Jura — Visit the farms of organic pioneers

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Hiking in the Franches-Montagnes region in Jura, you can discover around 30 organic farms along the "Cemins du Bio". Surrounded by Jura’s pristine scenery, enchanting nature reserves and lovely mountains, the farmers in the region have been producing their products in harmony with nature for decades. As you hike through the beautiful region, the farmers will happily show you their farms and regional specialties, as well as offer you comfortable overnight accommodation. In this Collection, for example, we will show you the Le Peu Girard and Lafleur organic farms.

We have put together a beautiful route on the Chemins du Bio which you can hike in one day or other the course of a few days. On the way, Kathrine Naef-Fischer at Le Peu Girard farm will welcome you, spoiling you with homemade delicacies and introducing you to her many animals. At Lafleur farm, the bio pioneer Bernard Froidevaux will also greet you. The brains behind the Chemins du Bio concept, he will happily show you his farm and organic production methods. His idea behind Chemins du Bio was to bring consumers and producers closer together once more.

In Jura, you will not only find numerous organic farms set amongst beautiful nature but also many other experiences. In this Collection, we will show you seven of them. Hike through the impressive Taubenlochschlucht gorge, marvel at the giant natural amphitheater Creux du Van, or stroll leisurely through the landscape. Whether you are looking for a multi-day route or a day hike, walking in the Jura is an unforgettable experience.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    05:37
    12.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    925 ft
    1,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Along the "Chemins du Bio", we'll show you two organic farms on this tour, where you can experience up close, where your food comes from. In addition to tasting culinary delights, you also have the opportunity to spend the night on the farms. So you can complete the approximately 20-kilometer hike at the beginning and end with a longer stay on the farms.It starts in Les Breuleux at the station. From here you walk to the first organic farm, Le Peu Girard. After two kilometers, you can take an extended break here and let the hostess Kathrine Naef-Fischer show you the animals, try delicious home-made products and, of course, spend the night.From the farm Le Peu Girard you walk down again to Les Breuleux and continue across large meadows and through light, pristine forests. Along the way, you will meet many horses on expansive pastures, because here in the region, the famous Freiberger horses have their origins. After a few kilometers you reach the nature reserve and high moorland Etang de la Gruère. Here you walk through a mystical landscape, which is characterized by enchanted forests and the large bog lake. Through winding paths and natural wood paths, you can walk through the majestic tranquility of the lake.After leaving Etang de la Gruère behind, the paths lead you through the magnificent forest and meadow landscape of the Jura and past colorful fields to Montfaucon, where you will reach the second organic farm Lafleur. Host Bernard Froidevaux has been producing organic products here for over 40 years and likes to show you how he does it. With an overnight stay in the yard, you can end the walk properly. After a tasty organic breakfast, you will walk to the nearby Pré-Petitjean train station, from where you can start your onward journey.

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  • Intermediate
    04:32
    9.78 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the Chasseral ridge, you can not only hike excellently and enjoy the view, but also get an insight into the tradition of cheese-making in the Métairien on this beautiful circular route.Start the hike at the Hotel Chasseral. From here you walk up to the nearby summit. Passing the radio tower, you reach the ridge path, from where you have a fantastic view of the Alpine chain in the south, and deep down to the Bielersee, Neuenburgersee and Murtensee lakes. In the north you can see the gorge of Combe Grède. The trail leads you down to the central square, where you have reached half of the tour.The return route takes you past the Métairie du Bois Raiguel and then past the Métairie du Milieu de Bienne, where you can strengthen yourself during a break and get an insight into the tradition of the alp cheese dairy. Then the way leads you back to the starting point, the Hotel Chasseral.

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  • Difficult
    19:46
    38.0 mi
    1.9 mph
    7,700 ft
    7,625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Jura Mountain Trail is a total of 320 kilometers long, divided into 16 stages. It connects Zurich with Geneva in a large arc. You can find the entire route here: myswitzerland.com/de/erlebnisse/route/jura-hoehenweg.In this tour we show you the stages six to eight, which take you to 61 kilometers from Weissenstein via Frinvillier and Chasseral to Vue des Alpes. The three-day hike starts at the Kurhaus Weissenstein. On a promising route, you will walk past typical Jura pastures and through quiet forests to Frinvillier. On the second day you ascend from the deep valley of the Schüss to the Chasseral. Here you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view. From Hotel Chasseral, where you can spend the night, you start the third day. On varied trails you first walk down into the valley and then up to the Mont d'Amin, which is not far from Vue des Alpes, where the hike ends.

