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Whitewater Rafting Guide To River Trips

Aare River

Location: Between Thun and Bern, Switzerland

The Aare River connects the two cities of Thun and Bern, emptying out of Thunersee Lake. It originates in the Aar glaciers of the Bernese Alps, in the canton of Bern near Interlaken, Switzerland.

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Level of Difficulty: Class II / Beginner

The Aare River is a Class I-II float, and is mainly a unique and relaxing way to absorb some Swiss culture and see the two quintessential Swiss towns of Thun and Bern. Boats can take anywhere from 8 to 28 people. Rafting trips on the Aare are great for large groups and for families with young kids.

The Canyon: Distant Alpine Peaks, Quaint Swiss Towns

The waters of the Aare are wide, swift-flowing, and a pristine turquoise color. Locals sunbathe on the banks and often will hop in and float its waters for small stretches. The banks are liberally wooded, and the town of Bern sits on a bluff high above the water’s edge. The triangular peak of Niesen and flat-topped Stockhorn rise just above Lake Thun, and Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau all can be seen in the distance.

Season: May through October

Rafting trips on the Aare River are available from May to October.