Begin of tour: Olten station
End of tour: Liestal station
Access starting point: Trains from Basle, Zurich, Lausanne, Geneva, Lucerne, Berne
Access point of arrival: Trains to Basle, Zurich, Lausanne, Geneva, Lucerne, Berne
Technical requirements: Medium difficulty
Physical fitness: Medium difficulty
Distance: 30.4 km
Total altitude meters: Approx. 1030 m
Biking time: Approx. 3 to 4.5 hrs.
Season: April to November
Gastronomy: Olten, Oberbelchen, Liestal
Overnight: Olten, Liestal
Various: Old Town of Olten, Old Town of Liestal, Belchenfluh
This tour leads from the small town of Olten via the Belchen and over to the main town in the Basle region, Liestal. In Olten, you get straight down to business. No easy coasting along or warming up. You've barely gone two kilometres and your heart rate is already up to "180". A steep single trail will mercilessly find your technical limits for going uphill. Further up near the Homberglücke, you just can't ride any more and have to push. Then the final climb up to the Belchenfluh is more moderate again and easier to ride. Once you get to the top, the trail goes down in several stages to Liestal. Going sometimes through woods, then across lush meadows, a mountain trail with outstanding views takes you down to the Ergolztal. Just occasionally it goes uphill again, so that the fun isn't over too quickly.
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.