Route 7: Section 4 – cycling La Chaux-de-Fonds to Fleurier, Switzerland

Highlights: La Chaux-de-Fonds , countryside 

Route 7: Section 4 (La Chaux-de-Fonds 1013m–Fleurier 741m)

Stats from SwitzerlandMobility.ch (www.veloland.ch/en/routes/etappe-01605.html): 40km long, height difference La Chaux-de-Fonds–Fleurier 460m (740m in the opposite direction). Their site has the full profile. 

June 2018

I started from the train station of La Chaux-de-Fonds, but here I could not find any bike directions for route 7. So I wasted half an hour trying to find a path (the SwitzerlandMobility app was once again the savior).

La Chaux-de-Fonds (www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/la-chaux-de-fonds-highlights.html) (see Route 7:03) is a busy town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its historical importance in the Swiss culture and industry: the past world capital of the watch industry (Musée International de l’Horlogerie) and the birthplace of the architect Le Corbusier and of Louis Chevrolet as well as of the Style Sapin of the Art Nouveau.

Left this town, the entire section flows between hilly pastures and small forests in the Neuchâtel Jura. There is even a self-service ice-cream shop In the middle of cow fields.

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La Sagne
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Self-Service ice-cream shop
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L’Areuse

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The ride is very peaceful and bucolic. The only important conglomerate is Fleurier, at the end of the Section. This little village sits at the foot of steep hills, among which is Chapeau de Napoléon with great panoramic views.

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Fleurier 

 

As a side note, I want to mention that if one has time and endurance (or battery left), a must-do detour is biking to the breathtaking natural amphitheater at Creux du Van, taking the deviation just after Travers (it is about 10km and 600m elevation extra one way).

Arrived at Fleurier, I opted to continue with the next segment 7:05 to Vallorbe, which has also a much better train connection.

 

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