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Jura & Three-Lakes Region 7.6.-3.7.21

We enjoy the beautiful drive from Trin Mulin to the Jura and choose a route via Thun where we make a two-day stopover at the Hotel Seepark. This gives us the opportunity to explore the pretty city on the waterfront, enjoy wellness at the hotel and indulge in the finest cuisine at the gourmet restaurant.

In the Jura, we are staying in four different places from where we explore the area:

Chambres d'Haute: above La Chaux-de-Fonds on a farm with a B&B and a large holiday flat which is very quiet and directly on the hiking and cycling paths.

Ependes near Yverdon les bains: pretty holiday flat which is also on a farm.

Porrentruy at the Hotel Terminus (because there is a Tesla Charger there).

Tramelan: just above the village in a quiet, modern holiday flat with a large garden and barbecue.

In the Jura, there are a lot of cycling and hiking trails, some pretty towns and beautiful lakes, especially if you include the area of the 'trois lacs'.

Saut du Doubs: in Le Brenets we take the boat to the Saut du Doubs and walk on the Swiss side past the waterfall, along Lac de Moron to the dam in Le Châtelot where you can cross the Doubs in an interesting way. The return trip is on the French side, from where the waterfall can be admired from a higher position. It is worth stopping for a drink on the French side, because there are simply more beautiful outdoor areas.

La Sagne: a steep path, the Sentier des Statues, leads through the forest past countless man-sized wooden statues to an alp. And the way back is quite leisurely along the stream.

Areuse Gorge: we park the car at Boudry station and take the train to Noiraigue. From there we hike through the scenic Areuse Gorge with many bridges back to Boudry.

Creux du Van: we start at the Ferme Robert near Noiraigue and climb about 500 metres, mostly steep, through the forest. At the top of the ridge we enjoy a picnic with a magnificent view. We return on the other side via a 14-curve path down into the valley. The Creux du Van is definitely a 'must'. You can also visit the wonderful view by car from the other side in relative comfort.

Étang de la Gruère: leisurely hike around the beautiful moor lake in the nature reserve near Tramelan with many places to swim and picnic.

The international watch museum in La-Chaux-de-Fonds shows us the passage of time over the years. Afterwards we make a visit to the Japanese garden (another highlight of 10 in La-Chaux-de-Fonds) just next door. Unfortunately, this is a bit of a disappointment (see picture on the right).

Bike trip to the modern chocolate museum of Camille Bloch in Courtelary. Among other things, you can watch a demonstration of how the Ragusa and the Torinos are made and of course you can taste and taste...

The bike trip over sometimes quite steep passages from Porrentruy to St. Ursanne connects two towns worth seeing.

Of course, water is not to be missed and we decide to take:

a trip on the Aare from Solothurn to Biel

and for a boat trip on Lake Biel with a stop in the pretty winegrowing village of Twann

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