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Cycling in Switzerland

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Passwang
ViaSurprise
ViaSurprise
Stage 3, Wasserfallen–Beinwil
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Weissenstein-Passwang-Weg
Weissenstein-Passwang-Weg
Stage 2, Welschenrohr–Passwang
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Wasserfallen-Rundweg
Wasserfallen-Rundweg
Route 470, Wasserfallen Bergstation–Passwang, Vogelberg–Wasserfallen Bergstation
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Cycling in

Passwang
Passwang–Oberaargau
Passwang–Oberaargau
Stage 1, Dornach–Balsthal
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Schwarzbubenland-Route
Schwarzbubenland-Route
Route 348, Passwang (Beinwil Neuhüsli)–Kleinlützel
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Chirsi-Route
Chirsi-Route
Route 111, Liestal–Laufen
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Belchen-Panorama-Route
Belchen-Panorama-Route
Route 112, Olten–Liestal
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Mountain biking in

Passwang
Chasseral–Weissenstein Bike
Mümliswil-Ramiswil
Passwang

Passwang

Passwang (1204 m) is a mountain ridge in the Canton Solothurn Jura between Mümliswil and Reigoldswil. But today’s pass road, west of the ridge and known as the Passwangstrasse, links Balsthal in Switzerland’s Mittelland with the Laufental valley.
The historic Passwangstrasse (earlier also Barschwang) from Balsthal into Schwarzbubenland to Reigoldswil, built around 1730, was not ideal for wagon transport because of its extreme gradients. «It seems that the highest ridges and most unfitting places were most carefully selected to build this highly hazardous road» can be read in old documents. Today, the route is a wonderful hiking trail leading through dense pine and beech forests and airy glades. Hikers can also reach the Passwang area with the Wasserfallen aerial cableway from Reigoldswil.

The new Passwang road via Ramiswil (attractive old mill) towards Laufental is also extremely scenic. It reaches a height of 943 m and at its head crosses the craggy Jura chain through the around 200-m-long Zingelen tunnel. The modern Heiligblutkapelle (Chapel of the Holy Blood) Vorder Beibelberg, popular as a vantage point and for weddings, stands about halfway up the pass on the south side. And just one bend below the south tunnel portal is the Restaurant Alpenblick with wonderful panoramic views and popular with cyclists, motor cyclists and motorists.

On the north side of the Passwang, in the direction of Laufental, the road leads past the Neu-Thierstein fortress, landmark of Canton Solothurn’s Schwarzbubenland. The most important part of the medieval fortress still remaining is the party conserved residential tower.

Highlights

  • Historic Passwangstrasse – wonderful hike from Mümliswil (SO) to Reigoldswil (BL) on the once regarded as hazardous wagon road from the 18th century.
  • Heiligblutkapelle (Chapel of the Holy Blood) Vorder Beibelberg – modern chapel halfway up on the south flank of Passwang, popular for weddings.
Passwang (1204 m) is a mountain ridge in the Canton Solothurn Jura between Mümliswil and Reigoldswil. But today’s pass road, west of the ridge and known as the Passwangstrasse, links Balsthal in Switzerland’s Mittelland with the Laufental valley.
The historic Passwangstrasse (earlier also Barschwang) from Balsthal into Schwarzbubenland to Reigoldswil, built around 1730, was not ideal for wagon transport because of its extreme gradients. «It seems that the highest ridges and most unfitting places were most carefully selected to build this highly hazardous road» can be read in old documents. Today, the route is a wonderful hiking trail leading through dense pine and beech forests and airy glades. Hikers can also reach the Passwang area with the Wasserfallen aerial cableway from Reigoldswil.

The new Passwang road via Ramiswil (attractive old mill) towards Laufental is also extremely scenic. It reaches a height of 943 m and at its head crosses the craggy Jura chain through the around 200-m-long Zingelen tunnel. The modern Heiligblutkapelle (Chapel of the Holy Blood) Vorder Beibelberg, popular as a vantage point and for weddings, stands about halfway up the pass on the south side. And just one bend below the south tunnel portal is the Restaurant Alpenblick with wonderful panoramic views and popular with cyclists, motor cyclists and motorists.

On the north side of the Passwang, in the direction of Laufental, the road leads past the Neu-Thierstein fortress, landmark of Canton Solothurn’s Schwarzbubenland. The most important part of the medieval fortress still remaining is the party conserved residential tower.

Highlights

  • Historic Passwangstrasse – wonderful hike from Mümliswil (SO) to Reigoldswil (BL) on the once regarded as hazardous wagon road from the 18th century.
  • Heiligblutkapelle (Chapel of the Holy Blood) Vorder Beibelberg – modern chapel halfway up on the south flank of Passwang, popular for weddings.

Arrival and return Passwang

Adresse

Forum Schwarzbubenland
Bahnhofstrasse 32
4143 Dornach
Tel. +41 (0)61 702 17 17
info@schwarzbubenland.info
www.schwarzbubenland.info

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Places of interest

Hair and Comb Museum
Hair and Comb Museum
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Hiking in

Passwang
ViaSurprise
ViaSurprise
Stage 3, Wasserfallen–Beinwil
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Weissenstein-Passwang-Weg
Weissenstein-Passwang-Weg
Stage 2, Welschenrohr–Passwang
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Wasserfallen-Rundweg
Wasserfallen-Rundweg
Route 470, Wasserfallen Bergstation–Passwang, Vogelberg–Wasserfallen Bergstation
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Cycling in

Passwang
Passwang–Oberaargau
Passwang–Oberaargau
Stage 1, Dornach–Balsthal
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Schwarzbubenland-Route
Schwarzbubenland-Route
Route 348, Passwang (Beinwil Neuhüsli)–Kleinlützel
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Chirsi-Route
Chirsi-Route
Route 111, Liestal–Laufen
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Belchen-Panorama-Route
Belchen-Panorama-Route
Route 112, Olten–Liestal
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Mountain biking in

Passwang
Chasseral–Weissenstein Bike