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 6, Solothurn–Aarau

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Aare Route

Solothurn with its magnificent St. Ursus Cathedral. Olten and the covered wooden bridge. Aarau and its Baroque-style gabled houses. All three cities at the foot of the Jura are well worth a visit. A leisurely cycling tour, where the Aare waters seem to be flowing forever.
Switzerland’s most beautiful Baroque city and the holy number 11. Add to that the fog, which tends to linger over the 11 churches, 11 fountains, and 11 towers. That is how we imagine Solothurn – and that is how it often is. You will gladly leave the industrial area on the outskirts behind you and instead look forward to the peaceful Mittelland. Being on the road amidst fruits and vegetables may make you hungry. The lovely historic towns of Wangen an der Aare and Aarwangen couldn’t come at a better time. How about freshly caught Filets de Perche (Perch fillet) from the Aare River? Of course, a fire with grilled cervelat on the banks of the Aare would be nothing to scoff at either. Before Olten, in the Gunzgen Allmend, the beaver has become native again, leaving its traces everywhere. The ride through this cantonal nature reserve with its nationally significant spawning ground for amphibians is exciting.

The many power stations along the Aare River, for example, at Ruppoldingen, are fascinating and add variety to your journey. Sadly, despite recent improvements, lots of fish still get killed here due to stress or when passing through the water turbines. At Olten, the old covered wooden bridge is a sight to behold. The perfectly preserved old town is also well worth a visit. The nuclear power plant at Gösgen is steaming in the distance, bringing the cool Aare waters to a boil under high pressure.

The legs, however, shouldn’t be burning yet. The route along the Aare River to the canton’s attractive capital, Aarau, is flat and family-friendly. And just in case: at the Grien dam in the Aareschachen area, you can take a refreshing dip to regenerate your body. Shortly before Aarau, by the IBA islet, three Swiss national bike routes converge: the numbers 3 (North-South Route), 5 (Mittelland Route), and 8 (Aare Route). Don’t be surprised at the spirited exchange of experiences among cyclists.
Solothurn with its magnificent St. Ursus Cathedral. Olten and the covered wooden bridge. Aarau and its Baroque-style gabled houses. All three cities at the foot of the Jura are well worth a visit. A leisurely cycling tour, where the Aare waters seem to be flowing forever.
Switzerland’s most beautiful Baroque city and the holy number 11. Add to that the fog, which tends to linger over the 11 churches, 11 fountains, and 11 towers. That is how we imagine Solothurn – and that is how it often is. You will gladly leave the industrial area on the outskirts behind you and instead look forward to the peaceful Mittelland. Being on the road amidst fruits and vegetables may make you hungry. The lovely historic towns of Wangen an der Aare and Aarwangen couldn’t come at a better time. How about freshly caught Filets de Perche (Perch fillet) from the Aare River? Of course, a fire with grilled cervelat on the banks of the Aare would be nothing to scoff at either. Before Olten, in the Gunzgen Allmend, the beaver has become native again, leaving its traces everywhere. The ride through this cantonal nature reserve with its nationally significant spawning ground for amphibians is exciting.

The many power stations along the Aare River, for example, at Ruppoldingen, are fascinating and add variety to your journey. Sadly, despite recent improvements, lots of fish still get killed here due to stress or when passing through the water turbines. At Olten, the old covered wooden bridge is a sight to behold. The perfectly preserved old town is also well worth a visit. The nuclear power plant at Gösgen is steaming in the distance, bringing the cool Aare waters to a boil under high pressure.

The legs, however, shouldn’t be burning yet. The route along the Aare River to the canton’s attractive capital, Aarau, is flat and family-friendly. And just in case: at the Grien dam in the Aareschachen area, you can take a refreshing dip to regenerate your body. Shortly before Aarau, by the IBA islet, three Swiss national bike routes converge: the numbers 3 (North-South Route), 5 (Mittelland Route), and 8 (Aare Route). Don’t be surprised at the spirited exchange of experiences among cyclists.
59 km
Asphalted: 42 km
Natural surface: 17 km
380 m | 420 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Solothurn
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Traffic volume
Beware: busy main road Boningen–Aarburg
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 Aarau
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Services

Accommodation

B&B Aarhof
B&B Aarhof
Bellach
Kulturhof Weyeneth
Kulturhof Weyeneth
Nennigkofen
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
Restaurant Oberli
Restaurant Oberli
Walliswil bei Niederbipp
BnB Hopfengrün, Langenthal-Neuhüsli
BnB Hopfengrün, Langenthal-Neuhüsli
Langenthal
Family Backpacker Aarwangen
Family Backpacker Aarwangen
Aarwangen
Gasthof zum Wilden Mann
Gasthof zum Wilden Mann
Aarwangen
Hotel Bed&Breakfast Alte Gärtnerei
Hotel Bed&Breakfast Alte Gärtnerei
Härkingen
Landgasthof Kreuz
Landgasthof Kreuz
Kappel SO
Holiday Inn Express Aarburg-Oftringen
Holiday Inn Express Aarburg-Oftringen
Oftringen
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
Hotel Restaurant zur Kapelle
Hotel Restaurant zur Kapelle
Trimbach
Neumatt Hof
Neumatt Hof
Hauenstein
Gasthof Löwen
Gasthof Löwen
Wisen
Landgasthof Kreuz
Landgasthof Kreuz
Obergösgen
B&B Alegria
B&B Alegria
Lostorf
Rita’s Spycherli B&B
Rita’s Spycherli B&B
Stüsslingen
Gugenhof
Gugenhof
Stüsslingen
Landhotel Hirschen
Landhotel Hirschen
Erlinsbach
Hotel Kettenbrücke
Hotel Kettenbrücke
Aarau
Bed & Breakfast Tuch & Laube
Bed & Breakfast Tuch & Laube
Aarau
zum graf bed & breakfast
zum graf bed & breakfast
Aarau
Hotel Bären
Hotel Bären
Suhr
Hotel zum Kreuz
Hotel zum Kreuz
Suhr
B&B zur Föhre
B&B zur Föhre
Rombach
B&B Hochuli
B&B Hochuli
Küttigen
Hotel Restaurant Ascott
Hotel Restaurant Ascott
Rombach
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Bookable offers

8 Aare Route: Thun - Bad Zurzach
8 Aare Route: Thun - Bad Zurzach
Alter Bernerweg
Alter Bernerweg
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Places

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

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

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