HU Travellers Meeting Switzerland 2024

6th Annual Horizons Unlimited Overland Adventure Travel Event

Thursday, 15 August to Sunday, 18 August 2024 - Meierskappel, Switzerland

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.

Inspiring, Informing & Connecting

Some people value Horizons Unlimited events for what they learn from the unique line-up of presenters. Some people value the chance to discover new products and services at the trade stands. Some people value just kicking back with a beer among old friends and new.

Most people enjoy a little bit of everything, and everyone goes home fired-up for adventure with a smile on their face.

HU Switzerland 2018 group photo

The event will include a packed schedule of presentations and activities. All within the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that Horizons Unlimited is known for.

Below is a short (1:45) video from the 2022 event: (or you can see the full version - 6min 43s)

Horizons Unlimited Switzerland Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Thursday, August 15 to Sunday, August 18 2024.

The plan is simple. Show up on Thursday afternoon, meet people and setup. Ride-outs (depending on weather) and workshops will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Organizers will be there on Wednesday 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 approximately 1 week before the event.

PLEASE NOTE: The schedule is subject to change at any time - all the presenters are volunteers and travelling, thus they may be delayed or unable to get there. Some may have anxiety attacks and be unable to perform! ;-) And sometimes travellers show up unexpectedly with great pics and stories, so we try to fit them in! Details of changes to presentation times or other matters of note will be posted at the meeting on the day.

Presenters at HU Switzerland 2024 - So Far

Workshops and Tech Sessions below

Maxime Berberat

Maxime Berberat

From the Alps to the Himalayas
Riding a 34-year-old bike across Eurasia in a post-covid world, and discovering life on the road

Leaving Switzerland in April 2022, I had one goal: riding my bike in Ladakh, northern India, on the highest passes on Earth. In reality, I realized a few months into the trip that I was getting at least as much stimulation and satisfaction from living on the road. When daily life becomes interesting again, faraway goals lose their importance. You just begin to let yourself flow. Encounters with locals and other travellers, magnificent landscapes, struggles to get the right documentation, and dealing with loneliness: all these experiences distorted the significance of the ultimate goal of reaching Ladakh, altering my vision of what the purpose of this journey was. Between mountains and sea, snow and scorching hot deserts, sun and monsoon, hugs and firearms, join me on a solo journey from Switzerland to India via the southern route (Turkey, Caucasus, Iran, Pakistan).

Maxime Berberat

Maxime Berberat

MAXIME BERBERAT has always been riding motorcycles, but he only recently started travelling with them. Before discovering Horizons Unlimited in 2019, he had not at all been aware of the existence of long-term overland travel. In 2022, the opportunity to ride across half the world arose, and he took it.

Mat Docherty

Mat Docherty, Vintage Rides

Vintage Rides - Awakening Adventures
Discover the world's unspoilt routes on a Royal Enfield with Vintage Rides

Royal Enfield and Vintage Rides, the world's largest Royal Enfield-only motorbike tour company, bring their passion for adventure travel to thrill seekers and motorbike enthusiasts around the world. Vintage Rides was founded in 2006, after a 20,000-kilometre journey across the Indian continent on a Royal Enfield. Behind the wheel: Alexandre Zurcher, 19 years old. This motorbike trip was a first. A personal challenge to prove to himself that there are no limits to adventure, except those you set yourself. It was the start of a new life, fuelled by an unbridled desire to share the experience.

Today, Vintage Rides operates on four continents, 19 destinations with over 1,500 motorcyclists per year. This presentation will focus on Mongolia, showing a short film of riders' experiences and amazing scenery. Join us on this virtual experience and learn about all of our tours and destinations.

Mat Docherty, Vintage Rides guided tour group.

Mat Docherty, Photographing a group of children.

MAT DOCHERTY got his license five years ago and never looked back! He rides around 30,000 km per year in Europe and overseas. He works with Vintage Rides in the DACH region allowing normal riders to become adventurers on guided tours around the globe.

Michael Schröder

Michael Schröder

Longing for Patagonia
Total freedom, or three months and 16000 km on a bike in Patagonia

The longing for Patagonia grew bigger and bigger. Over 30 years after his first motorcycle trip through this wild south of Chile and Argentina, Michael, a professional journalist, returned to this windswept part of the world. He spent three months on the road, traveling 16,000 kilometers on his BMW R1250 GS through rainforests and passed active volcanoes, huge glaciers, and unique mountain landscapes. Later, strong winds chased him through a seemingly endless steppe, where he felt total freedom on his bike.

