1 Aare Canoe
1 Aare Canoe
1 Aare Canoe
1 Aare Canoe

Canoeing

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Aare Canoe

Stage 5, Murgenthal–Olten

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Aare Canoe

The section between Murgenthal and Olten is one of the most rewarding stretches of the Aare for canoeists – with contrasting worlds and a skilful merge between pristine nature and artistic construction arts. Here you experience the Aare in its original form.
Shortly after Murgenthal you feel the presence of the Ruppooldingen power station dam, although the shoreline continues to exhibit wild and rugged nature. On constructing the power plant particular attention was paid to maintaining the natural character of this peaceful river-scape.

Not only is the water calmer, hardly more than the sounds of nature are perceptible - except briefly before the weir on the short stretch accompanied by the motorway.

A few sand banks later you reach Aarburg, with its imposing fort. Making a forced sharp left turn through the rock, the waters create a large eddy known here as “Woog” – which you’re wise to bypass from the left.

Somewhat quieter, although requiring great attention owing to rocks and islands in the flow, you now find your self well on the way to Olten, well-known for its considerable railway history.
The section between Murgenthal and Olten is one of the most rewarding stretches of the Aare for canoeists – with contrasting worlds and a skilful merge between pristine nature and artistic construction arts. Here you experience the Aare in its original form.
Shortly after Murgenthal you feel the presence of the Ruppooldingen power station dam, although the shoreline continues to exhibit wild and rugged nature. On constructing the power plant particular attention was paid to maintaining the natural character of this peaceful river-scape.

Not only is the water calmer, hardly more than the sounds of nature are perceptible - except briefly before the weir on the short stretch accompanied by the motorway.

A few sand banks later you reach Aarburg, with its imposing fort. Making a forced sharp left turn through the rock, the waters create a large eddy known here as “Woog” – which you’re wise to bypass from the left.

Somewhat quieter, although requiring great attention owing to rocks and islands in the flow, you now find your self well on the way to Olten, well-known for its considerable railway history.
12 km
medium | easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Murgenthal
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Boat exit point Murgenthal (Fahracker)
Access Fahracker only up until where fahrverbot/no access stands.
Boat entrance point Murgenthal (Fahracker)
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Dangerous spot
Rapids in the river bend at Wynau. Keep to the left of the river.
Boat exit point Olten
Left-hand bank by the “Pontoniersportverein“.
Boat exit point Olten
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Olten
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Transfer Olten–Murgenthal
810
Transfer Olten–Murgenthal
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Olten–Murgenthal, Bahnhof
Reason: access to Route.
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Transfer Full–Biel/Bienne
812
Transfer Full–Biel/Bienne
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Full, Fähre–Biel/Bienne
Reason: access to Route.
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Hint
Power plants and weirs can be passed effortlessly with a folding boat trolley.

General safety

Water level Aare
Recommended outward flow: Murgenthal <500 m3/s.
SMS Code (send to number 9234, resp. +41 76 414 12 34): Q 2063.
Daily measurement of outward flow

Services

Accommodation

Hotel Krone AG
Hotel Krone AG
Aarburg
Hotel Amaris
Hotel Amaris
Olten
Bed and Breakfast Olten
Bed and Breakfast Olten
Olten
Hotel Arte Kongresszentrum
Hotel Arte Kongresszentrum
Olten
Hotel Restaurant Bar Astoria
Hotel Restaurant Bar Astoria
Olten
Schibli’s Bed and Breakfast
Schibli’s Bed and Breakfast
Olten
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Places of interest

Swiss Writer's Path
Swiss Writer's Path
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Swimming

Olten Lido
Olten Lido
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