Route 5: Section 4 – cycling Aarau to Solothurn, Switzerland

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Highlights: Aarau, AARBURG, Aarwangen, Solothurn (& detour to Waldegg Castle),

Route 5: Section 4 (Aarau 365m–Solothurn 428m)

Stats from SwitzerlandMobility.ch (veloland.ch/en/routes/etappe-01085.html): 56km long, height difference Aarau–Solothurn 400m (340m in the opposite direction). Their site has the full profile.

This section is identical to Route 8:06 but it runs in the opposite direction.

MAY 2019

After weeks of rain and unpredictable weather, we finally got a nice Sunday for biking.

I started in Aarau (myswitzerland.com/en-ch/aarau.html)(aarauinfo.ch/welcome-to-aarau) but I just browsed through and did not stop. I have now seen this beautiful town in several occasions (see 3:01, 3:02). Its amazingly decorated eaves (16th century) never stop to impress me.

In Olten (myswitzerland.com/en-ch/olten.html) I was lucky enough to find a “Food Street Festival” in the Old Town. So I gladly stopped here for lunch, munching on some sweet delights…..

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Just after Olten is the medieval fortress of Aarburg, in my view one of the most picturesque spots in Switzerland. The Aarburg Castle and its church stand on a rocky hill overlooking the river. The castle was built around the 13th century and then modified through the centuries. From the road, one has a picture-perfect view of the castle. Incredibly, it now houses a juvenile detention centre. Indeed, I tried to find a trail or road to get into the fortress but it was impossible. I went all around but there was no access, just some stairs and lifts.

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Aarbur

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Continuing on farmland along the Aare river, I was happy to find a self-service bio-farm that doubled as a rest stop, with clean WC and snacks, ice cream, beer, coffee, etc.

In Aarwangen (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aarwangen) the trail crossed the river Aare right at the small Aarwangen Castle (13th century), which stands as lookout over the river. Its tall tower is a particularly conspicuous detail.

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Before the end of this Section one passes by Wangen a. a. with its long and well preserved covered bridge.

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Then is Solothurn (see Route 5:05) I had some extra time and decided to go to Waldegg Castle, just a couple of km outside the town, along bike route 50. More than a castle, Waldegg is a charming aristocratic country estate. It has lovely baroque gardens, a striking white architecture and a nice view on the contriside below. It was built in the 17th century in a mix of French and Italian style. Today it used for gatherings and cultural events.

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Waldegg Castle

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Waldegg Castle

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And then a beautiful bike day turned sour when, in Bern, I took the wrong train connection and traveled over an hour in the opposite direction….aargh! I heard this is common in this gigantic Train Station, but I hope this is my first and last time. It is tough after a long bike-day and I arrived home very late and exhausted….

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