Cycling Aare Classic Towns - Switzerland
Short walks of generally 3-4 hours plus optional day excursions; level or slightly hilly terrain using well kept paths.
2. Average/ Moderate
Easy day walks with more strenuous excursions. 4-5 hours per day in hilly to mountainous areas using well kept, sometimes stony paths.
Strenuous day walks or trekking in mountainous areas. 5-7 hours per day, sometimes carrying backpacks with stuff for one night; altitude differences between 1,500-3,000 ft. (500-1,000 m.) per day.
Serious excursions in high mountains, sometimes carrying backpacks with stuff for several nights. 6-8 hours per day; altitude differences up to 3,600 ft. (1,200 m.) per day. Only for those with an excellent condition and without fear of heights.
Easy cycling in nearly flat areas; Little or no experience needed. Approx. 20-50 km daily. Bicycles with up to 3 gears will do.
2. Average / Moderate
Nearly flat to hilly areas with the occasional short climb. Approx. 30-65 km daily. Bicycles with minimum 7 gears will do.
Strenuous cycling with some steeper climbs. Some experience needed. Approx. 30-75 km daily. Bicycles with up to 21 gears needed.
Serious and strenuous in mountainous areas. Slopes are longer and/or steeper. Good physical condition needed. Experience and a mountain bike needed. Approx. 30-80 km daily.
You can choose from 4 different levels of comfort, although most of our trips are rated 2 or 3 (or a combination of the two) on our accommodation scale. We try to provide en-suite rooms where possible but on occasions this may not be possible on some tours.
We are constantly looking for hotels, B&B’s, guesthouses and mountain huts that offer a special location, ambience or atmosphere that fits the trip. Accessibility to the route and personal hospitality of the owners are part of our choice of accommodations.
A hotel, a pension or a mountain hut with all the basic facilities. Most rooms have a shared bathroom.
Fine hotels or B&B’s with basic to moderate facilities. Almost all rooms have a private bathroom.
A 3-star hotel, B&B or guesthouse. Comfortable rooms with private en-suite bathroom and often air conditioning. Some accommodations might have a swimming pool.
A 4-star chateau hotel or guesthouse. The rooms are relatively large with en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. A warm welcome and a high quality are guaranteed. Some hotels have a swimming pool or sauna.
On this route you will ride your bike along the Aare and Rhine rivers from Interlaken on Lake Thun to Lake Constance. The backdrop of the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger mountains, the capital city of Bern, will take your breath away, as will the Rheinfall waterfall and the southern flair of Lake Constance.
- Discover the old city of Bern, a world heritage site
- Visit the Omega museum in Biel
- The many fresco-painted houses in Stein am Rhein
- Enjoy your stay Solothurn, the most beautiful baroque city in Switzerland
- Total distance: 295 km, 183 mi.
The indicated routes on Google Maps are approximate.
Day 1 Individual arrival in Interlaken
The town between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun is a popular starting point for trips to the Aare-ravine and the mountain world of the Berner Oberland.
Day 2 Interlaken - Bern
Distance: approx. 35 km, 22 mi. The day begins with a boat trip on Lake Thun, before you cycle on to Bern. Goethe thought Bern was the most beautiful city in Switzerland. The old town is a world heritage site.
Day 3 Bern - Biel
Distance: approx. 50 km, 31 mi. 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.
Day 4 Biel - Solothurn
Distance: approx. 30 km, 19 mi. Today’s stage is only short so that you have enough time to enjoy the old town or the Lake. Solothurn is also a Canton capital city and is considered the most beautiful baroque city in Switzerland.
Day 5 Solothurn - Aarau
Distance: approx. 60 km, 37 mi. The Aare river, which by this stage is powerful flow of water, marks the landscape. Villages and meadows line the way to Aarau, which still bears influences from the 16th century and was once the capital city of the Helvetic Republic.
Day 6 Aarau - Schaffhausen
Distance: approx. 65 km, 40 mi A short train trip will bring you to Brugg, then you will continue on by bicycle to Koblenz, where the Aare and Rhine meet (at this point the Aare is the bigger of the two). You will then continue up the Rhine until you come to the Rheinfall waterfall, which you will view on a boat trip and the beautiful town of Schaffhausen.
Day 7 Schaffhausen - Constance
Distance: approx. 55 km, 34 mi 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 episcopal town was during the Middle Ages the setting for the only council ever to be convened north of the Alps.
Day 8 Individual Return Home or Extension of Trip
Your cycling tour comes to an end after breakfast. There are good train connections to ensure you arrive home safely.
- 7 nights with breakfast in family-run medium class hotels (for an image selection, please see Flickr)
- Boat trip from Interlaken - Thun incl. bicycle
- Train journey from Aarau - Brugg incl. bicycle
- Boat trip to the Rhinefall rocks
- Entrance to the Rosgartenmuseum Constance incl. 1 coffee
- Luggage transport from hotel to hotel till Constance, unlimited number of pieces of luggage, each piece must however weigh under 20 kg
- Telephone assistance, just a phone call away
- Detailed maps and road book in English
- Flights and public transportation
- Travel insurance
- Admissions and entrance fees of any kind
- Bike rental
- Personal expenses such as lunch, snacks, wine tasting, drinks, phone calls, tips etc.
- Any items not mentioned in the program
Optional services (to be booked in advance):
- Additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way or in any other destination in Switzerland
- Airport or train station arrival and/or departure transfers
- Single supplement surcharge $Cad 300.-
- Bike rental 7- and 21-gear $Cad 100.- or E-bike $Cad 193.-
- Dinners included $Cad 279.-
- Transfer by bus Constance - Interlaken (Sat) excl. bike € 70,-, incl. bike € 85,-
The route is mainly along its own special cycle path or quiet regional roads. There are very few hills and the few that do exist are not very steep.
How to get there:
Best arrival and departure airports are Zurich or Geneva.
From Zurich its about 2.5 hrs by train to Interlaken and from Geneva 15 minutes more. Bern-Belp airport has regional and swiss airlines and is 70 minutes by train from Interlaken. From Constance you can take the train back to Zurich.
Tip: For online rail connections and reservations visit Rail Europe.