Top choice in The Jura Mountains

About 8km south of La Chaux-de-Fonds, just off Rte N20, Vue-des-Alpes (1283m) is a mountain pass popular for its two 7.3km and 11km mountain-bike loop trails and for its 700m luge, Toboggan Géant. In winter locals sledge, snowshoe and ski down the gentle slopes (three drag lifts) or along 53km of cross-country trails. Year-round it offers jaw-dropping views of the distant Alps over the thee lakes of Drei-Seen-Land.

If you don't have your own wheels, catch bus 370 from La Chaux-de-Fonds station to stop Vue-des-Alps (Sfr4.20, 15 minutes).

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby The Jura Mountains attractions

1. Robosphere

2.82 MILES

If you're looking for something completely different, this educational facility is dedicated to the world of robotics. It helps to have some French…

2. Musée International d’Horlogerie

2.83 MILES

This is a well-thought-out museum in a leafy park with history and fine-arts museums as neighbours and a huge steel carillon that plays on the quarter,…

3. La Maison Blanche

3.62 MILES

This neoclassical house with a white facade and shiny roof is prized as Le Corbusier’s first independent piece of work – and a notable break from the…

4. Parc du Doubs

3.65 MILES

This nature park, covering almost 300 sq km of terrain south of the River Doubs to the Franches Montanges, is characterised by undulating hills, deep…

5. Mt Chaumont

5.05 MILES

Soak up views across the three lakes to the Alps from Mt Chaumont (1160m), a ride on bus 7 from Neuchâtel to La Coudre then a 12-minute funicular ride up…

6. Musée de l’Horlogerie du Locle

6.01 MILES

In Le Locle, 8km west of La Chaux-de-Fonds, grand 18th-century rooms filled with all manner of clocks make this museum tick. The manor house, Château des…

7. Église Collégiale

6.09 MILES

The interior of the largely Gothic Église Collégiale is a mix of Romanesque elements (notably the triple apse). Facing the main entrance is a statue of…

8. Old Town

6.13 MILES

The Old Town streets are peppered with 18th-century mansions and decorative fountains. Heading uphill along Rue du Château, walk through the medieval city…