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 7, Aarau–Koblenz

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Aare Route

A family-friendly and delightful route along the Aare River from Aarau to Koblenz, where Aare and Rhine rivers converge. A scenic ride past gabled houses, a few cement factories, wetlands, beavers, birds – and lots of water.
Art lovers appreciate Aarau not only for its gabled houses but also for its outstanding collection of Swiss painters. The local art museum was built in 1953 and extended by architects Herzog & de Meuron in 2003. It is considered to be one of Switzerland’s most prestigious museums. The Jura seems to lose height continuously. The bike path leads mostly along the Aare River and is often unpaved – it’s just fun to be out and about in this magnificent countryside on two wheels. Small sandbanks invite you to linger for a while, and tiny frogs skip away as soon as one of the gigantic wheels starts to appear.

The area around Aarau doesn’t lack in castles and fortresses either. Among them is Biberstein Castle. Built in the 13th century by the Habsburgs, it serves as a home for adults with special needs today. Or take Wildegg Castle, which towers about 80 metres above the village of Wildegg. It primarily consists of a well-preserved castle (12th century), which was converted into a Baroque-style residence in the 17th century. Bad Schinznach is known for its thermal baths with Switzerland’s most powerful sulphur spring. In case the weather isn’t cooperating during your journey, it’s well worth a visit. Otherwise, enjoy the Badschache wetland conservation park, where the Wildegg-Brugg low-pressure hydroelectric station performs its job.

Just below Brugg, the Reuss and Limmat rivers meet to become the Aare. The area is called Switzerland’s “water tower,” due to the confluence of the Mittelland’s main rivers. At Böttstein, it’s worth having a look at the inner courtyard of the eponymous castle, which lies on the route. The Klingnauer Stausee conservation area needs no introduction, at least among hobby ornithologists. They’re lined up by the dozen with their large lenses. The man-made lake will surprise you with its remarkable diversity of birds and plants surrounded by spectacular scenery. You may regret that the tour is already coming to an end at Koblenz, where the Aare and Rhine rivers join together.
A family-friendly and delightful route along the Aare River from Aarau to Koblenz, where Aare and Rhine rivers converge. A scenic ride past gabled houses, a few cement factories, wetlands, beavers, birds – and lots of water.
Art lovers appreciate Aarau not only for its gabled houses but also for its outstanding collection of Swiss painters. The local art museum was built in 1953 and extended by architects Herzog & de Meuron in 2003. It is considered to be one of Switzerland’s most prestigious museums. The Jura seems to lose height continuously. The bike path leads mostly along the Aare River and is often unpaved – it’s just fun to be out and about in this magnificent countryside on two wheels. Small sandbanks invite you to linger for a while, and tiny frogs skip away as soon as one of the gigantic wheels starts to appear.

The area around Aarau doesn’t lack in castles and fortresses either. Among them is Biberstein Castle. Built in the 13th century by the Habsburgs, it serves as a home for adults with special needs today. Or take Wildegg Castle, which towers about 80 metres above the village of Wildegg. It primarily consists of a well-preserved castle (12th century), which was converted into a Baroque-style residence in the 17th century. Bad Schinznach is known for its thermal baths with Switzerland’s most powerful sulphur spring. In case the weather isn’t cooperating during your journey, it’s well worth a visit. Otherwise, enjoy the Badschache wetland conservation park, where the Wildegg-Brugg low-pressure hydroelectric station performs its job.

Just below Brugg, the Reuss and Limmat rivers meet to become the Aare. The area is called Switzerland’s “water tower,” due to the confluence of the Mittelland’s main rivers. At Böttstein, it’s worth having a look at the inner courtyard of the eponymous castle, which lies on the route. The Klingnauer Stausee conservation area needs no introduction, at least among hobby ornithologists. They’re lined up by the dozen with their large lenses. The man-made lake will surprise you with its remarkable diversity of birds and plants surrounded by spectacular scenery. You may regret that the tour is already coming to an end at Koblenz, where the Aare and Rhine rivers join together.
43 km
Asphalted: 30 km
Natural surface: 13 km
260 m | 300 m
easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Aarau
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Diversion, Aarau
Duration
until spring 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 Koblenz
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Services

Accommodation

Landhotel Hirschen
Landhotel Hirschen
Erlinsbach
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
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
Herzberg-Haus für Bildung und Begegnung
Herzberg-Haus für Bildung und Begegnung
Asp ob Aarau
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
Restaurant Gasthof Bären
Restaurant Gasthof Bären
Schinznach Dorf
bed&breakfast Schinznach-Dorf
bed&breakfast Schinznach-Dorf
Schinznach Dorf
Güggeli Sternen
Güggeli Sternen
Bözberg
Jugendherberge Brugg
Jugendherberge Brugg
Brugg AG
Hotel Rotes Haus Brugg AG
Hotel Rotes Haus Brugg AG
Brugg
Bar Restaurant Hotel Gotthard
Bar Restaurant Hotel Gotthard
Brugg AG
Hotel Terminus
Hotel Terminus
Brugg
BnB Im Schlössli
BnB Im Schlössli
Gebenstorf
Blue Wall BnB
Blue Wall BnB
Gebenstorf
Casa Scaletto Gross + Partner
Casa Scaletto Gross + Partner
Turgi
Farmers Place
Farmers Place
Kleindöttingen
Parkhotel Bad Zurzach
Parkhotel Bad Zurzach
Bad Zurzach
Gasthof zur Waag
Gasthof zur Waag
Bad Zurzach
Hotel zur Post
Hotel zur Post
Bad Zurzach
Ponyhof Reitferien auf dem Bauernhof
Ponyhof Reitferien auf dem Bauernhof
Reuenthal
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Bookable offers

8 Aare Route: Thun - Bad Zurzach
8 Aare Route: Thun - Bad Zurzach
La Route Verte
La Route Verte
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Places

Aarau
Aarau
Staffelegg
Staffelegg
Lenzburg
Lenzburg
Brugg AG
Brugg AG
Bad Zurzach
Bad Zurzach
Koblenz
Koblenz
Waldshut (D)
Waldshut (D)
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Places of interest

Aargauer Kunsthaus
Aargauer Kunsthaus
Naturama
Naturama
Dirt Castle Dirtpark (Hammerpark)
Dirt Castle Dirtpark (Hammerpark)
Lenzburg Castle
Lenzburg Castle
Wildegg Castle
Wildegg Castle
Mountainbike Park Stone Pit
Mountainbike Park Stone Pit
Baumschulbahn
Baumschulbahn
Argovia Jurapark
Argovia Jurapark
Habsburg Castle
Habsburg Castle
Brugg: Home to bridges for two millennia
Brugg: Home to bridges for two millennia
Vindonissa Museum
Vindonissa Museum
Pump track Wasserschloss
Pump track Wasserschloss
Vindonissa Legionnaires' Path
Vindonissa Legionnaires' Path
Königsfelden Friary
Königsfelden Friary
The Wasserschloss
The Wasserschloss
psi forum
psi forum
Axporama
Axporama
Weinbaumuseum Aargau
Weinbaumuseum Aargau
Verena Minster
Verena Minster
Bikepark Leibstadt
Bikepark Leibstadt
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Swimming

Aarau outdoor swimming pool
Aarau outdoor swimming pool
Rupperswil-Auenstein swimming pool
Rupperswil-Auenstein swimming pool
Bad Schinznach
Bad Schinznach
Outdoor swimming pool Heumatten Windisch
Outdoor swimming pool Heumatten Windisch
Full swimming pool
Full swimming pool
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