60 Berner Aare Kanu
60 Berner Aare Kanu

Canoeing

Berner Aare Kanu

Berner Aare Kanu

Uttigen–Bern

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Berner Aare Kanu

Berner Aare Kanu

Following the beautiful green Aare - a definitely different way to enter Switzerland’s capital. The widely branching water-meadow landscape offers a bewitching wilderness and solitude in the middle of densely populated countryside.
The Aare rises on the Grimsel, from where it plunges still untamed down to the valley. It then bursts though the impressive Aareschlucht gorge and flows into the Brienzersee and shortly afterwards the Thunersee. In Thun it leaves the Alps and becomes an easy-to-travel winding river. The Berner Aare Kanu route begins a few kilometres downriver in Uttigen. The water is cold and you never tire of admiring its emerald-green colour.

Although the Aare here flows through a densely populated area, it has kept its surprisingly untamed character. Part of its water repeatedly disappears into numerous side streams, creating Switzerland’s largest water-meadow landscape. Canoeists glide though a bewitching wilderness, carried along by a fast current.

The contrast becomes all the greater when the Bundeshaus (Swiss Federal Parliament building) suddenly appears between shores covered with lush vegetation. You effectively reach Bern through the back door. The old town is a UNESO World Heritage and well worth a visit.
Following the beautiful green Aare - a definitely different way to enter Switzerland’s capital. The widely branching water-meadow landscape offers a bewitching wilderness and solitude in the middle of densely populated countryside.
The Aare rises on the Grimsel, from where it plunges still untamed down to the valley. It then bursts though the impressive Aareschlucht gorge and flows into the Brienzersee and shortly afterwards the Thunersee. In Thun it leaves the Alps and becomes an easy-to-travel winding river. The Berner Aare Kanu route begins a few kilometres downriver in Uttigen. The water is cold and you never tire of admiring its emerald-green colour.

Although the Aare here flows through a densely populated area, it has kept its surprisingly untamed character. Part of its water repeatedly disappears into numerous side streams, creating Switzerland’s largest water-meadow landscape. Canoeists glide though a bewitching wilderness, carried along by a fast current.

The contrast becomes all the greater when the Bundeshaus (Swiss Federal Parliament building) suddenly appears between shores covered with lush vegetation. You effectively reach Bern through the back door. The old town is a UNESO World Heritage and well worth a visit.
20 km | 1 Stage
medium | easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Uttigen
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Boat entrance point Uttigen
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Boat exit point Bern
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General safety

Water level Aare
Recommended outward flow: Thun 50-200 m3/s.
SMS Code (send to number 237, resp. +41 79 807 41 41): Q 2030.
Daily measurement of outward flow

Protected area

Protected area
Between Uttigen and Bern. Important wetlands with many branches and old arms of the river. Extensive renaturisation measures with widening of river bed in planning phase. This requires considerate conduct: landing on islands and travelling on river branches, particularly between Rubigen and Allmendingen («Flüeli») is not permitted.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Bern
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Services

Accommodation

BnB Eichholz Bern
BnB Eichholz Bern
Wabern
La Pergola Bern
La Pergola Bern
Bern
Jugendherberge Bern
Jugendherberge Bern
Bern
Bern Backpackers Hotel Glocke
Bern Backpackers Hotel Glocke
Bern
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Places of interest

GurtenTrail
GurtenTrail
Bern Historical Museum
Bern Historical Museum
UNESCO World Heritage Site - Bern
UNESCO World Heritage Site - Bern
Federal House of Parliament
Federal House of Parliament
Münster Cathedral Bern
Münster Cathedral Bern
Zeitglocken Turm (Clock Tower) - Bern
Zeitglocken Turm (Clock Tower) - Bern
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