Böötle – the popular family and friend activity in summer. You are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing the right route and river. There are 10 popular river tours in Switzerland. Here is a brief summary of the best ones:
- Aare: Thun to Bern (3-4 hrs.): This is the best-known and most popular Aare rafting route, leading from Thun Schwäbis via the legendary Uttigen rapids to Bern. This route can also be shortened (Uttigen-Camping Eichholz)
- Ticino (Ticino): Cresciano to Arbedo (1.5 to 2 hours): the river, still wild in parts at the beginning, leads past wooded slopes and gravel banks, with views of the Ticino Alps
- Reuss: Bremgarten to Gebenstorf/Windisch (4 hrs.): a scenic stretch, but requires a lot of attention due to rapids and rocks as well as a weir behind Bremgarten; it can be shortened in Mellingen.
- Rhine: Stein am Rhein to Schaffhausen (3.5 to 4.5 hours): along forests, weaving mountains and romantic villages, the route is leisurely to Schaffhausen with the gigantic Rhine Falls.
- Linth: Wesen to Schmerikon (3 to 4 hours): the tour connects Lake Walen with Lake Obersee.
- Limmat: Zurich to Dietikon (2 to 2.5 hours): the route is much travelled and can be started after the Höngger weir for safety’s sake
- Saane/Aare: Gümmenen to Aarberg (3-4 hrs.): the trip leads from the Saane into the Aare, in places it goes through a nature reserve (bathing is prohibited there)
- Reuss: Sins to Rottenschwil (3-4 hrs.): the route on the upper Reuss can be started from Gisikon, there are hardly any dangerous sections
- Rhine: Neuhausen am Rheinfall to Rheinau (3-4 hrs): the impressive Rhine Falls can be admired at the start of a romantic tour to Rheinau Monastery.
- Rhone: Geneva, Pont Sous-Terre – Geneva, Le Lignon (2-3 hours): The Böötle takes you through largely unknown parts of the Geneva region with beautiful bridges
Boat hire and guided tours
Not everyone wants to buy their own rubber boat to pursue this leisure sport. A good alternative are boat rentals, which often even bring and fetch the boats. And for people who don’t want to take care of anything themselves, there are guided boats. The organisers have safety certification and public liability insurance. They offer specific routes, guide the rubber boats and watch out for obstacles and dangers. Both boat rental companies and providers of guided tours are listed below for each river. Guided tours are available between May and the end of October, depending on weather conditions.
On the 27 km stretch between Thun and Berne, a lot of rubber boats come to the Böötle in summer. That’s no wonder, since this section is one of the most popular in Switzerland. In 2010, there were even 237 boats with more than 700 participants. This was a world record and an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. You can find a detailed description of the route on the Aarelauf page. But you can also float along the Kallnach and Hagneck canals with your rubber dinghy, as there are no dangerous spots. You can also use the stretch between Schwellenmätteli and the Felsenau weir for a boat trip; this stretch is pleasantly quiet. Between Lake Wohlensee and Aargau there is a Böötle route that is considered a sporty alternative. This route is more of a rafting route and not for the lazy. You have to paddle together at full speed to make progress, as the Aare flows very slowly here. You’ll find another eight suitable stages for a Böötle on the 288-kilometre-long Aare between Biel (Nidau) and Full/Reuenthal:
- On the first part between Nidau and Büren you will travel about 12 kilometres along the canal.
- If that’s not enough, you can continue paddling 17 km from Büren to Solothurn.
- From Solothurn to Wangen a.A., another 10 km of beautiful natural scenery and a historic bridge and old town at the finish are appealing.
- The 17 km stretch from Wangena.A. to Murgenthal is also easy.
- From Murgentahl to Olten, 12 km require a good technique from you.
- For the stretch from Olten to Aarau (14 km), good physical condition is an advantage.
- The stage from Aarau to Brugg (18 km) is also physically demanding.
- Between Brugg and Full-Reuenthal (19 km) you also need to be in good shape. In this section, the Reuss and the Limmat flow into the Aare, which finally joins the Rhine in Full-Reuenthal.
This map by the SLRG gives a good overview of the most popular stretches of the Aare Böötle, the danger spots and all the entry and exit points.
Water level Aare:
The recommended discharge in Brügg is: <400 m3/s. To request SMS code (send to number 9234, or +41 76 414 12 34): Q 2029. Daily measurement of the discharge rate
Places of entry
- The entry point in Thun is at Allmund-Schwäbis on the right side of the river, behind the Regiebrücke bridge at the Bellevue restaurant. Schwäbis railway station (Steffisburg) is right next to it and a one-minute ride from Thun railway station in the direction of Konolfingen (stop on request). Here is also the bus stop for bus no. 3. By car you can park in the City-Parkhaus Nord Grabengut and take bus no. 3 from Sternenplatz. (For larger boats or some rental boats, the boarding point is on the left side of the river) At the Bellevue Restaurant you can inflate your rubber boat for CHF 2 before the tour.
- Other entry points are in Uttigen, Kiesen, Thalgut Wichtrach, Münsingen and Rubigen. After the Felsenau weir, there is another embarkation point in Wylergut.
- in Bern, the embarkation point is at Schwellenmätteli, Dalmaziquai 11, right next to the Schwellenmätteli restaurants. Accessible by tram in the direction of Helvetiaplatz station and then on foot down to the Aare in approx. 5 minutes
- In principle, you can get on the tram anywhere in Lake Wohlensee. One possibility is to take the bus to Hinterkappeln and get off at the Kappelenring stop. After about half a kilometre along the lake, you will come to the Wohleibrücke bridge, which is a good place to get on.
- In Nidau on Lake Biel you will find the entrance for Biel below the lock. Parking and WC are close by. The next entry point is near the Altreu information centre at the river bend. In Wangen a.A. you get on next to the Städtli bridge. Here you will also find the Salzhaus car park. In Aarwangen at the Schlipf in front of the Pontonier Clubhouse, you can get in from the left before the castle and Murgenthal at the stairs in front of the Aare bridge from the right.
