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Panoramic image of Haut-Jura

Haut Jura - The variety of Haut-Jura's landscape, from lakes, rivers and mountains to valleys are an endless invitation to leisure and numerous activities. summer is just as attractive season as winter, thanks to the many lakes and rivers where swimming, sailing, canoeing, canyoning and fishing can be enjoyed. The natural beauty can be explored while hiking, biking or cross-country skiing.

Panoramic view of city of Saint Claude

Saint Claude - The largest city and the capital of Haut-Jura has 2 major assets, its exceptional setting and its location in the heart of the Haut-Jura Regional Natural Park. Both winter and summer attract visitors and it is the ideal departure point to discover the Jura mountains. Saint Claude is also the capital of pipe making and diamond cutting... more info...

Image of Les Rousses center

Les Rousses - At an altitude of 1,100 m, the resort includes the villages of Les Rousses, Premanon, Lamoura and Bois d'Amont. It is a prime winter-sports center. For summer visitors, it offers lakes and forests... more info

Image of Mijoux center

Mijoux - Located at the foot of the highest summits of the Jura mountains, only a few kilometers away from the Swiss border, Mijoux is the main village of the Monts Jura resort. It is well suited for both downhill and cross-country skiing... ski station info

Panoramic image of Haute-Combes

Hautes Combes - This mountain area is the highest inhabited zone of the Jura Massif, at the border of the Jura and Ain departments. It is made up of 9 villages. Septmoncel, Les Moussieres, Lajoux, La Pesse and Les Bouchoux are the main ones. The area offers the most impressive panoramic views of the surrounding Jura mountains. Various winter sports activities can be enjoyed... ski station info

Image of Morbier cheese

Morbier - 3 km from town of Morez, Morbier is known for its grandfather clocks and the delicious morbier cheese, named after the town. Cross-country and downhill skiing is available on the spot and surroundings...ski station info

Panoramic image of Champagnole

Champagnole - The city is the entry point to the Jura plateau, a short distance from the Jura mountains and Switzerland. It is a good departure point for excursions to explore the picturesque sites of the surroundings.

Panoramic view of Les Rousses lake

Water Activities - Fishing, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and swimming can be enjoyed in the lakes of Les Rousses, Lamoura, Abbaye-en-Grandvaux, Coiselet, Etival... Pedal boat and small non-motorized boat rentals are available in Les Rousses.

Panoramic image of Les Rousses fortress

Fort des Rousses - A former military post, this fort was successfully converted into one of the largest Comte cheese aging cellars. The old and more modern techniques of cheesemaking can be discovered throughout the visit.

Saint Claude golf course sssanoramic view.

Golf Course - Saint Claude golf course is located in Villard, above the valley of Tacon in a beautiful natural setting. It is about 5 minutes drive from the city center.

Haut Jura hiking Photo

Hiking and Mountain Biking - Over 1,000 km (625 miles) of paths are marked out throughout Haut-Jura, that allow the discovery of the Regional Natural Park beauty. Hikers can choose from a variety of trails.

Image of Chapeau de Gendarme

Chapeau de Gendarme - It is a local geological curiosity. This mountain in the shape of a policeman's hat, after which it is named, is a typical example of the most remarkable Jurassic rock formation.

Panoramic view of Saint Claude and Surrounding

Belvedere de la Roche Blanche - Between the villages of Septmoncel and Les Moussieres, this scenic viewpoint, at an altitude of 1,140 m, offers a spectacular panoramic view of St. Claude and surroundings.

Panoramic image of Geneva Road

Lacet de Septmoncel - Also called "Route de Geneve" (Geneva Road), this winding road along the Flumen gorges winds down toward St-Claude valley and offers a spectacular view. The construction of the hairpin road was initiated by Desire Dalloz (1795-1869), a native jurisconsult.

Panoramic view of the Flumen gorge

Gorges of Flumen - With spectacular view of mountains, waterfalls and river flowing toward Saint Claude.

Flumen waterfalls photo

Flumen waterfalls - The hike starts next to the camping site of St-Claude, 2 km from the city. The trail leads to the waterfalls of the Flumen river, emerging in the middle of a cliff, a very impressive sight in the raining period.

Panoramic Photo of Queue de Cheval waterfall

Queue de Cheval waterfall - From the village of Chaumont, 4 km from Saint Claude, a marked trail reaches the "Queue de cheval" waterfall, meaning "Horse Tail". The rushing water drops 60 m in two leaps set in a very pleasant setting.

Jura, Geneva lake, and Alps in one panoramic photo

Monts Jura. Hiking on the crest of Monts Jura, astride the French Swiss border, is very impressive. On one side, the view extends to the Jura mountains, on the other side, on the Leman Lake, Geneva and the Alps.

Panoramic view of Chalam Crest

Chalam Crest - Accessible from La Pesse, Chalam Crest is the highest point of southern Haut-Jura where a beautiful view extends over the Jura mountain ranges to the Alps. At the foot of the Crest, the "Borne au Lion", a Lion milestone, marks the historical boundaries of Franche-Comte, the Duchy of Savoy and the Kingdom of France.

Haut-Jura ski map

Ski Resorts - In winter, cross-country and downhill skiing are the major activities in most of the villages and ski resorts of Hautes Combes of Jura, Haut-Jura and Station des Rousses, Monts Jura, Grandvaux and Jura Monts Rivieres... ski stations info

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