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Hi all - we're thinking (next nice day we get!) of taking our inflatable kayak down a river. Hoping for something where the current does most of the work and nothing like rapids etc. Just the chance to get in a river somewhere and float (with some paddling) down for a few hours to somewhere else. Have a car so can travel a little.

Any suggestions or places near Zurich that might suit what we're thinking of?

G

Ps one suggestion was from Walensee to Obersee - Weesen to Schmerikon.

Just wondering if anyone knows of this one or anymore etc

Thanks
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Old 24.08.2012, 13:45
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Re: Rivers to float down (inflatable)

The Aare between Thun and Bern? Not that close to Zurich, but a lot of people do it and it's nice, I've heard.
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The Aare between Thun and Bern? Not that close to Zurich, but a lot of people do it and it's nice, I've heard.
I would agree! I did this last weekend and it was so nice and relaxing! Takes about 4-5hours dependant on how much you paddle and if you stop in between for a bit of food.

Definitely go for this one!
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Ps one suggestion was from Walensee to Obersee - Weesen to Schmerikon.

Just wondering if anyone knows of this one or anymore etc
Yes, Walensee to Obersee is easy. A bit of paddling from the Linthkanal to Schmerikon as you will have to cross the lake.
You can park your car in Schmerikon and take the train to Weesen.
(We usually had at least two cars, so would park one in Schmerikon and drive with the other to Weesen).

Another tour would be from Andelfingen to Eglisau. In Andelfingen it's the river Thur which will lead into the Rhein. A bit of paddeling necessary in the Rhein. There is a nice spot for a picnic/bbq where the two rivers connect.
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Re: Rivers to float down (inflatable)

Great idea gc!

If I may, I'd also like to know of similar places closer to the Geneva region, or anywhere else in the country really.

Yesterday we went bridge-jumping in the city-center here where the Rhone meets the Arve and apparently there is the possibility to float down the river for a few km and linking up with the bus before reaching France.

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Great idea gc!

If I may, I'd also like to know of similar places closer to the Geneva region, or anywhere else in the country really.

Yesterday we went bridge-jumping in the city-center here where the Rhein meets the Arve and apparently there is the possibility to float down the river for a few km and linking up with the bus before reaching France.
Is Rhein the new Rhône?
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Re: Rivers to float down (inflatable)

Join the Rhein down river from the Rheinfall (by Schaffhausen) & paddle down river to any village that has bus or train.

Better not go past Eglisau because of the hydro-electric power station (at least until you are familiar with the sign posting for these)

Forgot to write that it is better to travel by public transport rather than a car; mostly because it is easy to travel from A to B down river but to get back to A from B to collect your car often învolves travelling from B to C to D to E to A

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Re: Rivers to float down (inflatable)

Tössegg to Eglisau is the best but it is getting crowded so we would rather you don't visit!

Kidding of course...give it a try.
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Tössegg to Eglisau is the best but it is getting crowded so we would rather you don't visit!

Kidding of course...give it a try.
But that only takes about 1 hour
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I would agree! I did this last weekend and it was so nice and relaxing! Takes about 4-5hours dependant on how much you paddle and if you stop in between for a bit of food.

Definitely go for this one!
Seconded (or thirded?). I did this with some friends last year and had fantastic fun. There are a lot of places to stop off and have a picnic as well, which is a benefit
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Re: Rivers to float down (inflatable)

another nice one is park the car in Schaffhausen, take the ferry boat all way to Stein am Rhein, inflate, off to the river, and 3-4 hours later you are back next to where you car is.
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another nice one is park the car in Schaffhausen, take the ferry boat all way to Stein am Rhein, inflate, off to the river, and 3-4 hours later you are back next to where you car is.
take the train to SaR. the boat takes way too long.
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Re: Rivers to float down (inflatable)

the boat takes 2 hours but its a nice trip and you can enjoy a nice beer.

Troubel with the train, is both at SH and SaR, are both some distance from the river, and with an inflatable kayak on your back, its not what I woudl want to do.

Another option if that is too lomng, stop at Diessenhofen... its sort of half way.

Personally, I just love the SaR to Sh on my kayak.
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