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 Berne
- 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, 19 miles (30 km)
Day 5: Solothurn - Aarau, 37 miles (60 km)
Day 6: Aarau - Waldshut-Tiengen, 31 miles (50 km)
Day 7: Waldshut-Tiengen - Schaffhausen, 40 miles (65 km)
Day 8: Schaffhausen - Constance, 31 miles (50 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!
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, 19 miles (30 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.
DAY 5: Solothurn - Aarau, 37 miles (60 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.
DAY 6: Aarau - Waldshut-Tiengen, 31 miles (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.
DAY 7: Waldshut-Tiengen - Schaffhausen, 40 miles (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.
DAY 8: Schaffhausen - Constance, 31 miles (50 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.
Accommodations in 3 star hotels including breakfast. Twin rooms are not available. Rooms generally have double beds with two separate mattresses.
- 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
Arrivals daily from April 30 to October 4, 2020*
*August 1 is not possible due to Seenachtfest Konstanz
Season A: $ 1658 £ 919 $ 1,570 € 998 $ 1761 kr 10582 $ 1,157 Season B: $ 1824 £ 1011 $ 1,728 € 1098 $ 1937 kr 11642 $ 1,273 Season C: $ 1907 £ 1057 $ 1,806 € 1148 $ 2026 kr 12172 $ 1,331 Season D: $ 1990 £ 1103 $ 1,885 € 1198 $ 2114 kr 12703 $ 1,389 Single Supplement: $ 397 £ 220 $ 376 € 239 $ 422 kr 2534 $ 277
Season A: April 30 to May 15 | September 13 to October 4
Season B: May 16 to May 28 | June 14 to June 26
Season C: June 1 to June 13 | June 27 to July 3 | August 23 to September 12
Season D: May 29 to May 31 | July 4 to August 22
Electric Bike Rental: $ 193 £ 107 $ 183 € 116 $ 205 kr 1230 $ 135
Return transfer: $ 158 £ 87 $ 149 € 95 $ 168 kr 1007 $ 110 Only Saturdays and Sundays, must be booked in advance
Children's bicycles available: $ 66 £ 37 $ 63 € 40 $ 71 kr 424 $ 46
Interlaken $ 164 £ 91 $ 156 € 99 $ 175 kr 1050 $ 115 Single Supplement $ 66 £ 37 $ 63 € 40 $ 71 kr 424 $ 46
Constance $ 108 £ 60 $ 102 € 65 $ 115 kr 689 $ 75 Single supplement $ 50 £ 28 $ 47 € 30 $ 53 kr 318 $ 35
Waldshut-Tiengen: $ 81 £ 45 $ 77 € 49 $ 86 kr 520 $ 57 Single supplement: $ 43 £ 24 $ 41 € 26 $ 46 kr 276 $ 30
Other cities: $ 141 £ 78 $ 134 € 85 $ 150 kr 901 $ 99 Single supplement $ 50 £ 28 $ 47 € 30 $ 53 kr 318 $ 35
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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