Danger points and nature reserves
About five kilometres after the start in Thun, you reach the railway bridge at Uttigen with the infamous Uttigen wave. Here, the weights in the boat must be evenly distributed and the wave must be approached in the middle. You have to regularly avoid course ships and occasional boats, and at ferry stations you have to stay in the middle of the wave. At Münsingen there is dead wood and shallows to be aware of. For a route“around Bern“, the Engehalde weir must be bypassed. At Büsen, it is not permitted to navigate the Aare side arm “Häftli” from spring to autumn. Between Wangen a.A. and Murgenthal you pass through two nature conservation areas where it is forbidden to enter or leave the water. Before the Wynau power station, the Aarestau Wynau and the old Schwarzhäusern gravel pit are such areas. You may drive through them, but you must keep a distance of ten metres from the shore. The same applies to the “Vogelraupfi” between Berken and Bannwil. You must drive around the island at a distance of at least 50 metres to the south. After Wangen, there are more hydroelectric power stations, and it is imperative that you leave the water before the weirs. Shortly before Aarwangen you reach the Bannwill power station (bypass on the left bank), after Aarwangen the Wynau/Schwarzhäusern power station(also bypass on the left bank), and after Wolfwil the Aare-Cheer. You have to watch out for the waves! After Solothurn you reach the next power station: Ruppoldingen. Here you have to go around to the right. Other danger spots are the Aare-Waage sweep near Aarburg and the Chessiloch rock in front of the Olten wooden bridge. The Aare is forced to make a sudden left turn by a rock spur at Aarburg. This creates a large sweeping watercourse – called a “woog”. The water flows back through the vortex. It is best to go around the Woog on the left-hand side. After Olten, between Trimbach and Winznau, you enter the power station canal(Olten-Gösgen power station). Because of a current towards the weir, you have to cycle along the bank on the far left. The weir in Aarau(Rüchlig power station) must be approached carefully. Special care is required when disembarking. It is best to go to the far right, because of the current towards the weir. Several boats should land one after the other. In Brugg, the rubber boat must be carried for approx. 1,200 m. For safety reasons, the deep and wild gorge should not be navigated. The Aare-Reuss-Limmat estuary is called the “water castle“. All the islands that belong to it may not be entered. At the Klingnau reservoir there is a protected area of international importance for waterfowl and migratory birds. You must drive around all nature protection zones at a distance of 50 m and follow the prescribed access route to the disembarkation point. In general, you are allowed to pass through the protected area, but not to stop or land.
- in Bern, get off at the latest 100 metres before Marzili (see google map and overview map). This is at the Monbijou Bridge. You may not disembark at the Schwimmkanal.
- You must disembark at the Felsenau/Wyler weir and can then re-embark.
- There are other places to get out beforehand in front of the Muribad and in Eichholz. Between the Felsenau weir and Lake Wohlensee you can disembark at Zehndermätteli, after the Felsenaubrücke bridge, at Neubrügg and at the Halenbrücke bridge and after the Hinterkappelenbrücke bridge.
- In Aarberg, it’s best to disembark about 150 metres before the weir bridge on the left side of the river. From here you can reach Aarberg railway station in ten minutes.
- In Büren, the canal and the Alte Aare join together. Shortly after, you can get off on the right after the bridge. There are restaurants, a supermarket and a pharmacy here. It is 300 metres to the car park and 500 metres to the railway station. The regional train back to Biel takes 19 minutes.
- In Solothurn, exit the train on the left. You can reach the station in a few minutes via the bridge. The return journey to Biel takes 23 minutes.
- in Murgenthal (Fahracker), get off at the stairs to the right before the Aare bridge, as soon as you see the wooden bridge from a distance. Access to Fahracker is only permitted up to the driving ban. The station is only a two-minute walk away. Other exits are in Aarburg on the Aarepromenade to the right (1 min to the bus) and in Olten at the Badi (lido), just before the wooden bridge, to the left. To get to the station, walk over the wooden bridge for about ten minutes.
- The exit in Aarau is in front of the Kettenbrücke on the right at the water sports club, before the Flösserplatz. From here it’s about a 15-minute walk to the station. In Altenburg near Brugg you get off to the right and walk about 18 minutes to the station.
- In Full-Reuenthal you get off at the latest after the confluence with the Rhine on the left side at Jüppenweg. From here, walk 1-2 minutes to the bus stop (147). The ferry as a feeder is directly at the landing point. The return journey from Full to Biel by public transport takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes.
The following boat rental companies rent boats for Aare-Böötle (prices are from the season 2020/21, please check the respective websites for the latest information):
- Jochen Schweizer offers inflatable boats for six people for trips on the Aare from the meeting point in Uttigen. A boat for 2.5 hours on the water costs CHF 156. Life jackets, Aare map, one dry bag per boat and luggage transfer to the disembarkation point are included.
- Inflatable boat hire is offered by the Siesta Oppi Kanu Shop under Canoe Shop in Neuenegg (Wünnewill) from Neubrück/Bremgarten near Bern and on Lake Wohlensee. Renting a boat for two persons costs 80 CHF, for 2 -4 persons 130 CHF. A boat for 3-5 persons is rented for 150 CHF, for 4-7 persons for 180 CHF and for 6-9 persons for 250 CHF. All boats must go with at least 2 adults, the boat (raft) Avon and Domar (6-9 persons) with at least 4 adults. Procedure: You take over the inflatable boat against cash payment in Thun-Schwäbis (on the left side of the Aare at the Regiebrücke) incl. equipment (paddles, life jackets, dry bag, route plan). In addition, a deposit of 50 CHF is due, which will be refunded when the rental equipment is returned in full. Drop off in Bern, where your personal and dry belongings are already waiting.
- The provider Aareschlauchboot offers rubber boat rentals for 6 people per boat via Liquid Sunshine. Life jacket, paddle and dry bag are included. You pick up the rubber boat in Uttigen and return it to Camping Eichholz in Wabern near Bern. Payment on site, also cashless. Hire costs between CHF 130 and CHF 170, minimum age 6 years.
- Aare inflatable boats can also be rented directly from Uttigen railway station. The inflatable boats cost CHF 130 for 2-4 persons (6 boats available), CHF 170 for 4-6 persons (28 boats) on the Upper Aare. Start and pick-up point: Uttigen railway station, end point: Camping Eichholz in Wabern. Included are a transport bag, 4 paddles and life jackets for all participants. On the Lower Aare, inflatable boats for 2-4 persons cost CHF 130 (2 pieces) and for 4-6 persons CHF 160 (5 pieces). Starting point is in Worblaufen at the Tiefenaubrücke, end point at Camping Eymatt in Wohlen. Party tubes for 2 persons (90 CHF) and for 4 persons (130 CHF) are also rented here.
- Under Aarebootsvermietung, a provider in Steffisburg rents out inflatable boats incl. life jackets directly at the Regiebrücke Thun-Schwäbis. Delivery is in Bern. Prices are CHF 130 for 2-4 people, CHF 180 for 5-7 people and CHF 210 for 6-8 people. For 14 people or more, the trip costs a flat rate of 780 CHF and includes a guide.
