Sense (river)

The river Sense (German: Sense, French: Singine) is a right tributary of the river Saane in Switzerland. It is a border river between the Cantons of Fribourg and Bern. Its source rivers, the Kalte Sense, coming from Mount Gantrisch, and Warme Sense, flowing out of lake Schwarzsee, join at Zollhaus and thus form the origin of the Sense.

Sense und Schwarzwasser.jpg
The River Sense at the Schwarzwasser junction
Course of the Sense.
Native nameSingine
Physical characteristics
 • locationConfluence of Kalte Sense and Warme Sense at Zollhaus
MouthInto the river Saane at Laupen
 • coordinates
46°54′21″N 7°14′02″E / 46.90583°N 7.23389°E / 46.90583; 7.23389Coordinates: 46°54′21″N 7°14′02″E / 46.90583°N 7.23389°E / 46.90583; 7.23389
 • elevation
489 metres (1,604 ft)
Length35.7 km (22.2 mi)
Basin features
ProgressionSaaneAareRhineNorth Sea

The Sense flows through a gorge of 15 km length, which is popular for whitewater sports, but also for swimming and bathing – especially among nudists.[1] Its main tributary is the river Schwarzwasser.

After about 35 km, the Sense joins the Saane river at Laupen. Because the Sense's water level can rise rapidly during hefty rainstorms, it is dangerous to stay near the river bed in uncertain weather conditions.


  1. ^ Boschung, Reto (6 July 2009). "FKK neben Familien: An der Sense gehts (lit.: Nudism next to families: it works at the Sense river)". Berner Zeitung (in German).