Traditions and pleasures

Jura & Three-Lakes

La Roche - La Berra, départ de la station

La Roche - La Berra, départ de la station

Mont-Gibloux

Mont-Gibloux

Mont Soleil

Mont Soleil

Mont Soleil 2

Mont Soleil 2

Bugnenets / Savagnières - Les Pointes

Bugnenets / Savagnières - Les Pointes

Haut Pointes

Haut Pointes

Le Chasseral

Le Chasseral

Bugnenets / Savagnières - Joux-du-Plane

Bugnenets / Savagnières - Joux-du-Plane

L'éolienne

L'éolienne

Bugnenets - Savagnières (Suisse)

Bugnenets - Savagnières (Suisse)

Les Prés d'Orvin

Les Prés d'Orvin

Métairie de Gléresse

Métairie de Gléresse

Tramelan

Tramelan

La Brévine - Place du village

La Brévine - Place du village

La Brévine - Lac des Taillères

La Brévine - Lac des Taillères

Le Lac des Taillères

Le Lac des Taillères

Tête-de-Ran 2

Tête-de-Ran 2

Tête de Ran

Tête de Ran

Le Locle - UNESCO Urbanisme horloger

Le Locle - UNESCO Urbanisme horloger

Les Ponts-de-Martel

Les Ponts-de-Martel

Les Ponts-de-Martel 2

Les Ponts-de-Martel 2

La Vue-des-Alpes

La Vue-des-Alpes

Estavayer-le-Lac

Estavayer-le-Lac

La Neuveville

La Neuveville

Jaunpass

Jaunpass

Live Blick auf das Skigebiet Jaun mit dem Gastlosenexpres

Live Blick auf das Skigebiet Jaun mit dem Gastlosenexpres

Live Bild mit Blick auf die Gastlosen von Jaun

Live Bild mit Blick auf die Gastlosen von Jaun

Lac de Morat - Bise Noire

Lac de Morat - Bise Noire

Murtensee - Lac de Morat

Murtensee - Lac de Morat

aérodrome gruyère nord

aérodrome gruyère nord

aerodrome-gruyere sud

aerodrome-gruyere sud

Swisshelicopter - Epagny - Gruyère

Swisshelicopter - Epagny - Gruyère

Pont de la Poya

Pont de la Poya

Lac de Gruyère

Lac de Gruyère

Aéroport les Eplatures OUEST

Aéroport les Eplatures OUEST

La Chaux-de-Fonds

La Chaux-de-Fonds

Charmey SUD

Charmey SUD

Charmey

Charmey

Charmey - Vounetz

Charmey - Vounetz

Camping Fraso-Ranch Lignières

Camping Fraso-Ranch Lignières

Tafers Freiburg Schweiz

Tafers Freiburg Schweiz

Neuchâtel Ville

Neuchâtel Ville

Neuchâtel Ville 4

Neuchâtel Ville 4

Neuchâtel Ville 3

Neuchâtel Ville 3

Neuchâtel Ville 2

Neuchâtel Ville 2

Carrefour de la Maladière

Carrefour de la Maladière

Neuchâtel, the lake and the Alps

Neuchâtel, the lake and the Alps

CVR Rothaus Gampelen Schweiz

CVR Rothaus Gampelen Schweiz

Aérodrome dir. sud-ouest

Aérodrome dir. sud-ouest

Aérodrome dir. nord-est

Aérodrome dir. nord-est

La Sagne

La Sagne

Golf-Club Les Bois

Golf-Club Les Bois

Alp Dado

Alp Dado

Meteo Movelier Jura-Wetter-Webcam

Meteo Movelier Jura-Wetter-Webcam

Aeroport Bressacourt 2

Aeroport Bressacourt 2

Aeroport Bressacourt

Aeroport Bressacourt

Vue sur le Château et le passage de l'Union

Vue sur le Château et le passage de l'Union

Vue de la Grand-Rue en direction de l'Eglise

Vue de la Grand-Rue en direction de l'Eglise

Marsens

Marsens

Les Brenets - Pays du Saut du Doubs

Les Brenets - Pays du Saut du Doubs

Neuchâtel - Chaumont

Neuchâtel - Chaumont

In the land of delicious surprises.

From the heights and gentle lower slopes of the Jura and to the wide open spaces of the 3 Lakes Region, this part of Switzerland forms an exquisite scenic backdrop to its gastronomic variety. The different landscapes, shaped by land and water, complement each other beautifully. The lakes of Neuchâtel, Biel and Murten are surrounded by vineyards which flourish in the mild sunny climate. In the neighbouring heights of the Jura a very different sight greets visitors – the whole of the Swiss Mittelland below and the chain of the Alps shimmering on the horizon.
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It is no surprise that this colourful and richly varied landscape produces such delicious fare. Among the wines, Chasselas and Pinot noir are especially popular, but winegrowers have recently been enjoying increasing success with other grape varieties such as Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay, Gamaret and Garanoir. Any of these would make an ideal accompaniment to Tête de Moine, the cylindrical cheese made on the lush meadows of the Jura. Tête de Moine is never cut with a knife but instead scraped into delicate curls with a special implement called a girolle. When autumn comes, residents enjoy getting together with friends and family at a traditional torrée neuchâteloise: a big outdoor fire, where the highly prized local saucisson neuchâtelois, a traditional smoked sausage, is cooked in the embers.

The mysterious “green fairy”

At such traditional meals “la fée verte” will often make an appearance: absinthe, the legendary drink of artists. Distillation of this spirit, which originated in the Val-de-Travers, was recently started again, and you can taste it legally here, although its recipe remains a closely guarded secret. Another drink that expresses the potency of the Jura soil is damassine: a clear brandy distilled from small wild plums, known for its delicate aroma. It is in this fertile land that residents and visitors celebrate the Fête de la St-Martin every year in mid-November. A traditional lavish meal with many guests features a menu of pork dishes prepared in an astonishing variety of ways: in bouillon, boudin noir (blood sausage), atriaux (patties scented with herbs), choucroute garnie (braised sauerkraut with roast and cured pork) and roasts, to name just a few – all followed by the celebrated totché, a yeast-risen cake baked with a thick cream topping for dessert.

Fine fish

After such rich food, something light is called for? Subtle fillets of perch or lavaret from the lake, perhaps, smoked bondelle or trout from the Doubs river: delicate fish best enjoyed on the lakeshore, together with a glass of local wine.

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