Aarberg, Westbrücke. Bild/Photo: TES.

The Bridge of Aarberg

There was only one river crossing between Bern and Büren an der Aare in the twelfth century: in Aarberg.

The count of Neuchâtel built a castle near this bridge around 1140. The city was founded afterwards, in 1220.

The new bridge was built in 1568. During the first water correction of the Three Lakes Area (the so-called Juragewässerkorrektion 1868-1891) the Aare was diverted.

The wooden bridge is a reminder of the time of the wild Aare and the many floods.

From 1891 onwards, however, the Aare became a small river, the so-called Old Aare (die Alte Aare).

The bridge shows the width of the river before the correction.

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