The area around the chateau de Joux includes many natural, historical, cultural and tourist sites that are well worth a visit when to come (or return) to Joux.

Pontarlier & its museum

Located in a beautiful 15th century manor house, renovated in 19th century in the Art Nouveau style, the Pontarlier Museum is well worth a visit for its high quality collections.

Exceptional sites

The Franche-Comté boasts a large number of remarkable tourist sites.

Within 50 km
Between 50 and 100km away

Gastronomy and heritage

The birthplace of the "green fairy"

Pontarlier and its surrounding area are the birthplace of absinthe in France, an alcoholic beverage made from the absinth plant. The distilleries in the area can be visited. The Pontarlier Museum showcases the industry and “culture” of Absinth.

The Saint Antoine Fort, highlight of the Comté!

The Saint-Antoine fort is situated at an altitude of 1,100 metres, between Malbuisson and Métabief, and was built around 1880 to protect the Eastern frontier. In 1966, it was turned into a Comté cheese cellar by a local cheese ripener: Marcel Petite. This exceptional site can be visited all year round by reservation.

The famous Tuyé

As you arrive in or leave Morteau, make a detour to see the Papy Gaby Tuyé in Gilley – one of the largest smokehouses of the area, nestled in the heart of the mysterious Saugeais Republic, which boasts its own coat of arms, hymn, postage stamp, coins, a customs officer who authorises comings and goings and, until not that long ago, its own language, Saugette, the origins of which date back to the 17thC!

Arbois, Poligny and the Jura wines

Yellow, straw, Macvin, Arbois, Château Chalon,  white and red, are the famous wines produced less than 60km from Joux. Rendez-vous at Poligny and at Arbois to explore this beautiful winde producing region. Poligny, with its rich historical heritage and also known as the “capital” of the Comté cheese area. A feast for the eyes and the mouth!

. A déguster avec les yeux et les papilles !

And our Swiss neighbour!

The Romainmôtier minster

Just 35km from Joux, this minster founded in the 5thC  is the oldest monastery in Switzerland. Its church, built by Odilon, the Abbot of Cluny, is also one of the oldest romanesque buildings. With its medieval market town and its gothic style Priory, Romainmôtier is worth the detour!

The Joux lake and valley

At a distance of 36km from the chateau, the Joux lake is a much appreciated for its leisure opportunities, both summer and winter, by nature-lovers and outdoor sports enthusiasts.

The Joux Valley, which leads on from the lake, is the birthplace of Swiss clockmaking.

Neuchâtel and its lake

45 km from the chateau, the Neuchâtel lake is the largest entirely Swiss lake! The towns of Yverdon les Bains and Neufchâtel combine vernacular architectural heritage with clockmaking and wine making tradition.

Lausanne and Lake Geneva

On the shores of Lake Geneva, 65km from the chateau de Joux, the town of  Lausanne is known as an important economic, cultural and historical centre – noteworthy in particular for its Olympic games museum and cathedral, which is considered one of the greatest gothic monuments in Europe, and for its quality of life on the lakeshore.

Ancient routes and ways to discover

The chateau de Joux is at the crossroads of several historical routes.

On the trail of absinth

Absinth, emblematic drink of the region and the “green fairy” of  Verlaine and ther poets, is produced by distilling green aniseed, fennel and absinth. Pontarlier was the absinth capital. An absinthe trail, takes you from the Pontarlier area to Val de Travers in Switzerland, retracing the history of its Franco-Swiss production.

The GR 5 hiking route

From Montperreux (8 km from the chateau) to Nyon in Switzerland  (on the shores of Lake Geneva), the GR5 hiking trail covers a distance of 100km through the Jura.

Walking trails in the Doubs

The Doubs is full of great walks and hiking trails. Click here for all the information you need.

The salt route

Linking the Arc et Senans saltworks, Salins les Bains, Lons le Saunier, the Loue valley, the Bex mines in Switzerland, the salt route / via Salina passes right in front of the chateau through the Cluse pass!

The abolition route

The network of “the Abolition of Slavery Route” set up in 1998, connects 5 sites: the chateau de Joux (which marks the starting point), Champagney (house of black culture, sponsored by Léopold Sédar Senghor), Chamblanc (memorial forest for Anne-Marie Javouhey), Fessenheim (Victor Schoelcher museographic centre) and Emberménil (home of Abbé Grégoire, abolitionist). It aims to enlighten the public about the slavery abolitionists and honour their memory.  In 2019, this network, extends to 25 sites in the East of France and in Switzerland.

The Via Francigena

From Canterbury to Rome, via Pontarlier “the route that comes from France” was, in the Middle Ages, a major route between the North of Europe and Italy, in particular for pilgrims on their way to Rome.  The route passes through the middle of Pontarlier, climbs up the Larmont hills in front of the Malher fort, dropping down to the town of la Cluse and Mijoux then heads off into neighbouring Switzerland.

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