42 Aargauer Weg
42 Aargauer Weg
42 Aargauer Weg
42 Aargauer Weg
42 Aargauer Weg
42 Aargauer Weg
42 Aargauer Weg
42 Aargauer Weg
42 Aargauer Weg
42 Aargauer Weg

Hiking

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Aargauer Weg

Stage 3, Aarau–Brugg

Route report
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Aargauer Weg

In the water meadow area the trail meanders pleasantly along the Aare, followed by the climb up to the splendid Wildegg Castle. Romantic stretches of forest lead on to the seat of the Habsburg family and finally to their memorial site, the Königsfelden Monastery.
We start at Aarau station and soon reach the town’s weir, where the cycle path gives way to a pedestrian walkway. A beautiful forest path leads us through Summergrien. In the hushed silence, it’s astonishing to think that the Telli housing estate is so close by. On the edge of the forest interspersed with streams, a bridge crosses the renatured Suhre estuary. The floodplain between Aarau and Wildegg covers 317 hectares, making it the largest continuous expanse of wetland in Aargau. Fittingly, the next hour’s hike passes various projects implemented here by the canton’s Alluvial Site Protection Park. Tweeting birds and croaking frogs accompany us during this section of the hike. It’s also fascinating to see how beavers help shape the landscape.

Passing by the Aarschächli lake, we hike along the Aare dam towards the Auenstein weir until the bridge in Rupperswil, which crosses the Aare and continues the route via the Aare island. It runs straight past the Jura Cement factory to Wildegg station. The townscape is dominated by Wildegg Castle, whose vines and baroque gardens are a few metres further up. Built around 1200 by the Habsburgs, it was owned by eleven generations of the Effinger family from 1483. Since 2011, the site has belonged to the canton. A forest path then leads towards the Chestenberg, the highest point of the stage. The forest nature reserve - and the forest ridge that follows with a view of Thalheim – is inhabited by species including the black woodpecker, recognisable by its distinctive call and rhythmic hammering.

Habsburg Castle can be seen from afar over the wide fields of Brand. Founded in 1030, it dates back to the origins of the Habsburg dynasty. The dual castle was the home of the most successful family in the Aargau region which, after rising in the late Middle Ages, went on to rule an empire with huge estates in Europe and colonies in America, Asia and Africa. As we leave the Raiwald forest and arrive in Brugg, a long and historic hike comes to an end. It's worth making a small detour here to see the nearby former Königsfelden Monastery.
In the water meadow area the trail meanders pleasantly along the Aare, followed by the climb up to the splendid Wildegg Castle. Romantic stretches of forest lead on to the seat of the Habsburg family and finally to their memorial site, the Königsfelden Monastery.
We start at Aarau station and soon reach the town’s weir, where the cycle path gives way to a pedestrian walkway. A beautiful forest path leads us through Summergrien. In the hushed silence, it’s astonishing to think that the Telli housing estate is so close by. On the edge of the forest interspersed with streams, a bridge crosses the renatured Suhre estuary. The floodplain between Aarau and Wildegg covers 317 hectares, making it the largest continuous expanse of wetland in Aargau. Fittingly, the next hour’s hike passes various projects implemented here by the canton’s Alluvial Site Protection Park. Tweeting birds and croaking frogs accompany us during this section of the hike. It’s also fascinating to see how beavers help shape the landscape.

Passing by the Aarschächli lake, we hike along the Aare dam towards the Auenstein weir until the bridge in Rupperswil, which crosses the Aare and continues the route via the Aare island. It runs straight past the Jura Cement factory to Wildegg station. The townscape is dominated by Wildegg Castle, whose vines and baroque gardens are a few metres further up. Built around 1200 by the Habsburgs, it was owned by eleven generations of the Effinger family from 1483. Since 2011, the site has belonged to the canton. A forest path then leads towards the Chestenberg, the highest point of the stage. The forest nature reserve - and the forest ridge that follows with a view of Thalheim – is inhabited by species including the black woodpecker, recognisable by its distinctive call and rhythmic hammering.

Habsburg Castle can be seen from afar over the wide fields of Brand. Founded in 1030, it dates back to the origins of the Habsburg dynasty. The dual castle was the home of the most successful family in the Aargau region which, after rising in the late Middle Ages, went on to rule an empire with huge estates in Europe and colonies in America, Asia and Africa. As we leave the Raiwald forest and arrive in Brugg, a long and historic hike comes to an end. It's worth making a small detour here to see the nearby former Königsfelden Monastery.
22 km
460 m | 500 m
5 h 50 min
easy (hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Aarau
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Hiking alongside water
The section between Aarau and Schinznach Bad is particularly attractive.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Brugg AG
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Contact

Signpost management
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Aargauer Wanderwege
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Services

Accommodation

B&B zur Föhre
B&B zur Föhre
Rombach
Hotel Restaurant Ascott
Hotel Restaurant Ascott
Rombach
Hotel Kettenbrücke
Hotel Kettenbrücke
Aarau
Bed & Breakfast Tuch & Laube
Bed & Breakfast Tuch & Laube
Aarau
zum graf bed & breakfast
zum graf bed & breakfast
Aarau
Haus Oase Bed & Breakfast
Haus Oase Bed & Breakfast
Veltheim AG
Hotel Aarehof
Hotel Aarehof
Wildegg
Jugendherberge Brugg
Jugendherberge Brugg
Brugg AG
Hotel Rotes Haus Brugg AG
Brugg
Marco Polo Business Apartments Brugg
Marco Polo Business Apartments Brugg
Brugg
Bar Restaurant Hotel Gotthard
Bar Restaurant Hotel Gotthard
Brugg AG
Hotel Terminus
Hotel Terminus
Brugg
Blue Wall BnB
Blue Wall BnB
Gebenstorf
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Places

Aarau
Aarau
Brugg AG
Brugg AG
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Places of interest

Aargauer Kunsthaus
Aargauer Kunsthaus
Naturama
Naturama
Wildegg Castle
Wildegg Castle
Mountainbike Park Stone Pit
Mountainbike Park Stone Pit
Baumschulbahn
Baumschulbahn
Habsburg Castle
Habsburg Castle
Vindonissa Legionnaires' Path
Vindonissa Legionnaires' Path
Königsfelden Friary
Königsfelden Friary
Vindonissa Museum
Vindonissa Museum
Brugg: Home to bridges for two millennia
Brugg: Home to bridges for two millennia
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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
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Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
Signalization