The Ultimate Aare Rafting Guide

A weekend on the Aare

The Aare is not only great for rafting but is also the perfect starting point for a spectacular weekend. Read on for our tips on how to enjoy an Aare weekend in Bern.

Tired? Overnight stays along the Aare


Why not plan an overnight stay directly on the river so that you and your crew can get the most out of the Aare? Turn it into a multi-day adventure! Choose from cozy campgrounds, a modern youth hostel or even an unconventional pop-up hotel – the Aare offers something for everyone.

Experiences along the Aare

The Aare is truly divine. Take, for example, the view from the Schwellenmätteli restaurants or from the top of Bern Minster.

We can’t predict the future, but there is one thing we’re sure of: you’re bound to fall in love with the Aare on your rafting tour and will want to stay another day! Here are our tips for newfound fans of the Aare:

  • Aare Map
  • Safety Note

    It is important to treat the Aare with respect and find out more about the dangers before you swim. Swimming in the Aare is only recommended for experienced swimmers and is at your own risk.

    The SLRG and the City of Bern provide vital, potentially lifesaving information for anyone wanting to enjoy themselves on the Aare river.

  • Conservation

    The floodplains along the Aare river are particularly sensitive ecosystems. As a result, almost the entire river landscape between Thun and Bern is protected. We ask all those who stay around or on the Aare river to respect nature, not to leave any rubbish or disturb the animals unnecessarily.

Discover the city

The Zytglogge (Clock Tower)

Where can you find freshly brewed beer and “Switzerland’s best ice cream”? Where can you do your morning sun salutations with a 360° panoramic view of the rooftops of Bern? And who or what is Peter Flamingo, anyway? Here we’ll share 15 summer tips you won’t find in every travel guide. If you prefer classic sightseeing stops like the Zytglogge (Clock Tower) or the Einstein House, we also have recommendations for seeing Bern in 24Bern in 48 or Bern in 72 hours.


Freshly brewed beer from the Altes Tramdepot restaurant is truly delicious.

Indeed, the capital city has a lot of culinary delights to offer hungry rafters who are here for the weekend. It doesn’t matter if you’re a grill master, a gourmand or someone with simpler tastes: the medieval streets of Bern and the banks of the Aare will provide for all of your dining needs. Read on for our insider tips and favorite locales.


Feel like doing more than Aare rafting? In the mood for parties, movies or sports? Here is a selection of unique summer events in Bern to ensure you and your crew don’t get bored after the rafting journey.