way to North of Lake Baikal via the boring Schigalowo Road. Our team was reduced again in Sewerobaikalsk before we entered the interesting part of the BAM Road. Dirt, Water, Mosquitos waited for us there but also a unique challenge. The few people we meet were the kindest people ever. We made our way on everything a bike can drive on or drive through before we finally were spit out to civilization again in Tynda.

About Maikel

I'm Maikel and since I started motorcycle travelling 2013 I did several more or less big journeys through Europe, Siberia and Central Asia. My preferred way is travelling with a light bike and far from tourists. If people don't call it a road anymore my heart starts to beat faster. I'm an absolutely passionate Enduro driver. Check out Maikel's webpage!


Toshi Meier-Brook

Barging Barriers in the Balkans

Turning travel into adventure using a motorbike and a wheelchair

We went to the Balkans on our leaner sidecar combination this year. One goal was to attend the Montenegro HU meeting, which (in contrast to us and our bike) is highly off-road oriented. Seeing where the road would take us during the day, we carried a tent which we didn't use (too many low priced cabins), and a kitchen which we didn't use (too good local food). Apart from admiring some truly amazing landscapes, we didn't really do much sightseeing, and rather tried to get in contact with local people and their culture as much as possible. Despite the title, don't expect our presentation to be mainly about the peculiarities of motorcycle travel with a wheelchair. But, of course, since using a wheelchair can add some spice to many situations, we will loose some words on that. And we will gladly answer any questions concerning travelling to places that are not barrier-free using a wheelchair.


About Toshi

Heike and Toshi have a travel companionship reaching back more than 25 years. Heike is using a wheelchair and needs assistance for most activities. Despite Heike's handicap, together we have explored many parts of the world. Since 2012 we are reaching out for more adventures on a BMW R1200GS with a leaner sidecar. We try to make contact with local people, as much as we can, as our travel is more about the people than about sightseeing.


Judith Seeberger

Solo? por qué?

The probably most asked question during my 6-months-trip through the Americas. And it took me a while to find the - for me - right answer.

While showing you some impressions from my solo trip from Anchorage down to Santiago de Chile (July - December 2015) I will as well tell you some stories about the great, interesting, sometimes funny but always friendly encounters with local bikers, their families, with tourists from all over the world, with policemen and border officials.


About Judith

Riding motorcycle since 27 years, I spent my motorcycle holidays mainly in Europe on road and since 5 years off-road as well. Finally I dared to go for 6 months on a solo trip from Anchorage to Santiago de Chile. The best decision in my life! Check out her website!


Mirjam Grunwald

Planning makes no sense

Mongolia by motorbike - was the plan

After my first trip outside of Europe: Riding back home from India with a friend, I longed for more. And finally, 4 years later I rode of. My goal this time: Mongolia. Again I crossed Turkey and Iran and what a different experience it was this time! Because of a very stressful period before this trip it took me longer then expected to get in the travel mood, but when I finally got it after riding the Pamir highway, having that exciting feeling of being a 100% alive, my trip ended with an accident. This trip learned me 2 things: 1. Planning has no sense and 2. Other people's experience do not have to be yours.


About Mirjam

After many solo trips in Europe I wanted to push some boundaries. Traveling in India has always been my dream, but never succeeded getting there. Then all came together: I had time, money and a friend who wanted to come along, so all I could say was 'yes'! We started organizing and then finally the day came to start our trip. There in India on the highest passes of the world, riding on 'dangerous roads, I felt a 100% alive. The travel virus caught me and never left. Last year I started a second trip, solo and this time my goal was Mongolia. I crossed the same countries and had different experiences. Traveling is being in the moment and the moment is different for everyone.

Hans-Ueli Flückiger

From Cancún via Cuba to Panama

A unique experience: With the and my Africa Twin from Cancun, Mexico via Cuba, Jamaica and Providencia to Panama.

Last year the schedule for the certain my journey. This 113-year-old sailing ship with six sails drove me in 2013 from Colombia to Panama. The Stahlratte provides the only way Cuba to travel with your own bike. About 4'000 km in five weeks give new impressions and contacts. Jamaica and Providencia, a Colombian island, are quite different. Another highlight are the many wonderful snorkeling dives at different locations. I am happy when I can show you this journey with enthusiasm!

