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Schifffahrt Thunersee

Highlights

  • Along the largest Swiss river
  • Grimsel Pass
  • Baroque city of Solothurn
  • Boat ride Interlaken - Thun

Day 1

Arrival on Grimsel pass

Travel by public transport from your starting point in Switzerland to the Grimsel Pass. Overnight stay at the Grimsel pass.

Reichenbachfall im Haslital bei Meiringen

Day 2

Grimsel pass - Iseltwald

An imposing alpine landscape with diversity: Reservoirs and power plants surrounded by icy green-gray granite mountains – a balance act for your eyes. Steep descent to the Aare valley and onwards to Meiringen and the Sherlock Holmes museum. Take a short breather, then at the shore of the Lake of Brienz there is another hill to cross before reaching your stage goal of Iseltwald. 

Details: approx. 50 km ↑ 405 m ↓ 1'975 m

Mit dem Velo über den Grimselpass

Day 3

Iseltwald - Bern

The deep Lake of Brienz, clear, quiet and sombre. The Lake of Thun, shallower, open and lively. In the middle, Interlaken, a trendy tourist and adventure centre, dominated by those icy icons, the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau. Continue with the ship to Thun, the gateway to the Bernese Oberland and from there to the wide Aaretal (Aare Valley): large villages, industry, open fields and a powerful river in lush water meadows. Then follows the entrance to Bern, the capital city of Switzerland and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Details: approx. 75 km ↑ 620 m ↓ 690 m

Velofahren auf der Seen-Route in Interlaken.

Day 4

Bern - Biel/Bienne 

Idyllic trio at Lake Wohlensee: bird paradise, hydroelectric power station and nuclear pile. The Aare leads into the Seeland, a huge vegetable garden thanks to the canal Hagneck. Behind reeds and woodland you can sense the Lake Biel, cheerful hustle and bustle in bilingual Biel-Bienne.

Details: approx. 50 km ↑ 470 m ↓ 580 m

Entlang der Aare Route in Biel

Day 5

Biel/Bienne - Solothurn

"Children" of the Jura water correction: the Nidau-Büren canal and the old water loop in the Häftli. Witi-Altreu, the world of the stork and hare chamber. Continue along the banks of the Aare river until you spot the St. Ursen Tower which marks the baroque town of Solothurn.

Details: approx. 30 km ↑ 90 m ↓ 95 m

Entlang der Mittelland Route in Solothurn.

Day 6

Solothurn - Aarau

The so-called "Ambassadorial City" of Solothurn is considered the most beautiful baroque city in Switzerland, where Italian grandeur is combined with French charm and German-Swiss down-to-earthness. From here always the Aare "naa" (to) - Aarau, capital of the canton of Aargau in the Swiss Midlands (Schweizer Mittelland), lies on the river Aare, to which the city and canton owe their names.

Details: approx. 60 km ↑ 330 m ↓ 445 m

Velofahren entlang der Aare-Route

Day 7

Aarau – Bad Zurzach | Departure

Always following the Aare, an interesting interplay of gabled houses, irises, cement factory and duck paradise. Like water, you travel through meadows, Klusen and past reservoirs, along the Reuss, the Limmat and the Rhine. From Koblenz, continue to Bad Zurzach and from there depart by public transport to your final destination in Switzerland or extend your stay.

Details: approx. 50 km ↑ 335 m ↓ 375 m

Aarwangen im Kanton Bern
Karte der Aare Route

Tour characteristic

A perfectly signposted, mostly flat cycle route, predominantly on field and forest trails far away from motiorized traffic. Some parts left natural, but most of the tour is done on asphalt roads. 

On the first stage there are some passages where you have to push your bike and there are some steep parts as well.

The Aare Route at SwitzerlandMobility

Inclusions

  • 6 nights incl. breakfast in the chosen category
  • Rail journey 2nd class from/to Swiss start/end point
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • Boat trip Interlaken - Thun
  • Well-prepared itinerary
  • Travel documents (1 x per room) including SwitzerlandMobility Plus subscription
  • Service hotline

Good to know

  • If you are departing without an extra night in Bad Zurzach, your luggage will be returned to the partner hotel by 17:00 at the latest.
  • Additional night in Bad Zurzach bookable
  • Visitor's tax, if due, not included in the tour price
  • Bookings can be accepted up to 5 working days before arrival (express fee CHF 50.00 for 5 working days before arrival)
  • Organisation of the trip: local cooperation partner

Travel Documents

  • We provide you with all documents for your trip digitally
  • Luggage tags are usually left for you at the arrival hotel
  • On the road, you can easily find your way around using the SwitzerlandMobility app and other freely accessible aids. Background information and all other documents are delivered electronically and can be downloaded to your mobile phone in advance