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Bike swing Mümliswil (Mümliswiller Bikeschaukel)

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Panoramic tour over the mountain ranges around Mümliswil.
difficult
Distance 30 km
3:00 h
977 m
977 m
1,119 m
505 m

Nature park village Mümliswil is flanked by several mountain ranges, including the Bereten and Brunnersberg. This tour will take you up both ranges over panoramic roads. Each of the mountains provides a view on the other one, so you can see where you are going / have been.

The tour features: 

  • A 30km round with almost 1000m height gain in the middle of Nature Park Thal.

  • Almost continuous panoramic views on the Jura ranges
  • Small roads with little car traffic

  • Many panoramic views, with matching climbs

All roads on the route are paved and well maintained. I would recommend to cycle the tour clockwise.

Author’s recommendation

On the map, the tour is shaped like a flying bat to commemorate its publication during the COVID-19 outbreak. Stay safe and keep appropriate distance!
Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
1,119 m
Lowest point
505 m
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Track types

Asphalt 57.21%Forested/wild trail 3.06%Road 39.49%Unknown 0.23%
Asphalt
17.2 km
Forested/wild trail
0.9 km
Road
11.9 km
Unknown
0.1 km
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Safety information

  • given the narrow roads, this tour is not suitable for large (>8 persons) groups.
  • not all roads on the route will be kept snow-free, so it is not possible to go when there is snow

Tips and hints

  • A number of public water tap points can be found along the route, so no need to bring lots of water. (weather permitting, as these tap points are switched off in winter). The exact location of the tap points are annotated as tap symbols on https://www.opencyclemap.org/. 
  • Balsthal and Mümliswil offer eating facilities. With a small detour, there are also several mountain restaurants on the Brunnersberg, eg Bremgarten, Stierenberg, and Linde.

Start

Mümliswil (552 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'620'122E 1'243'332N
DD
47.340544, 7.704882
DMS
47°20'26.0"N 7°42'17.6"E
UTM
32T 402165 5243821
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Destination

Mümliswil

Turn-by-turn directions

Start in the center of Mümliswil and follow direction Langenbruck. Climb up the Langenbruckstrasse until reaching the highest point of this road and take right turn onto Bereten. After a bit more climbing, descent all the way until reaching the valley next to the Neu Falkenstein ruins.

Shortly take the bigger road southwards and around the corner take the smaller Steinenbergweg to the right at the Y-junction. Keep following this road, all the time ascending for around 8.5km until reaching the highest point of the route. Keep right on the Brunnersbergstrasse and take the long descent until back in Mümliswil.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Balsthal train station is 1.5km (flat road) outside the route and can be used as an alternative starting point.

Getting there

Take exit Oensingen from the A1 and keep following the main road until in the center of Balsthal. From there, follow the signs for Mümliswil (road going left and slightly up)

Parking

The car can be parked at several parking spots in the center of Mümliswil.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'620'122E 1'243'332N
DD
47.340544, 7.704882
DMS
47°20'26.0"N 7°42'17.6"E
UTM
32T 402165 5243821
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

https://www.naturparkthal.ch/

Author’s map recommendations

Equipment

A low gear road bike might come in handy during the climbs

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
30 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
977 m
Descent
977 m
Highest point
1,119 m
Lowest point
505 m
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