Begin of tour: Flüh Train Station
Access starting point: Arrival from Basel by tram #10
Point of arrival: Laufen Train Station
Access point of arrival: Trains in the direction of Basel and the direction of Delemont and Biel
Hiking time: 03:25 h
Physical fitness: easy
Difference in elevation: 440 m
Season: March - November
Gastronomy: Flüh, Mariastein, Bergmattenhof, Laufen
Overnight: Mariastein, Laufen
Literature: Hiking Map Basel 1:50'000 and Hiking Map Delémont 1:50'000
Besides its scenic charm, the tour has much to offer by way of culture. The tour highlight is the Benedictine monastery of Mariastein, dating from the 17th century. The hike concludes with a visit to Laufen. The well-preserved Old Town is surrounded by three town gates and the roughly 400 meter long remnant of the city wall.
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.
We did this hike today, from Fluh to Mariastein to Laufen. Mariastein to Laufen was very poorly marked, and if the way we ended up going was the correct way, it is NOT an easy hike. Lots of climbing straight up hills on very narrow, rocky paths. Very enjoyable day, but would have been much better if we didn't spend so much time discerning the way at many forks in the road.