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SwitzerlandMobility 8: Aare Route

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The Grimsel Pass -  this is where the Aare rises, Switzerland's longest river, making a wide arc from the Alps past the hills of the Jura to the Rhine.
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Distance 313.1 km
22:07 h
1,228 m
2,670 m
2,165 m
316 m

The first part of the tour over the Grimsel Pass with its countless and steep hairpin bends makes great demands on our physical condition. Afterwards, the tour is all the faster along the still young Aare River through the Aare Gorge to Lakes Brienz and Thun. The Swiss capital and Unesco World Heritage site of Bern invites us to linger with its shopping paradise under arches. Along the now mature Aare we arrive in the bilingual lakeside metropolis of Biel.

On easy paths along the river Aare from the bilingual Seeland metropolis via baroque Solothurn, where all important events are closely linked to the number eleven, to Olten, Aarau, Brugg and finally Koblenz.

 

Note(s):

The Grimsel Pass is open from approx. May to October.

Tour can also be done in the opposite direction (Koblenz-Oberwald (Gletsch): 3100 hm).

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Highest point
2,165 m
Lowest point
316 m
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Start

Oberwald, Gletsch (1,757 m)
Coordinates:
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2'670'760E 1'157'190N
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46.562250, 8.361490
DMS
46°33'44.1"N 8°21'41.4"E
UTM
32T 451061 5156718
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Destination

Koblenz

Turn-by-turn directions

Gletsch - Grimsel Pass - Innetkirchen - Meiringen - Iseltwald - Interlaken - Leissigen - Spiez - Thun - Kiesen - Wabern - Bern - Golaten - Niederried - Aarberg - Biel

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train to Oberwald

Getting there

From the north, drive via Bern through the Lötschberg tunnel (car transport), from the west via the motorway (Vevey, Martigny, Sion, Brig), from the east via the Oberalp Pass (attention: winter closure, car transport possible, reservation required) and Furka (car transport) and from the south via the Simplon or Nufenen Pass into the Valais.

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Paid parking available

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'670'760E 1'157'190N
DD
46.562250, 8.361490
DMS
46°33'44.1"N 8°21'41.4"E
UTM
32T 451061 5156718
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Parts of this content were machine translated using German as the source language


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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
313.1 km
Duration
22:07 h
Ascent
1,228 m
Descent
2,670 m
Highest point
2,165 m
Lowest point
316 m
Public-transport-friendly Linear route Scenic

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  • 2 Stages
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 1 closed
Distance 181.2 km
Duration 11:00 h
Ascent 1,503 m
Descent 2,830 m

The first stage of the Aare route from Gletsch near Oberwald takes you over the Grimsel Pass, then through the Canton of Bern to Biel.

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recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 2 closed
Distance 131.9 km
Duration 6:45 h
Ascent 191 m
Descent 301 m

From Biel, continue to follow the course of the Aare to Koblenz. 

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