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General Information

Saint Claude, the capital of smoking-pipe making and diamond cutting, is located in the heart of the Haut-Jura Natural Park, where the Bienne and Tacon rivers meet. Saint Claude is the ideal environment for summer as well as winter activities. As the main city of the ski area of Hautes Combes du Jura and close to the ski resort of Les Rousses, it provides both cross-country and downhill skiing. Saint Claude is a good departure point to discover the Jura Mountains.
The skillful craftsmen keep the tradition of their work alive and some even open their workshop doors to the public (pipe-making, sculpture on pipe, artisanal diamond-cutting...).


Grand Pont

This bridge built in 1939 is 300 feet long and 150 feet above the river. It is now the main entrance to the city. From there, one can admire the picturesque site of Saint Claude and the remparts of the old abbey.

Saint Pierre Cathedral

Built in the 14th and 18th century. In the style of a fortress, it used to be a shelter for the inhabitants of the town. The stalls carved by Jean de Vitry are known for their precision and beauty; however, half of them burnt down in 1983. A replica has recently been carved and reinstalled in 1995.

Smoking Pipes and Diamond Museum

This museum, accross the street from the cathedral, presents the history of pipe in St. Claude, shows how briar-wood pipes are made and exhibits collections of diamonds, precious, semi-precious and synthetic stones. It also displays the tools used in every step of gem-cutting.

Rue du Pre

The main street of St. Claude has many cafes, boutiques and all kinds of stores. The Hotel de Ville (City Hall) is at the heart of it.

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Chapeau de Gendarme

This local geological curiosity is located in the Lacets de Septmoncel, on the road to Geneva. This mountain in the shape of a policeman's hat, after which it is named, is a typical example of the formidable folding of the earth during the Tertiary period.

Lacets de Septmoncel

The winding road to Geneva. This road along the gorges of Flumen with spectacular view of mountains winds down toward St. Claude valley.

Belvedere de la Roche Blanche

Between the villages of Septmoncel and Les Moussières, this scenic viewpoint, at an altitude of 1,140 m, offers a spectacular panoramic view of St. Claude and surroundings.

Gorges de l'Abime

Near St Claude, the Abime torrent rushes through the rocks in a set of spectacular gorges accessible by following a trail with successive ladders and footbridges. Also on this route is the "Trou de l'Abime", a fathomless water hole, which inspired many legends.

Toy Museum

15 km (10 miles) from St. Claude, the town of Moirans-en-Montagne is located in the heart of the Children Land and the Haut-Jura natural park. The museum houses a unique collection of 15,000 items, witness of 5,000 years of history.

Lakes Region

Area with many lakes (Vouglans, Clairvaux, Chalain and many more). The "Route of Lakes"interconnects them and the region main centers of interest such as museums, crafts, belvederes, natural sites, local gastronomy and other curiosities.


The "Queue de Cheval" (Horse Tail) and "Cascades du Flumen" are located near St Claude, "Cascades du Herisson" are in the Lakes region.
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