7 Jura Route
7 Jura Route
7 Jura Route
7 Jura Route
7 Jura Route
7 Jura Route

Cycling in Switzerland

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Jura Route

Stage 3, Saignelégier–La Chaux-de-Fonds

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Jura Route

From the paradise of the Franches-Montagnes plateau with its dark moorland ponds, ride up to Switzerland's largest solar power plant. Then you will be put in pensive mood as you descend through rugged yet tranquil terrain to La Chaux-de-Fonds, the cradle of the Swiss watchmaking industry.
You should take enough drinking water with you in the Jura. You will often see "Eau non potable" signs telling you not to drink the water from fountains, inviting though they might be. If you still haven't spotted enough horses in the magnificent countryside of the Franches-Montagnes, head for Le Roselet. In La Chaux-des-Breuleux, after visiting the must-see "Etang de la Gruère" lakelet, you're best to turn off to the right. There is a retirement home for horses, donkeys and ponies at Le Roselet. You can learn all about the different phases of these animals' lifecycles here.

Switzerland's largest solar power plant is located 1,289 meters above sea level. You'll need to pedal hard to climb up to Mont Soleil. Surrounded by lichen-clad sycamore maples, the plant whistles away into the landscape as the rotor blades turn. The wind farm here achieved international fame in the early 1990s on account of its photovoltaic installation. After tackling the downhill stretch to Montagne du Droit, turn round and look back for a view of Vallon de St.-Imier and the important watchmaking town that bears the same name as the valley. You also have an enticing view of the Jura Mountains, with the Chasseral and its fellow peaks; the Alps are in the background, so far away that they seem tiny.

Most of the farm dogs, however, are not so tiny. It is rather surprising that even the big ones race up to welcome you here in the Jura, tails wagging with joy. You pedal along zig-zag tracks with elongated drystone walls and sprawling farmyards where the precious rainwater is collected in cisterns. All of a sudden, the first high-rises of La Chaux-de-Fonds appear, striking a somewhat surreal note. At about 1,000 meters above sea level, this watchmaking city – surrounded by very thinly populated terrain – numbers among the highest larger cities in Europe. Built at an altitude that was revolutionary at the time, this city with its chessboard streetscape and abundance of Art Nouveau buildings was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009.
From the paradise of the Franches-Montagnes plateau with its dark moorland ponds, ride up to Switzerland's largest solar power plant. Then you will be put in pensive mood as you descend through rugged yet tranquil terrain to La Chaux-de-Fonds, the cradle of the Swiss watchmaking industry.
You should take enough drinking water with you in the Jura. You will often see "Eau non potable" signs telling you not to drink the water from fountains, inviting though they might be. If you still haven't spotted enough horses in the magnificent countryside of the Franches-Montagnes, head for Le Roselet. In La Chaux-des-Breuleux, after visiting the must-see "Etang de la Gruère" lakelet, you're best to turn off to the right. There is a retirement home for horses, donkeys and ponies at Le Roselet. You can learn all about the different phases of these animals' lifecycles here.

Switzerland's largest solar power plant is located 1,289 meters above sea level. You'll need to pedal hard to climb up to Mont Soleil. Surrounded by lichen-clad sycamore maples, the plant whistles away into the landscape as the rotor blades turn. The wind farm here achieved international fame in the early 1990s on account of its photovoltaic installation. After tackling the downhill stretch to Montagne du Droit, turn round and look back for a view of Vallon de St.-Imier and the important watchmaking town that bears the same name as the valley. You also have an enticing view of the Jura Mountains, with the Chasseral and its fellow peaks; the Alps are in the background, so far away that they seem tiny.

Most of the farm dogs, however, are not so tiny. It is rather surprising that even the big ones race up to welcome you here in the Jura, tails wagging with joy. You pedal along zig-zag tracks with elongated drystone walls and sprawling farmyards where the precious rainwater is collected in cisterns. All of a sudden, the first high-rises of La Chaux-de-Fonds appear, striking a somewhat surreal note. At about 1,000 meters above sea level, this watchmaking city – surrounded by very thinly populated terrain – numbers among the highest larger cities in Europe. Built at an altitude that was revolutionary at the time, this city with its chessboard streetscape and abundance of Art Nouveau buildings was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009.
36 km
Asphalted: 36 km
Natural surface: 0 km
660 m | 620 m
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Saignelégier
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Biking in swiss parks
The route shows almost everything the Doubs has to offer: the Freiberge hills with the pines on lush meadows, lonely farmhouses and pretty villages. And the watch-making centre La Chaux-de-Fonds with the UNESCO label. Only the river remains hidden.
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Arrival / return travel La Chaux-de-Fonds
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Accommodation