When he finally arrived at Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world on Tierra del Fuego, the rough charm of Patagonia made him fall in love with this part of the world again! On his way bac,k he also crossed the Andes on one of the most spectacular high mountain roads you can imagine: the Paso de San Francisco (4726 m).

Michael Schroder, emerald lake view

Michael Schroder, Motorcycle camping

MICHAEL SHRÖDER became Editor at MOTORRAD after travelling through Patagonia for six months in 1989. He spent another five months on a bike in South America in 1993, followed by trips all over the world, including Mongolia, central Asia, and southern Africa, and South America again for six months in 2001. Two kids changed his lifestyle, but in 2023 at the age of 60, he shipped his bike again to South America. Why? Because of Patagonia, where he spent another three months. You can read the full story in his latest book, Sehnsucht nach Patagonien.

Educational Sessions

Because Horizons Unlimited events are about informing, not just inspiring, we also have a great line-up of educational sessions for you... Further information will follow.

Judith Seeberger

Judith Seeberger

Women's Discussion 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.

Judith

JUDITH SEEBERGER - 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!

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 electronic issues. Bring your bike and show us also your modifications and special fixes. Filippo will also explain and present some modifications that have proven to be very helpful during his world trip with his wife Heike, 2 Live the Dream

Filippo Fania.

FILIPPO FANIA 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.

Xenia and Tinu, XT Adventures

Xenia and Tinu, XT Adventures

Gear and Tools for Your Trip

Welcome to our gear-up session where we're all about sharing the knowledge to fuel your two-wheeled adventures! Whether you're dreaming of a globe-trotting expedition or a leisurely ride into the unknown, we've got the lowdown on essential camping gear and motorbike tools to make your journey a breeze.

When it comes to camping gear, think lightweight, durable, and packable. We're talking about tents that can weather any storm and sleeping bags that'll keep you snug under the stars. And let's not forget about the joy of cooking al fresco with portable stoves and utensils designed for life on the road.

Now, onto motorbike tools – because every rider should know how to handle basic repairs on the fly. So bring your tool rolls and we'll talk about all the essential tools you will need to get you around the globe. So grab a seat, bring a beer and lets talk gear and tools!

Xenia and Tinu, Desert camping sunset.

About the presenters: XENIA and TINU are the new hosts of HU Switzerland! The couple travelled around the world for a bit more than three years with their XT Yamaha motorbikes. Mostly spending the nights in their tent and cooking their own food.

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.

Presenters at HU Switzerland in the past have included...

Workshops and Tech Sessions below

Martin Brucker

Martin Brucker, Auf dem Weg

On The Way (Auf dem Weg): Part 01
A RTW motorcycle trip comes full-circle after 6.5 years

After 9.5 years as a woodwork intructor in Ethiopia, I gave myself a break (12-18 months) to find similar work in South East Asia (a.k.a. travel) and a bit further to Australia to visit my cousin near Brisbane. After 20 months, I reached in Australia after having ridden through many countries (Iran, Syria, Sudan, Jemen, Tibet, China, Vietnam), including some job interviews in Laos and Vietnam. When I learned I got the job in Laos, I had been in Australia for four months and now needed to make a decision: take the job or continue my journey.

To be honest, it was an easy decision - I kept going. And kept going I did, to South America, Cuba, and waiting for the spring season again. At one point, it came to mind that it would be really cool to return to the Black Forest in Germany on the very same motorcycle I first left with. After crossing six continents, about 70 countries, and covering about 255,067 km, I came full-circle to the very same spot I left 6.5 years ago... at the doorstep of my mother's house in Welschensteinach.

From Germany's Black Forest, MARTIN BRUCKER traveled from March 2010 to October 2016 around the world on his trusty BMW G650 Xchallenge. He covered about 255,067 km crossing about 70 countries "On The Way".

Water transport of bike and gear

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'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!

Mirjam.

Mirjam Grunwald

M&M: From India to NL by motorbike

2 women, 2 heavy bikes, 14.000 km, a life changing experience

For years I wanted to travel beyond the European borders but there was always something coming in between. And then suddenly all came together. I had time, money and someone to come with me. Within 3 months Marika and I planned our trip riding from India back to the Netherlands. We shipped our BMW 1150 GSses to Calcutta and started an adventure on a continent mainly ruled by men. 14.000 km over the highest summits, through desserts, and crowded cities. A story about special encounters, changing emotions, beautiful places, but also of hardships and exciting events. An experience that changed my life forever.

