false

Hiking

Photo gallery

Hiking in

Moutier
Chemin du Jura bernois
Chemin du Jura bernois
Stage 1, Moutier–Sornetan
Show all
ViaJura
ViaJura
Stage 5, Moutier–Sornetan
Show all
ViaJura
ViaJura
Stage 4, Delémont–Moutier
Show all
Chemin de Raimeux
Chemin de Raimeux
Route 413, Moutier–Corcelles (BE)
Show all
Chemin de Moron
Chemin de Moron
Route 423, Perrefitte–Combioz–Moron–Perrefitte
Show all

Cycling in

Moutier
Lötschberg–Jura
Lötschberg–Jura
Stage 3, Biel/Bienne–Delémont
Show all
Arc jurassien
Arc jurassien
Stage 3, Tramelan–Welschenrohr
Show all
Moutier
Moutier

Moutier

Moutier, capital of the Bernese Jura, is situated between two klus or transverse valleys in the Jura Mountains. The town has a long tool-making tradition. Its earlier history is dominated by the formerly significant Grandval Abbey.
Moutier lies at an altitude of 535 metres in the valley basin of the Grand Val. The Birs River (La Birse) flows northwards, cutting through the Grand Val to the structured chain of the Jura Mountains and forms deep gorges above (Gorges de Court through the Graitery anticline) and below (Gorges de Moutier through the Mont Raimeux anticline) Moutier. Both of these transverse or longitudinal valleys are excellent examples of the typical fold structure of the Jura Mountains.

The Jura Issue was and is a hot topic in Moutier. In 1979 when Canton Jura was founded, the population of Moutier voted with a narrow margin to remain part of Canton Bern. A potential union of the southern Jura region with Canton Jura is still a frequently debated issue in the town.

Moutier has a strong focus on light industry and was economically dependent on the fortunes of one tool-making factory. Moutier’s earlier development focused on the erstwhile important Moutier-Grandval Abbey. The 11th/12th century abbey church was ravaged by fire several times and fell into ruin at the end of the 18th century. The present-day Protestant church was erected from 1858-63 on the site of the former church. It has important stained glass windows by Coghuf, dating from 1961.

The Chalière Chapel dates from the abbey’s heyday and has important frescos. It was consecrated in the presence of Emperor Henry II in 1019. To the south of the River Birs is the Roman Catholic church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Prévôté, built from 1963-65. The baroque castle, Chateau des Prévôts, was built from 1738-42 on the foundations of the former castle, of which only the mediaeval curtain wall with its corner turrets remains.

The centre of Moutier boasts several picturesque buildings in neo-baroque and traditional styles. The factories were built largely around the turn of the 20th century, and many of the workers’ houses were built around 1875-80. The Villa Bechler houses the Musée jurassien des Beaux-Arts and the local historical/industrial museum. The rural region around Moutier has a nature theme trail and a woodland conservation area.

Highlights

  • Gorges de Court and Gorges de Moutier – the klus or transverse valleys at Moutier are an excellent example of the impressive fold structure of the Jura Mountains. Traces of long-extinct dinosaurs can be found here.
  • Abbey church of Saint-Germain with stained glass windows by Coghuf. There are other important examples of stained glass artwork to be found in the area around Moutier and the whole Jura Region.
  • «Siky Ranch» - a private zoo at Crémines. The only private zoo in Switzerland to keep Siberian tigers (5km from Moutier).
Moutier, capital of the Bernese Jura, is situated between two klus or transverse valleys in the Jura Mountains. The town has a long tool-making tradition. Its earlier history is dominated by the formerly significant Grandval Abbey.
Moutier lies at an altitude of 535 metres in the valley basin of the Grand Val. The Birs River (La Birse) flows northwards, cutting through the Grand Val to the structured chain of the Jura Mountains and forms deep gorges above (Gorges de Court through the Graitery anticline) and below (Gorges de Moutier through the Mont Raimeux anticline) Moutier. Both of these transverse or longitudinal valleys are excellent examples of the typical fold structure of the Jura Mountains.

The Jura Issue was and is a hot topic in Moutier. In 1979 when Canton Jura was founded, the population of Moutier voted with a narrow margin to remain part of Canton Bern. A potential union of the southern Jura region with Canton Jura is still a frequently debated issue in the town.

Moutier has a strong focus on light industry and was economically dependent on the fortunes of one tool-making factory. Moutier’s earlier development focused on the erstwhile important Moutier-Grandval Abbey. The 11th/12th century abbey church was ravaged by fire several times and fell into ruin at the end of the 18th century. The present-day Protestant church was erected from 1858-63 on the site of the former church. It has important stained glass windows by Coghuf, dating from 1961.

The Chalière Chapel dates from the abbey’s heyday and has important frescos. It was consecrated in the presence of Emperor Henry II in 1019. To the south of the River Birs is the Roman Catholic church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Prévôté, built from 1963-65. The baroque castle, Chateau des Prévôts, was built from 1738-42 on the foundations of the former castle, of which only the mediaeval curtain wall with its corner turrets remains.

The centre of Moutier boasts several picturesque buildings in neo-baroque and traditional styles. The factories were built largely around the turn of the 20th century, and many of the workers’ houses were built around 1875-80. The Villa Bechler houses the Musée jurassien des Beaux-Arts and the local historical/industrial museum. The rural region around Moutier has a nature theme trail and a woodland conservation area.

Highlights

  • Gorges de Court and Gorges de Moutier – the klus or transverse valleys at Moutier are an excellent example of the impressive fold structure of the Jura Mountains. Traces of long-extinct dinosaurs can be found here.
  • Abbey church of Saint-Germain with stained glass windows by Coghuf. There are other important examples of stained glass artwork to be found in the area around Moutier and the whole Jura Region.
  • «Siky Ranch» - a private zoo at Crémines. The only private zoo in Switzerland to keep Siberian tigers (5km from Moutier).

Arrival and return Moutier

Adresse

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

Services

Accommodation

Cabane Les Gorges (Section Prévoitise CAS)
Cabane Les Gorges (Section Prévoitise CAS)
Moutier
Show all

Places of interest

Moutier's ravines
Moutier's ravines
Show all

Hiking in

Moutier
Chemin du Jura bernois
Chemin du Jura bernois
Stage 1, Moutier–Sornetan
Show all
ViaJura
ViaJura
Stage 5, Moutier–Sornetan
Show all
ViaJura
ViaJura
Stage 4, Delémont–Moutier
Show all
Chemin de Raimeux
Chemin de Raimeux
Route 413, Moutier–Corcelles (BE)
Show all
Chemin de Moron
Chemin de Moron
Route 423, Perrefitte–Combioz–Moron–Perrefitte
Show all

Cycling in

Moutier
Lötschberg–Jura
Lötschberg–Jura
Stage 3, Biel/Bienne–Delémont
Show all
Arc jurassien
Arc jurassien
Stage 3, Tramelan–Welschenrohr
Show all