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

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ViaBerna

Stage 9, Bern, Bärenpark–Bodenacker–Hunzigebrügg–Münsingen, Schützenfahrbrügg

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Passing the bear park, Marzili and the Dählhölzli animal park, you finally leave the capital heading upstream. After the Auguet bridge, you briefly follow the course of the Aare and the peculiar groundwater flow of the Giesse. The rest of the way continues on agricultural roads across the plain and along the foot of the Belpberg to Münsingen.
Whoever was able to spot a bear before setting off was lucky. From the bear park, you descend through the forest towards Schwellenmätteli, where the Aare flows over the wide thresholds. Along the Aarstrasse underneath the imposing iron Kirchenfeld bridge you reach the Dählhölzli animal park. Opposite is the Marzili bath which makes this section popular for a swim in the river. The domes of the government building gleam high above the river and the baths. Past the animal enclosures, the route continues on a wide riverside path upstream towards Eichholz - and finally out of the city. Ibex, beavers, flamingos and other animals populate the last enclosures along the Aare path before you reach the floodplain woods. Repeatedly, you walk along newly created side arms that provide space for small-scale flooding and a variety of habitats for beavers, amphibians and other aquatic animals.

At Bodenacker, the Aare can be crossed by ferry in summer, and a small restaurant on the riverbank invites you to take a break. Here, the Gürbe flows into the Aare and, together with the Giesse, forms a unique natural landscape. Soon you reach the lovely Muribad baths on the river. The path now runs along the edge of the floodplain woods again, which are crossed by a side arm. A special relic: the wooden Auguet bridge, built as the Hunzikenau bridge in 1836 and moved to Auguet after the construction of the concrete bridge in 1974. Today it serves as a pedestrian and bicycle overpass between Belp and Muri. After crossing the Aare, you follow the narrow riverside path to the Jägerheim restaurant. The Giesse, a river fed by groundwater, flows through the floodplain woodland. It rises at the foot of the Belpberg and joins the Gürbe at the Kleinhöchstetten moor. From time to time, the sounds of the nearby Bern Belpmoos regional airport penetrate the dense floodplain woods.

After a short stretch alongside the Giesse, the hiking route continues on agricultural roads through the intensively farmed plain to the foot of the Belpberg. On the little road between the Giesse floodplain and the Belpberg, you finally arrive at the idyllic Parkbad near Münsingen via the Schützenfahr bridge. The centre of Münsingen can be reached from here in a short walk or by bus.
Passing the bear park, Marzili and the Dählhölzli animal park, you finally leave the capital heading upstream. After the Auguet bridge, you briefly follow the course of the Aare and the peculiar groundwater flow of the Giesse. The rest of the way continues on agricultural roads across the plain and along the foot of the Belpberg to Münsingen.
Whoever was able to spot a bear before setting off was lucky. From the bear park, you descend through the forest towards Schwellenmätteli, where the Aare flows over the wide thresholds. Along the Aarstrasse underneath the imposing iron Kirchenfeld bridge you reach the Dählhölzli animal park. Opposite is the Marzili bath which makes this section popular for a swim in the river. The domes of the government building gleam high above the river and the baths. Past the animal enclosures, the route continues on a wide riverside path upstream towards Eichholz - and finally out of the city. Ibex, beavers, flamingos and other animals populate the last enclosures along the Aare path before you reach the floodplain woods. Repeatedly, you walk along newly created side arms that provide space for small-scale flooding and a variety of habitats for beavers, amphibians and other aquatic animals.

At Bodenacker, the Aare can be crossed by ferry in summer, and a small restaurant on the riverbank invites you to take a break. Here, the Gürbe flows into the Aare and, together with the Giesse, forms a unique natural landscape. Soon you reach the lovely Muribad baths on the river. The path now runs along the edge of the floodplain woods again, which are crossed by a side arm. A special relic: the wooden Auguet bridge, built as the Hunzikenau bridge in 1836 and moved to Auguet after the construction of the concrete bridge in 1974. Today it serves as a pedestrian and bicycle overpass between Belp and Muri. After crossing the Aare, you follow the narrow riverside path to the Jägerheim restaurant. The Giesse, a river fed by groundwater, flows through the floodplain woodland. It rises at the foot of the Belpberg and joins the Gürbe at the Kleinhöchstetten moor. From time to time, the sounds of the nearby Bern Belpmoos regional airport penetrate the dense floodplain woods.

After a short stretch alongside the Giesse, the hiking route continues on agricultural roads through the intensively farmed plain to the foot of the Belpberg. On the little road between the Giesse floodplain and the Belpberg, you finally arrive at the idyllic Parkbad near Münsingen via the Schützenfahr bridge. The centre of Münsingen can be reached from here in a short walk or by bus.
15 km
170 m | 170 m
3 h 45 min
easy (hiking trail) | easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Bern, Bärenpark
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Arrival / return travel Münsingen, Badi
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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

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Hotel-Pension Marthahaus
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Hostel 77
Hostel 77
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Bern
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Münsingen
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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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Pumptrack Weissenstein
Gurten - Bern's home mountain
Gurten - Bern's home mountain
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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.
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