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 5, Solothurn–Ins

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Mittelland Route

From the baroque city of Solothurn the Aare snakes its way into the Three-Lakes region. Around the end of the 19th century, this area was completely transformed. The lake was lowered and the marsh was drained. Oodles of vegetables are now cultivated in the lakes region.
Solothurn, Switzerland’s foremost baroque city is alive and well, especially on sunny days when everybody flocks to the Aare River. Hares, migratory birds and water fowl in Grenchen’s Witi nature protection zone are enjoying a more or less healthy eco-system of national significance. Be sure to stop in Altreu for a delicious fish dinner. Storks have resettled here in 1948, and in 2008 Altreu was named the “European Stork Village” by the Euronatur Foundation. Every spring the females are laying between two and six eggs in their rooftop nests. Just listen to the noisy clattering of the beautiful birds. The Witi-Altreu information centre (mid-April to mid-October) provides information about the rich nature area on the Aare between Grenchen and Solothurn.

Taking a boat from Solothurn to Biel is a spectacular way to travel: passengers waving on the left and the Jura Mountains with Mount Weissenstein, etc. looming on the right. The covered wooden bridge in Büren an der Aare, built in 1821, had to be rebuilt in 1991 after an arson attack. Part of the so-called “Old Aare” was reserved for the Häftli nature preserve, a branch that cut off the Nidau-Büren channel (built after the correction of the Jura waters) from the Aare’s original course. Following this channel, leaving the bilingual city of Biel behind, will soon take you to Lake Biel. Large vegetable fields and posters advertising vegetables sold directly from the farms are an obvious sign that you are on the way to Switzerland’s vegetable gardens.

The Hagneck hydroelectric power plant, which opened in 2015, is an ecological masterpiece and one of a kind in Switzerland. Here, where the Aare flows through the Aare-Hagneck channel into Lake Biel, the colours where river and lake merge often have a fascinating structure – nature’s work of art, pure and simple. The Mittelland Route continues along Lake Biel to the medieval town of Erlach. Looking across the lake, you will see St. Peter’s Island and the pretty winegrowing villages of Twann and Ligerz. Past the campgrounds and bypassing Erlach‘s Jolimont mountain takes you to the next channel: Zihl channel, connecting Lake Neuchâtel and Lake Biel. And reaching the “Great Marsh” means that you have arrived in Switzerland’s immense vegetable gardens, in Ins where Friedrich Dürrenmatt is said to have written the famous drama “The Visit”.
From the baroque city of Solothurn the Aare snakes its way into the Three-Lakes region. Around the end of the 19th century, this area was completely transformed. The lake was lowered and the marsh was drained. Oodles of vegetables are now cultivated in the lakes region.
Solothurn, Switzerland’s foremost baroque city is alive and well, especially on sunny days when everybody flocks to the Aare River. Hares, migratory birds and water fowl in Grenchen’s Witi nature protection zone are enjoying a more or less healthy eco-system of national significance. Be sure to stop in Altreu for a delicious fish dinner. Storks have resettled here in 1948, and in 2008 Altreu was named the “European Stork Village” by the Euronatur Foundation. Every spring the females are laying between two and six eggs in their rooftop nests. Just listen to the noisy clattering of the beautiful birds. The Witi-Altreu information centre (mid-April to mid-October) provides information about the rich nature area on the Aare between Grenchen and Solothurn.

Taking a boat from Solothurn to Biel is a spectacular way to travel: passengers waving on the left and the Jura Mountains with Mount Weissenstein, etc. looming on the right. The covered wooden bridge in Büren an der Aare, built in 1821, had to be rebuilt in 1991 after an arson attack. Part of the so-called “Old Aare” was reserved for the Häftli nature preserve, a branch that cut off the Nidau-Büren channel (built after the correction of the Jura waters) from the Aare’s original course. Following this channel, leaving the bilingual city of Biel behind, will soon take you to Lake Biel. Large vegetable fields and posters advertising vegetables sold directly from the farms are an obvious sign that you are on the way to Switzerland’s vegetable gardens.

