8 Aare Route
8 Aare Route
8 Aare Route
8 Aare Route
8 Aare Route
8 Aare Route

Cycling in Switzerland

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Aare Route

Stage 4, Bern–Biel (Nidau)

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Aare Route

Idyllic Lake Wohlen is a bird paradise with hydraulic and nuclear power plants. Follow the Aare into Seeland, a giant vegetable garden thanks to the Hagneckkanal. Lake Biel is just barely perceptible, still hidden behind the reeds and alluvial forest.
Berne is lovely! Still, let’s leave the city behind and head out to the Bremgartenwald forest. The bicycle path there is paved and closed to cars. A delightfully refreshing descent leads to Lake Wohlen, which is traversed by the Aare River and then dammed at Mühleberg. Countless swans gently glide across this “Swan Lake.” Tchaikovsky would rejoice at this stunning view, which is shared by the residents in their idyllic farmhouses and chalets along the shores of Lake Wohlen. Some of them offer direct sales on the farm. However, don’t have your head in the clouds when traversing the Truftgraben, as it involves a steep climb, and you may even want to push your bicycle.

The Mühleberg hydraulic power station was built 1917-1920. Commissioned in 1972, the Mühleberg nuclear power plant has shut down permanently. Today it’s the Niederriet Oltigenmatt nature reserve’s time to shine. At Saanesteg, groups of cyclists and hikers have made themselves comfortable. It’s about a 10-minute walk to the mouth where the Saane River flows into the Aare River. The Three-Lake-Country is getting closer and closer. Workers are busy in the vegetable fields. The view from the small lookout in the Mülau – Radelfingenau nature reserve makes a stop worthwhile. Nevertheless, climbing the metal steps requires a little bit of skill.

Aarberg welcomes you in style. The city of sugar beets, known all over the country for its sugar mill, features a large town square, stately patrician houses and restaurants, and a covered wooden bridge dating from 1568. The Aare-Hagneck Canal, which is a critical section of the Jura Water Correction project, starts here. Looking along the canal, you can make out the Chasseral (1,606 metres above sea level), the highest elevation in the Bernese Jura. It’s always delightful to watch a river flow into a lake. That is no different at the Hagneck hydraulic power station, where the Aare River flows into Lake Biel. The last section is something to look forward to. Cycling slightly above lake level, for the most part, you reach the Rütte-Gut, the last one of what were once 30 Bernese patrician farming and wine-growing estates. Filled with new impressions, you “land” in the city of bilinguals. In Biel, French-speaking and German-speaking Swiss come together in a culturally diverse, laid-back atmosphere…
Idyllic Lake Wohlen is a bird paradise with hydraulic and nuclear power plants. Follow the Aare into Seeland, a giant vegetable garden thanks to the Hagneckkanal. Lake Biel is just barely perceptible, still hidden behind the reeds and alluvial forest.
Berne is lovely! Still, let’s leave the city behind and head out to the Bremgartenwald forest. The bicycle path there is paved and closed to cars. A delightfully refreshing descent leads to Lake Wohlen, which is traversed by the Aare River and then dammed at Mühleberg. Countless swans gently glide across this “Swan Lake.” Tchaikovsky would rejoice at this stunning view, which is shared by the residents in their idyllic farmhouses and chalets along the shores of Lake Wohlen. Some of them offer direct sales on the farm. However, don’t have your head in the clouds when traversing the Truftgraben, as it involves a steep climb, and you may even want to push your bicycle.

The Mühleberg hydraulic power station was built 1917-1920. Commissioned in 1972, the Mühleberg nuclear power plant has shut down permanently. Today it’s the Niederriet Oltigenmatt nature reserve’s time to shine. At Saanesteg, groups of cyclists and hikers have made themselves comfortable. It’s about a 10-minute walk to the mouth where the Saane River flows into the Aare River. The Three-Lake-Country is getting closer and closer. Workers are busy in the vegetable fields. The view from the small lookout in the Mülau – Radelfingenau nature reserve makes a stop worthwhile. Nevertheless, climbing the metal steps requires a little bit of skill.