- Aaretubing rents out inflatable boats for up to 6 people from Uttigen, delivery is in Bern. Paddles and life jackets are provided for all participants. There is also a dry bag and an Aare map. Children from 6 years, accompanied by an adult. Price: CHF 170.
aare boat trips Switzerland
- Thun to Bern (approx. 5 hours, 3 hours of which on the water)
- Bern- Wohlensee “around Bern” (route can be chosen as far as Tiefenaubrücke, Neubrücke near Bremgarten or Stägmatt-Steg in Hinterkappelen as far as just before Kappelenbrücke)
The Böötle provider Aare Bootsfahrten Schweiz is located right next to the boarding point in Thun. The river landscape to Bern is varied and has numerous bathing opportunities with impressive views of the Bernese Alpine panorama at the same time. A stopover with a barbecue makes the tour a day trip. Arrival in Bern’s old town. A comfortable seating position on the boats makes the Böötle an experience for young and old, even with easy entry and exit. The length of the tour around Bern can be chosen from three options. Extras: barbecue en route, transport of larger luggage to the end point 190 CHF incl. driver and vehicle Included: Instruction and accompaniment by trained rafting boat guides on each boat, incl. life jackets, paddles, transport bag
Prices: Up to 16 people pay a flat rate of CHF 999, each additional person CHF 99. Highlights:
- Aare trip Thun to Bern (half-day trip with 4 hours on the water)
Team-Events is a provider of rubber boat trips between Thun and Bern for 5 to 200 guests. Minimum age is 8 years, swimming skills are required. The normal trip starts at 09.30 or 14.00 in Thun. The river trip, which lasts about four hours, is usually carried out in large inflatable boats for a maximum of 8 people (per boat). The largest inflatable boat has room for 16 people. Music is played on it and a barbecue is provided if required. The small barbecue consists of a bratwurst, a roll, water and small snacks. A cool box is available for your own drinks. Extras: Barbecue on the road 100 CHF if you bring your own food, BBQ small per person 19 CHF, Included: Instruction and accompaniment by trained rafting guides on each boat, incl. life jackets, paddles, transport bag, transport of larger luggage to the end point
- Aare trip Thun to Bern (4 hours, 2.5 to 3 hours of which on the water)
Outdoor Interlaken offers the Aare-Böötle with music and BBQ. The professional guide is with you on the boat. The minimum age is eight years, the maximum permitted weight per person is 125 kg. You should bring your swimsuit. The barbecue is on the water. The meeting point is at the Regiebrücke in Thun Schwäbis. The maximum capacity is 42 adults per trip (48 children without BBQ on board). It is suitable for families and team trips. The guide steers the boat with oars, so guests do not have to actively paddle. Access from Interlaken is possible (allow 2 additional hours) Extras: If required, various equipment such as helmet, jacket, neoprene suit or a throw bag can be hired. BBQ and music for trips for less than 14 people must be booked separately. The BBQ on board incl. food costs from 19 CHF per person. The provision of the barbecue on board costs CHF 100 (excl. food). Included: BBQ (only for boat with 14 people), life jackets, paddles, transport of luggage to the end point in Bern, one free drink after the trip.
Prices: a whole dinghy (10 persons) costs CHF 735 for a day trip, CHF 530 for short trips. On Sundays and public holidays, at least two boats must be booked. Highlights:
- (Around Bern) Bern/Schwellenmätteli – Neubrück/Lake Wohlen (half-day trip 2-2.5 hrs.)
- Thun/Schwäbis to Bern/Marzili (day trip 4-5 hrs.)
- Kiesen to Neubrück (day trip 4-5 hrs.)
- Campagna/Rubigen or Münsingen to Neubrück/Wohlensee (day trip 4-5 hrs.)
- Berne/Schwellenmätteli to Neubrück/Wohlensee (short trip 2-3 hrs.)
- Kiesen to Bern/Marzili (short trip 2-3 hrs.)
- Münsingen to Bern/Marzili (short trip 2-3 hrs.)
- Thun/Schwäbis to Campagna/Rubigen (short trip 2-3 hrs.)
Marina Travel offers a wide variety of tours for closed groups on the Aare. The route can also be chosen freely, depending on the time required and technical possibilities (in-water and out-water points). Extras: by arrangement Included: Boat guide, safety material and luggage transport to the end point, without food
Prices: 520 CHF you pay for 2-3 hours, the second boat 480 CHF for 4-10 participants all-inclusive. The shorter tour (Wasserschloss) costs 420/380 CHF. Highlights:
- Water castle tour (1.5-2 hrs.)
- Raft tour (2-2.5 hrs.)
- from the moated castle to the bird paradise (2-3 hrs.)
Aargauerwasser is a tour provider in Untersiggenthal. The water castle tour starts at Villnachern power station or at Badi Brugg, Altenburg and ends at the mouth of the Limmat in Stroppel, Untersiggenthal. A shore excursion is planned at the renaturalised Limmatspitz or at the beavers. The impressive Aare gorge passes through Brugg. The raft tour starts above the moated castle in Brugg, Altenberg, passes the medieval castle ruins of Freudenau and ends in front of the lock of the Beznau hydropower plant öder in Döttingen. The trip to bird paradise begins at the mouth of the Limmat in Stroppel, Untersiggenthal. On the way you have to pass the lock of the Beznau hydroelectric power station and after the reservoir of international fame among birdwatchers, the trip ends at the Klingnau power station. Extras: by arrangement Included: Boat guide, equipment
at the Wasserschloss (confluence of Aare, Reuss and Limmat) Prices: for the Wasserschloss tour or the raft tour you pay CHF 400 for the first boat, CHF 350 for the second. The longer trip to the bird paradise 450/400 CHF and the light tour 350/300 CHF. Highlights:
- Water castle tour (2-3 hrs.)
- Castle tour light (1.5 hrs.)
- Raft tour (2.3 hrs.)
- by boat to the bird paradise (3-4 hrs.)
Garnhaus in Untersiggenthal offers, among other things, trips on the Aare. The most popular trip is the moated castle trip. It starts at Villnachern power station and ends at the mouth of the Limmat at Stroppel in Untersiggenthal. The light version starts in Schachen/Brugg. The raft tour starts at the end point of the two surge tank tours and ends at PSI Villigen or the Beznau lock. The journey to bird paradise also starts at Stroppel in Untersiggenthal and ends at Klingnau power station. Extras: barbecue, catering by arrangement Included: Boat guide, life jackets, paddles
Limmat boat tour
The most popular route for Limmat boats is the stretch between Zurich and Dietikon. It is well connected to public transport and is always well frequented due to its proximity to the big city. The interesting mix of urbanity and beautiful nature offers a high recreational value. This overview shows the Limmat-Böötle-Guide for the Zurich-Dietikon stretch of the Regionale 2025. There is a lot of traffic on the ten kilometres of the Limmat between Zurich and Dietikon, but you can also get on at the Höngg weir and save yourself the trouble of changing boats at the weir. The sections of the riverbank that have been made natural by beavers begin after the Werdinsel behind the weir. The further stretch beyond Baden ends at Kappelerhof at the latest.
