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ViaBerna - stage 02 Tramelan - St-Imier

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From the mountain of the wind to the mountain of the sun: This high-altitude hike leads over Montagne du Droit and connects the wind farm on Mont Crosin with the solar power plant on Mont Soleil. The stunning views to Chasseral and the French part of Jura are an added bonus.
moderate
Distance 18.7 km
5:15 h
590 m
680 m
1,290 m
791 m
With the watchmaking town of Tramelan behind you, Via Berna heads southwards and also gently upwards along Jura pasture. The giant rotors of the wind turbines come into view above La Bise de Cortébert. The blades hum quietly as they turn in the wind that is usually blowing over the mountain. When it reaches Col du Mont Crosin, the route swings right, then left and the trail takes you right past the mighty wind turbines. After a final gentle ascent through the idyllic landscape, you reach the highest point in Freiberge, Mont Soleil, with its large solar power plant. The view to the north looks over the pastures of Jura and to the south you can see the Chasseral chain and the distinctive gorge of La Combe Grède. After a short descent to the top station of the funicular railway, ViaBerna follows the slope in a westerly direction, passing the Belvédère viewpoint. The descent down to the destination of St-Imier begins a little further west.

The ridge of Montagne du Droit is counted as part of Freiberge or Franches-Montagnes. The high plateau is at a height of around 1,000 metres. In order to permanently populate this harsh landscape, the bishop of Basel issued a licence in 1384 according to which people who moved onto land they had cleared themselves were to be exempt from rent and tithes. It took a lot of hard work to clear the forested mountains and from then on they were given the German name “Freiberge” (“free mountains”).

During recent decades in particular, the mountain ridge between Mont Soleil and Mont Crosin has been a research site for sustainable energy production. The giant rotors of the wind farm convert wind power into electricity.

The solar cells of the solar power plant also convert the sun’s rays into electrical energy. The alternative energy production plants are linked by a discovery trail that provides interesting information about the technology of the future but also about the region’s fauna, flora and landscape.

St-Imier is the main town in the St.-Immer valley and its architecture is also characterised by watchmaking. The streets run dead straight from west to east so that the ground floor studios could make the most of the daylight.

Author’s recommendation

Accommodation tip - Tramelan:  CIP Tramelan, Ch. des Lovières 13, Tel. + 41 (0) 32 486 06 06, www.cip-tramelan.ch

Accommodation tip - St-Imier:  Hôtel La Fontaine, Rue Docteur Schwab 2, Tel. + 41 (0) 32 941 29 56, https://la-fontaine.com/

Shopping: Several shops at the starting point in Tramelan and in St-Imier. No shops en route.

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Markus Schluep 
Update: November 14, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,290 m
Lowest point
791 m
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Track types

Asphalt 11.89%Dirt road 4.56%Forested/wild trail 46.73%Path 32.66%Road 4.13%
Asphalt
2.2 km
Dirt road
0.9 km
Forested/wild trail
8.7 km
Path
6.1 km
Road
0.8 km
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Rest stops

Hôtel/Restaurant CIP Tramelan
Bise de Cortébert
Bergerie de Courtelary
Le Manoir
Hôtel La Fontaine

Safety information

This stage exclusively follows marked routes in the hiking trail category.

Tips and hints

ViaBerna is a multi-day hike made up of 20 stages that takes you from Bellelay straight through the canton of Bern to Susten Pass. Hikers on the trail get to experience the diversity of the canton of Bern in Jura, Mittelland and in the Bernese Alps. The entire distance is signposted with route number 38.

You can find information about the ViaBerna multi-day hike at viaberna.ch

Start

Tramelan, railway station (887 m) (887 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'574'634E 1'230'276N
DD
47.222923, 7.103721
DMS
47°13'22.5"N 7°06'13.4"E
UTM
32T 356436 5231681
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Destination

St-Imier, railway station

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Getting there: by train via Tavannes.

Coming back: by train from St-Imier railway station.

Getting there

By private car to Sonceboz railway station. Then by train to Tramelan via Tavannes.

Return by train from St-Imier to Sonceboz.

Parking

Chargeable parking at Sonceboz railway station

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'574'634E 1'230'276N
DD
47.222923, 7.103721
DMS
47°13'22.5"N 7°06'13.4"E
UTM
32T 356436 5231681
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

swisstopo Wanderkarte 232T Vallon de St-Imier 1:50’000

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Equipment

We recommend the following equipment:

Lightweight hiking boots, lightweight rucksack, sun protection, rain jacket, pocket first-aid kit, light picnic, sufficient fluids, mobile phone.

It is also possible to book baggage transport from stage accommodation to stage accommodation at short notice via Eurotrek. Info and conditions at Eurotrek.ch


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Ernst Bangerter
October 17, 2022 · Community
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When did you do this route? October 16, 2022
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Philip Derungs
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When did you do this route? April 16, 2022
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
18.7 km
Duration
5:15 h
Ascent
590 m
Descent
680 m
Highest point
1,290 m
Lowest point
791 m
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