2023
The Aare Cycle Path

The Aare Cycle Path

From Interlaken to Constance

Interlaken – Bern – Aarau – Constance

  • Radweg-Reisen Tour
  • UNESCO world heritage town Bern, Baroque town Solothurn, Rhine Fall Schaffhausen
  • Boat trip on Lake Thun included!
  • Daily routes ●●●○○
  • Altitude profile ●●○○○

days
11

km / day avg.
50

The Aare cycle path leads you all the way to the river's mouth, where it flows into the Rhine. Once you have left Interlaken’s mountainous backdrop behind you, you cycle onwards to Switzerland’s federal capital Bern and further, via baroque towns and villages to the so-called Wasserschloss (Water Castle). Afterwards, you follow the Rhine upstream until you reach the impressive Rhine Falls which you will be able to get very close to on a boat trip. This tour following Switzerland’s longest river takes you through impressive landscapes while giving you time to get to know the towns along the route and try out all the regional delicacies.

Itinerary

  • Booking code
    CH-IK10
  • Start / Destination
    Interlaken / Constance
  • Duration
    11 days, 10 nights
  • Length
    approx. 390 km
    Daily routes ●●●○○
    between 30 and 65 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●●○○○
Map for the tour along the Aare Cycle Path

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance

Welcome to Constance! This, the biggest town on Lake Constance, is a perfect starting point for your Rhine cycling holiday in Switzerland. Regardless of whether by bike or by foot, explore the narrow streets of the Niederburg, Constance' oldest part of town. Take a break at the harbour and have a look at the rotating statue, the Imperia. Another tip is to go up the spire of Constance' Münster church - to the viewing platform. It's 193 steps up to fantastic views of the town and the lake. If you still have enough time, visit the Sea Life Centre or the Archaeological Local Museum.

Day 2: Transfer to Interlaken

The first section of your Aare cycling holiday in Switzerland starts conveniently with a transfer to Interlaken. In the town situated between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, an overwhelming mountain panorama is awaiting you. The Bernese Oberland is in perfect sight from Interlaken. Why not enjoy picture-perfect views of Mounts Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger while on the rack railway? The Aare, which will accompany you along vast parts of this trip, flows straight through this town.

Day 3: Excursion to the Aare Gorge, approx. 60 km

Right at the beginning of your bike tour along the Aare, take an excursion to the Aare Gorge (entrance not incl.). Along Lake Brienz you can enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains. The 1400 meter long gorge is barely a meter wide at its narrowest point. Thanks to many footbridges and tunnels, the gorge is ideal for a short hike. Return to Interlaken by bike.

Day 4: Interlaken – Bern, approx. 35 km + boat trip

Today’s stage starts with a boat trip over Lake Thun, followed by a leisurely ride towards Bern. This city, which has received UNESCO world heritage site status and was already raved about by the likes of Goethe, has a lot to offer: Why not discover Paul Klee’s work or stroll along the Kramgasse through Bern’s historic centre, or visit the Zytgloggeturm tower, which is known for its astronomical clock and its unique chime.

Day 5: Bern – Biel, approx. 50 km

Cycling along the Aare River and Lake Wohlen you come to the bilingual town of Biel / Bienne. The Swiss watch-making industry made the town famous. In the Omega museum you can learn all about the industry. The many fountains in the old town are also worth a look, the majority of which are fed by the Roman springs. They were once thought to be holy. The lake shore known as the Strandboden is also beautiful.

Day 6: Biel – Solothurn, approx. 30 km

Cycling alongside the river Aare, you quickly reach Solothurn. This canton capital, with great sights such as the Basle Gate, St. Urs’ Cathedral and other splendid monuments, is considered to be Switzerland’s most beautiful baroque town. Solothurn also has a special connection to the number eleven: eleven churches and chapels, eleven fountains, eleven towers and eleven steps are only a few examples. We’re sure that you will discover further connections to Öufi.

Day 7: Solothurn – Aarau, approx. 55 km

Charming villages, lush meadows and an impressive castle lie ahead on your way towards Aarau. This town is shaped by the 16th century and was once the capital of the Helvetic Republic. You will be particularly impressed by the over 70 detailedly painted roof soffits in the town’s historic centre, which is also why Aarau is known as the town of pretty gables. Look upwards!

