The Aare Cycle Path

The Aare Cycle Path

From Interlaken to Constance

  • Radweg-Reisen Tour
  • Interlaken – Constance
  • Boat trip included!
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●●●○○

9
days

50
km / day avg.

The Aare cycle path will lead 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 will cycle onwards to Switzerland’s federal capital Bern and further, via baroque towns and villages to the so-called Wasserschloss (Water Castle). Afterwards, you will 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 will take you through impressive landscapes while giving you time to get to know the towns along the route and try out all the regional delicacies.

The Aare Cycle Path

Brief Information

  • Booking code
    CH-IK8
  • Start / Destination
    Interlaken / Constance
  • Duration
    9 days, 8 nights
  • Length
    approx. 340 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 30 and 65 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○
  • Parking information
    Parking deck Zentrum Interlaken (115 parking spaces), Opening hours: 24 / 7, Cost: approx. 2 CHF / hour, 20 - 30 CHF / day.
    No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
  • Returning to Interlaken
    Optional: travel by chartered minibus (only Saturdays), duration approx. 2.5 hours, departure between 9 am and 11 am. Please include this option in your original booking.
    Alternative: travel by train (on your own initiative). Connections available every half hour, duration approx. 3.5 – 4 hours. Includes 1 – 4 x changes of train, bikes need separate reservations to be taken along.
  • Tour operated by
    Radweg-Reisen
Interlaken
Interlaken

Day 1: Individual arrival in 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. Pre-booked rental bikes are ready and waiting for you at your hotel.

Lake Thun near Spiez
Lake Thun near Spiez

Day 2: 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.

Cyclists heading to Biel
Heading to Biel

Day 3: Bern – Biel, approx. 50 km

Cycling along the Aare River and Lake Wohlen you will 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.

Solothurn
Solothurn

Day 4: Biel – Solothurn, approx. 30 km

Cycling alongside the river Aare, you will 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.

Aarwangen Castle
Aarwangen Castle

Day 5: Solothurn – Aarau, approx. 60 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!

Waldshut
Waldshut

Day 6: Aarau – Waldshut-Tiengen, approx. 50 km

Today you will 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 will reach Koblenz, the place where the Aare flows into the Rhine. Now it’s only a few miles to today’s final destination!

Rhine Falls, Schaffhausen
Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen

© BLDWRK.de - Alex Kaufenstein

Day 7: Waldshut-Tiengen – Schaffhausen, approx. 65 km

Upstream along the Rhine you will be continuing 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.

Steckborn
Steckborn

Day 8: Schaffhausen – Constance, approx. 50 km

Today, you will be cycling to Stein am Rhein, where you will find several fresco-clad buildings. From here, you will 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.

Konstanz, Harbour
Konstanz, Harbour

Day 9: 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 Aar cycle path or Lake Constance.