A smooth start

The village Regensbergis a picture-perfect start for one of the most scenic hikes in Switzerland. The first part of this hike is charming, but soon comes to a rough end on the rugged ridge of Lägerngrat. This first challenge ends with a cooling bath in the small town of Baden.

From here you continue past the confluence of the rivers Aare, Limmat and Reuss to the crests of Jura. The trail takes you past castles and ruins and former fortresses to the small village Balsthal and its continuous up and down is going to prepare for the next legs of the Jura Crest trail.


By bus via Dielsdorf to Regensberg. Gently uphill through vineyards to the small town of Regensberg and Lägern with wonderful views. Challenging descend to Baden.

approx. 4 h
approx. 13 km
570 m
615 m

From Baden to the Gebenstorfer Horn with views of Switzerland’s natural water resources, Brugg on the River Aare and nearby Windisch.

approx. 3 h
approx. 11.5 km
340 m
325 m

After crossing Brugg's old town, the first uphill stretch to the Vier Linden country guesthouse embedded in the Jurapark, and via the forest to the ancient as well as legendary Linner Linde (linden tree). On uphill through shady forests to the Schenkenberg ruins, seen from afar, and on to Staffelegg.

approx. 5 h
approx. 18 km
715 m
365 m

Get to know five passes: Staffelegg, Bänkerjoch, Salhöhe, Schafmatt and lastly the Untere Hauenstein. In between, lots of woodland, many pastures and the rugged Geissfluh vantage point on the border of Baselland.

approx. 4 h
approx. 14 km
600 m
500 m

En route to Belchenfluh, the many buildings and coats of arms are reminders of Swiss defences in two World Wars. Soon follows tiny Bärenwil, on via Tiefmatt to Roggen. Far below, Balsthal greets you with its Neu-Falkenstein castle and paper mill

approx. 25 km
approx. 25 km
1'085 m
1'405 m


You must not suffer from vertigo if you want to walk the ridge Lägerngrat on Day 2. This part can be easily avoided. The other legs are easy to walk. Stamina is needed for the last leg on day 6 to Balsthal.

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Services & Information


  • 6 overnight stays with breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Carefully elaborated route
  • Detailled route instructions
  • Service Hotline

Not included

  • Busride Regensdorf – Dielsdorf – Regensberg, approx. CHF 6.-

Arrival / parking / departure

  • Free parking Linden close to Regensberg.
  • Return travel by train and bus from Balsthal via Oensingen, Olten, Zurich and Dielsdorf to Regensberg. Duration approx. 2.5 Std.

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