The Aare Trail is Switzerland’s first, fully signposted long-distance bicycle route, and it was created in 1995. It is a magnificent tourist attraction that already enjoys an international reputation.
The Trail gives you an excellent idea of the variety of landscapes that characterize Switzerland. The starting point lies in the midst of the highest of the Bernese Alps – but don’t panic! The action of the river over millions of years has flattened the path and you can follow it quite easily.
As the bike trail winds its way pleasantly along the lanes through woods and meadows, along fertile fields and through isolated villages where the charm of the provinces lives on unchanged, you will also have ample opportunity to see a true picture of everyday Switzerland.
- Lakes formed by the Aare – Lake Thun, Lake Wohlen, and Lake Bienne
- The capital city of Bern
- The many small towns and villages on the edge of the Jura Mountains
- The Rhine River and the Rhine Falls
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Day 1: Arrival and overnight in Interlaken
Day 2: Interlaken - Thun - Bern, 22 miles (35 km) + boat trip
Day 3: Bern - Biel, 31 miles (50 km)
Day 4: Biel - Solothurn, 22 miles (35 km)
Day 5: Solothurn - Aarau, 34 miles (55 km)
Day 6: Aarau - Waldshut-Tiengen, 28/31 miles (45/50 km)
Day 7: Waldshut-Tiengen - Schaffhausen, 37/40 miles (60/65 km)
Day 8: Schaffhausen - Constance, 34 miles (55 km)
Day 9: Individual departure or extension of stay
*All distances are approximate.
DAY 1: Arrival to Interlaken
Interlaken, meaning between the lakes, is uniquely situated between the pristine lakes Thun and Brienz. Created during the last glacial period, these lakes boast crystal clear waters whose banks are home to picturesque fishing villages and ancient castles. Interlaken also finds itself surrounded by the impressive snow capped heights of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, part of the Bernese Alps. You may choose to enjoy these views from a trip on a rack-and-pinion train.
DAY 2: Interlaken - Thun - Bern, 22 miles (35 km) + boat trip
You start the day with a pleasant two-hour boat ride across Thun Lake. Sit back and relax and watch the countryside slowly slide by. From Thun, you cycle to Berne, a simple route and well suited for acclimatizing to the days to come. Goethe thought Berne to be Switzerland's most beautiful town and though it is the capital of Switzerland, Bern has managed to maintain its unique historical features such as 15th-century terraced buildings, cobblestone streets, and lively market squares - it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983!
Welcome Hotel Alpenblick
DAY 3: Bern - Biel, 31 miles (50 km)
After Bern, the Wohlensee extends a warm welcome – and now you will witness the merry interplay between the dazzling beauty of nature and the industrial world of energy production. The vegetable-growing region in the Grossen Moos and later on the Lake of Biel mark the scenery of today’s route. The city of Biel, the largest in Switzerland, is the watch metropolis of the world. Rolex, Omega, and Tissot, among others, all have their home here. Biel's old town has many fountains fed by Roman wells as well as a beautiful town hall and a gothic church dating from the 15th-century, certainly not to be missed during your stay here!
DAY 4: Biel - Solothurn, 22 miles (35 km)
Today's route is short so that you have enough time to spend in the old town or on the lake at the beach. Solothurn is the capital of the canton of the same name and is considered to be Switzerland's most beautiful Baroque town. The number eleven has particular significance here: there are 11churches and chapels, 11 fountains, 11 towers and 11 steps.
Hotel Roter Ochsen
DAY 5: Solothurn - Aarau, 34 miles (55 km)
The River Aare, which has by now increased considerably in size, is what shapes the landscape here. Villages, fields and a magnificent castle are on your way to Aarau, which still bears features dating back to the 16th century and from when the town was once the capital of the Helvetic Republic. Walk through the town - and keep looking up! This town is famous for its lovely gables. Be inspired by their painted scenes.
Sorell Hotel Aurauerhof
Gasthof zum Schützen
DAY 6: Aarau - Waldshut-Tiengen, 28/31 miles (45/50 km)
Crossing into Germany, you cycle along the Aare to Brugg, through the southern Black Forest. A visit to Habsburg Castle is recommended, the castle is the seat of the dynasty of the same name which once achieved the position of a true world power. Passing the "water castle" through which about half of the volume of Switzerland's water flows, you cycle on, via Koblenz, to where the Aare flows into the Rhine. The last section takes you to Waldshut-Tiengen, home to many medieval gates and towers, and is vibrant with rustic charm.
Hotel Waldshuter Hof
DAY 7: Waldshut-Tiengen - Schaffhausen, 37/40 miles (60/65 km) + Boat Trip to Rhine Falls
Back again to Switzerland, you cycle up the Rhine, passing Rheinau Abbey, which is situated idyllically on an island in the river. The closer you get to the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen, the louder the roar of the water gets. Enjoy a boat trip that takes you to the rocks of the Falls and experience the roaring mass of water all around you. In Schaffhausen, discover the Munot Fortress, which can be seen for miles. From the battlements of this stronghold, built between 1564 and 1589, you can see far and wide. Every evening at 9 p.m., the Munot guard who lives in the tower rings the Munot bell, which used to be a sign that the town gates and inns should close.
