We started from Basel, using the magnificent public transport that the city has, and go by train to Dornach-Arlesheim from where we start our route.
We started it by the Architektur-Pfad, a Dornach Arlesheim architecture trail shows a lively and diverse design language. Seeing among others Glashaus and Goetheanum.
We continue climbing and stop at the ruins of Dornach Castle (Dorneck). Stage of the Battle of Dornach, on July 22, 1499 by Alsatian troops in Swiss territory. Part of the Swabian War, the last major military conflict between the Old Swiss Confederation and the House of Habsburg.
We continue along the path that finally takes us to the Gempenturm Tower. The tower is five stories high, 28 meters high, made of steel and offers stunning views of the Basel, Alsace region, the Vosges mountains and the Black Forest. Therefore, it is a popular destination for day trips in the metropolitan area of Basel. The entrance to the tower is a Swiss franc.
We continue to the two high telephony antennas that are located next to the Gemper tower and we already start our turn sometimes fiddling with the ViaSurpise 32 Dornach – Dornach trail.
We go down local farms and turn towards the forests of Arlesheim, one of the most biodiverse places in the Basel area. The Nature Reserve “Ermitage” has been a priority objective of nature conservation for a long time “Ermitage Arlesheim and Birseck Castle”. We ended up in its lake at the foot of Birseck Castle.
We continue crossing Arlesheimer and we already arrive at the train station of Dornach-Arlesheim, beginning of our route.
Max elevation: 772 m
Total climbing: 683 m