A popular boarding point is on the right side of the stairs of Wipkingerpark in Zurich. It can be reached directly by tram on line 13. Accessible by bus and tram. There is another boarding point directly after the Höngg weir. It is the point that is also reached on the left-hand side after the boats have been transferred.
The Höngg weir is very dangerous. Time and again people have accidents here who have missed the exit. The exit point in front of the Höngger Weir is on the left-hand side. Pass the Mühli weir on the left. The weir to the Aue power station must also be bypassed and you must disembark at the latest before the weir at the Kapellerhof power station.
On the stretch between Wipkingerpark and the Höngg weir (lower Limmat), according to safety information from the City of Zurich, the Limmat should not be navigated by rubber dinghy when the discharge is over 100m3/s.
Exit points Dietikon and Glanzenberg
The exit possibilities before the Höngg weir are signalled on the left bank. Disembark at the concrete ramp. You have to carry the boats 60 metres on foot. From 2020 to 2022 there will be a construction site at Dietikon Nötzliwiese. During this time, it is essential to water out at Glanzenberg. The site is on the left after the large motorway bridge. The Allmend Glanzenberg is a good place to get off, as it has plenty of space, toilets and direct access to the Glanzenberg S-Bahn station.
- Limmiboot is a boat rental company in Dietikon that opened its rental shop in autumn 2020 after completing its Matura thesis. He rents out the boats already pumped up. They are ready and waiting at the Werdinsel. In addition to the CHF 25 rental fee per boat, you pay a CHF 50 deposit in cash or with Twint. The boat must be ordered by 8 pm the evening before. The rental is for 2.5 hours. You can also register via Instagram. You can get the boat at the Hardhof car park, at the front of the Limmat (below the Europabrücke bridge). The Tüffenwies tram stop is directly in front of the car park. From the car park, it is another 50 metres to the entrance after the Höngg weir. There is room on the boat for 2-3 people, with a lot of luggage better two. At least one person must be 16 years or older. Included are: Rescue equipment, paddles, life jackets, small waterproof bag for valuables, laminated route map with signposting instructions. You will get the 50 CHF deposit back when you return the boat. In case of damage, the proportional amount will be deducted. Disembarkation is compulsory in Glanzenberg.
- Kayakfun in Mellingen: Kayakfun also offers self-guided tours on the Limmat between Zurich and Dietikon, but only for groups. In addition to boat hire, shuttle service can also be booked. The shuttle service costs CHF 200 for 8-15 people. The meeting point is on the meadow near Wipkingerplatz. The tour ends in Dietikon and participants must organise their own onward travel. The daily rental fee is CHF 90 per dinghy. There are 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children per dinghy. Paddles, life jackets and dry containers for swimwear are included in the rental.
- Löö Böötlivhas beenrentingrubber dinghies since 2019. Contact is via Instagram. The Böötle on the Limmat starts in Zurich and ends in Dietikon.
Prices: 470 CHF for the first boat for just under an hour, 430 CHF for the second boat for 4-10 participants all-inclusive. The longer tour costs 520/480 CHF. Highlights:
- small bathing trip (1 hour, 22 km long)
- large bathing trip (1.5-2 hrs.)
Aargauerwasser is a tour provider in Untersiggenthal. The small Badenfahrt starts at Wettingen Monastery at the wooden bridge and ends in Baden, Aue. This ride is the lowest part of the historic Baden ride. Until the commissioning of the Spanischbrötli railway, the Zurich gentry made a pilgrimage along this route to Baden to enjoy the thermal baths here. The great Badenfahrt continues even further to Baden’s Kappelerhof power station. There are two crossings on the barge ramp, at the old spinning mill and at the Aue power station. Extras: by arrangement Included: Boat guide, equipment
in the moated castle (confluence of Aare, Reuss and Limmat) Prices: For the small bathing trip, the first boat costs CHF 400, the second CHF 350. For the big bathing trip you pay 450 CHF for the first boat and 400 CHF for the second. Highlights:
- small bathing trip (1-1.5 hrs.)
- large bathing trip (2.5 – 3.5 hrs.)
Garnhaus in Untersiggenthal offers, among other things, trips on the Limmat. The small Baden trip starts at Weddingen Monastery and ends in Baden. The big Baden trip continues through Baden to Lake Chappi (Kapellerhof power station). Extras: barbecue, catering by arrangement Included: Boat guide, life jackets, paddles
The Reuss is the fourth largest river in Switzerland. As it is a glacial river, there are often higher water levels in June and July, especially after additional rainfall. It is therefore not safe to use a rubber boat in these weather conditions. The current water level in the Bremgarten to Gebenstorf section can be read on the Hydrodaten.admin.ch page.
Reuss-Böötle Lower Reuss:
Map of the Lower Reuss
Bremgarten entry point
- For a Böötle on the Lower Reuss, the usual boarding point is in Bremgarten. You will find it on the right bank of the western edge of the old town (here Unterstadt). Boat rental companies also use this boarding point. The best way to get there is via road 1 north of Bremgarten. Turn off towards Bremgarten Unterstadt, take Friedhofsstrasse over the Reuss and turn right towards the Reuss before the old town wall. It’s at the junction of Reussgasse and Augraben near the Hexenturm. Here you can conveniently leave your boats on the riverbank while you bring your car to the car park at the city wall. Here you have to pay a parking fee, but you can only park for a maximum of 5 hours.
- Mellingen is usually an exit point, but is also used as an entry point
Honeggerwehr to Bremgarten, about 1.5 kilometres after the start in Bremgarten you come to an island in the river. In the left arm of the river, you pass through a surf wave that extends over the entire arm of the river and is only used by white-water paddlers. So you take the right arm of the river. There is a bigger surge here that you have to be aware of. You need experience for this. The river curves through wooded areas with little development. You will encounter large boulders, deadwood, but also some rapids and rollers in the riverbed. They can be avoided very well if you drive attentively and with foresight. In Gnadenthal there is a drop in the river bed, which you better bypass on the right. There are also rapids in the water at Gnadenthal. If you want to continue beyond Gebenstorf, you have to go out of the water and rejoin the river after the weir.
Exit points Gnadenthal, Mellingen, Gebenstorf
- Mellingen is an exit point that is reached after about two hours. To disembark, you can moor at Schlössli Iberg.
