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Switzerland: Aare Bike Trail

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Aare Cycle Path

The Aare Cycle Path begins in Interlaken on Lake Thun against the backdrop of the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger mountains and is one of the most well-known cycle routes in Switzerland. You will pass through the Swiss capital of Bern, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the famous Toblerone chocolate is made. Cycling along the Jura with its Baroque towns, you will come to the confluence of the Aare and Rhine Rivers and continue up-river towards the Rheinfall Waterfall, which you will be able to experience during a spectacular boat trip. The Council town of Konstanz on Lake Constance is your destination. The Aare cycle route is also suitable for those not used to cycling

1. day Arriving in Interlaken

The town between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun is a popular starting point for trips to the Aare-ravine, a magical natural phenomena which can be discovered by way of tunnels and bridges. The famous mountain world of the Berner Oberland should not be missed. You can enjoy a view of the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger mountains on a trip on the Schynige-Platte-Railway. If you have booked rental bicycles, these will be available for collection in your hotel. Overnight stay in Interlaken.

2. day Interlaken - Bern ca. 35 km + boat

Your day begins with a boat trip on Lake Thun before cycling at a leisurely pace to Bern. Goethe thought this town was the most beautiful in Switzerland, the old town is a World Cultural Heritage Site. Bern has something for everyone; for example you can view some of Paul Klee’s work or stroll through the old town along Kramgasse. Make sure you visit the Zytgloggeturm (Clock Tower)!

3. day Bern - Biel ca. 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.

4. day Biel - Solothurn ca. 30 km

Today’s stage is a short one, therefore you should take the chance to have a cable car journey above the Lake. You will then cycle on towards Solothurn at a laid back pace. The town is the capital of the Canton and is considered to be the most beautiful Baroque city in Switzerland with its Baseltor Gate, the St.-Ursen-Cathedral and numerous other buildings. The beasts of prey park in Subingen is another visitor attraction nearby.

5. day Solthurn - Aarau ca. 60 km

The River Aare which by now has grown in size begins to define the surrounding landscape. Villages and meadows, as well as the impressive Aarburg rock formation which is topped by the castle of the same name, are all located along the route to Aarau, which still bears the marks of the 16th Century and which was once the capital city of the Helvetic Republic. The town is also known as the “town of the beautiful gables” due to 70 intricately painted gables.

6. day Aarau - Waldshut-Tiengen ca. 50 km

Along the Aare you cycle to Brugg. At Brugg the 'Habsburg', the ancestral home of the medieval Habsburg-dynasty. At Koblenz the Aare ends in the Rhine. From here it's just a few kilometers to Waldshut-Tiengen.

7. day Waldshut-Tiengen - Schaffhausen ca. 65 km

From Waldshut you continue your trip up-river and will be able to hear the thundering waters of the Rheinfall Waterfall from afar. You will experience the Waterfall up close on a spectacular boat trip. Schaffhausen is only a short cycle away and is towered over by the Munot Fortress and filled with Renaissance buildings with beautiful oriels. Overnight stay in Schaffhausen.

8. day Schaffhausen - Konstanz ca. 50 km

Today you will cycle to Stein am Rhein with its many fresco-painted houses and from here on along the shores of Lake Constance towards Constance. The old diocesan town was the setting for the only council ever to be convened north of the Alps during the Middle Ages. A visit to the Rosgarten Museum shows you the history of the town in an historic setting, before you have a relaxing coffee and can reminisce about the experiences of your holiday.

9. day Konstanz departure

Your cycling tour comes to an end after breakfast. Individual return journey to Interlaken or home. We would also be more than happy to extend your holiday in Constance.

prices & services

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Switzerland: Aare Bike Trail
tour no.:
00185
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Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.

Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.

individual
duration:
9 days
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This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:

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easy: Very relaxed cycling in mostly flat terrain.
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beginners-intermediate: Easy cycling, pushing the bike now and then.
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moderate: for people in a general good shape, a few stretches across more difficult terrain, or pushing the bike.
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difficult: For experienced bikers, several tracks in hilly terrain.
beginners-intermediate
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In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.

So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.

Velociped-Partner-Tour Velociped-Tour
prices 2020

Prices are per person.