Mirjam

About Mirjam

Since I bought my first motorbike (1997) my holidays were planned: gear up my bike and drive. I've seen most of the EU and longed for more. In 2012 I finally fulfilled my dream and made my first trip outside the EU: riding from India to NL. Since then I only wanted to go again. The encounters of people with other cultures inspires me and by telling about my adventures I hope to show a different perspective. My experiences on the spot. Check out Mirjam's website!

Joshua Steinberg

Joshua Steinberg,
Wetzlos Weltwärts

Presentation 1: Africa East Coast
Presentation 2: Africa West Coast

Joshua will share his stories from his two trips to Africa. In two separte presentations he will talk about both his trips, one down the West Coast, and one down the East Coast.

"We travelled the African East Coast from October 2020 until February 2022 with two Honda CRF250L on our own. We covered 50.000 kilometers with 40 percent offroad tracks. Our focus is always on the exchange with the amazing people we meet along the road. Against all odds, we had a wonderful time on the road and the world is still as amazing as it was before. Covid virus, civil war, corruption, and violence could never change the fact that the people of this world are just great and the hospitality is even greater where you least expect it. "

"We want to tell the stories of all those who inspired us, all those who helped us, all those who will always be in our hearts and travel with us ever since we met them. Some positive vibes don't kill anybody these days, so come around and listen to our stories."

JOSHUA STEINBERG travelled western Africa, South America, eastern Africa, and parts of Asia and Europe by motorcycle. All in all, 150.000 kilometers and 60 countries. Less is more for us. Small budget, small bikes, small tent. Ride on!

Joshua Steinberg, Night camp

Elspeth Beard.

Elspeth Beard

First British woman to motorcycle around the world

Elspeth Beard is a motorcyclist and award-winning architect. In 1982, at the age of just twenty-three, Elspeth Beard left London and set off on a 35,000 mile solo adventure around the world on her 1974 BMW R60/6 and became the first British woman to motorcycle around the world.

Elspeth Beard with the 1974 BMW R60/6 she rode around the world.

"Although I had ridden bikes since my teens and was already well-traveled, setting off on my own with no sponsorship or support, in an age before email, internet, cell phones and satnavs certainly made this journey a real adventure and was the toughest thing I'd ever done.

During my two-and-a-half year journey I rode through deserts and mountain ranges and war-ravaged countries and along the way I had to fake documents, witnessed riots and civil uprisings, fended off physical threats, sexual attacks, biker gangs and corrupt police convinced I was trafficking drugs. I survived two crashes and life-threatening illnesses and fell in love twice. It was not until 2008 that I discovered that I had become the first British woman to ride a motorcycle around the world.

I now run my own architectural practice, specialising in creating and remodelling interesting and unusual buildings. I live in a converted Victorian water tower in the southeast of England and still enjoy riding motorcycles, including my trusty BMW R60/6 which carried me around the world."

Elspeth Beard - Riding into History from Culture Trip on Vimeo.

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.

jubiters travels  Ted Simon 'Dreaming of Jupiter'.

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

Chris Schlatter.

Christian Schlatter

Follow your destiny against the current

... or how a baby doesn'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.

Chris Schlatter.

Check out Chris' webpage!
Andrew Dysart.

Andrew Dysart

Lessons Learned Crossing Africa

How to survive overlanding Africa, develop mental 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!

Maikel.

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!

Berndt Nording

Morocco without a Plan

Planning to travel across an ocean to Europe to ride Morocco. Wait, isn't that on a different continent? Forget the PLAN!

Ob For the year 1 B.C. I made a plan to continue my travels through Europe and go a bit further afield to Morocco. Bad idea! Traveling is always a good idea, making a PLAN is definitely not. Follow along with me on my journey and count all the hazards that can knock a PLAN sideways from bureaucrats to the weather gods as well as a couple of other Gods. Then there is the incredibly stupid idea of using the internet to gather information.

Über BERNDT: "I have been a traveler my whole life and started using a motorcycle for traveling half a century ago. In 2012 I shipped a motorcycle to Germany and have been making trips to various destinations from there on a yearly basis since then."

Toshi.

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.

Toshi

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

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.

Judith

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!

