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4 stages through the wild Jura Mountains – Arc jurassien in Switzerland

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4 stages through the wild Jura Mountains – Arc jurassien in Switzerland

Bike Touring Collection by Johanna

2-4

days

3-6 h

/ day

115 mi

8,625 ft

11,050 ft

The Arc jurassien cycle path winds its way from south to north through the Swiss Jura mountain. The mountain range, which straddles the border of France and Switzerland, offers unique landscapes that are wonderfully diverse. You cycle over exhilarating passes and across tranquil lonely plateaus, through pastures typical of the Jura where horses graze happily amongst the rugged rocks. You pass romantic valleys and mysterious valleys, ride alongside wild rivers that carve through unusual gorges and marvel at unforgettable views.

In this Collection, I present the four stages of the 185-kilometre (115 mile) Arc jurassien cycle path. Ranging in length from 40 to 60 kilometres (25 - 37 miles), the stages can be ridden on any kind of bike. You can reach the starting point of the cycle path in the municipality of Sainte-Croix with the regional train from Yverdon-les-Bains. Yverdon-les-Bains is connected to Zurich, Lausanne, and St. Gallen by long-distance train. At the end of the cycle path in the town of Liestal, there is also a train station with direct connections to Basel, Zurich, Lucerne and Interlaken with regional and long-distance trains.

Due to the amount of elevation gain, the first three stages are especially demanding. If you want to take it easy, you can shorten these stages, catch a train, or lengthen your trip by spending an extra night on the way. The route has great infrastructure so you are never far from a train station, post bus stop, accommodation, or a refreshment stop. The stage destinations have everything you need for a comfortable stay. You can plan your Tour on the Arc jurassien very flexibly and thus nothing stands in the way of an unforgettable adventure in the Jura Mountains.

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Arc jurassien

115 mi

8,650 ft

11,075 ft

Last updated: November 13, 2021

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  • Difficult
    03:54
    36.2 mi
    9.3 mph
    2,900 ft
    3,375 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of the Arc Jurrassien cycle path is in Sainte-Croix. You can easily get there by train from Yverdon-les-Bains. At the train station in Sainte-Croix you get on the saddle and start the first stage with a crisp ascent that leads you to the Col des Etroits.

    

    After you have reached the top

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  • Difficult
    02:53
    26.4 mi
    9.1 mph
    2,050 ft
    2,175 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage also starts with a lush ascent. After you have mastered this, however, you first cycle on flat paths through the beautiful Jura landscape. You then pass the town of La Chaux-de-Fonds, known like Le Locle for watchmaking.

    

    Behind the city, it goes gently but continuously uphill again into

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  • Difficult
    02:48
    25.9 mi
    9.2 mph
    2,350 ft
    3,050 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At the beginning of the third stage you drive on a gently sloping route through the wild and romantic valley of the Trame. Surrounded by enchanted forest, you roll right along the rushing river and enjoy the unique nature.

    

    Then you can pedal harder again: Over the pass Col du Fuet you cycle up to Combe

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  • Intermediate
    02:32
    26.4 mi
    10.4 mph
    1,325 ft
    2,500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At the end of the Arc Jurassien cycle path, a beautiful stage with less altitude than the previous one awaits you. It starts right away with a beautiful descent through the wonderful landscape of the Thal Nature Park. Then you cycle on a dead straight, flat route between two Jura chains. You can enjoy

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    115 mi
  • Duration
    12:07 h
  • Elevation
    8,625 ft11,050 ft

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