About Hans Ueli

I am 66 years old and travel since 2008 with my Africa Twin through Latin America, total 87'000 km. Part 8 of my journey brought me last year from Cancun with the via Cuba, Jamaica, Providencia to Panama. From there I drove the Africa Twin back to Cancun. Check out his website!

Heike and Filippo Fania.

Heike & Filippo Fania, 2 Live the Dream

From Europe to the Himalayas and beyond!

2 years and 81.000 km on the road

Favorite pics and some great stories from 2 years on the road... due to the limited time, further stories will follow at the campfire...

Heike and Filippo Fania.

Heike and Filippo Fania.

About Heike & Filippo

Heike & Filippo met 2011 at a Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meeting in Germany. Soon they realized that they share the same dreams of changing our lives – and so they decided that they both are not going to continue dreaming, but instead to live their dream together. So they gave up their lives at home in Germany and Switzerland, packed everything they need on their motorcycles, and hit the road to discover the world and its people. In 2014, they returned from their 2-year world trip, and settled down in the north of Switzerland, in the beautiful Jura region, where they continue to live the dream.

Educational Sessions

Because Horizons Unlimited events are about informing, not just inspiring, we also have a great lineup of educational sessions for you...

Filippo Fania.

Filippo Fania

Solving Mechanical and electrical problems on the Road

No need to worry about mechanical or electrical problems - all you need is a little basic knowledge and lots of creativity, Filippo "McGyver" will show you

This will be an interactive workshop, where we will focus on what people are interested in. Bring your questions and problems, and together will try to find a solution - in particular for electrical and electronical issues.. Bring your bike and show us also your modifications and special fixes. Filippo will also explain and present some modifications that have proven very helpful during his world-trip with his wife Heike, 2 Live the Dream

Filippo Fania.

Filippo has extensively travelled the world by motorcycle, truck, 4x4 - he has huge experience in motorcycle mechanics and in particular the electrics and electronics. He now runs a business specialised in motorcycle and automobile electrics and electronics.


Judith Seeberger

Woman's discusion session

How to travel light and woman on bikes - a contradiction? This and many other female topics

There are many female topics we can discuss about: security, what to take with or not, what bike on a solo trip, how much technical or mechanical knowhow is needed, etc..... with the experience of me and - hopefully - other female travelers there will be a interesting discussion started.


About Judith

Riding motorcycle since 27 years, I spent my motorcycle holidays mainly in Europe on road and since 5 years off-road as well. Finally I dared to go for 6 months on a solo trip from Anchorage to Santiago de Chile. The best decision in my life! Check out her website!

Filippo Fania.

Filippo Fania, 2 Live the Dream

Bike Handling Tips & Tricks

Tips on how to handle your fully loaded bike in tricky off-road conditions

Tips and tricks for travellers that want to go off-road with a fully-loaded motorcycle, and don't want to risk a crash. E.g. how to turn around on a very steep and slippery slope with a fully loaded BMW - going downhill save and slow - handling of heavy bikes in difficult situations - turning on a narrow track - etc.

Heike and Filippo Fania.

More to come...

How about you? We're all here to learn, and there's LOTS to learn! We want to do more presentations and seminars - but we need volunteers to give them! Any topic you can contribute having to do with motorcycle travel, maintenance, planning etc, lasting 20 minutes or more, would be great. Please sign up here.

The Adventure Travel Zone

  • Equipment Specialists
  • Manufacturers
  • Tour Operators
  • Adventure Travel Authors and Film-Makers
  • The HU Store


MMD Adventures - Finest Motorcycle Gear!
The world's Finest Motorcycle Gear

MMD Adventures will be displaying Klim Technical Riding Gear, Kriega Motorcycle Soft Luggage Solutions and Rider Packs, Enduristan Motorcycle Soft Luggage Solutions, Lindstrands Motorcycle Gear, Halvarssons Motorcycle Gear and Goldentyre.

Come and say hello to Marc von Weissenfluh!

Enduristan GmbH
Enduristan engineers and distributes first class motorcycle luggage

For us, off road traveling has been a fixed part of our lifes for years. All our new developments are based on this rich pool of exerience. The results are products with high functionality, innovative details and best quality - exactly as they are needed for a ride through Enduristan.

