Cycling holidays La Route Verte, Schaffhausen - Geneva

Cycling: La Route Verte

The nature parks of the Jura Arc

Some natural jewels can be found in the Swiss parks. The Route Verte leads you on almost traffic-free paths from the Regional Nature Park Schaffhausen with the world-famous Rhine Falls at the door to the 800-year-old lime tree of Linn in the Aargau Jura Park. Then you pass the rocks of the Thal Nature Park and reach the hills of the Jura.

In the Parc du Doubs you will discover the typical Franches-Montagnes horses before recharging your batteries thanks to the breathtaking views in the Chasseral Regional Park. From here it is only a stone's throw past Lac de Joux to the Parc Jura vaudois just outside Geneva.  

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Itinerary

Luggage drop-off in Schaffhausen. On quiet cycle paths, the first stage of the Route Verte takes you through the vineyards and picturesque villages of the Schaffhausen Nature Park. Take advantage of your stay to taste the delicious wines. On your way to the Aargau Jura Park you will pass the "moated castle" where the rivers Reuss, Aare and Limmat meet. On the way to the small village of Herznach you can visit the 800-year-old lime tree of Linn.

approx. 80 km
960 m
940 m

You will pass small villages in the Aargau Jura Park and continue through a beautiful landscape dominated by tall trees. After Rothenfluh the area becomes more urban again. You roll past Liestal, the capital of Canton Basel-Landschaft. Now once again steeply uphill and with momentum down into the densely wooded Thal Nature Park.

approx. 70 km
1'490 m
1'420 m

The third stage of the Route Verte begins in the heart of the Thal Nature Park, which is characterised by forests, vertical gorges and deep ravines, and climbs up the Passwang, crossing the language border and reaching the canton of Jura.

approx. 45 km
855 m
940 m

Shortly after the start of the ride, two smaller passes await you and, with St-Ursanne, the gateway to the Parc du Doubs. You will then cross the Franches-Montagnes. Countless paddocks characterise the landscape here. The destination of the ride is the small town of Saignelégier. 

approx. 62 km
1'675 m
1'100 m

You pass the sunny heights of Mont-Soleil with its observatory and dry stone walls. You will leave La Chaux-de-Fonds behind on your way to the Val de Travers. In constant ups and downs, you reach the home of the Green Fairy. 

approx. 70 km
1'100 m
1'350 m

Asphalt mines, absinthe distilleries and steam locomotives characterize the first part of today's tour. The journey through the Val-de-Travers is picturesque, the following ascent sweaty.

approx. 30 km
620 m
275 m

Some sweaty climbs will bring you to the shores of Lac de Joux. Situated at over 1,000 metres above sea level, a unique natural paradise awaits you here in the Parc Jura vaudois.

approx. 45 km
1'070 m
1'100 m

You're climbing the Col du Marchairuz. From here you can see the clay spruces of the Risoud forest and the Lake Geneva region stretches out before you: You can see the Jet d'Eau from afar. Behind it, the white snow-covered peaks of the Mont Blanc massif sparkle. 

approx. 70 km
765 m
1'395 m

Tour character

A challenging tour along the chain of hills of the Jura. The tours lead mostly on little used side roads. Only in the urban centres is a little more traffic to be expected. Because of the sometimes challenging climbs, we recommend that you tackle the tour with an electric bike. The "pleasure variants" offer shorter stages and are less strenuous than the original route. The Route Verte mostly follows the signposted routes of Veloland Schweiz. In the cantons of Jura, Neuchâtel and Vaud, orientation is easy; before that, the different routes change several times a day. 

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Prices & Dates

All data for 2022 at a glance
Place of arrival: Schaffhausen
  Season 1
23.04.2022 - 20.05.2022
24.09.2022 - 16.10.2022

every day except Monday
Season 2
09.04.2022 - 22.04.2022
21.05.2022 - 23.09.2022

every day except Monday
La route Verte, Schaffhausen - Genf, 10 days | TO, CH-OSRSG-10X
Base price
1'219.-
1'289.-
Surcharge Single Room 445.- 445.-

Category: middle class hotels

Season 1
Apr 23, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022
every day except Monday
Season 2
Apr 9, 2022 - Apr 22, 2022
May 21, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022
every day except Monday
La route Verte, Schaffhausen - Genf, 10 days | TO, CH-OSRSG-10X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
1'219.-
445.-
1'289.-
445.-

Category: middle class hotels

Season 1
Apr 23, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022
Season 2
Apr 9, 2022 - Apr 22, 2022
May 21, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022
Schaffhausen
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Genf/surrounding
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
89.-
149.-
89.-
139.-
89.-
149.-
89.-
139.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Schaffhausen
  Season 1
Apr 23, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022

every day except Monday
Season 2
Apr 9, 2022 - Apr 22, 2022
May 21, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022

every day except Monday
Schaffhausen
Extra night double room (BB) 89.- 89.-
Extra night single room (BB) 149.- 149.-
Genf/surrounding
Extra night double room (BB) 89.- 89.-
Extra night single room (BB) 139.- 139.-
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Electric bike
Countrybike 27-Gang Unisex
269.-
135.-
Prices per person in CHF

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Services & Information

Services

Included:

  • 9 overnight stays incl. breakfast 
  • Daily luggage transfers  
  • Carefully elaborated route 
  • Detailed travel documents (1 x per room) 
  • GPS-data available 
  • Service-hotline

Note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Reservation fee of CHF 15 per adult (incl. legally required customer money protection) 

 

Information

Arrival/Parking/Departure:

  • Garage parking at the train station in Schaffhausen. CHF 24.-/per day.  
  • Return journey by train from Geneva via Zurich to Schaffhausen. Duration: approx. 3.5 h.  
Travel Documents

Travel documents "digital” 

In future we will reduce the amount of printed documents. You will receive instructions to help you find your way around using the SwitzerlandMobility app.  We will provide you with further information online. In advance you will receive a small package of documents with the following contents: 

  • Description of how to use the necessary apps 
  • Detailed programme for the individual stages 
  • Annual subscription to SwitzerlandMobility Plus 
  • Luggage tags 
  • Any vouchers 

On the way, you can easily find your way with the SwitzerlandMobility app and other freely accessible aids. Background information and all other documents are delivered electronically and can be downloaded to your mobile phone in advance. 

Let us know if you don't want to do without maps. We will send them to you free of charge. 

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