The Hagneck hydroelectric power plant, which opened in 2015, is an ecological masterpiece and one of a kind in Switzerland. Here, where the Aare flows through the Aare-Hagneck channel into Lake Biel, the colours where river and lake merge often have a fascinating structure – nature’s work of art, pure and simple. The Mittelland Route continues along Lake Biel to the medieval town of Erlach. Looking across the lake, you will see St. Peter’s Island and the pretty winegrowing villages of Twann and Ligerz. Past the campgrounds and bypassing Erlach‘s Jolimont mountain takes you to the next channel: Zihl channel, connecting Lake Neuchâtel and Lake Biel. And reaching the “Great Marsh” means that you have arrived in Switzerland’s immense vegetable gardens, in Ins where Friedrich Dürrenmatt is said to have written the famous drama “The Visit”.
62 km
Asphalted: 41 km
Natural surface: 21 km
280 m | 260 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Solothurn
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River Aare cruise
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River Aare cruise
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Biel/Bienne (Schiff/bateau)–Solothurn (Schiff)
or
Solothurn (Schiff)–Biel/Bienne (Schiff/bateau)
Reason: river Aare excursion.
Cycle transport: cycle transport only possible under certain conditions, reservation recommended tel. 032 329 88 11, special ticket required.
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Excursion Bielersee
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Excursion Bielersee
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Biel/Bienne (Schiff/bateau)–Erlach (Schiff)
or
Erlach (Schiff)–Biel/Bienne (Schiff/bateau)
Cycle transport: limited space, special ticket required.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Ins
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Services

Accommodation

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
Airporthotel
Airporthotel
Grenchen
Restaurant-Camping 'Strausak' Staad
Restaurant-Camping 'Strausak' Staad
Grenchen
Wolke 4 Guesthouse
Wolke 4 Guesthouse
Büren an der Aare
Seeland Camp / Campingplatz mit Schwimmbad
Seeland Camp / Campingplatz mit Schwimmbad
Meinisberg
Bei Käsers
Bei Käsers
Meienried
Hotel + Tropenpflanzen-Restaurant Florida AG
Hotel + Tropenpflanzen-Restaurant Florida AG
Studen BE
Hotel Restaurant Linde
Hotel Restaurant Linde
Studen BE
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
Chambres d’Hôtes Sous les Roches
Chambres d’Hôtes Sous les Roches
Orvin
Restaurant-Hotel St. Petersinsel
Restaurant-Hotel St. Petersinsel
Erlach
Camping 'mon plaisir'
Camping 'mon plaisir'
Erlach
Camping des Pêches
Camping des Pêches
Le Landeron
TCS Camping Gampelen Neuenburgersee
TCS Camping Gampelen Neuenburgersee
Gampelen
BeachIN
BeachIN
Ins
Auberge La Sauge
Auberge La Sauge
Cudrefin
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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
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Places

Solothurn
Solothurn
Grenchen
Grenchen
Büren a.A.
Büren a.A.
Biel
Biel
Erlach
Erlach
Ins
Ins
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Places of interest

Solothurn Churches
Solothurn Churches
Solothurn Clock Tower
Solothurn Clock Tower
Waldegg Castle
Waldegg Castle
Verenaschlucht canyon
Verenaschlucht canyon
Altreu stork colony
Altreu stork colony
The glacial erratics exhibition
The glacial erratics exhibition
Velodrome Suisse / BMX and pump track
Velodrome Suisse / BMX and pump track
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
St. Petersinsel
St. Petersinsel
Wine tasting centre Viniterra Lake Biel
Wine tasting centre Viniterra Lake Biel
Albert Anker House
Albert Anker House
The nature reserve centre La Sauge
The nature reserve centre La Sauge
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Swimming

Swimming baths Grenchen
Swimming baths Grenchen
Lakeside bathing area Mörigen
Lakeside bathing area Mörigen
Swimming bath Les Trois Lacs camp site Sugiez
Swimming bath Les Trois Lacs camp site Sugiez
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