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 2, Meiringen–Spiez

Route report
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Aare Route

The deep Brienzersee, clear, quiet and sombre. The Thunersee, shallower, open and lively. In the middle, Interlaken, a trendy tourist centre, dominated by those icy icons, the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau. Picture-postcard perfect, get ready to rub your eyes!
Meiringen’s tourist attractions include the Aare Gorge and the Reichenbach Falls. This is where Sherlock Holmes supposedly fell to his death, only to come back to life a few years later. Cyclists, too, come to life in the saddle, riding leisurely through Aarboden and towards Lake Brienz. When it’s not raining, the colour of the Aare River above Lake Brienz is turquoise. Otherwise, people talk about the “Green Aare”. The difference in colour is caused by the so-called glacial milk, that is, cloudy meltwaters from the glacier that can be grey or milky white in colour. The turbidity is results from the transport of rock flour, which ultimately leads to the spectacularly turquoise waters of Lake Brienz. The unclouded Giessbach Falls plummet towards Lake Brienz. By the end of the 18th century, landscape painters got inspired by these enchanting waterfalls. Iseltwald, the only community on the southern shore, is just as idyllic and far away from traffic.

From Interlaken, the views of the three famous peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau are stunning. If you see moving dots of colour while looking at the mountains, they’re probably hang-gliders who like to use Höhematte for landing. On sunny days, Lake Thun is teeming with sailboats. However, when thunder is heard around the often-windswept lake, it doesn’t take long for the boats to disappear. The route along the lake is very scenic, and you mostly ride on a generous, dedicated bicycle lane. This comes in handy because only a few meters away traffic is moving fast. Better look to your right to catch a glimpse of a great crested grebe, a proud family of swans or even the pollen that gives the normally deep-blue waters a yellowish tint.

The journey around the lake is a delight for many road users. The route is particularly popular among avid cyclists who surely let their gaze wander across the lake every so often. There’s indeed plenty to see: the Niederhorn, Beatenbucht (where legendary Saint Beatus is said to have fought the terrible dragon), the Sigriswil Ridge or the pretty hillside villages. We stay on the southern shore, ride through Faulensee with its mild climate and shortly thereafter arrive at Spiez, the town that boasts perhaps Europe’s most beautiful bay…
The deep Brienzersee, clear, quiet and sombre. The Thunersee, shallower, open and lively. In the middle, Interlaken, a trendy tourist centre, dominated by those icy icons, the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau. Picture-postcard perfect, get ready to rub your eyes!
Meiringen’s tourist attractions include the Aare Gorge and the Reichenbach Falls. This is where Sherlock Holmes supposedly fell to his death, only to come back to life a few years later. Cyclists, too, come to life in the saddle, riding leisurely through Aarboden and towards Lake Brienz. When it’s not raining, the colour of the Aare River above Lake Brienz is turquoise. Otherwise, people talk about the “Green Aare”. The difference in colour is caused by the so-called glacial milk, that is, cloudy meltwaters from the glacier that can be grey or milky white in colour. The turbidity is results from the transport of rock flour, which ultimately leads to the spectacularly turquoise waters of Lake Brienz. The unclouded Giessbach Falls plummet towards Lake Brienz. By the end of the 18th century, landscape painters got inspired by these enchanting waterfalls. Iseltwald, the only community on the southern shore, is just as idyllic and far away from traffic.

From Interlaken, the views of the three famous peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau are stunning. If you see moving dots of colour while looking at the mountains, they’re probably hang-gliders who like to use Höhematte for landing. On sunny days, Lake Thun is teeming with sailboats. However, when thunder is heard around the often-windswept lake, it doesn’t take long for the boats to disappear. The route along the lake is very scenic, and you mostly ride on a generous, dedicated bicycle lane. This comes in handy because only a few meters away traffic is moving fast. Better look to your right to catch a glimpse of a great crested grebe, a proud family of swans or even the pollen that gives the normally deep-blue waters a yellowish tint.

