The tour from Mariastein to Laufen features charming countryside and (above all) cultural attractions. The highlight at the starting-point is the famous and much-visited Benedictine monastery of Mariastein dating from the 17th century. The route crosses the Blaue mountain and descends via Dittingen to the small town of Laufen on the Birs.
Getting to the starting point:
Car from Basel; tram no. 10 from Basel to Flüh and bus to Mariastein
Back from the destination:
Car or train back to Basel or Delémont
Difference in elevation:
Ascent 390 m, descent 550 m
March to November
Note: The southern side of the Blaue mountain has valuable rough pastures with many varieties of orchid – a paradise for butterflies and bees.