Idea 7: Western Switzerland's Grand Canyon

Jura & Three Lakes Region

Doubs Nature Park

Doubs Nature Park

International Clock Museum, La Chaux-de-Fonds

International Clock Museum, La Chaux-de-Fonds

It's time to find out what makes Jura tick - from rural romance to a huge natural amphitheatre and fascinating clock-making towns.

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UNESCO World Heritage La Chaux de Fonds/Le Locle: more than clocks

These towns turn back the clocks to another industrial era. Even in the early 19th century the architecture and infrastructure were incredibly advanced because of the clock-making industry. The clock museum in in la Chaux de Fonds is an absolute must.

Doubs Regional Nature Park: horse-riding, fishing and dreaming

The River Doubs is a constant companion in the Doubs Regional Nature Park, which stretches from Les Brenets to St Ursanne. It flows swift and clear through spectacular gorges, pretty woodlands and meadows. Horse-riding and fishing enthusiasts are in their element here.The Etang de Gruère lake is a real highlight.

Chasseral Regional Park: the peak of pleasure

Peak-baggers and pleasure-seekers feel equally at home in this regional park, where the view stretches from Säntis to Mont Blanc and the culinary specialities from Tête de Moine to Treberwurst. Vineyard, ridge and gorge trails await, as does the hike to the summit of Chasseral.

Creux du Van: Western Switzerland's Grand Canyon

Bordering the cantons of Vaud and Neuchâtel, the Creux du Van canyon is film set stuff - yet it is entirely real. The colossal rock arena resembles a giant natural amphitheatre, with vertical cliffs towering 160m high. It's a spectacular sight for walkers.

Walking, cycling and mountain biking

SwitzerlandMobility gets the country moving. The only one of its kind in the world, this network of marked walking, cycling and mountain biking trails makes Switzerland a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.
Our tip: Sentier du Creux du Van walk

Taking care of yourself and others and respecting the natural environment will ensure you get the most of your outdoor experience.
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  • Sweet dreams

    Eco-Hotel L’Aubier, Montezillon
    The Eco-Hotel L’Aubier in Montezillon stands proudly above Lake Neuchâtel and looks proudly back on a successful 20 years. Since it opened its doors, Switzerland's first eco hotel has stayed true to its principle of using organic produce and organising eco-friendly activities.

    Le Bémont Youth Hostel Right in the heart of the Freibergen and surrounded by the Parc du Doubs, this charming youth hostel is in the village of the same name. It has been awarded the Ibex fairstay gold certificate for sustainability.

    Regional specialities

    Absinthe *

    The 'green fairy' bewitched and bewildered artists and intellectuals in the 18th century. Today the herb-flavoured spirit, distilled from wormwood, anise and fennel in the Val de Travers, is a popular digestif.

    Tête de Moine AOP *

    Monks first produced this cheese at Bellelay Abbey 900 years ago. The semi-hard cheese is made with the milk of the cows that graze on the Petit Val meadows.

    Gâteau à la crème *

    In Jura, this creamy, savoury tart is often served with an aperitif. Also known as Toétché, the gâteau à la crème is made from sour cream and tastes totally unique.

    * Part of the culinary heritage of Switzerland:


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