Come and say hello to Stefano Bucher!

The biggest motorcycle friendly places directory

MOTONEST is available on and on Motonest mobile app (Android & iOS). It is the direct connection between riders and companies who provide services for riders. This is the place where owners of accomodations, repair-service places, moto-shos, motorcycle rental or restaurants and tow-truck services, make their services public to be easily found by the motorcyclists.

Come and say hello to Mihai Cristian Chira!

If you know of any other motorcycle or travel equipment vendors or tour operators who should be there, please suggest it to them! Vendors please contact me for details.

Panel discussions at most HU events include...

Border crossings - How to get through borders with minimal stress and cost!

Packing light - Tips and techniques from experienced travellers to reduce weight and bulk.

Regional discussions - e.g. travelling in South America or Asia.

For Women Only - A must for the ladies, so be sure to plan on being there! A chance to talk to experienced travelling women without the men around!

Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!

Walk arounds / Show and tell!

Tents and Bedding discussion (in the camping area) - What works, cheap vs dear and which ones keep you dry, warm and comfy!

Farkle Walk - Take a stroll and talk about your best bike mods - homemade saddle bags, toolbox mounts, GPS mounts, seats, side stands, tank panniers, cup holders, etc.

Switzerland, motorcycling paradise.

Facilities for a great weekend!

Heike and Filippo have found a great venue for our 1st Horizons Unlimited Switzerland Travellers Meeting!

Erlebnisbauernhof Gerbe
6344 Meierskappel
Central Switzerland

+41 417903534


  • Official campsite with showers and toilets
  • Fireplace
  • Bar and catering on-site, small shop with local farm products

Bar at Erlebnisbauernhof Gerbe, Switzerland.

  • Great barn for workshops and presentations

Presentation room at Erlebnisbauernhof Gerbe, Switzerland.

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Swimming possibility in nearby lakes and small pool at campsite

Swimming pool onsite at Erlebnisbauernhof Gerbe, Switzerland.

  • Beautiful surrounding in the heart of Switzerland
  • Great motorcycling roads nearby and the Alps at your doorstep, with the famous Furka, Grimsel, Susten or Klausen Pass roads only few kilometres away. Check out Best Biking Roads.

Switzerland is motorcycling paradise!

Great views in Switzerland.


Camping fees are not included in registration. The fees have to be paid on-site.

Costs per day are as follows:

  • Adult: 6 CHF
  • Children (up to 16 years): 4 CHF
  • Motorbike: 1 CHF
  • Tent (up to 2 Persons) 5.50 CHF
  • Camper Van / Motorhome up to 8 Metres: 9.50 CHF
  • Car: 2 CHF
  • Local taxes: 1 CHF

For further information on camping prices please visit the camp website.

Nice flat area for camping at Erlebnisbauernhof Gerbe, Switzerland.

Other accommodation on site

Tipi tents & bungalows available for rent at campsite (please contact them directly via their website: OR phone +41 417903534)

Tepees at Erlebnisbauernhof Gerbe, Switzerland.


Meals are not included in registration fee, but can be bought on-site. Example prices:

  • Servelat Sausage with Bread / Fries: 6.50 / 10.50 CHF
  • Beef Sausage with Bread / Fries: 8.50 / 12.50 CHF
  • Pork Steak with Bread / Fries: 13.00 / 17.00 CHF
  • Beef Steak with Bread / Fries: 16.00 / 20.00 CHF
  • Saffron Risotto: 8.50 CHF
  • Baked Potato with Sour Cream: 6.50 CHF
  • Small Breakfast: 10 CHF
  • Farmer Breakfast (with meat & cheese): 16 CHF

Restaurant at Erlebnisbauernhof Gerbe, Switzerland. Food at Erlebnisbauernhof Gerbe, Switzerland.

Campground Map (click for larger version)

Campground map, click for larger version.

I've already registered - I just want to pay!


Includes admission to all slide shows, workshops and demos on Friday and Saturday. Camping is NOT included. Meals are NOT included.

Pre-Register & Pay before:

Event Price

31 Mar, 2017

€35 (saves €20)

18 Aug, 2017

€45 (saves €10)


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Thanks everyone for a wonderful weekend, from the the organisers, to presenters to attendees. What a super bunch of people. I will certainly be attending again.

