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Via Surprise

When you explore the Jura hills in the cantons of Solothurn and Basel-Land, you’ll feel the power and beauty of nature and be constantly amazed as you discover some surprising sights along this 6-day circular tour.

The route leads from Dornach-Arlesheim train station past Arlesheim Cathedral (Dom), and on your way to the Ermitage, the largest English-style landscaped garden in Switzerland, you’ll get views of the impressive Goetheanum. Across the Gempen Plateau, the route continues to Seewen and the Swiss Museum of Music Automatons. Via Reigoldswil, a former village of cottage-industry textile workers, you can climb the Wasserfallen, Basel's “local mountain”, on foot or by cable car.
The ViaSurprise then continues through the Thal Nature Park, taking in some wonderful viewing points such as Vogelberg and Hohe Winde, to Beinwil Abbey, an oasis of peace. From here, the trail meanders through the Chaltbrunnental valley with its caves and traces of prehistoric habitation to Zwingen. A pilgrims' path takes you to Mariastein Abbey, which attracts visitors from all over the world with its underground grotto. The circular hike then continues through the Chälengraben gorge and over the beautiful Blauenberg back to Dornach.

On the ViaSurprise you’ll find wonders great and small as you stroll attentively through valleys and ascend the nearby peaks with their impressive views. You will walk through undiscovered gorges and enjoy the peacefulness of the forests and Jura hills. Perhaps you’ll even discover a new side to yourself during these moments.

free entry
freely accessible / always open


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