- The usual exit point for a boat is about 1.5 hours further on, directly in front of a weir in Gebenstorf. Boat rental companies also use this spot. However, you need an access permit to the Reussbädli. Shortly after the Reussbädli is the dangerous weir of the Windische Spinnerei, a warning sign points this out. Boats may be loaded next to the sunbathing lawn. However, parking is not permitted here or in the residential area. You reach the boat landing stage via road 3, the connecting road from Gebenstorf to Windisch. Before the bridge, turn right into Birmenstorfer Strasse and continue along Badstrasse to the end, where the sunbathing lawn is located.
- for short tours, Gnadenthal or Stetten are often used as an exit point. Other Böötle also use this spot for a stopover with a picnic.
- On guided multi-day tours, Stilli or Sulz is also used as a somewhat more distant destination that goes beyond Gebenstorf.
Reuss-Böötle Upper Reuss:
The Upper ReussMap
Entry points Sins, Gisikon
, rarely Perlen, Mühlau
- The place to put in the water is in Sins not far from the historic Reuss bridge Sins-Hünenberg. The entry point is next to the Zollbrücke restaurant, about 50 metres below the bridge. The nearest car park and a multi-storey car park are on the other side of the river at the railway station. You can reach the station from the entry point via Zollweid, road 25 and Bahnhofstrasse.
- In Gisikon-Root, behind the Gasthof Tell, you will find the Gisikon entry point, which is easily reached by bus or train. Parking your car at Gasthof Tell will inevitably result in a bus fine. The parking spaces are reserved exclusively for restaurant guests.
- other boarding points can be found in Perlen (after the weir) and in Mühlau. You can find a nice overview of the Perlen-Bremgarten route on this map.
There are no particular danger spots on the route. In Ottenbach at the prank weir you should keep to the left. However, special caution is advised as soon as course boats approach.
Exit points Rottenschwil
, Ottenbach, Bremgarten The most popular exit point is Rottenschwil, before the Reuss bridge on the left. Both the car park and the Rottenschwil/Hecht bus stop are directly at the exit. Before that, you can also get off at Ottenbach. You have to get off before the Bremgarten power station at the latest because of the barrage
The following boat rental companies rent boats for Reuss-Böötle:
- Intersport Stöckli in Boswil: various boats for hire. Life jackets, paddles, pump and pack sack are included. Transport of persons and boats can be booked additionally.
- Kayakfun in Mellingen: Kayakfun offers self-guided tours for individuals on the Reuss, with shuttle service and boat hire. Travel from Zurich HB with the S11 to Mellingen Heitersberg. The journey takes 26 minutes. The embarkation and disembarkation point in Mellingen for Kayakfun customers is directly at the company on the left bank, recognisable by the yellow Kayakfun flags. Kayakfun also offers a combined self-guided excursion with a bicycle tour and rubber boat ride.
Intersport Stöckli in Boswil:
Prices: for 1.5 hrs. duration all-inclusive from 450 CHF and 3.5 hrs. duration 650 CHF all-inclusive for up to ten persons Intersport Stöckli offers guided Böötle tours on the Upper Reuss as well as on the Lower Reuss. Highlights:
- Gisikon to Rottenschwil (3.5 hrs.)
- Sins to Rottenschwil (2.5 hrs.)
- Bremgarten to Gnadenthal (1.5 hrs.)
- Bremgarten to Mellingen (2 hrs.)
- Bremgarten to Gebenstorf (3.5 hours)
The rubber boat trips are available for groups of up to ten, up to twenty and larger than 21 people. The Gourmelino barbecue on the idyllic banks of the Reuss in Gnadenthal includes steak, bratwurst, vegetable skewers and salads. An aperitif includes party bread, crisps and a small glass of white wine. For your own barbecues (e.g. school classes), a large barbecue will be taken along. In Obfelden you can watch the bridge jumping from a height of 6 metres when the water level is right. Extras: Gourmelino barbecue on the banks of the Reuss, aperitif or barbecue stop for your own barbecues (grill + charcoal) Included: Boat guide, instruction in advance, life jackets, dry bags and boat transport
Team Events Switzerland in Burgdorf:
Prices: Full day 109 CHF and half day 89 CHF per adult from 9 persons Guided Böötle tours are offered by Team Events Switzerland for a maximum of 150 people. Half-day tours last 3.5 hours, including 2 hours on the water. Full-day tours last a total of 6-7 hours with 4 hours on the water. Highlights:
- Gisikon to Ottenbach (2 hrs.)
- Mellingen to Gebenstorf (2 hours)
- Bremgarten to Mellingen (2 hours)
- Bremgarten to Gebenstorf (4 hrs.)
The rubber boat trips are conducted in large inflatable boats (rafts) with boat guides for 8 to 10 people. After a comprehensive safety briefing, the boat is lowered into the water together. The guide steers the rubber boat. During the full-day tours, lunch is eaten on the way at a rest area. The focus of all Böötle is the shared experience and the landscape. Extras: Transport of persons back to the embarkation point, lunch and drinks on the way, barbecue after the tour, extensive aperitifs Included: Boat guide (certified raft guide), one instruction beforehand, inflatable boat (incl. paddle, life jacket, wetsuits in case of bad weather), luggage transport to the disembarkation point, happy landing aperitif (non-alcoholic drinks) after the tour
Swiss River Adventures:
Prices: Half-day 89 CHF per adult, 79 CHF for children (from 5 years accompanied, otherwise 10 years) from 5 persons or all-inclusive 459 CHF up to 5 persons. School classes and youth groups up to 10 persons all-inclusive 750 CHF, thereafter 75 CHF per person Swiss River Adventures offers short tours, half-day tours (2 hours water), full-day tours, 2- and 3-day tours on the Reuss. The multi-day tours are 45 or 62 kilometres long. Highlights:
- Bremgarten to Gnadental / Stetten (short tour 3 hrs, 1.5 hrs of which on the water)
- Bremgarten to Mellingen (3.5 hrs., 2 hrs. on the water)
- Mellingen to Gebenstorf (3.5 hrs, 2 hrs of which on the water)
- Gisikon to Ottenbach (3-4 hrs, of which 2-2.5 hrs on the water)
- Bremgarten to Gebenstorf (6-7 hrs. of which 4-5 hrs. on the water)
- Gisikon to Rottenschwil (6-7 hrs. of which 4-5 hrs. on the water)
- Mühlau to Stilli (2 days)
- Perlen to Stilli (3 days)
