44 Chasseral–Weissenstein Bike
44 Chasseral–Weissenstein Bike

Mountainbiking

Chasseral–Weissenstein Bike

Chasseral–Weissenstein Bike

Neuchâtel–Balsthal

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Chasseral–Weissenstein Bike

Chasseral–Weissenstein Bike

When long-distance views are good, the Chasseral-Weissenstein route is one of Switzerland’s most impressive. The tour travels along the southernmost chain of the Jura with views over the entire Mittelland as far as the snow-covered Alps.
About 3 km from the Neuchâtel train station the demanding ascent to Chaumont, the region’s very own mountain begins. A word of advice: those who wish to save energy for later can take the La Coudre - Chaumont funicular.

The route along the ridge, alternating between south and north side, leads to the border of the Canton Bern. The road then climbs up to Chasseral, the highest peak of the Bernese Jura. The panorama on top, across the Mittelland region and the entire Alpine mountain chain from Säntis to Mont Blanc, is incredible.. Then follows a racy descent to Vallon de St. Imier, before the route enters a gully leading up to Col de Pierre Pertuis. This wide, natural rock tunnel was already used by the Romans as a link from north to south.

From the Col de Pierre Pertuis, the Chasseral-Weissenstein-Bike tour climbs the ridge of the southernmost Jura chain, which it follows up to the Weissenstein above Solothurn. The panorama is breathtaking: far below, the glistening waters of Lac de Neuchâtel, Bielersee and Murtensee, on the horizon the snow-covered Alps, a shimmering backdrop to the densely populated metropolitan area of Bern. Finally, a varied ride through the characteristic Jura landscape of the Thal nature park awaits you. The tour ends in Balsthal. An ideal tour in autumn when thick fog covers the Mittelland and the views from the Jura heights look like something out of a fairytale.
When long-distance views are good, the Chasseral-Weissenstein route is one of Switzerland’s most impressive. The tour travels along the southernmost chain of the Jura with views over the entire Mittelland as far as the snow-covered Alps.
About 3 km from the Neuchâtel train station the demanding ascent to Chaumont, the region’s very own mountain begins. A word of advice: those who wish to save energy for later can take the La Coudre - Chaumont funicular.

The route along the ridge, alternating between south and north side, leads to the border of the Canton Bern. The road then climbs up to Chasseral, the highest peak of the Bernese Jura. The panorama on top, across the Mittelland region and the entire Alpine mountain chain from Säntis to Mont Blanc, is incredible.. Then follows a racy descent to Vallon de St. Imier, before the route enters a gully leading up to Col de Pierre Pertuis. This wide, natural rock tunnel was already used by the Romans as a link from north to south.

From the Col de Pierre Pertuis, the Chasseral-Weissenstein-Bike tour climbs the ridge of the southernmost Jura chain, which it follows up to the Weissenstein above Solothurn. The panorama is breathtaking: far below, the glistening waters of Lac de Neuchâtel, Bielersee and Murtensee, on the horizon the snow-covered Alps, a shimmering backdrop to the densely populated metropolitan area of Bern. Finally, a varied ride through the characteristic Jura landscape of the Thal nature park awaits you. The tour ends in Balsthal. An ideal tour in autumn when thick fog covers the Mittelland and the views from the Jura heights look like something out of a fairytale.
110 km | 3 Stages
Asphalted: 38 km
Natural surface: 72 km
of which Singletrail: 13 km
3800 m | 3800 m
medium | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Neuchâtel
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Diversion, Balsthal-Oberbergweg
Duration
until mid-July 2022
Reason
Construction & maintenance work
The route is being diverted. Please follow the local signposts. See map for details.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Balsthal
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Services

Accommodation

Hôtel Alpes et Lac
Hôtel Alpes et Lac
Neuchâtel
Hôtel des Arts
Hôtel des Arts
Neuchâtel
Best Western Premier Hotel Beaulac
Best Western Premier Hotel Beaulac
Neuchâtel
Hôtel Touring au Lac
Hôtel Touring au Lac
Neuchâtel
Beau-Rivage Hotel
Beau-Rivage Hotel
Neuchâtel
Bonne Auberge Les Bugnenets
Bonne Auberge Les Bugnenets
Le Pâquier NE
Chambre d’hôtes Chez S
Chambre d’hôtes Chez S
Nods
Métairie de Dombresson (Frienisberg)
Métairie de Dombresson (Frienisberg)
Chasseral
Hôtel-Restaurant du Cerf
Hôtel-Restaurant du Cerf
Sonceboz-Sombeval
Hôtel Restaurant de la Werdtberg
Hôtel Restaurant de la Werdtberg
Reconvilier
Hôtel Restaurant Harzer
Hôtel Restaurant Harzer
Court
Gasthof Hinter-Weissenstein
Gasthof Hinter-Weissenstein
Weissenstein
Bauernhof Schafmatthof
Bauernhof Schafmatthof
Gänsbrunnen
Hof Montpelon
Hof Montpelon
Gänsbrunnen
Gasthof Hirschen
Gasthof Hirschen
Welschenrohr
Hotel Baders Krone
Hotel Baders Krone
Laupersdorf
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Places

Neuenburg/Neuchâtel
Neuenburg/Neuchâtel
Chasseral
Chasseral
Sonceboz
Sonceboz
Tavannes
Tavannes
Weissenstein b. Solothurn
Weissenstein b. Solothurn
Welschenrohr
Welschenrohr
Passwang
Passwang
Balsthal
Balsthal
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Places of interest

The Latenium - park and archaeological museum
The Latenium - park and archaeological museum
The summet of the park Chasseral
The summet of the park Chasseral
The Anabaptists' Bridge
The Anabaptists' Bridge
Pierre Pertuis – building in times of
Pierre Pertuis – building in times of
Stigelos (Rüttenen–Weissenstein)
Stigelos (Rüttenen–Weissenstein)
Crémines–Raimeux de Crémines
Crémines–Raimeux de Crémines
Hair and Comb Museum
Hair and Comb Museum
Thal Nature Park
Thal Nature Park
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Swimming

Swimming pools Nid-du-Crô in Neuchâtel
Swimming pools Nid-du-Crô in Neuchâtel
L'Orval indoor swimming pool in Valbirse
L'Orval indoor swimming pool in Valbirse
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Signalization

Signalization
For mountain biking, follow the logo indicated on the red signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
Signalization