Auberge de Jeunesse Le Bémont
Auberge de Jeunesse Le Bémont
Le Bémont JU
Centre de Loisirs des Franches-Montagnes
Centre de Loisirs des Franches-Montagnes
Saignelégier
Ferme de Belfond
Ferme de Belfond
Goumois
Gîte Chez Toinette
Gîte Chez Toinette
Saignelégier
Hôtel Cristal
Hôtel Cristal
Saignelégier
Bio- und Erlebnishof Les Joux
Bio- und Erlebnishof Les Joux
Les Genevez JU
Hotel-Restaurant de la Balance
Hotel-Restaurant de la Balance
Les Breuleux
Maison Georges Wenger
Maison Georges Wenger
Le Noirmont
Auberge du Peu-Péquignot
Auberge du Peu-Péquignot
Le Noirmont
Hôtel du Soleil
Hôtel du Soleil
Le Noirmont
Logis des Sommêtres
Logis des Sommêtres
Le Noirmont
Cerneux-au-Marie
Cerneux-au-Marie
Les Bois
Espace Paysan Horloger
Espace Paysan Horloger
Le Boéchet
Restaurant Le Manoir
Restaurant Le Manoir
St-Imier
Amis de la Nature, Chalet de Mont-Soleil
Amis de la Nature, Chalet de Mont-Soleil
Mont-Soleil
Sous le Tilleul
Sous le Tilleul
St-Imier
Hôtel Restaurant Chalet Mont-Crosin
Hôtel Restaurant Chalet Mont-Crosin
Mont-Crosin
BnB Clemens Ruben
BnB Clemens Ruben
Mont-Soleil
Auberge Mont-Soleil
Auberge Mont-Soleil
Mont-Soleil
Ferien-Reiten-Trekking
Ferien-Reiten-Trekking
La Ferrière
Hotel de la Chaux-d'Abel
Hotel de la Chaux-d'Abel
La Ferrière
Little Ranch
Little Ranch
La Ferrière
Logis de la Licorne Dit Cheval Blanc
Logis de la Licorne Dit Cheval Blanc
La Ferrière
Centre de vacances / Camping
Centre de vacances / Camping
La Cibourg
Le Bâtiment
Le Bâtiment
Renan BE
Logis Les Pierres Bleues
Logis Les Pierres Bleues
Renan BE
La Coquille
La Coquille
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Camping Bois-du-Couvent
Camping Bois-du-Couvent
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Chez Gilles Hôtel – Resto – Bar
Chez Gilles Hôtel – Resto – Bar
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Grand Hôtel Les Endroits
Grand Hôtel Les Endroits
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Hôtel Athmos
Hôtel Athmos
La Chaux-de-Fonds
La ferme du sommet de Pouillerel
La ferme du sommet de Pouillerel
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Hôtel Restaurant de la Vue-des-Alpes
Hôtel Restaurant de la Vue-des-Alpes
La Vue-des-Alpes
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Bookable offers

7 Jura Route Basel - Nyon
7 Jura Route Basel - Nyon
La Route Verte
La Route Verte
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Places

Goumois
Goumois
Saignelégier
Saignelégier
Saint-Imier
Saint-Imier
La Chaux-de-Fonds
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Vue des Alpes
Vue des Alpes
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Places of interest

A rare cattle droving track
A rare cattle droving track
Centre Nature, Les Cerlatez
Centre Nature, Les Cerlatez
Doubs Canoë
Doubs Nature Park
Doubs Nature Park
Lake Etang de la Gruère
Lake Etang de la Gruère
Fondation pour le Cheval
Fondation pour le Cheval
Astronomic observatory Mont- Soleil
Astronomic observatory Mont- Soleil
Chasseral Nature Park
Chasseral Nature Park
Fromagerie Tête de Moine
Fromagerie Tête de Moine
Espace Découverte Energie
Espace Découverte Energie
International watchmaking museum
International watchmaking museum
Watchmaking town planning (UNESCO)
Watchmaking town planning (UNESCO)
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Swimming

Erguël outdoor swimming pool in Saint Imier
Erguël outdoor swimming pool in Saint Imier
Piscine couverte des Arêtes La Chaux-de-Fonds
Piscine couverte des Arêtes La Chaux-de-Fonds
Outdoor pool Piscine des Mélèzes in La Chaux-de-Fonds
Outdoor pool Piscine des Mélèzes in La Chaux-de-Fonds
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