Beautiful hiking trails meander through gentle hills, ancient forests, pretty villages and lush meadows where magnificent cherry trees stand. Welcome to hiking in the Argau: the Garden of Eden in Switzerland. The Fricktaler Höhenweg leads you through spectacular natural and cultural landscapes with little difference in altitude. The Aargau trails offer day, multi-day and themed routes – ideal for every hiker.
In this Collection, we show you the 37 miles (60 kilometers) long Fricktaler Höhenweg in all its beauty and eight unique experiences in the region, which offer a variety of pleasure hikes.
You can hike the Fricktaler Höhenweg in five stages. The route takes you on countryside and forest paths from Rheinfelden to Mettau, over the beautiful heights of the Tafeljura. As you walk through the Garden of Eden, you will always have the opportunity to snack on the magnificent cherry trees for which the Fricktal is so famous – after all, the Fricktal pedigree trees are part of the local cultural heritage.
If you would like to experience even more around the Fricktaler Höhenweg, you can discover the history of Rheinfelden on various day hikes, wander through the nature of the moated castle in Brugg or follow in the footsteps of Swiss writers in Olten. Multi-day hikes such as the Habsburger Weg or the Aargauer Weg also provide a unique opportunity to explore the Garden of Eden.
Many of the experiences can be combined directly with the Fricktaler Höhenweg or with each other and all the starting and finishing points of the hikes can be reached by public transport. This makes it very easy to plan your hikes in Aargau and discover the Garden of Eden for yourself.
The approximately 60-kilometer-long Fricktaler Höhenweg leads you from Rheinfelden to Mettau. Here you will hike over excellent paths and forest trails from which you can enjoy beautiful views of nature and the vast landscape. Especially in spring, the countless flowering cherry trees in Fricktal are an absolute feast for the eyes. In summer, your palate will be happy about the sweet cherries, which you can pick from trees and enjoy.You can go to the Fricktaler Höhenweg in five stages. The milestones are Zeiningen, Wegenstetten, Frick and Sennhütten. Both the start and end points of the hike and the stage locations can be reached by public transport.Let's start the hike in Rheinfelden. From here you hike over the Sonnenberg, from whose viewing platform you enjoy a magnificent panoramic view, to Zeiningen. Through shady forests and over the fertile table Jurassic plateau, we continue towards Wegenstetten. On the way you will always come back to cozy barbecue areas that invite you to take a break.From the 749 meter high Tiersteinberg you will enjoy a fantastic view over the broad mountain ranges of the Black Forest. Afterwards, you will hike across the Chaltenbrunnen corridor to Frick. From here you climb to the edge of the forest of the Frickberg and walk to Grossacher. Continue on the Schienberg ridge, from which you can enjoy unique views. Along the edge of the forest you then descend to Sennhütten.Through cool forests and wide fields to the lookout point Cheisacher. Here you can climb the Cheisacher Tower and enjoy the unforgettable panoramic view of the wooded Jura Heights and the Black Forest. Finally, on the Bürersteig-Höhe you hike to Mettau, the destination of the hike.
On this beautiful hike, you will discover the moated castle in Brugg - a floodplain park of national importance. You will cross up to eight bridges that will lead you across the Aare, Reuss and Limmat. The three rivers from the Alps unite here to form the moated castle. On the easy bridge walk you will discover the most beautiful sides of the approximately 172-acre floodplain park. From the trail you can marvel at the typical hardwood riparian forests and the valuable soft wood ridges on the islands and in Auschachen Brugg.The hike starts in Brugg. From here you go over the first bridge that leads you over the Aare and dive into the Aareuferschutzgebiet. You then reach the Reuss via further bridges, where the Reussuferschutzgebiet enchants you. After you have crossed the last bridge of the route, you are back in Brugg, where the cozy circular walk ends.If you keep your eyes open on the way, you may even discover a tree frog or kingfisher with some luck and patience. And if you need a break, barbecue places and the playground on the Mülimatt invite you to linger on the way.
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The 105-kilometer-long Aargauer Weg takes you from Frick to Muri (AG). Here you can walk on quiet riverside paths, enjoy wonderful views over the Jura hills, admire old castles and magnificent monasteries and stroll through medieval old towns. The varied long-distance hike you can go well in six stages, with Wittnau, Aarau, Brugg, Mellingen and Bremgarten (AG) offer as milestones.Let's start the hike in Frick. From the picturesque Fricktal valley, you will cycle over the challenging hilly landscapes of the Aargauer Jura Park, from which you can enjoy wonderful panoramic views. Through lush meadows and quiet forests of the Jura, the path leads you to Aarau's old town with its charming, unique roof gables. Continue through the meadows along the Aare. On the way to the moated castle, the confluence of the Aare, Reuss and Limmat, you will pass impressive Habsburg fortifications such as Wildegg Castle, Habsburg Castle or Königsfelden Monastery.On the way from Baden to the historic Mellinger old town and upriver on the Reuss you enjoy beautiful nature with romantic forests, lush fields and beautiful meadows. In the small Habsburg city of Bremgarten, the narrow streets of the old town, which is surrounded on three sides by the Reuss, invite you to a leisurely stroll. Afterwards you will continue hiking through lush meadows and marshes that characterize the landscape around the Flachsee. Through wide fields and past charming farmhouses, we head towards Muri, the destination of the hike. You can see the place from afar on the impressive Benedictine monastery, which rises from the landscape.
