38 ViaBerna
38 ViaBerna
38 ViaBerna
38 ViaBerna
38 ViaBerna
38 ViaBerna
38 ViaBerna
38 ViaBerna

Hiking

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ViaBerna

Stage 8, Frauenkappelen–Wohleibrügg–Neubrügg–Felsenau–Bern, Bärenpark

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ViaBerna

From Frauenkappelen, the path descends to Lake Wohlen and follows its shore and then the course of the Aare. Passing modern residential areas, old and new bridges, weirs and a power plant, you arrive at the Bear Park on the edge of Bern’s old town, via the mainly wide riverside path.
You descend through the Chatzestyg forest and reach a beautiful bathing area at the Wohlensee lake. Along field paths, crossing the hamlet of Wohlei, you arrive at the Wohlei bridge which was built in 1920. In summer, the restaurant under the arch of the bridge is a popular meeting place for water sports enthusiasts and excursionists. The Wohlensee is located in a gorge carved into the molasse bedrock by the Aare. It is therefore narrow and long with a low current speed. The sedimentation of the lake is progressing rapidly below the Halen bridge. The lake is an important wintering area for numerous water birds.

For the next part of the stage through Hinterkappelen, the route follows neighbourhood roads. At Kappelenring, you can rejoin the pleasant waterside path. Between the interesting Schlossmatte district and the Halen bridge, you have to follow the road again, because the swampy banks make it impossible to get through. High above the trail, the mighty Halen bridge crosses the course of the Aare. Soon you reach the time-honoured wooden Neubrügg bridge, built in 1534, which was an important Aare crossing until the construction of the new bridge now towering high above. The sewage treatment plant, which treats the wastewater of Bern and the surrounding area, is located in the same river loop.

There is one last loop of the Aare to hike around before climbing up at the Felsenau power station. Passing under the impressive motorway viaduct, crossing the road and the railway track, you descend once again to the Aare at the Lorraine weir. This saves you a long walk along the Aare loops that reach out to the north. The riverside path follows the course of the river upwards. Opposite: the iconic Lorraine bathing facilities, where people can enjoy a pool fed by the Aare water and the sunbathing lawns. In summer, this river section is also a popular swimming stretch. On the way into the city, the high railway and road bridges cross the Aare overhead. Particularly worth seeing: the iron Kornhaus bridge and the Altenbergsteg below it. As a relic of Bern's old city fortifications, you pass the Blood Tower directly on the bank. Over the brick arches of the Untertor bridge, the stage finally ends at the bear park.
From Frauenkappelen, the path descends to Lake Wohlen and follows its shore and then the course of the Aare. Passing modern residential areas, old and new bridges, weirs and a power plant, you arrive at the Bear Park on the edge of Bern’s old town, via the mainly wide riverside path.
You descend through the Chatzestyg forest and reach a beautiful bathing area at the Wohlensee lake. Along field paths, crossing the hamlet of Wohlei, you arrive at the Wohlei bridge which was built in 1920. In summer, the restaurant under the arch of the bridge is a popular meeting place for water sports enthusiasts and excursionists. The Wohlensee is located in a gorge carved into the molasse bedrock by the Aare. It is therefore narrow and long with a low current speed. The sedimentation of the lake is progressing rapidly below the Halen bridge. The lake is an important wintering area for numerous water birds.

For the next part of the stage through Hinterkappelen, the route follows neighbourhood roads. At Kappelenring, you can rejoin the pleasant waterside path. Between the interesting Schlossmatte district and the Halen bridge, you have to follow the road again, because the swampy banks make it impossible to get through. High above the trail, the mighty Halen bridge crosses the course of the Aare. Soon you reach the time-honoured wooden Neubrügg bridge, built in 1534, which was an important Aare crossing until the construction of the new bridge now towering high above. The sewage treatment plant, which treats the wastewater of Bern and the surrounding area, is located in the same river loop.

There is one last loop of the Aare to hike around before climbing up at the Felsenau power station. Passing under the impressive motorway viaduct, crossing the road and the railway track, you descend once again to the Aare at the Lorraine weir. This saves you a long walk along the Aare loops that reach out to the north. The riverside path follows the course of the river upwards. Opposite: the iconic Lorraine bathing facilities, where people can enjoy a pool fed by the Aare water and the sunbathing lawns. In summer, this river section is also a popular swimming stretch. On the way into the city, the high railway and road bridges cross the Aare overhead. Particularly worth seeing: the iron Kornhaus bridge and the Altenbergsteg below it. As a relic of Bern's old city fortifications, you pass the Blood Tower directly on the bank. Over the brick arches of the Untertor bridge, the stage finally ends at the bear park.
15 km
200 m | 280 m
3 h 50 min
easy (hiking trail) | easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Frauenkappelen, Post
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Arrival / return travel Bern, Bärenpark
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Contact

Signpost management
Signposting is managed by the cantonal hiking trail organisation on behalf of the canton.
Berner Wanderwege
Nordring 8
1303 Bern
info@bernerwanderwege.ch
www.bernerwanderwege.ch

Services

Accommodation

Lodge24
Lodge24
Wohlen b. Bern
TCS Camping Bern - Eymatt
TCS Camping Bern - Eymatt
Hinterkappelen
Stay Kooook Bern Wankdorf
Stay Kooook Bern Wankdorf
Bern
Moxy Bern Expo
Moxy Bern Expo
Bern
Hotel-Pension Marthahaus
Hotel-Pension Marthahaus
Bern
Bern Backpackers Hotel Glocke
Bern Backpackers Hotel Glocke
Bern
Jugendherberge Bern
Jugendherberge Bern
Bern
La Pergola Bern
La Pergola Bern
Bern
BnB Eichholz Bern
BnB Eichholz Bern
Wabern
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Bookable offers

38 Via Berna
38 Via Berna
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Places of interest

Dirtpark Schiesskanal
Dirtpark Schiesskanal
Pumptrack Viererfeld
Pumptrack Viererfeld
Rollpark Lorraine
Rollpark Lorraine
Zeitglocken Turm (Clock Tower) - Bern
Zeitglocken Turm (Clock Tower) - Bern
UNESCO World Heritage Site - Bern
UNESCO World Heritage Site - Bern
Pumptrack Kleine Allmend
Pumptrack Kleine Allmend
Rose Garden
Rose Garden
Bern – a jewel in the bend of the Aare
Bern – a jewel in the bend of the Aare
Zentrum Paul Klee
Zentrum Paul Klee
Bear Park
Bear Park
Pumptrack Wyssloch
Pumptrack Wyssloch
Bern Historical Museum
Bern Historical Museum
Münster Cathedral Bern
Münster Cathedral Bern
Federal House of Parliament
Federal House of Parliament
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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