Sornetan

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Sornetan
Chemin du Jura bernois
Chemin du Jura bernois
Stage 1, Moutier–Sornetan
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Chemin du Jura bernois
Chemin du Jura bernois
Stage 2, Sornetan–Tramelan
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ViaJura
ViaJura
Stage 5, Moutier–Sornetan
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ViaJura
ViaJura
Stage 6, Sornetan–Sonceboz
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Tour de Moron
Tour de Moron
Route 419, Bellelay–Malleray-Bévilard
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Sornetan
Basel–Franches-Montagnes
Basel–Franches-Montagnes
Stage 2, Delémont–Tramelan
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Arc jurassien
Arc jurassien
Stage 3, Tramelan–Welschenrohr
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Sornetan
Bellelay Bike
Petit-Val
Sornetan

Sornetan

The Sorne River rushes encased by almost vertical rock faces through the narrow Gorges de Pichoux near the small village of Sornetan in the Bernese Jura. Tranquillity can be found in the panoramic views from the Moron Tower high up on the Jura mountain ridge.
The Bernese Jura village of Sornetan lies at an altitude of 843 metres on a spur on the northern flank of the Moron Jura chain, around 100 metres above the Sorne valley floor. Below Sornetan, the Montagne de Moutier anticline traverses the Sorne and has formed the Gorges de Pichoux, a characteristic Jura transverse valley with distinctive rock faces.

High above Sornetan on the widespread mountain pastures of the Jura ridge is the spiral-shaped Tour de Moron (Moron Tower) at an altitude of 1337 metres. Designed by famous Swiss architect Mario Botta, it stands 30 metres high and was built by 700 masonry apprentices in 65,000 man hours. It awards 360-degree panoramic views of the wide Jura landscape to the Vosges Mountains and Black Forest, Säntis and Mont Blanc. Various paths lead to the tower, which is not accessible by car.

The Protestant parish church at Sornetan is worth visiting. Built in 1708, it is one of the most beautiful churches in the Bernese Jura and has a richly appointed interior including choir stall and intricately carved pulpit. The centre of Sornetan has some preserved characteristic farmhouses dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Sornetan is also home to a seminar and education centre for groups.

Bellelay with its impressive former Premonstratensian abbey (1136 to 1797) is situated slightly to the west of Sornetan. The current buildings, constructed largely in the 18th century, are today in use as a psychiatric clinic and also home to exhibitions on the history of the Premonstratensian monks and contemporary art. The Domaine de Bellalay with stud farm has information on the breeding of the native Franches-Montagnes horses and visitors can take carriage rides and visit the historic exhibition dairy where the famous «Tête de Moine» cheese is made.

Highlights

  • Gorges de Pichoux – the waters of the Sorne rush in a torrent through this narrow gorge to the north of Sornetan.
  • Tour de Moron – trainee masons took almost four years to construct this tower on the Moron ridge, designed by famous architect Mario Botta.
  • Bellelay – this expansive former abbey lies around 8km to the north of Tavannes. Today it houses art exhibitions and a psychiatric clinic.
  • «Tête de Moine» - the Bellelay monks are said to have invented this spicy medium-hard cheese that is traditionally shaped into rosettes with a special cutter called a girolle.
The Sorne River rushes encased by almost vertical rock faces through the narrow Gorges de Pichoux near the small village of Sornetan in the Bernese Jura. Tranquillity can be found in the panoramic views from the Moron Tower high up on the Jura mountain ridge.
The Bernese Jura village of Sornetan lies at an altitude of 843 metres on a spur on the northern flank of the Moron Jura chain, around 100 metres above the Sorne valley floor. Below Sornetan, the Montagne de Moutier anticline traverses the Sorne and has formed the Gorges de Pichoux, a characteristic Jura transverse valley with distinctive rock faces.

High above Sornetan on the widespread mountain pastures of the Jura ridge is the spiral-shaped Tour de Moron (Moron Tower) at an altitude of 1337 metres. Designed by famous Swiss architect Mario Botta, it stands 30 metres high and was built by 700 masonry apprentices in 65,000 man hours. It awards 360-degree panoramic views of the wide Jura landscape to the Vosges Mountains and Black Forest, Säntis and Mont Blanc. Various paths lead to the tower, which is not accessible by car.

The Protestant parish church at Sornetan is worth visiting. Built in 1708, it is one of the most beautiful churches in the Bernese Jura and has a richly appointed interior including choir stall and intricately carved pulpit. The centre of Sornetan has some preserved characteristic farmhouses dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Sornetan is also home to a seminar and education centre for groups.

Bellelay with its impressive former Premonstratensian abbey (1136 to 1797) is situated slightly to the west of Sornetan. The current buildings, constructed largely in the 18th century, are today in use as a psychiatric clinic and also home to exhibitions on the history of the Premonstratensian monks and contemporary art. The Domaine de Bellalay with stud farm has information on the breeding of the native Franches-Montagnes horses and visitors can take carriage rides and visit the historic exhibition dairy where the famous «Tête de Moine» cheese is made.

Highlights

  • Gorges de Pichoux – the waters of the Sorne rush in a torrent through this narrow gorge to the north of Sornetan.
  • Tour de Moron – trainee masons took almost four years to construct this tower on the Moron ridge, designed by famous architect Mario Botta.
  • Bellelay – this expansive former abbey lies around 8km to the north of Tavannes. Today it houses art exhibitions and a psychiatric clinic.
  • «Tête de Moine» - the Bellelay monks are said to have invented this spicy medium-hard cheese that is traditionally shaped into rosettes with a special cutter called a girolle.

Arrival and return Sornetan

Adresse

Jura bernois tourisme
Avenue de la Gare 9
2740 Moutier
Tel. +41 (0)32 494 53 43
moutier@jurabernois.ch
www.jurabernois.ch

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Hôtel & Séminaires Sornetan
Hôtel & Séminaires Sornetan
Sornetan
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Hiking in

Sornetan
Chemin du Jura bernois
Chemin du Jura bernois
Stage 1, Moutier–Sornetan
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Chemin du Jura bernois
Chemin du Jura bernois
Stage 2, Sornetan–Tramelan
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ViaJura
ViaJura
Stage 5, Moutier–Sornetan
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ViaJura
ViaJura
Stage 6, Sornetan–Sonceboz
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Tour de Moron
Tour de Moron
Route 419, Bellelay–Malleray-Bévilard
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Cycling in

Sornetan
Basel–Franches-Montagnes
Basel–Franches-Montagnes
Stage 2, Delémont–Tramelan
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Arc jurassien
Arc jurassien
Stage 3, Tramelan–Welschenrohr
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Mountain biking in

Sornetan
Bellelay Bike