Traditions and pleasures

Jura & Three-Lakes

La Roche FR: La Berra, départ de la station

La Roche FR: La Berra, départ de la station

La Roche FR: La BERRA, Gites d'Allières 1500m

La Roche FR: La BERRA, Gites d'Allières 1500m

Les Paccots

Les Paccots

Sorens: Mont-Gibloux

Sorens: Mont-Gibloux

Les Pontins: Bugnenets - Savagnières

Les Pontins: Bugnenets - Savagnières

Sankt Immer: L'éolienne

Sankt Immer: L'éolienne

Sankt Immer: Haut Pointes

Sankt Immer: Haut Pointes

Mont-Soleil: Mont Soleil

Mont-Soleil: Mont Soleil

Mont Soleil

Mont Soleil

Sankt Immer: Le Chasseral

Sankt Immer: Le Chasseral

Les Pontins: Bugnenets - Savagnières - Joux-du-Plane

Les Pontins: Bugnenets - Savagnières - Joux-du-Plane

Les Pontins: Bugnenets - Savagnières - Les Pointes

Les Pontins: Bugnenets - Savagnières - Les Pointes

Les Prés-d'Orvin › West: Langlaufzentrum: Langlaufzentrum

Les Prés-d'Orvin › West: Langlaufzentrum: Langlaufzentrum

Les Prés-d'Orvin: Les Prés d'Orvin

Les Prés-d'Orvin: Les Prés d'Orvin

Les Prés-d'Orvin: Métairie de Gléresse

Les Prés-d'Orvin: Métairie de Gléresse

Tramelan

Tramelan

Les Taillères: La Brévine - Lac des Taillères

Les Taillères: La Brévine - Lac des Taillères

La Brévine: Place du village

La Brévine: Place du village

Tete-De-Ran: Tête de Ran

Tete-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

Les Ponts-de-Martel

La Vue-des-Alpes

La Vue-des-Alpes

Estavayer-le-Lac

Estavayer-le-Lac

Delémont

Delémont

Porrentruy

Porrentruy

La Neuveville

La Neuveville

Bas-Vully: Le Vully - Camping les 3 lacs

Bas-Vully: Le Vully - Camping les 3 lacs

Jaun: Live Bild mit Blick auf die Gastlosen von

Jaun: Live Bild mit Blick auf die Gastlosen von

Ober Rohrmoos: Jaunpass

Ober Rohrmoos: Jaunpass

Ober Rohrmoos: From Sportbahnen Jaunpass to gastlosen

Ober Rohrmoos: From Sportbahnen Jaunpass to gastlosen

Jaun: Live Blick auf das Skigebiet - mit dem Gastlosenexpres

Jaun: Live Blick auf das Skigebiet - mit dem Gastlosenexpres

Murten: Lake Murten

Murten: Lake Murten

Muntelier: Lac de Morat - Bise Noire

Muntelier: Lac de Morat - Bise Noire

Moléson: Village

Moléson: Village

Moléson: Sommet

Moléson: Sommet

Moléson: Plan Francey

Moléson: Plan Francey

Gruyères: Lac de Gruyère

Gruyères: Lac de Gruyère

Epagny: aérodrome gruyère nord

Epagny: aérodrome gruyère nord

Epagny: aerodrome-gruyere sud

Epagny: aerodrome-gruyere sud

Epagny: Swisshelicopter - Gruyère

Epagny: Swisshelicopter - Gruyère

Chaux-de-Fonds

Chaux-de-Fonds

Chaux-de-Fonds: Le Pod

Chaux-de-Fonds: Le Pod

Chaux-de-Fonds: Aéroport les Eplatures OUEST

Chaux-de-Fonds: Aéroport les Eplatures OUEST

Charmey: SUD

Charmey: SUD

Charmey

Charmey

Charmey: Vounetz

Charmey: Vounetz

Lignières: Camping Fraso-Ranch

Lignières: Camping Fraso-Ranch

Tafers

Tafers

Neuenburg: Creux-du-Van Val-de-Travers - Chaumont - Neuenburgersee

Neuenburg: Creux-du-Van Val-de-Travers - Chaumont - Neuenburgersee

Neuenburg: Carrefour de la Maladière

Neuenburg: Carrefour de la Maladière

Le Noirmont

Le Noirmont

Epagnier: Thielle - Chaumont - Neuenburg - Neuenburgersee - Chasseral

Epagnier: Thielle - Chaumont - Neuenburg - Neuenburgersee - Chasseral

Epagnier: CVR Rothaus Gampelen

Epagnier: CVR Rothaus Gampelen

Môtiers: Aérodrome dir. sud-ouest

Môtiers: Aérodrome dir. sud-ouest

Môtiers: Aérodrome dir. nord-est

Môtiers: Aérodrome dir. nord-est

La Sagne

La Sagne

Alp Dado

Alp Dado

Les Bois: Golf-Club

Les Bois: Golf-Club

Montsevelier › Süd: Mont Raimeux

Montsevelier › Süd: Mont Raimeux

Movelier: Meteo - Wetter-Webcam

Movelier: Meteo - Wetter-Webcam

Rebeuvelier

Rebeuvelier

Courtedoux: Aeroport Bressacourt

Courtedoux: Aeroport Bressacourt

Courtedoux: Aeroport Bressacourt 2

Courtedoux: Aeroport Bressacourt 2

Saint-Ursanne: St-Ursanne

Saint-Ursanne: St-Ursanne

Bulle FR: Vue sur le Château et le passage de l'Union

Bulle FR: Vue sur le Château et le passage de l'Union

Bulle FR: Vue de la Grand-Rue en direction de l'Eglise

Bulle FR: 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

Chaumont-de-Pury: Chaumont

Chaumont-de-Pury: 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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