Some of the speakers were truely inspirational and meeting Ted Simon was a real priviledge.

Hi there. What is the entry fee just for the Saturday events? Might just have time for one day.

Do I have to register my two underage kids if I bring them along?

Hi, bring your kids along - that's no problem. Even though there is no special programme for them, I am sure they will like it. Grant already commented about registration and the waiver form. If you stay on the camp site you will have to pay the campsite fees for the kids as listed above. See you next week!  


Not sure what age "underage" is, but here you go:

Under 16 no, and free entry for them, but you need to sign a waiver for them as we don't want to be responsible. Over 16 yes, they're of riding age so they're just like everyone else, must register.

Remember we have nothing specific for younger (under 16) kids to do as we get very few of them, the event is primarily adults.

Hope that works for you, and you all have fun!

I am aware that to use Swiss roads, you need to buy a yearly vignette, the current price being 38,00€. Is there a possibility to reach the campsite from Germany without using the concerned roads? On another hand, will Grant and Susan attend this particular HU meeting? Thanks for your time guys...

You need to buy a vignette only for the motorways. Normal roads are free, and much nicer anyway. But it will take much longer for you to get there. I already posted two route suggestions on the HUBB

Looking forward to meeting you soon... 


I'm not sure about the Swiss road tax, will check with our local hosts. Alas, we're unable to attend all events. Since we depend on events for our income, if we went to most of them we'd have nothing left over to pay our rent! Also, there are 3 events that weekend! We'll be at the BC meeting. You're in good hands with our friends Heike and Filippo.

I was wondering what the main language for the presentations will be?

Presentations will all be in English. Some workshops will be in German. But we will make sure that there is somebody doing on the go translations. 

See you soon...

Sorry for the late reply, we missed it!

Most of our events are primarily in English as the language most people will know. Where needed, there is a translator who does "on the go" translations for those who struggle with English, or if the speakers main language is something else, to English. Language is rarely an issue, so whatever you speak go and you'll be fine!


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Be a Presenter

We're inviting submissions for presentations, so whether you're attending the event or exploring a distant continent, if you've got a story to tell or expertise to share we'd like to hear from you.

We love to hear stories about your travel adventures, especially if you have great pics! Also, practical how-to sessions such as roadside cooking, navigation / GPS, trip prep and planning, adventure motorcycling medicine, packing light, setting your bike up, communications / blogging from the road, self-publishing your story, yoga for bikers, bodging / bike maintenance, self-defense, photography, videography, tire repair, safe riding techniques, how to pick up your bike, off-road riding, all are of interest.

There are 40 minute and 90 minute sessions available for talks, workshops, demos and live web chats.

Click here to submit your ideas


Submitting a Presenter registration DOES NOT mean you will automatically be included in the schedule, as we often have more presenters than available presentation slots. We will confirm one way or the other as soon as we can (but not immediately!).

In order to get FREE entry to the event, you are expected to either REPEAT your presentation OR do TWO or more DIFFERENT presentations.

Departing or Returning?

If you're planning an expedition, why not make the Horizons Unlimited meeting your official start point? Or maybe you're nearing the completion of a journey and would like a very public welcome home? Of course you might just be passing through and fancy marking a key stage of your travels?

We'd love to make you a big part of the meeting, so feel free to get in touch and tell us your plans.

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Switzerland Venue Location

Erlebnisbauernhof Gerbe
6344 Meierskappel

Other Accommodation

B&B / Hotels available in nearby villages (be sure to check reviews!):

Hotel Waldheim in Risch

Bahnhöfli in Küssnacht

Hotel zum Hirschen in Küssnacht

Local Hosts

Thanks go to Heike and Filippo and their helpers for volunteering to bring Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meetings to Switzerland!

Heike and Filippo Fania.

Please contact Heike at with vendor, venue and speakers questions.

We can always use help on the day - please volunteer to help out for a couple of hours when you register (above)!

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We know 'stuff happens', and you know we have financial commitments to venues and caterers!

If you're unable to attend an event, please let us know (by e-mail reply to your confirmation e-mail from us) so we don't worry that something has happened to you...

Up to 30 days prior to event start, we will refund all fees in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) fee for handling and PayPal charges.

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