The journey around the lake is a delight for many road users. The route is particularly popular among avid cyclists who surely let their gaze wander across the lake every so often. There’s indeed plenty to see: the Niederhorn, Beatenbucht (where legendary Saint Beatus is said to have fought the terrible dragon), the Sigriswil Ridge or the pretty hillside villages. We stay on the southern shore, ride through Faulensee with its mild climate and shortly thereafter arrive at Spiez, the town that boasts perhaps Europe’s most beautiful bay…
48 km
Asphalted: 45 km
Natural surface: 3 km
620 m | 600 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Meiringen
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Bypass Giessbachfälle
70
Bypass Giessbachfälle
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Brienz (See)–Iseltwald (See)
or
Iseltwald (See)–Brienz (See)
Reason: metres in height saved in both directions approx. 200m.
Cycle transport: limited space, special ticket required.
SBB Timetable
Push-only passage
Pushing section: approx. 300 m above Brienzersee (Giessbach Falls, rocky, narrow forest trail)
Traffic volume
Beware: busy main road Interlaken (Hochbrücke West)–Leissigen.
Bypass Interlaken–Leissigen
73
Bypass Interlaken–Leissigen
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Interlaken West–Leissigen, Bahnhof
or
Leissigen, Bahnhof–Interlaken West
Reason: bypass dangerous stretch, main road Interlaken–Leissigen.
Timetable: Interlaken–Leissigen every hour, Interlaken–Spiez every 1/2 hour.
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Excursion Thunersee
71
Excursion Thunersee
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Interlaken West (See)–Spiez Schiffstation
or
Spiez Schiffstation–Interlaken West (See)
Reason: dangerous stretch, main road Interlaken–Leissigen.
Cycle transport: special ticket required, groups: reservation required tel. 058 327 48 11.
SBB Timetable
Excursion Thunersee
40
Excursion Thunersee
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Interlaken West (See)–Thun (See)
or
Thun (See)–Interlaken West (See)
Reason: dangerous stretch, main road Interlaken–Leissigen.
Cycle transport: limited space.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Spiez
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Services

Accommodation

Hotel-Restaurant Alpina
Hotel-Restaurant Alpina
Innertkirchen
Gasthaus Brünig Kulm
Gasthaus Brünig Kulm
Meiringen
Hof Goldey
Hof Goldey
Unterbach BE
Santschi Hof
Santschi Hof
Unterbach BE
bett und zmorge
bett und zmorge
Meiringen
Pilgerherberge Brienzwiler
Pilgerherberge Brienzwiler
Brienzwiler
Truwaaje B+B Brienzwiler
Truwaaje B+B Brienzwiler
Brienzwiler
Jugendherberge Brienz
Jugendherberge Brienz
Brienz BE
B+B Wyler
B+B Wyler
Brienz BE
Hotel du Lac
Hotel du Lac
Iseltwald
Hotel Walida
Hotel Walida
Bönigen b. Interlaken
TCS Camping Bönigen - Interlaken
TCS Camping Bönigen - Interlaken
Bönigen b. Interlaken
TCS Camping Interlaken + RiverLodge
TCS Camping Interlaken + RiverLodge
Interlaken
Jugendherberge Interlaken
Jugendherberge Interlaken
Interlaken
Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof
Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof
Interlaken
Carlton-Europe Hotel
Carlton-Europe Hotel
Interlaken
Hotel Artos
Hotel Artos
Interlaken
Hotel Derby Garni
Hotel Derby Garni
Interlaken
Adventure Hostel Interlaken
Adventure Hostel Interlaken
Unterseen/Interlaken
Golf- und Strandhotel, Restaurant Neuhaus zum See
Golf- und Strandhotel, Restaurant Neuhaus zum See
Interlaken
Balmer's Herberge und Tent Village
Balmer's Herberge und Tent Village
Matten b. Interlaken
Chalet Gafri BnB - Frühstückspension
Chalet Gafri BnB - Frühstückspension
Wilderswil
Dorint Blüemlisalp Beatenberg/Interlaken
Dorint Blüemlisalp Beatenberg/Interlaken
Beatenberg
Jugendherberge Leissigen
Jugendherberge Leissigen
Leissigen
Hotel-Restaruant Kreuz
Hotel-Restaruant Kreuz
Leissigen
Camping Stuhlegg
Camping Stuhlegg
Krattigen
BnB Studweid
BnB Studweid
Spiez
ABZ Spiez – Hotel Seaside
ABZ Spiez – Hotel Seaside
Spiez
B&B Tschirren
B&B Tschirren
Spiez
Hotel Restaurant Möve
Hotel Restaurant Möve
Faulensee
Hotel-Motel Löwen
Hotel-Motel Löwen
Wimmis
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Bookable offers

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

Innertkirchen
Innertkirchen
Brünigpass
Brünigpass
Meiringen
Meiringen
Brienz
Brienz
Brienzer Rothorn
Brienzer Rothorn
Interlaken
Interlaken
Habkern
Habkern
Beatenberg
Beatenberg
Spiez
Spiez
Aeschi b. Spiez
Aeschi b. Spiez
Wimmis
Wimmis
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Places of interest

Chaltenbrunnen
Chaltenbrunnen
Aareschlucht
Aareschlucht
Meiringen–Reuti
Meiringen–Reuti
Ballenberg
Ballenberg
Bike trail Schwanden-Brienz
Bike trail Schwanden-Brienz
Bönigen, a village of woodcarved houses
Bönigen, a village of woodcarved houses
Harder Kulm - Interlaken's own mountain
Harder Kulm - Interlaken's own mountain
The Weissenau near Interlaken
The Weissenau near Interlaken
Beatushöhlen
Beatushöhlen
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Swimming

Beach bathing place Brienz
Beach bathing place Brienz
Merligen lido
Merligen lido
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