Switzerland, a country renowned for its stunning landscapes and outdoor activities, offers a unique hiking experience in the quaint town of St-Ursanne. Nestled in the Canton Jura, this charming town is a treat for history lovers and nature enthusiasts alike.
When it comes to ensuring a memorable and accessible experience for all, St-Ursanne stands out. This guide highlights essential information for blind, visually impaired, and wheelchair users planning a trip to this beautiful town.
The route, known as “Parcours de St-Ursanne“, starts at the railway station above the town and leads along the ridge of Mont Terri down to St-Ursanne. From here the route continues through natural surrounding alongside the river. Many anglers are attracted to the Doubs because it’s said to have the best river trout.
One of the highlights of the hike is the Collegiate Church, a Romanesque-style building that dates back to the 12th century. Nearby, you’ll find the medieval bridge that spans across the Doubs River, offering picturesque views of the surrounding landscape.
Further along the route, you’ll come across the Hermitage, a place of solitude and reflection. It’s said that Saint Ursanne himself lived here in isolation during the 6th century. Today, it serves as a reminder of the town’s spiritual heritage.
But it’s not just history that makes this hike special. The route also takes you through some of Switzerland’s most beautiful natural landscapes. From lush forests to rolling hills and serene riverbanks, there’s plenty to admire along the way.
Voice Guidance for the Visually Impaired
Blind and visually impaired visitors can confidently navigate obstacle-free routes in St-Ursanne with the help of the MyWay Pro app’s voice guidance feature. This is a collaborative effort supported by Procap Switzerland, the Swiss Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and SwitzerlandMobility. Please note that this feature is exclusive to the MyWay Pro app for iOS devices.
Navigating St-Ursanne for Wheelchair Users
Thanks to obstacle-free routes, wheelchair users can enjoy a delightful experience in St-Ursanne. Although the sightseeing attractions and accommodation recommended by Switzerland Mobility may not always be wheelchair-accessible, additional information about accessibility can be found on Procap Reisen and My Switzerland. For detailed routes and their difficulty grades, you can refer to the PDF.
Public Transport Accessibility
The barrier-free S-Bahn trains (S3) run between the Delémont support railway station and St-Ursanne, allowing independent boarding and alighting. Wheelchair-friendly parking spaces can be found at the Maison du Tourisme in St-Ursanne, although there aren’t any designated spots for wheelchair users.
Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect while exploring St-Ursanne:
Restaurant La Maison du Tourisme: Located near the bridge, this wheelchair-accessible restaurant ensures a delightful dining experience. You can ask the staff for the toilet key. The restroom, although spacious, doesn’t have hand grips.
Holiday Accommodation Au Fil du Doubs: Post the old arched bridge, this holiday house caters specifically to those with limited mobility. It houses 11 rooms designed for wheelchair users and even offers individual care upon request.
Wheelchair-Accessible Public WC: Tucked a bit away, this public restroom ensures wheelchair accessibility and costs Fr.1.00 for use.
For your return journey, the ground-level S-Bahn (S3) takes you back to the Delmont support railway station from St-Ursanne.
Whether you’re a history buff or a nature lover, the Parcours de St-Ursanne offers something for everyone. So why wait?