5 Mittelland Route
5 Mittelland Route
5 Mittelland Route
5 Mittelland Route
5 Mittelland Route
5 Mittelland Route

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Mittelland Route

Stage 4, Aarau–Solothurn

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Mittelland Route

Aarau, with its enchanting old town, nestled amid the Jura landscape, airy deciduous forest run along the River Aare near Olten and on past Aarwangen castle to Solothurn, Switzerland's most beautiful baroque town.
The old town of Aarau is an amazing experience with its rows of late Gothic houses and gabled roofs. Plus, it has been closed to motorised traffic for many years. Close to the Jura Mountains, the Aare meanders through the Mittelland region. At 288 km it is the longest river entirely within Switzerland. Pedalling upstream, through the Aarau Schachen neighbourhood, you reach the small Grien dam within the city’s recreational area. Bally Park near Schönenwerd is a surprising industrial landscape with miniaturised pile dwellings and a British-style park. The steam from the Gösgen nuclear power plant seems to bring the cool water of the Aare to a boil.

As evening approaches, the sun is no longer boiling hot and a sunset from Olten’s wooden bridge is a must-see. A tour of the well-preserved historic old town and a visit to the magnificent Rathskeller (formerly a stable for visitors’ horses, built in the 19th century) are also recommended. The Ruppoldingen power plant is soon followed by the Boningen gravel quarry in Gunzgen. The ride through the region’s nature preserve is very interesting. There are amphibian spawning grounds of national importance. Not only bulldozers leave their marks, the beavers, which have resettled here, do their utmost to show off their work.

Another sight and hard to miss are the lovely towns of Aarwangen and Wangen an der Aare. Just look at the swans gliding across the water and Wangen’s covered wooden bridge. Perhaps you might want to visit the historic old town later. It would be time well spent. During the ride, the Jura Mountains have noticeably grown! Compared to the highest point in the Canton Aargau (Geissfluegrat at 908 m), the Hasenmatt is the highest point in the Canton Solothurn and at 1445 m it appears to be a veritable giant. As you travel through a variety of industrial areas to Switzerland’s most beautiful baroque city, the Hasenmatt seems to grow consistently in shape and size.
Aarau, with its enchanting old town, nestled amid the Jura landscape, airy deciduous forest run along the River Aare near Olten and on past Aarwangen castle to Solothurn, Switzerland's most beautiful baroque town.
The old town of Aarau is an amazing experience with its rows of late Gothic houses and gabled roofs. Plus, it has been closed to motorised traffic for many years. Close to the Jura Mountains, the Aare meanders through the Mittelland region. At 288 km it is the longest river entirely within Switzerland. Pedalling upstream, through the Aarau Schachen neighbourhood, you reach the small Grien dam within the city’s recreational area. Bally Park near Schönenwerd is a surprising industrial landscape with miniaturised pile dwellings and a British-style park. The steam from the Gösgen nuclear power plant seems to bring the cool water of the Aare to a boil.

As evening approaches, the sun is no longer boiling hot and a sunset from Olten’s wooden bridge is a must-see. A tour of the well-preserved historic old town and a visit to the magnificent Rathskeller (formerly a stable for visitors’ horses, built in the 19th century) are also recommended. The Ruppoldingen power plant is soon followed by the Boningen gravel quarry in Gunzgen. The ride through the region’s nature preserve is very interesting. There are amphibian spawning grounds of national importance. Not only bulldozers leave their marks, the beavers, which have resettled here, do their utmost to show off their work.

Another sight and hard to miss are the lovely towns of Aarwangen and Wangen an der Aare. Just look at the swans gliding across the water and Wangen’s covered wooden bridge. Perhaps you might want to visit the historic old town later. It would be time well spent. During the ride, the Jura Mountains have noticeably grown! Compared to the highest point in the Canton Aargau (Geissfluegrat at 908 m), the Hasenmatt is the highest point in the Canton Solothurn and at 1445 m it appears to be a veritable giant. As you travel through a variety of industrial areas to Switzerland’s most beautiful baroque city, the Hasenmatt seems to grow consistently in shape and size.
59 km
Asphalted: 43 km
Natural surface: 16 km
420 m | 380 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Aarau
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Diversion, Schönenwerd
Duration
05.10.2020 - 01.07.2022
Reason
Construction & maintenance work
The route is being diverted. Please follow the local signposts. See map for details.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office