Day 8: Aarau – Waldshut-Tiengen, approx. 45 / 50 km

Today you cycle alongside the Aare to the town of Brugg, which is home to Habsburg castle, the home of the eponymous dynasty, which ruled over a medieval global empire. Via the Wasserschloss (Water Castle), through which almost half of Switzerland’s water flows, you reach Koblenz, the place where the Aare flows into the Rhine. Now it’s only a few miles to today’s final destination!

Day 9: Waldshut-Tiengen – Schaffhausen, approx. 60 / 65 km

Upstream along the Rhine you continue your trip, and why not visit Rheinau Monastery, picturesquely situated on a river island, on the way? It was built in the 11th century and developed into the focal point of a small period of regional monastic dominion. The closer you get to the Schaffhausen Rhine falls, the more you will hear the noise of the water crushing down. By boat, you will sail on to the Rhine Fall Rock, which is steadfastly defying the huge masses of water.

Day 10: Schaffhausen – Constance, approx. 55 km

Today, you cycle to Stein am Rhein, where you find several fresco-clad buildings. From here, you ride alongside Lake Constance until you reach the city of Constance, where the Seerhein marks the Rhine’s kilometre zero. The old episcopal city was the scene of a medieval council, and the only papal election north of the Alps. Why not visit the Rosgartenmusuem, where Constance’s history is exhibited within historical walls.

Day 11: Individual journey home or extension of stay

After breakfast, your trip along the Aare cycle path – one of the most popular in Switzerland – concludes. We are more than happy to extend your holiday, both on the Aare cycle path or Lake Constance.

Dates / prices / services

Season times and prices 2023

Arrival on Thursdays from 27.04.2023 to 12.10.2023Early booking discount: -15 €

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Season A
27.04. - 04.05.
29.09. - 12.10.
from1399 €
Season B
05.05. - 18.05.
08.09. - 28.09.
from1599 €
Season C
09.06. - 29.06.
18.08. - 07.09.
from1799 €
Season D
25.05. - 08.06.
30.06. - 17.08.
from1999 €

All prices per person in a double room.

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Services

  • 10 nights incl. breakfast, national 3*-level
  • Boat trip to the Rhine Falls rock
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel, no limit on the number of pieces, max. 20 kg / piece
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per room)
  • Boat trip Interlaken – Thun incl. bike
  • Service-Hotline (7 days, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
  • Transfer Constance – Interlaken incl. bike
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Not included:

  • City or visitor´s tax (if payable)
  • Entrance in aare gorge, approx. 10 CHF per person
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Because of the more challenging sections, we recommend this tour only for young people in good physical condition.

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Additional Services

Additional bookable services

Additional fee single room

449 €

All prices are per person

Additional nights

Room
Breakfast
Price
Konstanz
 DBL

65 €

 SGL

95 €

Schaffhausen
 DBL

85 €

 SGL

125 €

Waldshut-Tiengen
 DBL

55 €

 SGL

85 €

other places
 DBL

99 €

 SGL

139 €

All prices are per person

Rental Bikes

Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
27-Gear Rental Bike
99 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
239 €
Teenager's bike
Teenager's bike
49 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 27-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with freewheel (men’s bikes from 1.75 m)
  • Electric bike / Pedelec with freewheel (minimum age 16 years)
  • Teenager's bike (26 inch)
Fittings

Pannier, handlebar bag, milometer, bike lock, pump, repair kit

Here you find further information and pictures of our rental bikes.

Radweg-Reisen 27-gear unisex bike
27-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with freewheel
Radweg-Reisen 27-gear men's bike
27-gear men's bike, derailleur gears with freewheel
Radweg-Reisen E-Bike
Unisex E-Bike, 8-speed hub gears and free-wheel
Teen's bike
Teen's bike
Rental Bike

27-gear Rental Bike

99 €

E-bike

239 €

Teenager's bike

49 €

Baby bike seat

free

Brief Information

  • Booking code
    CH-IK10
  • Start / Destination
    Interlaken / Constance
  • Duration
    11 days, 10 nights
  • Length
    approx. 390 km
    Daily routes ●●●○○
    between 30 and 65 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●●○○○
  • Parking information
    Fenced parking at our office, cost: 45 € / booked holiday, can be booked online.
    Free parking on public roads.
  • Tour operated by
    Radweg-Reisen
  • Mobility note
    This holiday is suitable to only a limited extent for people with restricted mobility.
    Please contact us if you have individual requirements.

days
11

km / day avg.
50