Packrafting the River Aare and Reuss in Switzerland22/06/2013
Well, we did it again – this time we spent one weekend together on the river Aare and Reuss in lovely Switzerland. Friday and Saturday we went from Thun almost into the “Bieler See” which is quite a distance but an easy task with Packrafts.
Aare: Thun – Bern – Day 1:
The entry point into the Aare in Thun is a 10 minutes walk from the main station in Thun down the river. I recommend to have a look at the old town in Thun which is quite lovely. At the time we did this trip (June 2013), the Aare had relatively a lot of water and was hence quite authoritative. More information on this topic can be found in the video below.
If you kick off in Thun you will have to get across the “Uttiger Welle” which is fun in summer but could create some minor issues depending on the water level. The rest of the trail until you reach Bern is quite easy and fast running – we did it in under 3 hours.
Aare: Bern – Bieler See – Day 2:
The part around Bern is amazing – unfortunately, the Aare does loose speed afterwards and especially in the area of the “Wohlensee” you have to work hard for your kilometers. Since we have lightweight packrafts, we carried them a few kilometers on the road due to strong winds and lack of interest in paddling.
This situation will partially improve around the town of “Aarberg” – we went out of the river in Hagneck and took the train home. We will definitively come back to the Aare and continue the journey until it reaches the river of Rhine – but this will be a different story.
Reuss: Bremgarten – Gebenstdorf – Day 3:
On Sunday, we started hiking from Zurich to Bremgarten which is a 4 hours hike – due to time constraints we took the bus partially and finally started in Bremgarten. The weather was perfect and we had a lot of fun as can be seen in the video below. 300 meters after the entry point in Bremgarten you can either choose to take the “big” wave on the left hand side or chose the easy way on the right hand side – the wave is fun on sunny days
I have to emphasize that the surrounding area of the Reuss in this area is amazing due to its green countryside. You have to get out of the water near Gebenstdorf but you probably can continue your journey into the Rhine which we will probably do on another day.
Below some more pictures of this amazing weekend: