According to legend, the little town of St-Ursanne was founded by the Irish monk Ursicinus, who lived as a hermit on this isolated spot. Even today, this place possesses a magnetic power of attraction.

Although several hundred people live here today, St-Ursanne on the banks of the river Doubs has remained a place of tranquility and relaxation. The picturesque town consists mainly of medieval edifices, burgher houses dating from the 14th through 16th century and the impressive collegiate church that was built between the 12th and the 14th century.

Visitors reach the hermitage of the St. Ursicinus, which is located in a grotto, by means of a steep staircase with 190 steps. The high-standing ruins of a castle are located in the north of the city. The Doubs Bridge, which has four arches, was built in 1728 and affords a good view of the medieval town and its environs, including the Nature Park Doubs.

The best way to explore this little mediaeval town: a guided tour with the 'St-Ursanne on Foot' flyer, in the company of valiant knight Godefroy ("Drallo" app) or at Les Médiévales, a mediaeval festival.


The natural wilderness of the Clos du Doubs can be reached by footpaths and a mountain bike route that is even suitable for beginners. Many fishermen are drawn to the Doubs. People say that the best river trout are to be found in the Doubs. However, the lush river landscape round the Doubs is also popular with canoeists and kayakers. A very special experience is the four-day walk, nearly 80 km long, from St. Ursanne along the Doubs to Les Brenets or vice versa. Of course, it can also be done in separate day walks. At the end of each stage, post bus routes take you back up from the valley of the Doubs to the Jura plateau.


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