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  • Difficult
    26:26
    55.5 mi
    2.1 mph
    8,175 ft
    8,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Trans Swiss Trail takes you on a total of around 500 kilometers, which can be divided into 32 stages, from Porrentruy to Mendrisio. On the way you can expect varied landscapes, lots of culture and interesting highlights. The complete route can be found here: myswitzerland.com/de/erlebnisse/route/trans-swiss-trail.In this tour we show you the first six stages of the Trans Swiss Trails. On just under 90 kilometers, you will hike from Porrentruy via the stage towns of St-Ursanne, Soubey, Saignelégier, St-Imier and Chézard St-Martin to Neuchâtel.At the train station in Porrentruy we start. From here, you will hike through a wooded area up to the nature lovers' cottage Les Chainions and further into the valley, where the historic town of St. Ursanne is located. From now on, you will follow the Doubs along the banks of the river through its green valley. Then you leave the river and climb the plateau of the Franches Montagnes. Here is a quiet land with dark forests and scattered farms on you. Through magnificent scenery you continue to the "energy mountain" on which stands a large wind and solar power plant - it is the largest plant for renewable energy in Switzerland.From here you descend to St-Imier. Through a cliff, a kind of gorge, typical of the limestone of the Jura chain, you continue hiking and then descend through a shady forest into the Val de Ruz. Through charming villages with refreshing fountains and impressive church towers, we head towards Neuchâtel, the destination of the sixth stage and our tour on the Trans Swiss Trail.

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  • Difficult
    04:53
    7.55 mi
    1.5 mph
    3,275 ft
    550 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    At the train station in Solothurn, the challenging 12-kilometer hike on the Weissenstein begins. Condition, good footwear, sure-footedness and alpine experience are required for this route. First, you will stroll through the old town of Solothurn and then head to the idyllic Verena gorge.Behind the ravine starts from Rüttenen a steep climb to the Balmfluhchöpfli and the Röti. From up here you can enjoy beautiful sunrises. But also at other times of the day you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views or the view of an unreal sea of clouds. From the Röti it is easy to go downhill to the finish of the tour, the spa hotel Weissenstein, where you can complete the walk with a well deserved stop.

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  • Easy
    00:46
    1.56 mi
    2.0 mph
    350 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This beautiful walk takes you from Biel to Frinvillier through the mysterious Taubenlochschlucht. The trail through the gorge is well developed and therefore ideal for families. In summer, a pleasant coolness in the romantic gorge ensures refreshing moments.In Biel, the easy hike starts. In direct proximity to the bus stop Taubenloch, which you reach from the station Biel with the bus direction Stades, is the entrance to the gorge. Through the impressive, narrow pigeon hole gorge, it goes down to the river bed of the Schüss. Roaring, it flows here on dizzyingly high rock walls. Along the trail you will always find information boards about the flora, fauna and history of the gorge. The short hike ends in Frinvillier. Here you have the opportunity to relax in the end. Back to the starting point to Biel you can easily reach by train.

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  • Intermediate
    02:25
    5.00 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The walk "Earth" takes you from the small town of Soulce on approximately eight kilometers through the beautiful meadows and forests above the village. On the circular route you can switch off, enjoy the tranquility and nature and thus promote your well-being and mobilize energies.It starts at the bus stop "Soulce - Milieu du Village". From here you hike south from the village, going uphill continuously. You walk leisurely past lush meadows and through romantic woodland. Again and again you enjoy a magnificent view down into the valley and the surrounding mountains. Once at the summit above Soulce, you will hike peacefully through quiet forests. Here you can free yourself from all unpleasant thoughts and just enjoy nature. After two thirds of the route, it gradually goes downhill and back to the starting point.There are three more of these themed walks in the area: the Air Walk in Soulce and the Fire and Ether Walks in Undervelier.

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  • Intermediate
    04:51
    8.85 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Noiraigue, you hike on a 14 kilometer circular walk to the Creux du Van, a gigantic amphitheater. It has a diameter of one kilometer and is caused by the erosion of water and ice. The natural amphitheater is not only a paradise for hikers, but also for ibex, marmots, roe deer and birds of prey.In Noraigue at the train station it starts. From here you walk south, cross the Areuse and dive into a wild and romantic forest. It goes up about 740 vertical meters, then you are standing on the edge of the gigantic arena. Here you can let your gaze wander to the steep cliffs and into the wooded cauldron. Along the edge of the arena you follow the trail, from where you can throw more unforgettable views of the amphitheater. Through the forest you descend in narrow serpentines then back to the valley of the Areuse and hike back to the starting point in Noraigue.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    139 mi
  • Duration
    69:15 h
  • Elevation
    25,275 ft

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Jura — Visit the farms of organic pioneers
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