34 Alter Bernerweg
34 Alter Bernerweg
34 Alter Bernerweg
34 Alter Bernerweg

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Alter Bernerweg

Stage 4, Zofingen (Oftringen)–Baden

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Alter Bernerweg

Away from the Aare, through a mixture of cultivated land and garages, shopping centre and houses, the motorway as an escort. Lenzburg still crouches in the shadows of the Habsburg Castle, once powerful across Europe. The goal is Baden, spa town on the Limmat.
Between the railroad tracks and the highway, the bike route leads past utility poles, solar cells, salad plantations, and residential neighbourhoods. And what a treat for the eyes in Kölliken: The Salt House, one of the last thatched roof houses in Switzerland – even if it is now covered by reed. Built in 1802, the straw was replaced by approximately 40 tons of reed in 1983, because it is difficult to find appropriate straw nowadays. The village museum houses an exhibition about the region’s history and also includes a salt chamber and a salt scale. The farmer’s market at the Salt House every September is a highlight in Kölliken.

Continue biking along the Uerke River, which joins the Suhre in Unterentfelden. Between Oberentfelden and Suhr, you follow the national cycling route no. 3 for a short time, the north-south route from Basel to Chiasso. Now riding through the beautiful Aargau region in the footsteps of the Huguenots, you will see the gentle Jura hills across the highway. In the late 17th century, thousands of Calvinists fled France to seek refuge in a protestant region abroad. Interesting facts about people’s fate, important buildings and historical relationships are posted at various stations along the escape route through Schafisheim, Staufen and Lenzburg.

Staufen and Lenzburg have both expanded and are now connected. Staufberg with its lovely church on top is beautiful, while majestic Lenzburg Castle is an impressive sight to see. Not only dukes and counts resided here. Even a British aristocrat, an American adventurer and German playwright Frank Wedekind once called the castle home. Lenzburg is followed by Othmarsingen and the village of Mägenwil, known for its shell limestone, which is used in construction. And suddenly – out of nowhere – there is the riverbank protection area on the Reuss River. After traveling a long way from the Gotthard mountain range, the fourth-largest river of Switzerland has lost much of its original wildness and now flows gently in the direction of the Aare. But this bike tour ends in Baden, on the Limmat River, not on the Aare. The northern gate to the old town with the 54 m high Brugger Tower of 1441 should not be missed. By now, however, the thirsty bike riders are probably more interested in the cosy beer garden behind the railway station.
Away from the Aare, through a mixture of cultivated land and garages, shopping centre and houses, the motorway as an escort. Lenzburg still crouches in the shadows of the Habsburg Castle, once powerful across Europe. The goal is Baden, spa town on the Limmat.
Between the railroad tracks and the highway, the bike route leads past utility poles, solar cells, salad plantations, and residential neighbourhoods. And what a treat for the eyes in Kölliken: The Salt House, one of the last thatched roof houses in Switzerland – even if it is now covered by reed. Built in 1802, the straw was replaced by approximately 40 tons of reed in 1983, because it is difficult to find appropriate straw nowadays. The village museum houses an exhibition about the region’s history and also includes a salt chamber and a salt scale. The farmer’s market at the Salt House every September is a highlight in Kölliken.

Continue biking along the Uerke River, which joins the Suhre in Unterentfelden. Between Oberentfelden and Suhr, you follow the national cycling route no. 3 for a short time, the north-south route from Basel to Chiasso. Now riding through the beautiful Aargau region in the footsteps of the Huguenots, you will see the gentle Jura hills across the highway. In the late 17th century, thousands of Calvinists fled France to seek refuge in a protestant region abroad. Interesting facts about people’s fate, important buildings and historical relationships are posted at various stations along the escape route through Schafisheim, Staufen and Lenzburg.