General safety

Lorry traffic, Schönenwerd
Beware of occasional truck traffic in the forest Schachen Schönenwerd, until 4 october 2020.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Solothurn
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Services

Accommodation

Hotel Kettenbrücke
Hotel Kettenbrücke
Aarau
Bed & Breakfast Tuch & Laube
Bed & Breakfast Tuch & Laube
Aarau
Hotel Aarauerhof
Hotel Aarauerhof
Aarau
zum graf bed & breakfast
zum graf bed & breakfast
Aarau
B&B zur Föhre
B&B zur Föhre
Rombach
B&B Hochuli
B&B Hochuli
Küttigen
Hotel Restaurant Ascott
Hotel Restaurant Ascott
Rombach
Landhotel Hirschen
Landhotel Hirschen
Erlinsbach
Rita’s Spycherli B&B
Rita’s Spycherli B&B
Stüsslingen
Gugenhof
Gugenhof
Stüsslingen
B&B Alegria
B&B Alegria
Lostorf
Landgasthof Kreuz
Landgasthof Kreuz
Obergösgen
Neumatt Hof
Neumatt Hof
Hauenstein
Gasthof Löwen
Gasthof Löwen
Wisen
Hotel Restaurant Froburg
Hotel Restaurant Froburg
Wisen
Hotel Restaurant zur Kapelle
Hotel Restaurant zur Kapelle
Trimbach
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
Holiday Inn Express Aarburg-Oftringen
Holiday Inn Express Aarburg-Oftringen
Oftringen
Hotel Krone AG
Hotel Krone AG
Aarburg
Landgasthof Kreuz
Landgasthof Kreuz
Kappel SO
Hotel Bed&Breakfast Alte Gärtnerei
Hotel Bed&Breakfast Alte Gärtnerei
Härkingen
Family Backpacker Aarwangen
Family Backpacker Aarwangen
Aarwangen
Gasthof zum Wilden Mann
Gasthof zum Wilden Mann
Aarwangen
BnB Hopfengrün, Langenthal-Neuhüsli
BnB Hopfengrün, Langenthal-Neuhüsli
Langenthal
Restaurant Oberli
Restaurant Oberli
Walliswil bei Niederbipp
Jugendherberge Solothurn
Jugendherberge Solothurn
Solothurn
B&B Maison Aimée
B&B Maison Aimée
Solothurn
Hotel Ambassador
Hotel Ambassador
Solothurn
Hotel Bären
Hotel Bären
Solothurn
Hotel Roter Ochsen
Hotel Roter Ochsen
Solothurn
Hotel Roter Turm
Hotel Roter Turm
Solothurn
Hotel an der Aare
Hotel an der Aare
Solothurn
Klosterhotel - Porta Secunda
Klosterhotel - Porta Secunda
Solothurn
Restaurant und Hotel Baseltor
Restaurant und Hotel Baseltor
Solothurn
TCS Camping Solothurn
TCS Camping Solothurn
Solothurn
Zunfthaus zu Wirthen
Zunfthaus zu Wirthen
Solothurn
Kulturhof Weyeneth
Kulturhof Weyeneth
Nennigkofen
B&B Aarhof
B&B Aarhof
Bellach
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Bookable offers

5 Mittelland-Route For Families
5 Mittelland-Route For Families
5 Mittelland Route Romanshorn - Lausanne
5 Mittelland Route Romanshorn - Lausanne
Swiss
Swiss "Schoggi"-Tour
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Places

Aarau
Aarau
Hauenstein
Hauenstein
Olten
Olten
Aarwangen
Aarwangen
Langenthal
Langenthal
Solothurn
Solothurn
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Places of interest

Aargauer Kunsthaus
Aargauer Kunsthaus
Naturama
Naturama
Swiss Writer's Path
Swiss Writer's Path
Kunsthaus Langenthal
Kunsthaus Langenthal
Wangen a. A. – intersection water & land
Wangen a. A. – intersection water & land
Waldegg Castle
Waldegg Castle
Solothurn Churches
Solothurn Churches
Solothurn Clock Tower
Solothurn Clock Tower
Verenaschlucht canyon
Verenaschlucht canyon
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Swimming

Aarau outdoor swimming pool
Aarau outdoor swimming pool
Olten Lido
Olten Lido
Rothrist swimming complex
Rothrist swimming complex
Swimming pool Roggwil
Swimming pool Roggwil
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