The tour offers vary from very short Böötle tours in the evening to 3-day boat tours with camping. On easy white water you experience a varied tour through the meandering bends of the floodplain landscape. Along the way, on tours lasting at least a full day (6-7 hours or more), you will disembark at a picnic spot for lunch, which will be eaten on land. You can either bring your own food or book lunch (for groups). The short trips from Bremgarten to Gnadental are especially intended for social get-togethers of company groups after work (start at 6pm). Extras: Transport of passengers back to the boarding point, lunch and drinks en route, barbecue after the tour, extensive aperitifs Included: inflatable boat, complete equipment (incl. paddle, life jacket, wetsuits in case of bad weather), instruction and accompaniment by professional guides, luggage transport to the disembarkation point, happy landing aperitif after the tour
Prices: 620 CHF you pay for 2-3 hours, the second boat 520 CHF for 4-10 participants all-inclusive. The shorter tours cost 520/480 CHF for a 2.5 hour trip, 420/380 CHF for a 2 hour trip from the lower reaches or 470/430 CHF for a 1.5 hour trip Reusschleifen and Auen. Highlights:
- from Bremgarten to the moated castle (full day, 4.5 hrs. on the water, 25 km)
- Reuss loops and meadows (1.5 hrs, 10.5 km)
- from town to town: Bremgarten-Mellingen (2.5 hrs, 14.5 km)
- Terminal moraine of the Reuss glacier to Wasserschloss (2.5 hrs, 14.5 km)
- from the lower reaches to Wasserschloss ( 2.0 hrs, 8 km)
Aargauerwasser is a tour provider in Untersiggenthal. The trip from Bremgarten to the moated castle starts at the Hexenturm in Bremgarten and ends in Gebenstorf Rüssbädli or at the mouth of the Limmat in Stroppel, Untersiggenthal. It leads along the only unobstructed and undammed section of the river in the Swiss midlands. You also get on at the Hexenturm for the trip through the meadows and loops of the Reus. The scenic ride ends in Gnadenthal. The city-to-city tour starts again at the Hexenturm and ends in Mellingen at the old people’s home or at the ARA. The ride from the terminal moraine to the moated castle starts in Mellingen at the old people’s home or at the sewage treatment plant. It ends in Untersiggenthal at the mouth of the Limmat in the Stroppel. The journey from the lower reaches begins at the Birmenstorf-Mülligen bridge and ends at the moated castle in Untersiggenthal at the mouth of the Limmat in the Stroppel. Extras: Lunch on full-day tour at the restaurant on the river (Mellingen), barbecue or picnic from your rucksack; shore excursion to renaturalised floodplain areas under expert guidance Included: Boat guide, equipment
in the moated castle (confluence of Aare, Reuss and Limmat) Prices: For the small Reuss trip, the first boat costs CHF 400, the second CHF 350. For the trip Mellingen to the Wasserschloss it costs 450/400 CHF and for Bremgarten to the Wasserschloss 500/450 CHF. Highlights:
- Small Reuss tour (2-3 hrs.)
- from the small town of Mellingen to the moated castle (2.5 – 3.5 hrs.)
- from Bremgarten to the moated castle (6 hrs.)
Garnhaus in Untersiggenthal offers, among other things, trips on the Reuss. The small Reuss tour takes you from the Birmenstorf bridge, Müllingen through the untamed Reuss to the moated castle at the mouth of the Limmat in Stroppel in Untersiggenthal. From Mellingen the tour starts at the old people’s home and in Bremgarten at the witches’ tower. Extras: barbecue, catering by arrangement Included: Boat guide, life jackets, paddles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52Y9YeMAcb0
Reuss-Böötle Upper Reuss versus Lower Reuss:
The stretch of the Lower Reuss is particularly scenic, but challenging in places. The stretch between Bremgarten and Mellingen counts as particularly beautiful. On the Upper Reuss you can take it a little easier, the stretches are particularly suitable for families and larger groups. The stretch from Gisikon to Rottenschwil is one hour longer than the stretch from Sins.
One of the most popular places for a Böötle on the Rhine is the section between Stein am Rhein and Schaffhausen. It is about 18 kilometres long. Diessenhofen is about in the middle and can also be used as an exit point. The Hochrhein is so popular mainly because of the romantic scenery. Schaffhausen with its Rhine Falls is a special highlight. At 23 metres high and 150 metres wide, the Rhine Falls are among the largest and most water-filled waterfalls in Europe. Neuhausen (behind the Schaffhausen power station) as the boarding point for a Böötle takes you to Rheinau (10 km) and Rüdlingen (22 km) and starts directly at the Rhine Falls. A Böötle between Rheinau and Eglisau is about 16 kilometres long.
- In Stein am Rhein , you can get on at the Rhine bridge or a little further on at the harbour. The city made the southern entrance inaccessible in August 2020 in a night and fog action, so that the rubber boats can now only enter the water on the north side of the Rhine. Parking spaces are available. The Untertor bus stop is very close to the harbour. From Stein station it is 500 metres to the Rhine bridge.
- You’ll findNeuhausen directly at the Rhine Falls after the Schaffhausen power station. The entrance is at Schlipf below Schlössli Wörth, at the fish farm. You can get to Neuhausen by train (Neuhausen Bad or Neuhausen Rheinfall), then it’s a 15-minute walk. 2 parking spaces are available at the Rhine Falls.
There are no dangerous spots on the route except for course ships and occasional boats. You have to be careful at the weir of the Rheinau power station: carry the boat around (possibly with a trolley). In Schaffhausen, you have to get out of the water in good time before the weir of the power station.
- Diessenhofen (about halfway between Stein and Schaffhausen)
- In Schaffhausen, the exit is at the Salzstadel before the railway bridge. The bus stops Rosental-, Kegelgässchen and Schifflände are close by, from there to the station. There is a multi-storey car park at Schifflände.
- In Rheinau, the exit is on the left after the Klosterbrücke. You will find public transport from the Rheinau bus stop in the Unterstadt. From there the bus goes to Marthalen station.
The following boat rental companies rent boats for Rhein-Böötle:
- The adventure farm Bolderhof in Hemishofen rents out rubber dinghies for up to five people. There are a total of four boats available. Life jackets, paddles, safety instructions and directions are provided. Price in 2020: CHF 165. Picnic can be bought at the farm.
- Rentaboat is a boat rental company in Eglisau. Rubber boats are rented out, which are taken to Rheinau with the participants to the start of the excursion. In Eglisau, the rental company picks up the boat and guests again. Prices in 2020: without transfer and life jackets, a rubber boat costs CHF 100 per day. Transfer per person 15 CHF, life jacket per person 5 CHF. Meeting point Eglisau railway station or Lochmühlestrasse.
