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Switzerland's Jura Crest Trail

A two week trek from Zurich to Geneva

Guidebook to the Jura Crest Trail or Cretes du Jura (also known as the Jura High Route), traversing the undulating limestone plateau of the Swiss Jura. The 310km trail, from Dielsdorf near Zurich to Nyon on Lac Leman (Lake Geneva), is presented in 14 day stages and boasts great scenery and rich natural, historical and geological interest.


The best time of year to walk the Jura Crest Trail is between May and September, when more accommodation options and transport links are available.


Dielsdorf, Baden, Brugg, Balsthal, Weissenstein, Solothurn (slightly off-route), Biel/Bienne (slightly off-route), Vue des Alpes, Noiraigue, Vallorbe, Le Pont, Ste-Cergue, Nyon


Stages are graded according to difficulty. The Jura Crest Trail is classified as an easy hiking trail (Wanderweg), with some sections requiring a higher level of fitness than others. Stage 1 has the only optional section of 'mountain' trail (Bergweg), to descend into Baden. Specialist equipment is not required.

Must See

The historic medieval towns of Regensberg, Baden and Brugg; the geological wonders of the Creux du Van and La Dole; Chasseral (1607m), Le Chasseron (1607m) and Mont Tendre (1679m); WWI & WWII relics such as the fortress and mountain road of the Belchenflue; Switzerland's largest mountain lake above 1000m, Lac de Joux; Switzerland's largest lake, Lac Léman (Lake Geneva); impressive cols linking Switzerland to France
11 Jan 2019
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.10cm

A guidebook to walking the Jura Crest Trail (also known as Crêtes du Jura or Jura High Route) between Dielsdorf near Zurich and Nyon on Lake Geneva. Covering 310km (193 miles), this long-distance trek traversing the sub-alpine mountains of the Swiss Jura takes around 2 weeks to walk and is suitable for any reasonably fit walker.

The route is described east to west in 14 stages, each between 12 and 32km (7–20 miles) in length. 12-, 16- and 21-day alternate itineraries are also outlined to allow you to plan the schedule that suits you.

  • 1:100,000 maps included for each stage
  • Detailed information about accommodation, refreshments and public transport along the route
  • Advice on planning and preparation
  • Highlights include Creux du Van and the medieval towns of Baden and Brugg

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By Ali Rowsell

Ali Rowsell is a full-time teacher who has worked internationally, in countries including Australia, South Korea and Switzerland. She specialises in the outdoors, in particular mountain walking, and is a freelance International Mountain Leader. Based in Sussex, Ali continues to venture into Switzerland on a regular basis:  having lived in the southern part of the Jura, she is very familiar with the local area and enjoys summer and winter activities in the mountains around Lac de Joux.

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