Hans-Ueli Flückiger

From Cancún via Cuba to Panama

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

Last year the schedule for the Stahlratte.de 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 Stahlratte.de 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.

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

Judith Seeberger

Woman's discussion 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.

Judith

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.

The Adventure Travel Zone

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

Exhibitors at HU Switzerland 2017.

 

Exhibitors - TBC

Touratech Peter Hanna
Touratech
Travel Equipment & Suspension

Touratech will display their High End Motorcycle and Travel Equipment, as well as the Touratech Suspension, Top Performance On and Off-Road

Peter Hanna will also give a Workshop on Motorbike Suspension: How is the suspension of a motorcycle working? Finding out the secret of balance and damping. How to measure the static sag & dynamic sag, and how to adjust it. Possible reasons to change the suspension. How to check & adjust the damping. Differences between shocks, differences between fork springs and closed cartridge systems. Also we will offer measuring and adjusting sag and checking damping for the visitors on the whole weekend.

Come and say hello to Peter

If you know of any other motorcycle or travel equipment vendors or tour operators who should be there, please suggest it to them!
Exhibitors
, more details and registration here. Please contact us if you have more questions.

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!

Tool Kits - Show us your favorite tools. Toolkit discussion.

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.

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Switzerland, motorcycling paradise.

Facilities for a great weekend!

We have a great venue for our Horizons Unlimited Switzerland Travellers Meeting!

Erlebnisbauernhof Gerbe
6344 Meierskappel
Central Switzerland

+41 417903534

Featuring

  • Official campsite with showers and toilets. 19 CHF per person per night.

Nice flat area for camping at Erlebnisbauernhof Gerbe, Switzerland.

  • Fireplace

HU Switzerland 2017 Campfire chats.

  • 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 HU Switzerland 2017.

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Swimming 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

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

NO PREBOOKING FOR TENTS NECESSARY - CAMPSITE IS RESERVED FOR US!

Cost is 19CHF per person per night (special rate only during HU Switzerland)
(incl.water, hot showers, wifi).

HU Switzerland 2017 campground.

Other accommodation on site

Tipi tents are available for rent at campsite (please contact them directly via their website: www.swiss-bauernhof.ch OR phone +41 417903534)

Tepees at HU Switzerland 2017.

Food

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

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


Campground Map (click for larger version)

Campground map, click for larger version.

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PRE-REGISTRATION PRICING FOR FULL PASSES

Includes admission to all slide shows, workshops and demos on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Camping fees are NOT included in registration. The fees have to be paid on-site. Meals are NOT included.

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Event Price

15 March, 2024

€35 (saves €20)

8 Aug, 2024

€45 (saves €10)

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Pay Cash on Arrival

Full Pass

€55

Weekend Pass (arrive Friday after 6 pm)

€45

Day Pass (Saturday only)

€30

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Comments

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.

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!  

Hi,

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 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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HU Switzerland Unofficial Video (28 minutes!)


Thanks to KiwiMCVideos for this video of the HU Switzerland 2018 Travellers Meeting (and some gorgeous scenery along the way to remind you of why this country is so popular with motorcyclists)!

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HU Switzerland

"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 truly inspirational and meeting Ted Simon was a real privilege."

"Just want to say a big thanks to Heike & Filippo and everyone who helped make the weekend so good. This was my first Hubb meet and I will be coming to the next one. I met some really great people and the atmosphere was amazing. I enjoyed all the talks and even had some one on one time with the Great Ted simon. So I look forward to seeing everyone again next year."

"For a first meeting it was a very nice weekend without a cloud and everything was professionally prepared. A great thank you to the organization team and specially to Heike & Fillipo. I'm sure we all hope and waiting for the announcement of the next HU Switzerland meeting. Great atmosphere, great people and nice interesting presentations, everything was there. Thanks again and see you next year."

You can help!

If you have a few minutes, please download the poster (Adobe pdf format) and print off a few and hand them round your club or your local bike shop or anywhere seems like a good place.

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Poster in pdf format, English (715 kb) full colour Event poster:

HU Switzerland 2024 poster, English.

Postcard in pdf format, English (349 kb) full colour postcard, can be printed 4 to a page:

Horizons Unlimited Switzerland 2024 postcard, English.

Deutschland flag. Deutsche

Poster in pdf format, German (715 kb) full colour Event poster:

HU Switzerland 2024 poster, English.

