From Belfort’s pentagonal citadel, with its sculpture of a giant lion designed by Bartholdi (creator of the Statue of Liberty), to the perched castle of Porrentruy in Switzerland, standing out against the Fahy Hills (foothills of the Jura Mountains), this beautiful cross-border route follows the Savoureuse, Bourbeuse and Allaine Rivers. Linking the Territoire de Belfort in France to the Swiss canton of Jura, there are no significant difficulties along this 40km very smooth path. The sporty may like to tackle the return trip; or just ride one way and take the train back from Switzerland. Between the colourful villages, enjoy the clear air and sumptuous landscapes, featuring steep valleys, farmland and shaded woods. Prolong the ride: to the north, follow the link to Malsaucy Nature Reserve, venue for Belfort’s major Eurockéennes rock festival; to the south, follow the Jura route to Courgenay in Switzerland.
Signposted La Francovélosuisse (v64) along the whole route
With EuroVelo 6, near Bourogne on the section of the Rhone-Rhine Canal.
Link to the Alsace balloon: from Belfort by taking the northern link to the natural site of Malsaucy.
SNCF train stations