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 1, Basel–Courgenay (Courtemautruy)

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Jura Route

With the bustle of Basel still ringing in your ears and after a detour to Upper Alsace and around the Landskronberg, climb the first Jura heights. Find your stride along the richly wooded waters of La Lucelle on the Franco-Swiss border and slowly immerse yourself in the gently rolling Ajoie countryside.
The first stage of the Jura Route starts at the Schifflände boat dock near Basel's oldest Rhine crossing. The Middle Bridge over the Rhine is regarded as the border between the High Rhine and the Upper Rhine. The bridge was built for the first time in the 13th century. Several centuries were to elapse before the second Rhine crossing was opened. It was not until 1879 that the Wettstein Bridge was built to keep the venerable "Middleri Brugg" company. Although the cycle tracks are good, concentration is called for: there is plenty to see here in this city on the Rhine Knee that is famed for its Fasnacht carnival – houses old and new, large and small, some grey, some in different shades. The green gardens are often peppered with a pleasing if chaotic mix of bright colours.

Most of the trams here are also green. Until you reach Flüh, the route keeps hugging the line of the No. 10 tram (or "Drämmli", to use the local word). At this point, where you finally reach the canton of Solothurn, you have definitely left the city behind you. The municipality of Hofstetten-Flüh is directly adjacent to the French border. As a cyclist, you can enjoy glimpses of young calves, meek horses, grunting pigs, chomping cows or even the illustrious ostrich. At Mariastein, the most renowned place of pilgrimage in north-western Switzerland, it is well worth visiting the Benedictine monastery. After the village of Metzerlen – famed for its pumpkins – you tackle a short climb to the Chall Pass (746 meters), giving you a first foretaste of the stages of the Jura Route that lie ahead. At the top, you can admire beautiful views of Basel in the distance, the Sundgau region and further into Alsace. The slightly bumpy but nevertheless pleasant route through the Challhöchi Forest makes you want to take a snooze somewhere in the forest, in a hammock slung between two trees.

The countryside along the banks of the river Lucelle – or Lützel – is also like something out of a fairytale. This river often switches its allegiance: it seems unable to decide clearly between the Haut-Rhin region on the French side and the cantons of Solothurn, Baselland and Jura on the Swiss side. The mill near the Moulin Neuf Restaurant harks back to a different era. On a broad stretch of meadowland, a herd of cows courteously follow the loud cries of their leader. Lucelle is also the name of the small village as well as the even smaller lake in the nature conservation zone here. In the distant past, Cistercian monks settled near Lake Lucelle and erected buildings here. The last section of this stage is extremely beautiful, with superb views across vast fields, finally taking you via Charmoille and Cornol to Courgenay rail station.
With the bustle of Basel still ringing in your ears and after a detour to Upper Alsace and around the Landskronberg, climb the first Jura heights. Find your stride along the richly wooded waters of La Lucelle on the Franco-Swiss border and slowly immerse yourself in the gently rolling Ajoie countryside.
The first stage of the Jura Route starts at the Schifflände boat dock near Basel's oldest Rhine crossing. The Middle Bridge over the Rhine is regarded as the border between the High Rhine and the Upper Rhine. The bridge was built for the first time in the 13th century. Several centuries were to elapse before the second Rhine crossing was opened. It was not until 1879 that the Wettstein Bridge was built to keep the venerable "Middleri Brugg" company. Although the cycle tracks are good, concentration is called for: there is plenty to see here in this city on the Rhine Knee that is famed for its Fasnacht carnival – houses old and new, large and small, some grey, some in different shades. The green gardens are often peppered with a pleasing if chaotic mix of bright colours.