Season 1

30.04. – 15.05.2020

13.09. – 04.10.2020

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Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. A
Double room 899,00 €
Single room 1.138,00 €
 

Season 2

16.05. – 28.05.2020

14.06. – 26.06.2020

Info

Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. A
Double room 999,00 €
Single room 1.238,00 €
 

Season 3

01.06. – 13.06.2020

27.06. – 03.07.2020

23.08. – 12.09.2020

Info

Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. A
Double room 1.049,00 €
Single room 1.288,00 €
 

Season 4

29.05. – 31.05.2020

04.07. – 22.08.2020

Info

Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. A
Double room 1.099,00 €
Single room 1.338,00 €
 

cycles

tourer
79,00 €
 
electric bike
195,00 €
 

bookable additional nights

Interlaken Cat. A
Double room 99,00 €
Single room 139,00 €
 
Konstanz Cat. A
Double room 65,00 €
Single room 95,00 €
 

bookable additional services

Transfer Konstanz - Interlaken incl. bike (only on saturday and sunday)
95,00 €
Enclosed parking space in Constance
39,00 €
Travel services
  • Overnight stay in well-kept middle class hotels of the national 3* category, all rooms with shower or bath/WC.
  • Boat trip to the Rhine Cascade rock
  • Boat trip Interlaken-Thun incl. bike
  • Entrance to Rosgarten museum, 1 coffee included
All-carefree service:
  • accommodation incl. breakfast
  • room with shower/bath/WC
  • luggage transport
  • map of bike trails with marked route
  • detailed route description
  • tips for tour preparation
  • touristic information
  • 7 days hotline service

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worth knowing

Worth knowing

Below you will find specific information about the Aare - bike path. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.

Parking facilities in Interlaken

You can park your car in a public car park for the duration of the journey. The cost is 20-30 CHF per day, payable locally, not reservation possible. Furthermore, it is possible to park the car on a fenced parking lot (cost: EUR 39, - per trip / per car). A reservation via Velociped is required. Detailed information about the parking facilities you will receive with the travel documents 3 weeks before arrival.

Condition of cycle paths

Mostly you cycle on separate bike paths and low-traffic side roads. Just a few climbs.

Available rental bikes

We provid 27-speed gear shift and freewheel bikes or electric bikes. These unisex-bikes have a low opening that makes mounting and dismounting much easier. The bikes are suitable for all ladies from 150 cm in height. Men's bikes are suitable for all gentlemen from 175 cm in height. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.

Transfer back to your first hotel

If you do not want to use our return transfer (only Saturday and Sunday, 95,00 Euro incl. bike), you can also travel back by train. The train journey Konstanz - Interlaken costs (without bike) about 80,00 Euro. Depending on the connection, the journey takes 3,5 to 4 hours. You have to change several times. The bike transport is subject to reservation.

Currencies in Switzerland

Swiss franc can easily be lifted by debit or credit card at an ATM.

Identity card

Please note that your ID card must be valid for at least 6 months before entering Switzerland.

Extra costs, which are not inculded in the price

A possibly applicable city tax is not part of the price and has to be paid at the hotel locally.

7 days hotline service

In case of chain breakdown, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: you can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.

Passport and visa requirements, health regulations

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.

tour highlights

Interlaken

Interlaken is located in the Bernese Oberland on an alluvial plain, between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. The vacation destination, which is presided over by the three mighty mountains, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, is the starting point for numerous activities.

Interlaken

Interlaken, Jungfraujochrailway

Icy air streams across my face, snow crunches under my feet, and the panorama almost takes its breath: on the one hand, the view to the Mittelland to the Vosges, on the other the Aletsch glacier, bordered by four-thousand-foot peaks. Those who are on the Jungfraujoch, 3'454 meters above sea level, can feel the first step: this is a different world. One that one must have experienced.

Jungfraujochrailway

Bern

“It is the most beautiful that we have ever seen,” wrote Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in a letter to his friend Charlotte von Stein during his stay in Bern in 1779. Today the Swiss capital still enchants its visitors with its charm and diverse attractions and events. No other city in Switzerland offers such a wonderful wealth of culture, leisure and entertainment like Bern. Hurry and hectic are foreign words to the Bernese. In their city, people enjoy life and take time for what is really important. It's entirely easy to relax and enjoy oneself in the unique Old Town atmosphere.

