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Jura Bike

Stage 5, Saignelégier–La Chaux-de-Fonds

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Jura Bike

This section is full of contrasts. Past unspoilt moors and over the lush green meadows of the Franches Montagnes, it leads to Mont Soleil, a mountain dotted with wind turbines and a world-renowned solar power station. The route ends in the vibrant watchmaking town of La Chaux-de-Fonds.
The start of this section is simply peaceful. The Jura Bike route passes through the lovely area of the Franches Montagnes between Saignelégier, Tramelan and Les Breuleux. Small forests alternate with moors, and pastures are followed by solitary farms – this is the Jura, just as you would expect it.

But suddenly an eerie whirring sound fills the air. It comes from the huge wind power station on Mont Soleil, the largest in Switzerland with a total of 16 wind turbines. The sight of these fast turning rotors is fascinating and scary at the same time. Somehow they don’t fit into the lovely scenery, but they are a symbol of renewable energy and as such, they are consistent with a world of intact nature.

But the real contrast is still to come with today’s destination of La Chaux-de-Fonds. The town forms the vibrant regional centre. It has obviously seen better days during the boom years of the watch industry, and as we arrive, a tide of traffic is forcing its way through the town. But the urban flair is also a welcome change from the earlier remote and out-of-the-way places we’ve visited.
This section is full of contrasts. Past unspoilt moors and over the lush green meadows of the Franches Montagnes, it leads to Mont Soleil, a mountain dotted with wind turbines and a world-renowned solar power station. The route ends in the vibrant watchmaking town of La Chaux-de-Fonds.
The start of this section is simply peaceful. The Jura Bike route passes through the lovely area of the Franches Montagnes between Saignelégier, Tramelan and Les Breuleux. Small forests alternate with moors, and pastures are followed by solitary farms – this is the Jura, just as you would expect it.

But suddenly an eerie whirring sound fills the air. It comes from the huge wind power station on Mont Soleil, the largest in Switzerland with a total of 16 wind turbines. The sight of these fast turning rotors is fascinating and scary at the same time. Somehow they don’t fit into the lovely scenery, but they are a symbol of renewable energy and as such, they are consistent with a world of intact nature.

But the real contrast is still to come with today’s destination of La Chaux-de-Fonds. The town forms the vibrant regional centre. It has obviously seen better days during the boom years of the watch industry, and as we arrive, a tide of traffic is forcing its way through the town. But the urban flair is also a welcome change from the earlier remote and out-of-the-way places we’ve visited.
44 km
Asphalted: 22 km
Natural surface: 22 km
of which Singletrail: 4 km
950 m | 950 m
medium | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Saignelégier
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Push-only passage
Pushing sections: Saignelégier–La Chaux-de-Fonds approx. 10 min. / La Chaux-de-Fonds–Saignelégier approx. 10 min.
Diversion, La Tourbière
Duration
28.06.2021 - 30.11.2021
Reason
Construction & maintenance work
The route is beeing diverted on weekdays from 07:00 to 18:00. Please follow the local signposts. See map for details.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel La Chaux-de-Fonds
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Services

Accommodation

Auberge de la Gare
Auberge de la Gare
Montfaucon
Centre de Loisirs des Franches-Montagnes
Centre de Loisirs des Franches-Montagnes
Saignelégier
Ferme de Belfond
Ferme de Belfond
Goumois
Gîte Chez Toinette
Gîte Chez Toinette
Saignelégier
Hôtel Cristal
Hôtel Cristal
Saignelégier
Bio- und Erlebnishof Les Joux
Bio- und Erlebnishof Les Joux
Les Genevez JU
Hotel-Restaurant de la Balance
Hotel-Restaurant de la Balance
Les Breuleux
Hôtel Restaurant Chalet Mont-Crosin
Hôtel Restaurant Chalet Mont-Crosin
Mont-Crosin
Sous le Tilleul
Sous le Tilleul
St-Imier
Amis de la Nature, Chalet de Mont-Soleil
Amis de la Nature, Chalet de Mont-Soleil
Mont-Soleil
BnB Clemens Ruben
BnB Clemens Ruben
Mont-Soleil
Auberge Mont-Soleil
Auberge Mont-Soleil
Mont-Soleil
Centre de vacances / Camping
Centre de vacances / Camping
La Cibourg
Le Bâtiment
Le Bâtiment
Renan BE
Ferien-Reiten-Trekking
Ferien-Reiten-Trekking
La Ferrière
Hotel de la Chaux-d'Abel
Hotel de la Chaux-d'Abel
La Ferrière
Little Ranch
Little Ranch
La Ferrière
Logis de la Licorne Dit Cheval Blanc
Logis de la Licorne Dit Cheval Blanc
La Ferrière
La Coquille
La Coquille
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Camping Bois-du-Couvent
Camping Bois-du-Couvent
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Chez Gilles Hôtel – Resto – Bar
Chez Gilles Hôtel – Resto – Bar
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Grand Hôtel Les Endroits
Grand Hôtel Les Endroits
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Hôtel Athmos
Hôtel Athmos
La Chaux-de-Fonds
La ferme du sommet de Pouillerel
La ferme du sommet de Pouillerel
La Chaux-de-Fonds
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Bookable offers

3 Jura Bike
3 Jura Bike
Top of Jura I & II
Top of Jura I & II
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Places

Goumois
Goumois
Saignelégier
Saignelégier
Tramelan
Tramelan
Saint-Imier
Saint-Imier
La Chaux-de-Fonds
La Chaux-de-Fonds
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Places of interest

Scooter-biking in the Franches-Montagnes
Scooter-biking in the Franches-Montagnes
A rare cattle droving track
A rare cattle droving track
Centre Nature, Les Cerlatez
Centre Nature, Les Cerlatez
Doubs Nature Park
Doubs Nature Park
Lake Etang de la Gruère
Lake Etang de la Gruère
Fondation pour le Cheval
Fondation pour le Cheval
Fromagerie Tête de Moine
Fromagerie Tête de Moine
Astronomic observatory Mont- Soleil
Astronomic observatory Mont- Soleil
Chasseral Nature Park
Chasseral Nature Park
Espace Découverte Energie
Espace Découverte Energie
International watchmaking museum
International watchmaking museum
Watchmaking town planning (UNESCO)
Watchmaking town planning (UNESCO)
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Swimming

Erguël outdoor swimming pool in Saint Imier
Erguël outdoor swimming pool in Saint Imier
Piscine couverte des Arêtes La Chaux-de-Fonds
Piscine couverte des Arêtes La Chaux-de-Fonds
Outdoor pool Piscine des Mélèzes in La Chaux-de-Fonds
Outdoor pool Piscine des Mélèzes in La Chaux-de-Fonds
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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