2 Trans Swiss Trail
2 Trans Swiss Trail
2 Trans Swiss Trail
2 Trans Swiss Trail
2 Trans Swiss Trail
2 Trans Swiss Trail

Hiking

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Trans Swiss Trail

Stage 6, Chézard-St-Martin–Neuchâtel

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Trans Swiss Trail

Val de Ruz is proving ideal hiking country. Striking, the numerous village fountains and massive church towers. Engollon has the only murals in Canton Neuchâtel which date back to before the Reformation. Descent to Neuchâtel, with superb views.
Even though the watch industry established itself in Chézard-St-Martin in the 19th century, agriculture continues to play an important role. Intensive agricultural farming is practised in the valley together with milk and meat production in the Jura heights. Pastures with the typical tall spruces standing alone or in groups provide the classic, almost mystical Jura atmosphere.

At the beginning of the hike, the valley basin with its huge stretches of farmland is crossed. Once these are behind you, you are already halfway through the hike - even though you have only just been through the two hamlets of Engollon and Vilars. Then the path branches off into the forest. After two hours, the highest point is reached at Chable au Tyrol (827 m.a.s.l.). This is followed by the descent, about 300 metres in altitude through the forest and then another 100 metres in altitude through Neuchâtel. The steep shore area into which the town on lake Neuchâtel was built can be clearly seen.

Neuchâtel has a medieval town centre with many cafés and restaurants, museums and theatres. The watch industry also plays an important role here. The observatory in the research centre shows the Swiss time to fractions of a second. The sixth stage of the Trans Swiss Trail ends at the harbour. From Porrentruy to Neuchâtel, it was possible to cover the entire distance of almost 100 kilometres on foot. Stage seven then begins with a boat trip to Cudrefin.
Val de Ruz is proving ideal hiking country. Striking, the numerous village fountains and massive church towers. Engollon has the only murals in Canton Neuchâtel which date back to before the Reformation. Descent to Neuchâtel, with superb views.
Even though the watch industry established itself in Chézard-St-Martin in the 19th century, agriculture continues to play an important role. Intensive agricultural farming is practised in the valley together with milk and meat production in the Jura heights. Pastures with the typical tall spruces standing alone or in groups provide the classic, almost mystical Jura atmosphere.

At the beginning of the hike, the valley basin with its huge stretches of farmland is crossed. Once these are behind you, you are already halfway through the hike - even though you have only just been through the two hamlets of Engollon and Vilars. Then the path branches off into the forest. After two hours, the highest point is reached at Chable au Tyrol (827 m.a.s.l.). This is followed by the descent, about 300 metres in altitude through the forest and then another 100 metres in altitude through Neuchâtel. The steep shore area into which the town on lake Neuchâtel was built can be clearly seen.

Neuchâtel has a medieval town centre with many cafés and restaurants, museums and theatres. The watch industry also plays an important role here. The observatory in the research centre shows the Swiss time to fractions of a second. The sixth stage of the Trans Swiss Trail ends at the harbour. From Porrentruy to Neuchâtel, it was possible to cover the entire distance of almost 100 kilometres on foot. Stage seven then begins with a boat trip to Cudrefin.
11 km
200 m | 560 m
2 h 55 min
easy (hiking trail) | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Chézard-St-Martin, Grand
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Saving metres in altitude
There is a bus between Chézard-St-Martin,Grand-Chézar and Neuchâtel, Place Pury that saves about 550 metres in altitude.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Neuchâtel
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Contact

Signpost management
Signposting is managed by the cantonal hiking trail organisation on behalf of the canton.
Neuchâtel Rando
Espacité 1
2302 La Chaux-de-Fonds
info@neuchatelrando.ch
www.neuchatelrando.ch

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Hôtel Alpes et Lac
Hôtel Alpes et Lac
Neuchâtel
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Beau-Rivage Hotel
Neuchâtel
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Hôtel Touring au Lac
Neuchâtel
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Hôtel des Arts
Neuchâtel
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Best Western Premier Hotel Beaulac
Neuchâtel
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2 Trans Swiss Trail: Porrentruy - Neuchâtel
2 Trans Swiss Trail: Porrentruy - Neuchâtel
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Chézard-St-Martin
Chézard-St-Martin
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Swimming pools Nid-du-Crô in Neuchâtel
Swimming pools Nid-du-Crô in Neuchâtel
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Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
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