Swiss River Adventures:
Prices: Full day 109 CHF per adult, 99 CHF for children (from 5 years accompanied, otherwise 10 years) from 12 persons or all-inclusive 1,199 CHF up to 11 persons. School classes and youth groups up to 11 persons flat rate CHF 999, thereafter CHF 89 per person Swiss River Adventures runs half-day tours (2 hours on the water) and full-day tours (4-5 hours on the water) on the Rhine. Highlights:
- Schaffhausen to Rheinau (3.5 hrs, 2 hrs of which on the water)
- Schaffhausen to Rüdlingen (22 km day trip 6-7 hours, 3-4 hours of which on the water)
The tour offers start at the famous Rhine Falls of Schaffhausen. The meeting point for the tours from Schaffhausen is the Schlössli Wörth near Neuhausen, which is located below the waterfall . The day tour then takes you leisurely downstream. Together you will have to transfer your rubber dinghy at a weir. Lunch is at the idyllic monastery on Rheinau Island. On the national border (Germany on the right, Switzerland on the left) you have to bypass two more weirs. Shortly after the Thur flows into the Rhine, the water is drained on the right-hand side. The half-day tour ends at Rheinau Monastery. Extras: Transport back to the starting point, lunch and drinks on the way, extensive aperitif after the tour Included: inflatable boat, complete equipment (incl. paddle, life jacket, in case of bad weather wetsuits), instruction and accompaniment by professional guides, luggage transport to the disembarkation point, happy landing aperitif after the tour
MB-Events and Adventures:
Prices: 39 EUR (approx. 42 CHF) per person (from 8 years accompanied by a parent or guardian) for 9 participants MB-Events and Adventures runs half-day tours on the Rhine from Stein am Rhein to Schaffhausen. Highlights:
- Stein am Rhein to Schaffhausen (3-4 hrs.)
The tour ends in front of the famous Rhine Falls of Schaffhausen. The meeting point is at the Hotel Hirschen in Stein am Rhein. The boats will be pumped up together here. The organiser will hand out the necessary equipment. After a short briefing, you paddle leisurely past picturesque houses and wooded banks. On the way there are several small barbecue sites and you can also take a dip in the Rhine. Extras: by arrangement, return transport of participants to the start at a flat rate of 119 EUR (approx. 128 CHF). Included: inflatable boat trip, instruction, certified boat guide, equipment
Prices: You pay CHF 400 for the Chli Rhy tour for the first boat, CHF 350 for the second. For the trip through the Koblenzer Laufen it costs 450/400 CHF. Highlights:
- Chli Rhy (1.5 to 2 hrs.)
- through the Koblenzer Laufen (2.5 to 3 hrs.)
Garnhaus in Untersiggenthal offers trips across the Rhine, among other things. The shorter tour takes you from Rekingen, near the railway station, to Rietheim, Chli Rhy. The longer tour also starts in Rekingen and ends at the Full ferry. Extras: barbecue, catering by arrangement Included: Boat guide, life jackets, paddles
Prices: 570 CHF you pay for 2-2,5 hours, the second boat 530 CHF for 4-10 participants all-inclusive. The shorter tours cost 520/480 CHF for a 1.5-2 hour trip. Highlights:
- on the border river past Bad Zurzach to Chli Rhy (1.5 -2 hrs., 7 km)
- Koblenzer Laufen, Roman watchtower ruins, concrete bunkers (2-2.5 hrs, 11 km)
- from the Chli Rhy floodplain to the Full ferry (1.5 hrs., 6 km)
Aargauerwasser is a tour provider in Untersiggenthal. The trip on the border river begins in Rekingen on the banks of the Rhine below the German power station in Reckingen. From the river you see not only varied scenery but also relics of industrialisation and former salt production. After a large loop in the river, you will land in Chli Rhy Rietheim and take the water out. Here is one of the largest renaturalised floodplain areas in Aargau. The Koblenzer Laufen tour starts in Rekingen near the railway station and ends at the customs bridge in Koblenz. The ride goes between the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen and Basel through the last stretch of the river Rhine. From the river you can see the remains of Roman watchtowers at several locations. After a large river loop, you’ll land with the boat in the Chli Rhy Rietheim, before the rapids of the Koblenzer Laufen (limestone ribs in the river bed) follow. After passing under the old railway bridge with the Koblenz/Waldshut customs, you reach the impressive estuary basin of the Aare and land. The tour from Auenland Chli Rhy to Full starts in Rietheim, Chli Rhy and from here has the same route as the Koblenz Laufen trip. Extras: Shore excursion to the renaturalised Chli Rhy floodplain under expert guidance Included: Boat guide, equipment
The Ticino is canalised on the last few kilometres before it flows into Lake Maggiore and flows particularly calmly. The banks are fortified and reed belts line the river towards the lake. The current also eases here. After disembarking, you can enjoy a sundowner at the beach bar. The tours are either between Cresciano and Bellinzona or Bellinzona and Magadino and last 1.5 or 2.5 hours for 10 and 16 kilometres respectively. The river Ticino is also called Ticino. The Ticino mountains tower over you during the Böötle.
At 15-100 m3/s, the water level at Bellinzona is ideal for an inflatable boat trip. From Cresciano, the Ticino, which is still wild at first, passes gravel banks and wooded slopes that invite you to barbecue. Navigation is not recommended when the water level is low.
In Cresciano , below the sports field, a path leads to the shore at the one-boat place. Arrival is from Bellinzona via Castione to the stop Cresciaone, Paese. Then continue on foot. You can reach the Bellinzona entrance by walking to the bridge at the bus stop “Bellinzona, Via Lepori”. From there you can get directly to the water.
Shortly after the entrance in Cresciano, there are some rapids. Between the stones you have to watch out for poisonous vipers, after the Passerella di Claro-Gnosca on the left there is a stone groyne. On the stretch between Bellinzona and Magadino there are no dangerous spots except for a few large rocks in the water.
The Bellinzona exit is not far from a bus stop. It is also possible to get off at Arbedo. In Arbedo, the river Moësa flows into the Ticino after the motorway bridge, and you can disembark directly after the mouth on the left. From the exit you have about 10 minutes on foot to the bus stop Arbedo, Molinazzo. Magadino is already in Lake Maggiore. As soon as you cross the Ticino into Lake Maggiore, you will see the white church of Magadino. Below it is a small headland where you can disembark. The bus stop “Magadino, Casa Comunale” is just a few steps up the main road.
There is no possibility to rent a rubber boat or similar nearby.
