Môtiers - Poëta Raisse - Chasseron - Ste-Croix


This hike combines the legendary Val de Travers with the sun-drenched plateau of Ste-Croix. But in between, there is a five-hour hike offering one highlight after the next. It begins with the village of Môtiers, then the bizarre gorge of Poëta Raisse, and ends at the spectacular vantage point of Mt. Chasseron.

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Technical information

Begin of tour:Train station Môtiers
Point of arrival:Train station Ste-Croix
Access starting point:train to Môtiers
Access point of arrival:return to Buttes by bus, and from there to Couvet by train
Physical fitness:intermediate to difficult
Hiking time:5h
Length:16.8 km
Altitude difference:850 m ascent und 530 m descent
Season:June through October
Place to eat:Môtiers, Chasseron, Les Avattes, Ste-Croix


Begin the tour in Môtiers and simply follow the yellow signs towards Mt Chasseron. Môtiers once sheltered poet-philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The area, however, is even better known for the absinthe that is brewed in this region. Once in the Poëta Raisse one understands why this region is considered mystical by some. Once on top of the mountain, the sweeping views will impress hikers. See Lake Neuchatel, then the Alps and to the North, the Jura mountains. Once the summit has been reached, it is all downhill. The yellow-red signs will point the way to the watch-making village of Ste-Croix.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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