Bern

Biel: Omega Museum

Along with some 4000 watches, the OMEGA Museum’s remarkable collection includes movements, clocks, tools, photos, engravings, posters, signs, awards and certificates in an atmosphere created by a history of more than 160 years. The displays are updated regularly.

Omega Museum

Solothurn

Solothurn features architecture from the era of the Ambassadors of the French royal house, and is also known as the "City of the Ambassadors" for this reason. Impressive buildings such as the Cathedral of St. Ursus are sure to leave lasting memories. The enchanting old town with its Mediterranean flair offers attractive shopping, countless cafés and restaurants as well as a wide range of cultural activities. The boat trip from Solothurn to Biel was unique, and I learned that the route is part of Switzerland's longest waterway. This Mittelland city is a real jewel, and is always worth a visit.

Solothurn

Brugg, moated castle

In the Brugg region, where Aare, Reuss and Limmat unite, is the unique moated castle. The approximately 172 hectare river landscape was awarded as an meadow with national importance. With a bit of patience and a bit of luck, you will find foliage, crest, periwinkle, nightingale or kingfisher. Whether it's a hiker, a naturalist, an athlete or an observer, the moated castle has something to offer for everyone - right on the doorstep. From the Brugg train station, you can walk along the Stahlrain and past the fire brigade Brugg and the sports center Mülimatt, on the Aare river, in just a few minutes, and after a few steps you can experience the water castle in its entire beauty.

Brugg, moated castle

Rheinau Abbey

Beautiful former monastery on Rheininsel – the brilliance and richness of the magnificent interior of the baroque building are overwhelming. The monastery church is one of the most significant Swiss sacred buildings. Created according to Vorarlberg Munster scheme, the magnificent altars of the Rheinau church and monastery immediately catch the eye on entering. Focus of the church is almost immediately apparent, namely the Virgin Mary. An amazing work of art in which the ceiling frescoes, painted by Ticino-born Francesco Giorgoli, have preserved their original freshness throughout the years. Guided tours on request.

Rheinau Abbey

Schaffhausen Rhine Falls

To stand high above Europe's largest waterfall, feeling the roar and vibration of the water over one's entire body - this can be experienced at the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen. By ship one can reach castles, the Rhine Falls Basin and even the mighty rock in the midst of the waterfall.

Schaffhausen Rhine Falls

Constance

With a population of more than 82,000, the historical town of Constance is the largest town on Lake Constance and the perfect place for your vacation. Today, it is a lively university town offering a wide range of recreational activities for young and old. The town on Lake Constance has managed to keep itself true to the long-standing traditions of trade and culture right up until the present day, adding many new aspects along the way. 

Constance

Mainau Island

The 45 hectar Mainau Island lies just off the shores of Lake Constance the far south-west of Germany, close to Switzerland and Austria. The over 150 year old Arboretum with giant sequoias welcomes you to relax and enjoy nature seasons. Around a million tulips, rhododendrons, scented roses, perennials and colourful dahlias bloom in the park and gardens. Palms and citrus plants lend a Mediterranean flair to the island in summer. The Teutonic castle completed in 1746 and the castle church St. Marien are architectural highlights of the Baroque era and stand in close proximity to 15 metre tall palm trees. Not only nature and garden lovers and relaxation seekers come to the island but also many families. Children can play at inspiring adventure playgrounds.

Mainau Island

Sea-Life Center Constance

Learn, protect, and be amazed – the Sea Life Aquarium takes its visitors along on a fascinating journey through an underwater world. A typical visit is best described with one syllable: ‘Wow!’ More than just the little ones will pass wide-eyed by the lavish displays: brightly colored tropical fish, bizarre denizens of the deep-sea, majestic sharks and curious sea turtles almost close enough to touch. Where else can one watch a Cuban crocodile jump or walk through an Octopus’ Garden? Let an octopus grab your finger with its tentacle? And how do sharks reproduce? The Sea Life Aquarium is not just about undersea phenomena, but is also active in helping to protect the fragile ocean ecosystem.

Sea-Life Center

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