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The Aare is the longest river running entirely within Switzerland. Their total length is 288 km, the slope 1665 m, their catchment area 17,709 km ² and the average outflow 560 m³ / s. The Aare is the most water-rich tributary of the Rhine, before the Maas, and it brings together more water than the Mosel and Main.
The Aare rises in the two Aargletschern in the eastern Bernese Alps on Finsteraarhorn, west of the Grimsel Pass in the central south of Switzerland. Their run leads through the cantons of Bern, Solothurn and Aargau. First, it passes through the Aare gorge cut into a high rock ledge and then reaches the plain between Meiringen and the glacial Brienzersee. Shortly before entering the Thunersee near Interlaken, it is channeled and leaves it to the northwest in the broad Aare valley. In the area of Bern, it flows around the medieval city center and reaches the Wohlensee in a westerly direction. At Aarberg, it is routed via the Hagneck Canal into the Bielersee and, after leaving the north-east, follows the course of the Jura Mountains. Below Brugg she picks up the Reuss and the Limmat before she flows into the Rhine near Koblenz (CH).
In the course of geological development, the Aare was one after another the upper reaches of the Danube, the Rhone and the Rhine.
March 3, 2019
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