On around five and a half kilometers, the Rheinufer-Rundweg leads back from the old Rhine bridge to the new hydroelectric power plant and on the other side of the Rhine. The leisurely hike gives you insights into the history of the two cities on the banks of the Rhine and guides you through the diverse nature along the river.In order to better understand the history of the approximately 900-year-old city of Rheinfelden on the Swiss side and the much younger Rheinfelden on the German side, signs have been set up along the circular route. In addition to fascinating information on the historical background of the two cities, you will also learn all sorts of information about the flora and fauna on the banks of the Rhine as well as about various buildings and life on the border between Switzerland and Germany.On the way you also have the opportunity to stroll through the old town of Rheinfelden in Switzerland and stop off along the way.
On the approximately 20 kilometer long rafting route you dive into the history of the former rafting and wander through a beautiful landscape between Laufenburg and Stilli.The hike starts in Laufenburg, from where you first walk along the banks of the Rhine. After the first few kilometers, you will leave the river and wander through refreshing forests and wide fields. It is moderately up and down. On the way on the Flößerweg you will always find different boards with information about the rafting industry. At about halfway you can then take a break at Gasthof Bären, where once the raftsmen fortified themselves for the rest of the way.With new forces, you then walk steadily uphill. At around 600 meters you have reached the highest point of the hike. Now it goes through forest and fields only downhill to the banks of the Aare. The last few meters you wander comfortably on the riverbank to the finish of the hike to Stilli.
On the approximately 17-kilometer hiking trail from Hallwyl Castle to Wildegg you will experience the history of the industrial culture of Aabach. Numerous information boards enlighten you on the way with exciting facts around the history of the industry. In addition, you will pass many old factories and factories that once used the power of the Aabachs as an energy source.But not only factories and industrial areas will fascinate you on the way, but above all the beautiful nature along the Aabachs. Right at the beginning of the hike, you can enjoy the beautiful gardens of Hallwyl Castle, which is in close proximity to Lake Hallwil. From here you walk past shady forest edges and wide fields always along the Aabach. You pass Seon and then dive back into the beautiful nature of quiet forests that line the riverbank. Always slightly downhill it goes through Lenzburg and on the banks of the Aabachs to Wildegg, the destination of the hike.
The eleven-kilometer Jurassic hike starts in Küttigen. From here it goes first to the Staffelegg and then to Gisliflue. In Aarau the hike finally ends.It starts at the stop "Kreuz" in Küttigen, which is approached by the bus line 1 or the postbus. From here you walk out of the village towards Staffelberg. After you have walked briefly on the road, you reach the beautifully landscaped Geoweg and the pass. If you do not want to climb the pass on foot, you can also take the postbus to the top of the pass. After enjoying the beautiful view from the Staffelegg, you continue along the ridge until you reach the saddle gate. From here it goes up to the Gisliflue.From a height of 772 meters you can enjoy a wonderful view and it is worth taking a break: At the fireplace you can barbecue and strengthen yourself with your brought provisions. With new strength, you make your way down the descent and walk back to the gate and continue down to Biberstein. In Biberstein, the destination of the hike, you can either walk along the river Aare back to the starting point or take the comfortable bus number 4.
The Habsburg way is around 75 kilometers long and leads from Seengen to Muri. It can be hiked well in six stages, here are Wildegg, Brugg, Baden, Mellingen and Bremgarten as a stage destination in question. If you want, you can only go on individual stages of the journey, as the start and end points are all easily accessible by public transport.On the Habsburg way you walk in the footsteps of the Habsburg family, which originated in Aargau. It is one of the most important European noble families of the Middle Ages. While you are on the varied hiking trail, you will experience the moving history of the family at original locations, such as the Habsburg Castle. In addition, you will be informed of the life of the Habsburgs and the simple folk of that time at numerous info points, which are located at the signposts.Along the way, you will always come across magnificent castles, pretty churches and impressive monasteries, inviting you for welcome breaks. And even for the little hikers the Habsburg way has its charm, because "Habi", the feathered Habsburgs, kidnaps the kids on the individual stages on a fascinating journey through time to the Habsburgs.
Olten is a city that has produced an amazing number of Swiss writers. As a wanderer, you can follow in the footsteps of writers and perhaps find out what is so special about Olten that it has inspired so many people to write.On various tours, you can immerse yourself in the life of Oltner authors Pedro Lenz, Alex Capus, Franz Hohler and ten other writers. At 60 listening stations, you can scan QR codes on the go with your mobile phone and listen to two to four-minute stories that the authors themselves read aloud and have something to do with the location and their personal history.In this tour we introduce you to the circular route of Pedro Lenz. Starting point of the approximately three and a half kilometers long hike is at the Tourist Information in Olten. From here you go comfortably on the banks of the Aare along in the historic city center. Then you cross the river on the impressive wooden bridge and walk past the Volière and the school. About the station it goes back to the starting point of the tour. The following audio stations can be found on the way: Stadttheater, Klosterkirche, bookcase, rifle mat, gazebo, bird species / aviary, bifang / schoolhouse and impeller.The walks of other writers, including a family tour, also begin at the tourist office. So you can start immediately after this tour the next round. You can find the routes of the other writer hikes at oltenliteratourstadt.ch.