Aarberg welcomes you in style. The city of sugar beets, known all over the country for its sugar mill, features a large town square, stately patrician houses and restaurants, and a covered wooden bridge dating from 1568. The Aare-Hagneck Canal, which is a critical section of the Jura Water Correction project, starts here. Looking along the canal, you can make out the Chasseral (1,606 metres above sea level), the highest elevation in the Bernese Jura. It’s always delightful to watch a river flow into a lake. That is no different at the Hagneck hydraulic power station, where the Aare River flows into Lake Biel. The last section is something to look forward to. Cycling slightly above lake level, for the most part, you reach the Rütte-Gut, the last one of what were once 30 Bernese patrician farming and wine-growing estates. Filled with new impressions, you “land” in the city of bilinguals. In Biel, French-speaking and German-speaking Swiss come together in a culturally diverse, laid-back atmosphere…
47 km
Asphalted: 35 km
Natural surface: 12 km
500 m | 600 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Bern
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Push-only passage
Pushing section: approx. 100 m at Wohlensee (steep wooden catwalk in Tuffgraben at Steinisweg).

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Biel/Bienne
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Services

Accommodation

BnB Eichholz Bern
BnB Eichholz Bern
Wabern
B&B Wabern
B&B Wabern
Wabern
TCS Camping Bern - Eymatt
TCS Camping Bern - Eymatt
Hinterkappelen
Bern Backpackers Hotel Glocke
Bern Backpackers Hotel Glocke
Bern
Hostel 77
Hostel 77
Bern
Hotel Restaurant Bären
Hotel Restaurant Bären
Oberbottigen
Hotel-Pension Marthahaus
Hotel-Pension Marthahaus
Bern
Jugendherberge Bern
Jugendherberge Bern
Bern
SustenBern
SustenBern
Bern
B&B Maja’s Lodge
B&B Maja’s Lodge
Wohlen b. Bern
Hotel Restaurant Jura
Hotel Restaurant Jura
Kerzers
B&B Solarhaus Mühlethaler
B&B Solarhaus Mühlethaler
Bargen b. Aarberg
Hotel-Restaurant Krone
Hotel-Restaurant Krone
Aarberg
B&B Känel
B&B Känel
Bargen b. Aarberg
B&B Schärer
B&B Schärer
Bargen b. Aarberg
B&B Friedrich
B&B Friedrich
Kappelen
Restaurant-Hotel St. Petersinsel
Restaurant-Hotel St. Petersinsel
Erlach
Chambres d’Hôtes Sous les Roches
Chambres d’Hôtes Sous les Roches
Orvin
Hotel Mercure Plaza Biel
Hotel Mercure Plaza Biel
Biel/Bienne
B&B Stadtzentrum
B&B Stadtzentrum
Biel/Bienne
City Hotel Biel Bienne
City Hotel Biel Bienne
Biel/Bienne
Studio Jussi
Studio Jussi
Nidau
Lago Lodge
Lago Lodge
Nidau
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Bookable offers

8 Aare Route: Meiringen - Bad Zurzach
8 Aare Route: Meiringen - Bad Zurzach
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Places

Bern
Bern
Kerzers
Kerzers
Aarberg
Aarberg
Biel
Biel
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Places of interest

Gurten - Bern's home mountain
Gurten - Bern's home mountain
GurtenTrail
GurtenTrail
Rose Garden
Rose Garden
Münster Cathedral Bern
Münster Cathedral Bern
Federal House of Parliament
Federal House of Parliament
Bear Park
Bear Park
Bern – a jewel in the bend of the Aare
Bern – a jewel in the bend of the Aare
Bern Historical Museum
Bern Historical Museum
Pumptrack Weissenstein Park
Pumptrack Weissenstein Park
UNESCO World Heritage Site - Bern
UNESCO World Heritage Site - Bern
Zeitglocken Turm (Clock Tower) - Bern
Zeitglocken Turm (Clock Tower) - Bern
Zentrum Paul Klee
Zentrum Paul Klee
Papiliorama
Papiliorama
Althuus Farmhouse Museum
Althuus Farmhouse Museum
Aarberg: once important traffic junction
Aarberg: once important traffic junction
St. Petersinsel
St. Petersinsel
Wine tasting centre Viniterra Lake Biel
Wine tasting centre Viniterra Lake Biel
Biel's Historic Centre
Biel's Historic Centre
BielTrail – Downhill Track
BielTrail – Downhill Track
PasquArt Centre
PasquArt Centre
NMB New Museum Biel
NMB New Museum Biel
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Swimming

Lakeside bathing area Mörigen
Lakeside bathing area Mörigen
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