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St-Ursanne
Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 2, St-Ursanne–Soubey
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Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 1, Porrentruy–St-Ursanne
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Au fil du Doubs
Au fil du Doubs
Stage 4, Soubey–St-Ursanne
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Chemin du Jura
Chemin du Jura
Stage 3, Porrentruy–St-Ursanne
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Chemin du Jura
Chemin du Jura
Stage 4, St-Ursanne–Glovelier
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Parcours de St-Ursanne
Parcours de St-Ursanne
Route 464, St-Ursanne–St-Ursanne
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Chemin du 100e du CAS Jura
Chemin du 100e du CAS Jura
Route 453, St-Ursanne–Lucelle
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St-Ursanne
Jura Route
Jura Route
Stage 2, Courgenay (Courtemautruy)–Saignelégier
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Jura Route
Stage 1, Basel–Courgenay (Courtemautruy)
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Clos du Doubs
St-Ursanne

St-Ursanne

The small medieval town of St. Ursanne lies in the heart of the Jura Mountains on the banks of the River Doubs. Highlights of this picturesque town are the monastery with cloister and Romanesque-Gothic church, dating from the 12th century.
St. Ursanne is besides Delémont (in German: Delsberg) and Porrentruy the third historic town in Canton Jura. It has an exceptionally picturesque old town with three beautiful town gates. The historic centre has not changed a great deal throughout the centuries and is dominated by 14th to 16th century bourgeois houses. A highlight is the former Benedictine monastery with 12th to 14th century Romanesque basilica and early Gothic cloister dating from the 14th century. The southern gateway of the church (built around 1200) in the Burgundian Romanesque style is one the most important buildings in this style in Switzerland.

The small Doubs River has carved its way deeply through the Jura mountain chains and turns abruptly 180 degrees to the west at St. Ursanne. The four-arched stone bridge over the river, built in 1728, awards a particularly splendid view of the picturesque town. A sandstone statue made in 1729 of St. John of Nepomuk, a protector against floods, stands on the bridge. Many anglers are attracted to the fish-rich waters of the Doubs, which is said to have the best river trout. The lush green river landscape of the Doubs is also popular with canoeists and kayak riders.

Legend has it that Saint Ursicinus – an Irish monk – gave this remote town its name. His hermitage within a cave can be reached by climbing 180 steep steps. St. Ursanne didn’t emerge from isolation until 1877, when a railway line with several tunnels running from Delémont to Porrentruy and continuing to France was built. Enclosed by a narrow bend of the Doubs River is a mainly forested and isolated, almost uninhabited hill, the Clos du Doubs. The panoramic view from the hilltop encompasses Belfort, the Vosges Mountains and the Franches Montagnes. Hiking trails and a mountain bike trail (suitable for beginners) lead through the unspoilt nature of the Clos du Doubs.

Highlights

  • Old town and monastery – picturesque medieval town on the banks of the River Doubs with narrow streets, beautiful buildings and bridges and an impressive Romanesque-Gothic church with cloister.
  • St. Jean Bridge – there is a wonderful view of the old town from the four-arched sandstone bridge over the Doubs. Built in 1728.
  • Nature conservation area Clos du Doubs – a mainly forested hill (917m) surrounded by a narrow bend of the Doubs with a panoramic view of the Vosges and Franches Montagnes.
The small medieval town of St. Ursanne lies in the heart of the Jura Mountains on the banks of the River Doubs. Highlights of this picturesque town are the monastery with cloister and Romanesque-Gothic church, dating from the 12th century.
St. Ursanne is besides Delémont (in German: Delsberg) and Porrentruy the third historic town in Canton Jura. It has an exceptionally picturesque old town with three beautiful town gates. The historic centre has not changed a great deal throughout the centuries and is dominated by 14th to 16th century bourgeois houses. A highlight is the former Benedictine monastery with 12th to 14th century Romanesque basilica and early Gothic cloister dating from the 14th century. The southern gateway of the church (built around 1200) in the Burgundian Romanesque style is one the most important buildings in this style in Switzerland.

The small Doubs River has carved its way deeply through the Jura mountain chains and turns abruptly 180 degrees to the west at St. Ursanne. The four-arched stone bridge over the river, built in 1728, awards a particularly splendid view of the picturesque town. A sandstone statue made in 1729 of St. John of Nepomuk, a protector against floods, stands on the bridge. Many anglers are attracted to the fish-rich waters of the Doubs, which is said to have the best river trout. The lush green river landscape of the Doubs is also popular with canoeists and kayak riders.

Legend has it that Saint Ursicinus – an Irish monk – gave this remote town its name. His hermitage within a cave can be reached by climbing 180 steep steps. St. Ursanne didn’t emerge from isolation until 1877, when a railway line with several tunnels running from Delémont to Porrentruy and continuing to France was built. Enclosed by a narrow bend of the Doubs River is a mainly forested and isolated, almost uninhabited hill, the Clos du Doubs. The panoramic view from the hilltop encompasses Belfort, the Vosges Mountains and the Franches Montagnes. Hiking trails and a mountain bike trail (suitable for beginners) lead through the unspoilt nature of the Clos du Doubs.

Highlights

  • Old town and monastery – picturesque medieval town on the banks of the River Doubs with narrow streets, beautiful buildings and bridges and an impressive Romanesque-Gothic church with cloister.
  • St. Jean Bridge – there is a wonderful view of the old town from the four-arched sandstone bridge over the Doubs. Built in 1728.
  • Nature conservation area Clos du Doubs – a mainly forested hill (917m) surrounded by a narrow bend of the Doubs with a panoramic view of the Vosges and Franches Montagnes.

Arrival and return St-Ursanne

Adresse

Jura Tourisme
Place Roger Schaffter
2800 St-Ursanne
Tel. +41 (0)32 432 41 90
info@juratourisme.ch
www.juratourisme.ch

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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
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Places of interest

Saint-Ursanne on the Doubs
Saint-Ursanne on the Doubs
St-Ursanne bridge
St-Ursanne bridge
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Hiking in

St-Ursanne
Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 2, St-Ursanne–Soubey
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Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 1, Porrentruy–St-Ursanne
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Au fil du Doubs
Au fil du Doubs
Stage 4, Soubey–St-Ursanne
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Chemin du Jura
Chemin du Jura
Stage 3, Porrentruy–St-Ursanne
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Chemin du Jura
Chemin du Jura
Stage 4, St-Ursanne–Glovelier
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Parcours de St-Ursanne
Parcours de St-Ursanne
Route 464, St-Ursanne–St-Ursanne
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Chemin du 100e du CAS Jura
Chemin du 100e du CAS Jura
Route 453, St-Ursanne–Lucelle
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Cycling in

St-Ursanne
Jura Route
Jura Route
Stage 2, Courgenay (Courtemautruy)–Saignelégier
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Jura Route
Jura Route
Stage 1, Basel–Courgenay (Courtemautruy)
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Mountain biking in

St-Ursanne
Jura Bike
Jura Bike