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Au fil du Doubs

Hiking trail
Time required: 20 hoursLength: 67.30 km


All season


Parc naturel régional du Doubs
6 Place du 23 Juin, CP 316
2350 Saignelégier

Parc du Doubs - This hike does full justice to its name. The trail leads from Les Brenets near La Chaux-de-Fonds to St. Ursanne, almost always alongside the River Doubs and crossing the Doubs Regional National Park from west to east.

What could be better than a four-day hike alongside the River Doubs, with time to tank up on energy, relax and enjoy the unspoiled natural world away from civilisation! And in some places even (not exactly by choice) do without phone calls, surfing and Twitter!

The trail follows the river, passing scenic and symbolic gems such as the Saut de Doubs, the Échelles de la Mort, La Goule, the French-Swiss border village of Goumois, Soubey and finally the medieval town of St. Ursanne. On the first two stages, the Doubs forms the border between France and Switzerland before it makes a 23km long loop in Swiss territory.

The many restaurants lining the route serve home-made trout specialities, sometimes blue, sometimes in a delicate herb sauce. Now and then a bridge, walkway or even a boat invite you to cross the river.



67.30 km
Amount untarred route
53.40 km
Vertical heigth
3182 m
Altitude difference ascent
1422 m
Altitude difference descent
1760 m
Time required
20 hours
Level technique
Level condition
Height profile view map


Possibility to catch a boat to go to the Saut-du-Doubs waterfall. Infos:


Route n° 95

Possibilities for catering

Les Brenets:
- Restaurant Les Rives du Doubs:
- Restaurant Bellevue: /
Maison Monsieur:
- Hôtel restaurant Maison Monsieur:
- Hôtel de la Rasse (FR): /
- Auberge le Theusseret:
- Hôtel du Doubs :
- Hôtel Taillard (FR): /
- Hôtel du Cerf:
- Domaine de Tariche: /
- Maison du Tourisme :
- Hôtel Restaurant de la Couronne:
- Hôtel du Boeuf:

Price information

Package available (Accommodation + breakfast + luggage transport).
More infos:
SwissTrails GmbH
Trockenloostrasse 101
8105 Regensdorf
+41 (0)43 422 60 22


  • Picnicplace
  • Fireplace


Starting point
Les Brenets (Altitude: 849 m)
Arrival by public transport
Les Brenets Timetable SBB
St-Ursanne (Altitude: 440 m)
Arrival by public transport
St-Ursanne Timetable SBB

Suitable for

The offer is suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children >12 years
  • 50+
  • Families
  • Groups

The offer has been particularly developed for

  • Third cycle (1st – 3rd grade, lower secondary)
  • Upper Secondary School Classes
  • Association/Companies

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Parc du Doubs

Ferienchalet in Belfond

Das Chalet handelt sich um ein Holzbau, das Gebäude ist ökologisch gebaut mit einer thermischen Solaranlage für die Heizung und Warmwasserbereistellung. Eine Zusatzheizung ist mit einem Schwedenhofen gewährleistet.

AgrotourismRoom / Holiday flat
Parc du Doubs


This "pearl of the Jura" is a medieval little town on the Doubs river with a prestigious history. Century-old buildings such as the collegiate church from the 12th century and its cloisters testify to this.
Guided tours:

SiteHistorical place
Parc du Doubs

Saut du Doubs

The largest waterfall along the Doubs The water plunges down 27 metres. In the beautiful gorge there are relaxing restaurant terraces for you to stay a while. Those who wish can make a boot trip on the Lac des Brenets.

Natural monumentNatural landscape / HabitatViewpoint
Parc du Doubs

Hôtel de la Couronne

Small family hotel with nine pleasant and comfortable rooms equipped with free Internet WLAN connexion. A brasserie and a restaurant, completed in summer by a terrace with a play area for children and a petanque pitch. Traditional cuisine.

Parc du Doubs

Hôtel du Doubs

Avec son restaurant, sa terrasse et son bar, l'Hôtel du Doubs vous offre ses spécialités : truites aux fines herbes, cuisses de grenouilles, jambon à l'os et friture de filet de carpe.

Parc du Doubs

Hermitage in St-Ursanne

The hermitage chapel in the rock face is reached through a late Renaissance style door and 200 steps. Next to it is the grotto in which St Ursicinus is supposed to have lived, and a viewpoint with a wonderful view of the Doubs.

Natural monumentViewpoint