Most of the trams here are also green. Until you reach Flüh, the route keeps hugging the line of the No. 10 tram (or "Drämmli", to use the local word). At this point, where you finally reach the canton of Solothurn, you have definitely left the city behind you. The municipality of Hofstetten-Flüh is directly adjacent to the French border. As a cyclist, you can enjoy glimpses of young calves, meek horses, grunting pigs, chomping cows or even the illustrious ostrich. At Mariastein, the most renowned place of pilgrimage in north-western Switzerland, it is well worth visiting the Benedictine monastery. After the village of Metzerlen – famed for its pumpkins – you tackle a short climb to the Chall Pass (746 meters), giving you a first foretaste of the stages of the Jura Route that lie ahead. At the top, you can admire beautiful views of Basel in the distance, the Sundgau region and further into Alsace. The slightly bumpy but nevertheless pleasant route through the Challhöchi Forest makes you want to take a snooze somewhere in the forest, in a hammock slung between two trees.

The countryside along the banks of the river Lucelle – or Lützel – is also like something out of a fairytale. This river often switches its allegiance: it seems unable to decide clearly between the Haut-Rhin region on the French side and the cantons of Solothurn, Baselland and Jura on the Swiss side. The mill near the Moulin Neuf Restaurant harks back to a different era. On a broad stretch of meadowland, a herd of cows courteously follow the loud cries of their leader. Lucelle is also the name of the small village as well as the even smaller lake in the nature conservation zone here. In the distant past, Cistercian monks settled near Lake Lucelle and erected buildings here. The last section of this stage is extremely beautiful, with superb views across vast fields, finally taking you via Charmoille and Cornol to Courgenay rail station.
57 km
Asphalted: 52 km
Natural surface: 5 km
1050 m | 760 m
difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Basel SBB
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Arrival / return travel Courgenay
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Accommodation

Cydonia Bett & Brot
Cydonia Bett & Brot
Basel
DASBREITEHOTEL
DASBREITEHOTEL
Basel
Hotel Balade Basel
Hotel Balade Basel
Basel
Hotel Bildungszentrum 21 AG
Hotel Bildungszentrum 21 AG
Basel
Hotel Stücki
Hotel Stücki
Basel
Jugendherberge Basel
Jugendherberge Basel
Basel
Jugendherberge Mariastein
Jugendherberge Mariastein
Mariastein
Hotel Post
Hotel Post
Mariastein
Klosterhotel Kreuz
Klosterhotel Kreuz
Mariastein
Gasthof Engel Kleinlützel
Gasthof Engel Kleinlützel
Kleinlützel
Haus Neumühle
Haus Neumühle
Roggenburg
Bed & Breakfast No. 57
Bed & Breakfast No. 57
Asuel
Hôtel Restaurant La Caquerelle
Hôtel Restaurant La Caquerelle
Col des Rangiers
Ferme le Pécal
Ferme le Pécal
Cornol
Hôtel du Boeuf
Hôtel du Boeuf
Courgenay
Eco-Chalet
Eco-Chalet
St-Ursanne
La Couronne
La Couronne
St-Ursanne
Le Chandelier et Camping de St-Ursanne
Le Chandelier et Camping de St-Ursanne
St-Ursanne
Ma Petite Fontaine
Ma Petite Fontaine
Seleute
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Bookable offers

7 Jura Route Basel - Nyon
7 Jura Route Basel - Nyon
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Places

Basel
Basel
Mariastein
Mariastein
Lucelle
Lucelle
Courgenay
Courgenay
Porrentruy
Porrentruy
St-Ursanne
St-Ursanne
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Places of interest

Basel Zoo
Basel Zoo
Basel's Old Town
Basel's Old Town
Basler Cathedral
Basler Cathedral
City Hall and Marktplatz
City Hall and Marktplatz
Exhibition Tower
Exhibition Tower
Kunstmuseum Basel
Kunstmuseum Basel
Mittlere Brücke and Schifflände
Mittlere Brücke and Schifflände
Pfalz
Pfalz
Basel's pump track
Basel's pump track
Rhine Port / Three Countries' Corner
Rhine Port / Three Countries' Corner
Spalentor
Spalentor
Tinguely Fountain
Tinguely Fountain
Tinguely Museum
Tinguely Museum
JURASSICA Museum
JURASSICA Museum
Saint-Ursanne on the Doubs
Saint-Ursanne on the Doubs
St-Ursanne bridge
St-Ursanne bridge
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