Swiss River Adventures:
Prices: Half day 85 CHF per adult, 75 CHF for children (5-17 years, unaccompanied adult 10 years minimum age), from 6 persons. Youth groups from 12 persons 60 CHF per person Swiss River Adventures runs half-day tours lasting 3.5 hours (1.5 hours water). Highlights:
- Cresciano to Bellinzona / Stetten (3.5 hrs., 1.5 hrs. on the water)
The tour offer includes a leisurely river tour with a few waves on the Ticino. You don’t have to expect real white water here. The stable inflatable boats are steered by guides. The meeting point is the former railway station building at the Osogna Cresciano base. The river tour takes you, carried by the current, through the impressive Leventina valley. The trip ends in Arbedo, near the confluence of the Ticino and Moesa rivers. Extras: return transport to the boarding point in Cresciano, lunch and drinks on the way, extensive aperitif after the boat trip Included: inflatable boat, complete equipment (incl. paddle, life jacket, in case of bad weather wetsuits), instruction and accompaniment by professional guides, luggage transport to the disembarkation point, happy landing aperitif after the tour
The Glatt is only 38.5 kilometres long, but long enough for a pleasant boat trip through nature. The river drains the Greifensee towards the Rhine. The approximately eight-kilometre stretch between Rümlang and Oberhöri is suitable for a trip on the rubber boat, but there is also an exit halfway down the river in Oberglatt. All in all, the trip takes about three hours. You can use an interesting article on this with a small map to prepare yourself. The ride goes along the Zurich airport and thus offers unique views of arriving and departing aircraft of all kinds. The nature reserve and the east-west runway of the airport form a good contrast. The river loops from Oberglatt to Niederglatt are particularly beautiful.
In Rümlang you walk from the train station to the Garba bridge, the signposts show you the way to the Glatt shore paths. Then you can take the stairs to the right of the Garba bridge on Klotenerstrasse.
Below the railway bridge at Niederglatt you have to expect an increased current.
- In Oberglatt, after leaving the airport grounds, turn right after the wooden Hirschenbrücke bridge. The Himmelbach flows in shortly before.
- after the sludge silos of the Fischbach-Glatt sewage treatment plant is the last exit. You leave the Glatt to the left under the road bridge by the cycle path. Because of several weirs and obstructions with stone blocks, it is not possible to continue from Oberhöri.
There are no landlords in the vicinity of Glatt’s
There are no providers for guided tours.
A rubber boat trip along the renaturalised canal between Weesen and Schmerikon is pure relaxation. The Linth connects the two lakes Walensee and Obersee/Zürichsee, partly via the Linth Canal, which is completely free of special danger spots. Tours between Weesen or Ziegelbrücke and the island of Benken-Giessen (15 km) or from Benken-Giessen to Schmerikon (7.2 km) can be arranged and combined as desired. Grynau (Uznach) is also a suitable entry and exit point. Between Grynau and Schmerikon you have to paddle for about 35 minutes.
- Ziegelbrücke in Niederurnen is very easy to reach by public transport via regional train and S-Bahn. The railway station is only a few steps away. S2, S4, S6 and S8 stop here. A large car park is also available.
- On the island of Benken, Giessen at the bathing area on the right below the Sternen restaurant, accessible by bus 365. The Sternen restaurant offers “food to go”.
- in Grynau (Uznach) in front of the bridge and the Restaurant Grynau.
There are no critical danger points.
- On the island of Benken, Giessen at the bathing area on the right below the Restaurant Sternen are the docking places for boats. Bus 365 returns to Ziegelbrücke.
- at Grynau Castle (Uznach) you can interrupt or stop the trip. The boat is connected at the marked places.
- On the right shore of the Obersee is the village of Schmerikon. Here you aim for the lakeside promenade. The railway station is not far away; it is directly above.
Linth-Boot or inflatable boat rental Ziegelbrücke is the name of the rental in Niederurnen. It is located directly on the Ziegelbrücke. You can rent a boat for 109 CHF from Ziegelbrücke, for 119 CHF from Stromschnelle or 129 CHF from Zeltplatz Gäsi and keep it for the whole day. Connect the boat at the watering place and walk about 5 minutes to the station in Schmerikon. You can also end your tour on the island of Benken or in Grynau (Uznach) and connect your boat there. In addition to the rental fee, you will also be charged a deposit. Life jackets, paddles and safety instructions are included.
There are no guided tours.
You can use the Rhone in Geneva between the Pont Sous-Terre and Le Lignon brid ges for a boat trip. In addition to beautiful and romantic bridges, you also have the special backdrop of huge apartment blocks that form a special contrast. The trip goes past the Jonction peninsula, at the tip of which the Arve from the Mont Blanc massif and the Rhône from Lake Geneva flow together. After mighty rock faces on the right, you finally pass the Cité du Lignon. This is a colossal complex whose main wing, 980 metres long, is the longest residential building in Switzerland. The Böötle takes about two to three hours on the 5.5-kilometre route.
You enter the Pont Sous-Terre via a concrete ramp. From Geneva, get here via Geneva railway station and take bus line 7 (direction “Vernier, Lignon-Tour”) to “Délices”. From here, walk straight on to the Pont Sous-Terre bridge Danger points On weekdays, a large ship with rubbish runs on the route three times a week; in that case, stay close to the shore.
The exit is on the right by the footbridge, the Passerelle du Lignon. From here you can reach the bus stop “Vernier, Lignon-Cité” via the footpath to the settlement Le Lignon in about ten minutes. The bus line 7 runs every 15 minutes to Geneva.
There are no boat rentals nearby.
No guided tours.
On the Rheintaler Binnenkanal (Rhine Valley Inland Canal ), you can travel between Montlingen in Sankt Gallen and Au for about 12 kilometres on the shallow canal, without any dangerous spots. You can enjoy the Bregenz Forest Mountains for about three to four hours. You cross a former peat bog, today’s Bannriet nature reserve. At a staircase on the left bank you have a chance to moor. There are shade trees and a barbecue area. Up to Au, the current is good enough so that you hardly have to paddle. If you like, you can extend the Böötle two more kilometres to Sankt Margrethen, or even another six kilometres to the mouth into Lake Constance at Marina Altenrhein. However, these last kilometres are very flat and often blocked with trees. For this you need flat army inflatable boats, such as those rented from the Steigmatt-Hof in Montlingen.
- on the right below the small power station in Montlingen
- none, but the water is very cold and hardly suitable for swimming
- the canal can be forded if necessary (80 cm deep)
- Beware of anglers
- The stairs on the right-hand side in front of the steel arch bridge at Au railway station are suitable for disembarking.
- at the Bruggerhorn in St. Margrethen
Boat hire The Steigmatt-Hof in Montlingen rents out a total of 12 army rubber boats for 4 -5 people each and 2 army rubber boats for 10 -15 people each. Life jackets and paddles as well as luggage transport are included. The boats are driven to the boarding point in Montlingen and collected again in Au. You have to help with the launching. Bicycles are transported up to a maximum of 20 pieces on request. The first small boat costs CHF 130, each additional boat CHF 50. A large boat with watering in and out: 220 CHF, two large boats 330 CHF. The Böötle can be combined with an overnight stay on the farm.
There are no guided boat tours