Boating on the Aare

Uttigen (Thun) – Bern

Bern: A12 Weyermannshaus direction Fribourg

Bern: A12 Weyermannshaus direction Fribourg

Bern: Kirchenfeld

Bern: Kirchenfeld

Bern: A1 Felsenauviadukt direction Vaud

Bern: A1 Felsenauviadukt direction Vaud

Bern: A6 Ostring direction Wankdorf

Bern: A6 Ostring direction Wankdorf

Bern

Bern

Bern: Sky View

Bern: Sky View

Bern: A6 Wankdorf Nord direction Grauholz

Bern: A6 Wankdorf Nord direction Grauholz

Bern: Schloss Bümpliz

Bern: Schloss Bümpliz

Bern: Bärenplatz, Stadt

Bern: Bärenplatz, Stadt

Bern: Nydeggkirche

Bern: Nydeggkirche

Bern: Livespotting - Best Western Hotel

Bern: Livespotting - Best Western Hotel

Bern: A1 Wankdorf Nord direction Lausanne

Bern: A1 Wankdorf Nord direction Lausanne

Bern: Altstadt - Kramgasse

Bern: Altstadt - Kramgasse

The River Aare between Uttigen and Bern is extremely popular for all kinds of boat trips, offering an alternative route into the Swiss capital. The water-meadow landscape is an enchanting and secluded wilderness amid the densely populated countryside.

Group activities

Language:
de

Duration:
1 day

Persons:
1 - 50

Cost:
Yes

Season:
Summer

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In Thun, the Aare leaves the Alps and becomes an easily navigable winding river. The “Bernese Aare Canoe” route by SwitzerlandMobility begins a few kilometres downriver in Uttigen. It starts beneath the railway bridge, because the “Uttiger Schwelle” rapids can only be recommended for proficient boaters.

From here you can pass through the wonderful river landscape at a more leisurely pace, but always with care and attention. Although the Aare flows through a densely populated area here, it has retained its surprisingly untamed character. Some of its water repeatedly disappears into numerous side streams, creating one of Switzerland's largest water-meadow landscapes.

In Münsingen and Muri there are two bathing areas, though landing is only practical in Muri. Afterwards, pass by the Dählhölzli Animal Park before going ashore after Bern's famous Marzili outdoor pool on the left. You'll know you've arrived in Bern when the Federal Parliament building (Bundeshaus) suddenly appears right in front of you!

Information

River: Aare
Section: Thun – Berne, approx. 26 km (3-4 hours)
Activities: rafting, canoeing
Landscape: ++
Action factor/level of difficulty: +
Suited for families: +
Suited for large groups (30+ persons): +++
Minimum age: 7 years if accompanied by an adult

Season: May – October

RailAway combined group offer

  • From the Rail Service Helpdesk 0900 300 300 (CHF 1.19/min. from the Swiss fixed-line network)
  • At railway station ticket counters


We recommend that you book early, i.e. at least 1 week before the start of your journey. Please note: You can only obtain this reduced RailAway combined offer at the points of sale given above.

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