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Sentier des Monts - Mont Soleil

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easy
Distance 6 km
1:40 h
120 m
120 m
1,292 m
1,170 m
What is energy, in actual fact? How and from what does it arise? On the Sentier des Monts Adventure Trail, you can find the answers to these questions. Using entertaining and fun approaches, the trail will enable you to learn lots of educational and interesting facts about energy sources like the sun and wind, about fauna and flora as well as about climate change, geology and meteorology. This trail connects the Mont-Soleil solar farm with the Mont-Crosin wind farm. Sixteen modern, towering wind turbines can be admired on the hills between Mont-Soleil and Mont-Crosin. The JUVENT wind farm is the largest in Switzerland. And Switzerland not only has wind, but also receives plentiful sunlight. Discover the many ways in which solar energy can be used on a guided tour of the Mont-Soleil solar power plant.  Are you in the mood for putting your energy reserves and skills to the test other than on foot? If yes, you can hire an alternative means of transporting yourself along the trail (e.g. scooter, e-bike and snowshoes). Thanks to exciting games like a scavenger hunt in the forest and an energy quiz, even the children will have lots to do. Worth knowing: the region is not only known for green electricity, but also for its famous "Tête de Moine" cheese, its "Camille Bloch" chocolate factory and for the manufacture of high-precision watches.

Author’s recommendation

Suitable for children aged 6 years and over who like walking. Suitable for all-terrain prams. There is a restaurant at the end of the walk. There is a picnic area with fireplace above the Mont-Soleil solar power plant.
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Author
Markus Schluep 
Update: November 23, 2022
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,292 m
Lowest point
1,170 m
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Track types

Asphalt 33.82%Forested/wild trail 56.34%Path 1.59%Road 8.23%
Asphalt
2 km
Forested/wild trail
3.4 km
Path
0.1 km
Road
0.5 km
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Tips and hints

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Mont Soleil (1,179 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'566'255E 1'223'188N
DD
47.158794, 6.993624
DMS
47°09'31.7"N 6°59'37.0"E
UTM
32T 347918 5224763
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Destination

Mont Crosin

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Public transport

Getting there: By train to St-Imier, then by funicular to Mont-Soleil. Getting back: Take the bus back to St-Imier from Mont-Crosin.

Getting there

Getting there: Drive to St-Imier, then continue by funicular to Mont-Soleil. Getting back: Take the bus back to St-Imier from Mont-Crosin.

Parking

There are parking spaces at the Mont-Soleil solar farm.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'566'255E 1'223'188N
DD
47.158794, 6.993624
DMS
47°09'31.7"N 6°59'37.0"E
UTM
32T 347918 5224763
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Gratis Broschüre ''Wandern mit Kindern'' - erhältlich bei den Berner Wanderwegen (info@beww.ch)

Author’s map recommendations

Swisstopo Wanderkarte 232T Vallon de St-Imier 1:50'000

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
6 km
Duration
1:40 h
Ascent
120 m
Descent
120 m
Highest point
1,292 m
Lowest point
1,170 m
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