5 Jura Crest Trail
5 Jura Crest Trail
5 Jura Crest Trail
5 Jura Crest Trail
5 Jura Crest Trail
5 Jura Crest Trail

Hiking

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Jura Crest Trail

Stage 5, Balsthal–Weissenstein

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Jura Crest Trail

The reward for the steep climb to Höllchöpfli is the views along the high-level hike through forests and meadows. Passing unusual geological features and many mountain restaurants to the Weissenstein – «Solothurn’s balcony».
Work first, then pleasure: the most intensive section of this stage comes right at the start. From Balsthal rail station, the path crosses the river Dünnern below Alt-Falkenstein Castle, and then plunges into the forest. The route continues along paths with some steep sections until you reach the Schwengimatt in a little under two hours. The ridge is not far from here. On reaching it, you will be astounded by the sweeping view of the Swiss Alps and the entire Mittelland region. Now you can really enjoy walking along narrow forest paths, over ridges and across meadows. All along this hiking route, you will find superb viewing points, steep declivities and a varied choice of barbecue spots.

On passing the former army base on the Hällchöpfli (1230 meters above sea level), high above the Aare valley, you cross the cantonal border from Solothurn into Bern. This is the location of the easternmost summit in the long chain of hills that runs from west to east. Walk down some steps to reach the meadow near Hinteregg. Following the ridge, you cross the Schattenberg to reach Bättlerchuchi, a flat little spot with a lovely view. It is believed that the Romans were already using this passage as a mule track, because coins from that era have been found here. Nowadays you will frequently encounter climbers enjoying their sport.

The next stop is in the Balmberg area, popular with skiers in winter and a favourite spot for family outings in summer thanks to its rope park. The final climb, starting at the Schoffgraben rift, brings you to Weissenstein meadow. Solothurn has adopted this crest as its "own" mountain. The far-reaching views from the first and highest Jura chain stretch as far as the Alps, and from Mount Säntis to Mont Blanc in clear weather. This varied hike – which does make some demands on your fitness – comes to an end with stunning views.
The reward for the steep climb to Höllchöpfli is the views along the high-level hike through forests and meadows. Passing unusual geological features and many mountain restaurants to the Weissenstein – «Solothurn’s balcony».
Work first, then pleasure: the most intensive section of this stage comes right at the start. From Balsthal rail station, the path crosses the river Dünnern below Alt-Falkenstein Castle, and then plunges into the forest. The route continues along paths with some steep sections until you reach the Schwengimatt in a little under two hours. The ridge is not far from here. On reaching it, you will be astounded by the sweeping view of the Swiss Alps and the entire Mittelland region. Now you can really enjoy walking along narrow forest paths, over ridges and across meadows. All along this hiking route, you will find superb viewing points, steep declivities and a varied choice of barbecue spots.

On passing the former army base on the Hällchöpfli (1230 meters above sea level), high above the Aare valley, you cross the cantonal border from Solothurn into Bern. This is the location of the easternmost summit in the long chain of hills that runs from west to east. Walk down some steps to reach the meadow near Hinteregg. Following the ridge, you cross the Schattenberg to reach Bättlerchuchi, a flat little spot with a lovely view. It is believed that the Romans were already using this passage as a mule track, because coins from that era have been found here. Nowadays you will frequently encounter climbers enjoying their sport.

The next stop is in the Balmberg area, popular with skiers in winter and a favourite spot for family outings in summer thanks to its rope park. The final climb, starting at the Schoffgraben rift, brings you to Weissenstein meadow. Solothurn has adopted this crest as its "own" mountain. The far-reaching views from the first and highest Jura chain stretch as far as the Alps, and from Mount Säntis to Mont Blanc in clear weather. This varied hike – which does make some demands on your fitness – comes to an end with stunning views.
20 km
1300 m | 500 m
6 h 35 min
easy (hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Balsthal
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Ascent Weissenstein
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Ascent Weissenstein
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Oberdorf SO (Talstation)–Weissenstein
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 850m.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Weissenstein
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Contact

Signpost management
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Solothurner Wanderwege
4503 Solothurn
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Services

Accommodation

Berggasthof Schwengimatt
Berggasthof Schwengimatt
Balsthal
Hotel Balsthal
Hotel Balsthal
Balsthal
Bergwirtschaft Hinteregg
Bergwirtschaft Hinteregg
Rumisberg
Restaurant Vordere Schmiedenmatt
Restaurant Vordere Schmiedenmatt
Farnern
Restaurant / Pension mittlerer Balmberg
Restaurant / Pension mittlerer Balmberg
Balmberg
Seminar- und Ferienhaus Tannenheim
Seminar- und Ferienhaus Tannenheim
Balmberg
Gasthof Hirschen
Welschenrohr
Gasthof Hinter Weissenstein
Gasthof Hinter Weissenstein
Weissenstein
Bauernhof Schafmatthof
Bauernhof Schafmatthof
Gänsbrunnen
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Bookable offers

5 Jura Crest Trail: Solothurn - Couvet
5 Jura Crest Trail: Solothurn - Couvet
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Places

Balsthal
Balsthal
Welschenrohr
Welschenrohr
Weissenstein b. Solothurn
Weissenstein b. Solothurn
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Places of interest

Thal Nature Park
Thal Nature Park
Stigelos (Rüttenen–Weissenstein)
Stigelos (Rüttenen–Weissenstein)
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Signalization

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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