Staufen and Lenzburg have both expanded and are now connected. Staufberg with its lovely church on top is beautiful, while majestic Lenzburg Castle is an impressive sight to see. Not only dukes and counts resided here. Even a British aristocrat, an American adventurer and German playwright Frank Wedekind once called the castle home. Lenzburg is followed by Othmarsingen and the village of Mägenwil, known for its shell limestone, which is used in construction. And suddenly – out of nowhere – there is the riverbank protection area on the Reuss River. After traveling a long way from the Gotthard mountain range, the fourth-largest river of Switzerland has lost much of its original wildness and now flows gently in the direction of the Aare. But this bike tour ends in Baden, on the Limmat River, not on the Aare. The northern gate to the old town with the 54 m high Brugger Tower of 1441 should not be missed. By now, however, the thirsty bike riders are probably more interested in the cosy beer garden behind the railway station.
45 km
Asphalted: 44 km
Natural surface: 1 km
420 m | 440 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Aarburg-Oftringen
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Hint
Beware: dangerous junctions in Suhr, Lenzburg and Mägenwil.
Traffic volume
Beware: busy main road Fislisbach–Baden
Diversion, Mellingen
Duration
01.08.2020 - 31.12.2022
Reason
Construction & maintenance work
The route is being diverted. Please follow the local signposts. See map for details
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Baden
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Services

Accommodation

Holiday Inn Express Aarburg-Oftringen
Holiday Inn Express Aarburg-Oftringen
Oftringen
Hotel Krone AG
Hotel Krone AG
Aarburg
Hotel Engel
Hotel Engel
Zofingen
Hotel Arte Kongresszentrum
Hotel Arte Kongresszentrum
Olten
Schibli’s Bed and Breakfast
Schibli’s Bed and Breakfast
Olten
HOTEL aarau-WEST
HOTEL aarau-WEST
Oberentfelden-Aarau
Hotel Kettenbrücke
Hotel Kettenbrücke
Aarau
Hotel Sternen
Hotel Sternen
Aarau Rohr
Bed & Breakfast Tuch & Laube
Bed & Breakfast Tuch & Laube
Aarau
zum graf bed & breakfast
zum graf bed & breakfast
Aarau
Wirtshaus Rütihof
Wirtshaus Rütihof
Gränichen
Hotel Restaurant Ascott
Hotel Restaurant Ascott
Rombach
Hotel Bären
Hotel Bären
Suhr
Hotel zum Kreuz
Hotel zum Kreuz
Suhr
Mercure Hotel Krone
Mercure Hotel Krone
Lenzburg
Bed and Breakfast Lenzburg
Bed and Breakfast Lenzburg
Lenzburg
Hotel Aarehof
Hotel Aarehof
Wildegg
Haus Oase Bed & Breakfast
Haus Oase Bed & Breakfast
Veltheim AG
Landgasthof Linde
Landgasthof Linde
Fislisbach
BnB Im Schlössli
BnB Im Schlössli
Gebenstorf
Jugendherberge Baden
Jugendherberge Baden
Baden
Atrium-Hotel Blume 'Unique'
Atrium-Hotel Blume 'Unique'
Baden
Hotel-Restaurant Linde
Hotel-Restaurant Linde
Baden
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Bookable offers

Alter Bernerweg
Alter Bernerweg
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Places

Zofingen
Zofingen
Aarau
Aarau
Lenzburg
Lenzburg
Mellingen
Mellingen
Baden
Baden
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Places of interest

Aargauer Kunsthaus
Aargauer Kunsthaus
Naturama
Naturama
Bikelehrpfad Gränichen
Bikelehrpfad Gränichen
Rütihof Forest Rope Garden
Rütihof Forest Rope Garden
Dirt Castle Dirtpark (Hammerpark)
Dirt Castle Dirtpark (Hammerpark)
Lenzburg Castle
Lenzburg Castle
Wildegg Castle
Wildegg Castle
The varied landscape of the Reuss
The varied landscape of the Reuss
Historic Museum Baden
Historic Museum Baden
Villa Langmatt
Villa Langmatt
Swiss Children's Museum
Swiss Children's Museum
Kloster Wettingen
Kloster Wettingen
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Swimming

Rothrist swimming complex
Rothrist swimming complex
Aarau outdoor swimming pool
Aarau outdoor swimming pool
Rupperswil-Auenstein swimming pool
Rupperswil-Auenstein swimming pool
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Signalization

Signalization
For cycling, follow the logo indicated on the red signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
Signalization