Route 8: Section 7 – cycling Aarau to Koblenz ; & Route 77:03 -Bad Zurzach to Brugg , Switzerland

Highlights: beautiful sites between Brugg and Aarau (see 5:03)

June 2020

Stats from SwitzerlandMobility for route 8:07 (https://www.schweizmobil.ch/en/cycling-in-switzerland/routes/route/etappe-0910.html): 43km, 260m elevation (300m in the opposite direction). The altitude is around 350m.

Yeah! With this final part I completed Aare Route 8, a journey that I started more than 3 years ago in April 2017.  And this is my 4th completed National Bike Route after the Rhone Route 1, the Jura Route 7, and the North-South Route 3.

The souther part of this section, from Aarau to Brugg, coincides with Route 5:03, which I covered in May 2018, and so I skipped today.

But to extend the trip and make it more diverse I drew a loop with start /end in Brugg. It comprises segments of 3 routes:

  • Brugg-Koblenz (route 8:07 for 22km)
  • Koblenz-Bad Zurzach (route 2:08 for 7 km)
  • Bad Zurzach- Brugg (route 77:03 for 20 km).

Overall it is an easy ride, barely putting a dent in my battery, but not one of the most beautiful segments .

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In Brugg AG, Canton Aargau, (www.schweizmobil.ch/en/services/places/ort-0510.html) I spent some time touring the old town (see also 5:03).

The village (whose name means Bridge) was founded by the Habsburgs as a strategic settlement at the confluence of 3 rivers: Aare, Reuss and Limmat. The dynasty moved here in the middle of the 13th century from Habsburg.  Brugg remained their main site until they transferred to Austria.
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Brugg AG

The Schwarze Turm (black tower), built in the 12th century, sits right on the river, at the entrance of the town.

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Schwarze Turm

Another landmark is the elaborate 17th century facade of the Lateinschulhaus (Latin school).

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Latin House

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A beautiful historic site nearby, well worth a visit (but seen previously in 5:03), is the complex of the gothic Königsfelden Friary, built in the 1300s (very important collection of European medieval glass painting) (https://www.schweizmobil.ch/en/sehenswuerdigkeit-0381.html ) and the nearby Vindonissa Legionnaires camp (https://www.schweizmobil.ch/en/sehenswuerdigkeit-0384.html ). Both can be of interest to children.

Left Brugg, the path follows the river Aare, winding between developments and crop fields, without a particularly picturesque scenery.

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In Koblenz, Route 8 as well as the river come to an end. Here, the Aare enters into the Rhine forming a large open water basin at the border with Germany (Custom check-point), where the Rhine river draws a natural border.

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Koblenz

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Then I continued eastward along the Rhine (route 2:08) to Bad Zurzach.

In Bad Zurzach I turned south to return to Brugg via route 77:03 (https://www.schweizmobil.ch/en/cycling-in-switzerland/routes/route/etappe-0892.html).

But before leaving town I got a glimpse of Verena Minster, a church built in 1600s in honor of St Verena (4th century). The saint, buried here, is one of the most important in Switzerland. The site is also a stop for pilgrims to the grave of St. Verena.

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Verena Minster

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Route 77:03 to Brugg is more pastoral than the previous sections, but with a few intense hills.

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