Hotel Park Villa
DAY 8: Schaffhausen - Constance, 34 miles (55 km)
From Schaffhausen, the last bike ride will lead you through pretty fishing villages to Constance. Constance is a lively university town lying on the shores of beautiful Lake Constance. It has been a city since as early as the 1st-century AD, and quickly became a religious center. In the Old Town, you'll find the famed cathedral dating back to the 7th-century. Due to a border anomaly, the German city Constance lies on Switzerland’s land mass, and the Swiss town of Kreuzlingen is only a short walk away.
DAY 9: Departure from Constance/Kreuzlingen.
Hotels & Bikes
Accommodations in 3 star hotels including breakfast. Twin rooms are not available. Rooms generally have double beds with two separate mattresses. In each day’s detailed itinerary you will find the name of the preferred hotel list. If the hotel listed is not available, a hotel of equal standard will be offered.
Men’s and women’s hybrid bike
Men's and women's hybrid bikes featuring:
- 7-speed internal gear hub and back-pedal brakes
- 24-speed derailleur gears and caliper brakes
- Unisex bikes with deep step-through frames for all sizes
- Men's bikes from a body height of 1.75 m
- Anti-puncture Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires
- Hub dynamo
- Luggage rack
- Comfortable saddle
For those who would like to have the support of a motor when they're out and about, these stable and reliable e-bikes are recommended. The e-bike features a deep step-through frame and upright sitting position. The electric support can be added as you need it to assist with longer stretches or hilly sections. The Marathon Plus tires, from Schwalbe, ensure for a safe ride even when your cycling down mountains or riding at high speeds.
- Overnight accommodations for 8 nights in 3-star hotels in double bed rooms
- Hybrid touring 27-speed bicycle
- Luggage transport
- Route descriptions & maps (1 x room)
- Emergency service hotline
- GPS tracks
- Boat trip Interlaken to Thun
- Boat trip to the Rhine Falls rock
- Entrance to Rosgartenmuseum Konstanz, including 1 coffee
Dates & Pricing
Daily arrivals from April 18 to October 17, 2021*
*June 5 not possible due to Flohmarkt Konstanz and August 7 not possible due to Seenachtfest
Season A: $ 1679 £ 950 $ 1,647 € 1048 NZ$ 1812 kr 10845 $ 1,290 Season B: $ 1839 £ 1041 $ 1,805 € 1148 NZ$ 1985 kr 11880 $ 1,413 Season C: $ 1919 £ 1087 $ 1,883 € 1198 NZ$ 2072 kr 12397 $ 1,474 Season D: $ 1999 £ 1132 $ 1,962 € 1248 NZ$ 2158 kr 12915 $ 1,536 Single Supplement: $ 431 £ 244 $ 423 € 269 NZ$ 465 kr 2784 $ 331
Season A: October 1 to October 17
Season B: April 18 to May 5 | June 7 to June 10 | June 14 to June 17 | June 21 to June 24 | September 12 to September 30
Season C: June 11 to June 13 | June 18 to June 20 | June 25 to June 30 | August 22 to September 11
Season D: May 11 to May 15 | May 17 to May 23 | May 28 to June 5 | July 1 to August 21
Electric Bike Rental: $ 192 £ 109 $ 189 € 120 NZ$ 208 kr 1242 $ 148
Return transfer (Sundays only, must be booked in advance): $ 152 £ 86 $ 149 € 95 NZ$ 164 kr 983 $ 117
Children's bicycles available: $ 64 £ 36 $ 63 € 40 NZ$ 69 kr 414 $ 49
Interlaken $ 159 £ 90 $ 156 € 99 NZ$ 171 kr 1024 $ 122 Single room $ 223 £ 126 $ 218 € 139 NZ$ 240 kr 1438 $ 171
Constance $ 104 £ 59 $ 102 € 65 NZ$ 112 kr 673 $ 80 Single room $ 152 £ 86 $ 149 € 95 NZ$ 164 kr 983 $ 117
Waldshut-Tiengen $ 95 £ 54 $ 93 € 59 NZ$ 102 kr 611 $ 73 Single room $ 143 £ 81 $ 140 € 89 NZ$ 154 kr 921 $ 110
Other cities $ 136 £ 77 $ 134 € 85 NZ$ 147 kr 880 $ 105 Single room $ 184 £ 104 $ 181 € 115 NZ$ 199 kr 1190 $ 142
Child discount on request
Skill Level — Easy
The route mostly follows well maintained cycle paths and quiet side roads. A few inclines, which are quite manageable for all types of bikers.
Fly to Zurich or Bern airports
From Zurich Airport, take the a train to Interlaken. Total trip time is approx. 2.5 hours. From Bern Airport, take a bus to Belp and then a train to Interlaken. Total trip is 1.5 hours.
Average high temp. in °F for Bern is approximately April 54º, May 64º, June 70º, July 75º, August 75º, September 68º, and October 57º.
Tour can easily be accustomed to your life (i.e. daily mileages, overnight towns)!
Child and Electric bikes also available for this tour.
Helmets are not available to rent so you need to bring your own!
Extra nights possible
This tour is run by Radweg-Reisen.
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