Lost in Limestone
Why you should go there: The swiss Jura extends from Lake Geneva to almost Zurich and offers great biking in a (often) remote region with spectacular rock faces and dreamy farm villages. Good public transport connections make it easy to explore the vast area. If you are looking for a quiet retreat in charming little cities or villages in the backcountry where you can ride for hours and hardly meet anyone the “Jura” is worth a closer look.
Who is it for: Anybody who likes seclusion and wants to avoid the masses. The Jura offers beautiful cultural landscapes with forests, alpages and small villages.
Who should avoid it: Party animals and (bike)park rats need to look for another place.
When it comes to trails the Jura is not an easy area. Often rocky or steep the riding requires advanced bike skills. When trails are wet they become much more difficult, the limestone is really slippery then. The ridgelines are very fun to ride but often include short, punchy uphills which can be exhausting. Enduro riders will find happiness in the Delemont area, Chasseral and the Langenbruck area offer nice singletrail tours with a view.
Top Trails & Tours
Food & Drinks
The choice of restaurants can be limited to simple traditional (mountain) restaurants in the remote areas. These typically offer dishes from local products, regional made cheese and sausages etc. Along the southern foot of the mountains you´ll find a bigger variety of restaurants and take-aways.
Berggasthaus Vogelberg: Mountain restaurant in beautiful landsape. $
Les deux tours: Restaurant with fresh and modern cuisine in Moutier. $
Oberdörfer: Another mountain restaurant with tasty traditional food. $
Alter Stephan: The oldest restaurant in Solothurn. Very high quality and tasty. $$
The region has numerous camping options for every taste. Here is our selection:
More than Biking
The content of this website is just an opionion of a few individuals. It is not based on scientific research and some facts may have changed since the last visit. Feel free to leave a comment with suggestions for anything we have covered on this website.
You might be riding on shared trails! Yield to other trail users and animals! Control your speed, leave no traces and don’t shortcut corners! Thank you!
Last on-site research: 2021
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