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Raaaabert 20.07.2010 02:12

Those things hanging over the Aare river
 
Was swimming in the Aare river the other day (Bern) and my friend asked me what are those things hanging over the river. Normally there are two on each section and each one has two vertical steel poles dangling down. I notice this is not unique to Bern/Aare and is probably quite common throughout Switzerland, perhaps even Europe.

They kind of look like a salom gate for kayaks or something but there are not enough of them, and they are too high off the river (probably about 4 feet+).

Any ideas?

Guest 20.07.2010 03:40

Re: Those things hanging over the Aare river
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Raaaabert (Post 881359)
Was swimming in the Aare river the other day (Bern) and my friend asked me what are those things hanging over the river. Normally there are two on each section and each one has two vertical steel poles dangling down. I notice this is not unique to Bern/Aare and is probably quite common throughout Switzerland, perhaps even Europe.

They kind of look like a salom gate for kayaks or something but there are not enough of them, and they are too high off the river (probably about 4 feet+).

Any ideas?

Unless of course the river is low and quiet at the moment, and a couple of feet higher in level during the fast-flowing kayak season... ;)

TheSpouse 20.07.2010 06:14

Re: Those things hanging over the Aare river
 
They are for this type of boating sport:
http://www.englishforum.ch/other-gen...oat-doing.html

Kittster 20.07.2010 07:35

Re: Those things hanging over the Aare river
 
^Yup, they are for the "Pontoniere".


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