Jura Bike

Into the wild west

Secluded valleys, lush meadows, cascading streams and small lakes characterise the rolling Jura heights between Basel and Lake Geneva. The Jura Bike tour links every scenic highlight.

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1st day:
Delémont–St-Ursanne (39 km): The third stage of Switzerland’s national mountain-bike route No. 3 begins in the atmospheric regional capital and offers a delightful ride. After a climb through meadows, fields and forests to the Col des Rangiers, enjoy a thrilling descent to the River Doubs, which leads you on to the historic town of St-Ursanne.

2nd day:
St-Ursanne–Saignelégier (30 km): Soon after passing the famous fish restaurant at Tariche, the route leaves the Doubs and climbs stead- ily to the high plateau of the Franches-Montagnes. Dry-stone walls, remote farms and grazing horses dot the “mountains” – which are in truth fairly flat, and ideal for exploring on foot or by bike. The native horses, also called Franches- Montagnes, share the untamed and unspoilt character of this hauntingly beautiful landscape.

3rd day:
Saignelégier–La Chaux-de-Fonds (44 km): The trail leads over the lush green meadows of the Franches- Montagnes and across the nature reserve of the Etang de la Gruère to Mont Soleil, with its impressive wind turbines. From here it’s a shortish ride to the watchmaking city of La Chaux-de-Fonds – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, together with neigh- bouring Le Locle

Highlights & tips

  • The medieval town of St-Ursanne is home to an impressive collegiate church with cloister
  • The Tariche fish restaurant on the banks of the Doubs serves fine fresh trout; rooms also available
  • The Rochers des Sommêtres, just off the mountain bike route, offer spectacular views
  • Atmospheric Café du Soleil in Saignelégier is a charming rest stop in the Franches-Montagnes
  • The Etang de la Gruère is an idyllically beautiful moorland lake set in a delightful nature reserve
  • La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle owe their form to the watch industry (UNESCO World Heritage)



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