Postcard in pdf format, German (349 kb) full colour postcard, can be printed 4 to a page:

Horizons Unlimited Switzerland 2024 postcard, English.

You may need to right click and choose "save target as, or similar..."

Thanks!

Join the Volunteer Crew

From welcoming travellers at the gate, to taking care of the campsite and making sure all the presentations run smoothly, the success of every HU event relies on the enthusiasm of its volunteer crew.

"What a wonderful bunch of people. I had no idea how much fun I'd have by helping out!"

Dee Masters, volunteer extraordinaire!

"It was my absolute pleasure to be able to give something back to the HU community and working with such great folks really made the event special."

Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, get more involved with Horizons Unlimited and have loads of fun! You can sign up to volunteer when you register for the meeting, OR click here if you have already registered and want to add volunteering.

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 45 minute and 100 minute sessions available for talks, workshops, demos and live web chats.

Click here to submit your ideas

PLEASE NOTE:

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

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.

Book your Exhibitor Stand space

Over the course of four days, this Horizons Unlimited event offers a unique opportunity to build awareness of your brand and talk directly to potential customers.

The Adventure Travel Zone occupies a central position at the event site and is exclusive to trade stands representing the overland adventure travel market.

Choose between our Premium and Standard packages, both of which include on-site advertising and can include a presentation about your products and services. Be sure to let us know you want to do a presentation when you register.

Click here to book your trade stand

Switzerland Venue Location

Erlebnisbauernhof Gerbe
6344 Meierskappel
Switzerland

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 bringing Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meetings to Switzerland!

5 years later, they have passed the torch to Xenia Sägesser and Martin (Tinu) Strebel, two 'travel bug infected people' who fell in love in Cusco, Peru! After trips together to the Balkans, Oman, Iceland, Philippines, Indonesia, Morocco and Tanzania, they decided to 'do something big'! The resulting 3-year trip around the world is chronicled on their XT Adventures website.

While travelling the world, Xenia and Tinu have told their stories at HU meetings in Australia and South Africa, and closer to home, they have been to Germany and Switzerland events, so they are well-qualified to host this event. Welcome Xenia and Tinu!

Xenia and Tinu, HU Switzerland co-organizers.

Please contact Xenia 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)!

HU Events Refund Policy

Like adventures, life can throw surprises our way. Stuff happens. While we would love for you to join the fun and connect with everyone at our events, we understand that you (and the funds) may be needed elsewhere. We'll catch up later!

On our side, we know you appreciate that we have financial commitments to venues and caterers!

The best way to let us know that you're unable to attend an event is to reply to the Registration Confirmation Email you got from us when you first signed up.

Up to 30 days prior to event start, we will refund all fees in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) handling fee and PayPal charges. At your request, we can apply your Event Registration and all fees to any subsequent HU event you wish in that year or following year.

Up to 15 days prior to event start, we will refund only the camping/accommodation and food packages in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) handling fee and PayPal charges. At your request, we can apply your Event Registration fee (with no handling fee) to any subsequent HU Event you wish in that year or following year. If you purchased a t-shirt, we will ship it to the mailing address you provide.

Within 15 days of the event start, there will be no refunds. At your request, we can apply your registration fee (with no handling fee) to any subsequent HU event you wish in that year or following year. If you purchased a t-shirt, we will ship it to the mailing address you provide.

If WE cancel an event:

We are constantly evaluating the situation for every event, and very much err on the side of caution. We will endeavour to announce "Final" decision one month or more before the event, but the situation COULD change closer to time, and we could be required by law to cancel.

If we are forced to cancel for COVID or natural disaster, we will roll your registration over to next year automatically.

If you want to transfer your existing registration to any other HU event in the world, just let us know.

Need a full refund? PLEASE REPLY to your original Registration Confirmation email to make it easier for us to find. If you can't find it, please email a request to: events-c (AT) horizonsunlimited(-)com with the subject line: "Refund event-name event-year"

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New to Horizons Unlimited?

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle. The website, HUBB forum and regular events across the globe have inspired thousands of people to follow their dreams and take the road less travelled.

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Membership - Show you're proud to be a Horizons Unlimited Traveller!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love overland adventure travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events such as this one (18 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

You can join at a reduced rate as part of your meeting registration. Note that new Memberships with your Meeting Registration are applied as of the Meeting date or as soon as possible thereafter, not earlier, unless you make a special request in the Comments box when you register.