The Bernese Seeland kept being flooded in the Middle Ages. Help came in 1868 - 1891 in the form of the Jura water correction. The Aare was diverted from Aarberg into Lake Biel (Aare-Hagneck Canal), and the Thielle Canal, the Nidau-Büren Canal and the Broye Canal were also constructed. An exhibition at Nidau Castle Museum is dedicated to this pioneering work.
Jäissberg is a long hill with a lot of interesting things to discover. During the Iron Age, the fortified settlement of Helvetti was situated in the middle of the hill. To protect the village, they dug a deep trench to the west and built up a wall of earth, which led to the name Keltenwall. The distinctive pile on the very top of Jäissberg was once a castle built not from stone but from tree trunks and branches. That is why the area is still known as Chnebelburg today. The Petinesca temple complex is also on the hill. It was once the site of several temples and chapels that belonged to a nearby small Roman town. Only the foundation walls remain today.
The course of the Aare between Aarberg and Büren an der Aare used to be a busy transport route for people and goods. This stretch of water lost its importance with the Jura water correction and became the “Alte Aare” (Old Aare), a nature reserve. This benefited the plant and animal world, along with people, who could enjoy a beautiful river and riverside landscapes.
Aarberg’s location meant that it was once a flourishing place for trading. The Romans had already crossed the Aare here, followed by the merchants, boatmen and raftsmen of the Middle Ages. But the town lost its importance when the Hagneck Canal opened. What is left is one of the most beautiful small towns in Switzerland.
Accommodation tip - Aarberg: Hotel Krone, Stadtplatz 29, Tel. + 41 (0) 32 391 99 66, email@example.com, www.krone-aarberg.ch
Shopping: Various shops in Biel/Bienne and Aarberg. Small shops in Nidau, Port, Studen and Lyss.
Rest stopsMinigolfanlage Florida
Restaurant Kartbahn Lyss
Safety informationThis stage exclusively follows marked routes in the hiking trail category.
Tips and hintsViaBerna is a multi-day hike made up of 20 stages that takes you from Bellelay straight through the canton of Bern to Susten Pass. Hikers on the trail get to experience the diversity of the canton of Bern in Jura, Mittelland and in the Bernese Alps. The entire distance is signposted with route number 38.
You can find information about the ViaBerna multi-day hike at viaberna.ch
Getting thereBy private car to Lyss railway station. Then by train to Biel/Bienne.
Return by train from Aarberg to Lyss railway station.
ParkingChargeable parking at Lyss railway station
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EquipmentWe recommend the following equipment:
Lightweight hiking boots, lightweight rucksack, sun protection, rain jacket, pocket first-aid kit, light picnic, sufficient fluids, mobile phone.
It is also possible to book baggage transport from stage accommodation to stage accommodation at short notice via Eurotrek. Info and conditions at Eurotrek.ch
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