The first part of this stage is hard going, but worth the effort, as it takes you to the highlight of the tour: the imposing Creux du Van rock arena – Switzerland’s version of the Grand Canyon. Via rolling pastureland, the home of music boxes and music automatons awaits.


This is one of the most important stages of the Jura Crest Trail. It is well worth getting up early in the morning and conquering the demanding climb up the Creux du Van in the first hours of daylight. It is cooler and more enjoyable for hiking, plus the atmosphere on the Creux du Van in the morning fog and sunshine is simply priceless. The landscape around the Swiss version of the Grand Canyon is both unique and fascinating. The Creux du Van is about 1,200 m wide and 500 m deep. The height of the vertical rock face is approximately 160 m, running to an overall length of about 4 km. A popular destination in the Jura.

Food/drink and accommodation along the route

An enjoyable tour includes the careful planning of the same. Please inform yourself in advance at the local information center about the route and weather conditions. Depending on the season and weather conditions, this route may be blocked or interrupted

Technical information

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Start location
Les Rochats
One way
820 m
380 m
13 km
4 h 10 min
Duration back
3 h 45 min
Technical requirements
Physical requirements
March - October
With panoramic view, Food along the road
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Tourisme Neuchâtelois - Val-de-Travers
Place de la Gare
Kiosque Goût & Région
2103 Noiraigue

Phone +41 (0)32 889 68 96
Fax +41 (0)32 889 62 90

Quick Facts

Route number

Stage: 10/16


13 km


4 h 10 min


820 m

Travel information: Noiraigue

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