From the Benedictine Monastery to Laufen

Mariastein – Mätzerlechrüz – Dittingen – Laufen

The tour from Mariastein to Laufen features charming countryside and (above all) cultural attractions. The highlight at the starting-point is the famous and much-visited Benedictine monastery of Mariastein dating from the 17th century. The route crosses the Blaue mountain and descends via Dittingen to the small town of Laufen on the Birs.

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Technical information

Starting point:Mariastein
Destination:Laufen
Getting to the starting point:Car from Basel; tram no. 10 from Basel to Flüh and bus to Mariastein
Back from the destination:Car or train back to Basel or Delémont
Technique:Easy
Physical fitness:Average
Difference in elevation:Ascent 390 m, descent 550 m
Hiking time:2h 50m
Season:March to November
Note:   The southern side of the Blaue mountain has valuable rough pastures with many varieties of orchid – a paradise for butterflies and bees.

Description

The pilgrimage church of Mariastein monastery has inspiring late Gothic architecture and is also set in very pretty surroundings. After Einsiedeln, Mariastein is probably Switzerland's best known place of pilgrimage.

After a visit to the monastery, the route passes by Rotberg Castle, now a youth hostel that is popular with groups and school classes. Then comes the ascent through the forest to Mätzerlechrüz, where we cross the crest of the striking Blaue mountain.

On the other side, the route descends to the Bergmattenhof (restaurant), passing through Dittingen village to end up in the small town of Laufen. The superbly preserved old centre is surrounded by three town gates and 400 meters of the remains of the town wall.

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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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