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 5, Biel (Nidau)–Solothurn

Route report
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Aare Route

«Child» of the Jura waters correction: the Nidau-Büren canal and the Häftli loop. The Witi, dry, where hares and storks gather. Nearby, the sluggish meandering Aare, in the distance, the St. Ursen tower announces the baroque town of Solothurn.
Biel’s old town is well worth a visit: On Burgplatz (castle square), don’t miss the original Zeughaus (armoury, 1591) and today’s theatre, the former Amtshaus (council building), the late-Gothic town hall and the Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen (fountain of justice) from 1714. On days when the vegetable market takes place, the idyll in Switzerland’s largest bilingual city is picture-postcard perfect. The ride along the Nidau-Büren Canal is just as enjoyable. This 12-kilometre waterway connects Lake Biel with the Aare River at Büren. At Meienried, you reach the old Aare, a section of the river’s original course that forms a scenic loop around the Häftli nature reserve. The Häftli observation tower offers views of the local birdlife.

At Büren an der Aare, cross the wooden bridge, built in 1821, to catch a glimpse of this lovely town. The ride along the Aare River and the Jura mountain range is delightful and relaxing. The flat Witi conservation area was created in 1994, in connection with the construction of the A5 motorway, and is a delight for hikers, cyclists, and wild hares alike. And for storks, too! They spend their summers (some even their winters) around here, showing off their flying skills. A reintroduction project for white storks started in Altreu in 1948. Nowadays, they’re breeding very successfully in Switzerland’s largest stork colony.

It’s not the country’s largest but undoubtedly its most beautiful Baroque city. Although the fog sometimes lingers here longer than elsewhere, it’s always fun to arrive in the old Ambassadors town. And there’s plenty to see in Solothurn. Why not stop at a pub for a locally brewed “Öufi” beer, before embarking on a discovery tour? Along the way, check out the Zeitglockenturm (clock tower) with its astronomical clock, the large old armoury featuring Europe’s most extensive arms collection (more something for die-hard weapons enthusiasts…) and St. Ursus Cathedral, the cantonal capital’s first landmark.
«Child» of the Jura waters correction: the Nidau-Büren canal and the Häftli loop. The Witi, dry, where hares and storks gather. Nearby, the sluggish meandering Aare, in the distance, the St. Ursen tower announces the baroque town of Solothurn.
Biel’s old town is well worth a visit: On Burgplatz (castle square), don’t miss the original Zeughaus (armoury, 1591) and today’s theatre, the former Amtshaus (council building), the late-Gothic town hall and the Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen (fountain of justice) from 1714. On days when the vegetable market takes place, the idyll in Switzerland’s largest bilingual city is picture-postcard perfect. The ride along the Nidau-Büren Canal is just as enjoyable. This 12-kilometre waterway connects Lake Biel with the Aare River at Büren. At Meienried, you reach the old Aare, a section of the river’s original course that forms a scenic loop around the Häftli nature reserve. The Häftli observation tower offers views of the local birdlife.

At Büren an der Aare, cross the wooden bridge, built in 1821, to catch a glimpse of this lovely town. The ride along the Aare River and the Jura mountain range is delightful and relaxing. The flat Witi conservation area was created in 1994, in connection with the construction of the A5 motorway, and is a delight for hikers, cyclists, and wild hares alike. And for storks, too! They spend their summers (some even their winters) around here, showing off their flying skills. A reintroduction project for white storks started in Altreu in 1948. Nowadays, they’re breeding very successfully in Switzerland’s largest stork colony.

It’s not the country’s largest but undoubtedly its most beautiful Baroque city. Although the fog sometimes lingers here longer than elsewhere, it’s always fun to arrive in the old Ambassadors town. And there’s plenty to see in Solothurn. Why not stop at a pub for a locally brewed “Öufi” beer, before embarking on a discovery tour? Along the way, check out the Zeitglockenturm (clock tower) with its astronomical clock, the large old armoury featuring Europe’s most extensive arms collection (more something for die-hard weapons enthusiasts…) and St. Ursus Cathedral, the cantonal capital’s first landmark.
31 km
Asphalted: 18 km
Natural surface: 13 km
90 m | 100 m
easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Biel/Bienne
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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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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Solothurn
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Family cycling tours
The section between Biel and Solothurn (31 km) especially recommended with children.
To the Familiy tour Aare

Services

Accommodation

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
Hotel + Tropenpflanzen-Restaurant Florida AG
Hotel + Tropenpflanzen-Restaurant Florida AG
Studen BE
Hotel Restaurant Linde
Hotel Restaurant Linde
Studen BE
Bei Käsers
Bei Käsers
Meienried
Seeland Camp / Campingplatz mit Schwimmbad
Seeland Camp / Campingplatz mit Schwimmbad
Meinisberg
Wolke 4 Guesthouse
Wolke 4 Guesthouse
Büren an der Aare
Airporthotel
Airporthotel
Grenchen
Restaurant-Camping 'Strausak' Staad
Restaurant-Camping 'Strausak' Staad
Grenchen
B&B Aarhof
B&B Aarhof
Bellach
Kulturhof Weyeneth
Kulturhof Weyeneth
Nennigkofen
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
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Bookable offers

8 Aare Route: Meiringen - Bad Zurzach
8 Aare Route: Meiringen - Bad Zurzach
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Places

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

BielTrail
BielTrail
Biel's Historic Centre
Biel's Historic Centre
PasquArt Centre
PasquArt Centre
NMB New Museum Biel
NMB New Museum Biel
The glacial erratics exhibition
The glacial erratics exhibition
Velodrome Suisse / BMX and pump track
Velodrome Suisse / BMX and pump track
Altreu stork colony
Altreu stork colony
Solothurn Churches
Solothurn Churches
Solothurn Clock Tower
Solothurn Clock Tower
Verenaschlucht canyon
Verenaschlucht canyon
Waldegg Castle
Waldegg Castle
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Swimming

Swimming baths Grenchen
Swimming baths Grenchen
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