Gorgeous view at the Alps
Hikers at the Creux du Van
Hiker in front of the Creux du Van

Jura Crest Trail

Round the bend.

The Jura Crest Trail is considered the classic among national long-distance trails. Signalization of the route, starting at Zurich and ending just before Genève, began as early as 1905. It links two major Swiss towns and as the name suggests, leads over the Swiss Jura heights. This makes a sweeping arc towards the northwest, so those hiking this trail go a little round the bend – and over the language boundary!

Walking

Walking
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
Blick auf das Juratal

Itinerary

The reward for the steep climb to Höllchöpfli is the views along the high-level hike through forests and meadows. Passing unusual geological features and many mountain restaurants to the Weissenstein – «Solothurn’s balcony».

approx. 6 hours
20 km
1.170 m
400 m

From the roof of Canton Solothurn, with views across the Jura arc to the Mittelland and snow-capped Alps and on through forests and typical Jura meadows. The first third is also a Planetenweg (planet path). Language border at Montagne de Romont.

approx. 6,5 hours
24 km
700 m
1.410 m

From the low-lying Schüss Valley to the crest of the Bernese Jura. An almost constant, yet comfortable climb to scale the Chasseral, already seen from afar. Sensational panoramic view with the Mittelland lakes: a feast for the eyes. From Chasseral transfer down to Nods.

approx. 6 hours
17 km
1.340 m
270 m

In the morning transfer up to Chasseral where you continue your walk. A varied hike between the upper St.Imier Valley and the Val de Ruz Valley with the winter-sports resort, Le Pâquier (hometown of ski-ace Didier Cuche). The top of the Vue des Alpes pass is not far from watch metropolis La Chaux-de-Fonds.

approx. 6 hours
20 km
760 m
1.000 m

Enjoy the fantastic panoramic view from the high mountain chain with the Tête de Ran and Mont Racine peaks. The slabs of the rocky spur provide a breathtaking view down to Lac de Neuchâtel, before making the steep descent to Noiraigue.

approx. 6 hours
20 km
790 m
1.270 m

The perspiration at the start of this stage is well worth it: the highlight of the tour is the natural rock amphitheatre of Creux du Van, Swiss equivalent of the Grand Canyon. From the heights you can enjoy wonderful views on the sparkling waters of Lake Neuenburg. Then you continue to La Combax. Transfer down to Couvet.

approx. 5 hours
16 km
920 m
420 m

Tour character

For the steep ascents a good physical condition is needed. The trails are easy to walk, but they may be slippery on wet days.

Prices and events

All data at a glance
Season 1
Apr 7, 2018 - May 5, 2018
May 27, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018
Sep 16, 2018 - Oct 13, 2018
Saturday
Season 2
May 6, 2018 - May 26, 2018
Jun 24, 2018 - Sep 15, 2018
Saturday
Jura Crest trail 8 days, CH-NSWBC-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
698,00
263,00
758,00
263,00

Category: 3*** hotels and country hotels

Season 1
Apr 7, 2018 - May 5, 2018
May 27, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018
Sep 16, 2018 - Oct 13, 2018
Season 2
May 6, 2018 - May 26, 2018
Jun 24, 2018 - Sep 15, 2018
Balsthal
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
Couvert
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
70,00
105,00
76,00
111,00
70,00
105,00
76,00
111,00

Services and infos

  • 7 overnights incl. breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfers according to the program
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents
  • GPS data available
  • Service-Hotline

 

Arrival/Parking/Departure

  • Arrival by train to Balsthal.
  • Free parking near the hotel, no reservation possible.
  • Departure by train from Couvet to Balsthal, duration approx. 2 hours.

Note

  • Rides with public transport, approx. EUR 10 per person.
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