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Aare

Aare (ärˈə) or Aar (är), longest river entirely in Switzerland, 183 mi (295 km) long, rising in the Bernese Alps and fed by several glaciers. The upper Aare emerges from dam-impounded Grimsel Lake and flows generally W through Lake Brienz, past Interlaken (where it is canalized), and through Lake Thun, the head of navigation. The Aare continues northwest, flowing through Bern before turning and flowing generally northeast, past Solothurn and Aarau, to join the Rhine River opposite Waldshut, Germany. With its chief tributaries, the Reuss and Limmat rivers, the Aare drains most of Switzerland. The Aare is connected with Lake Biel by two canals. Near Meiringen, the Aare flows through a scenic gorge. There are more than 40 hydroelectric power plants on the river.
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We walked along the Aare River, and watched bears at a sanctuary (Bern got its name from bears).
--Follow rivers as they wind through towns (the Rhine river in Basel and the Rhine Falls, the Limmat and Sihl rivers in Zurich, the Aare river in Bern), and cut through mountains (the Ltitschine river in the Berner Oberland, the Reuss river at the Gotthard Pass, Lavertezza river above Lugano, and the Rhone river from Valais through Geneva)