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Make a holiday rental, home, or cottage in Bernese Jura, Switzerland your home away from home

This is a portion of the canton (a canton is the equivalent of a state in a federal republic) of Bern consisting of 3 districts (Franches-Montagnes, Porrentruy and Delemont) in which French is the lingua franca. It is located in the north-west of Switzerland and also incorporates the mountains of Jura. The watch making tradition of the Swiss largely originates from this locale and it is rich in history and culture. Among the accommodation choices for visitors to this part of Switzerland are luxurious ski chalets and apartments.

Things to do on holiday in Bernese Jura, Switzerland

Those who love a bit of activity laced into their holiday are in for a treat as during summer conditions here are ideal for hiking. And the landscape provides a challenging enough trail that rewards hikers with absorbing, tranquil scenery of still lakes and imposing mountain sides. Visitors can opt for a driven tour of the area along the Franches-Montagnes Road through the Jura all the way to Geneva. On the way they will pass through villages such as Courtetelle, Courfaivre and Bassecourt in which watch making and the production of stained glass are carried out. This trip can also be made on horseback.

The old city of Porrentruy makes for excellent sight-seeing with its old, but well maintained buildings giving visitors a glimpse into the city’s past. There are numerous fine restaurants visitors here can find to satisfy their palates after a long day’s touring including the Chateau de Pleujouse, a renovated castle. The chef here goes out on a limb to ensure tourists are served only the finest cuisine. Other reputable establishments include the Auberge de la Braconne and Floeur de Vic.

In winter the Franches-Montagnes area makes an ideal surface for freestyle and cross-country skiing as well as sledging. Visitors who happen to be in this area in September are in for a special treat as they may just catch the Festival du Chant du Gros open air music festival.

Places to visit on holiday to Bernese Jura, Switzerland

The Gorges du Pichoux is simply a must-see for any serious tourist. This picturesque feature was formed over time by the passage of the Sorne river. The river leads to the lake Vert which itself provides for beautiful viewing. The Franches-Montagnes region gives tourists even more fodder for their cameras with its 200 square kilometres of natural beauty traversable by bicycle, on foot or on horseback. A visit to the watch making museum which is not far from this locale simply cannot be missed.

Weather in Bernese Jura, Switzerland

Temperate is the word that best describes the climate in this part of Switzerland. Summer temperatures don’t go much beyond 23°C and in winter they do not go much below freezing. There is quite a lot of rainfall in this region throughout the year, more so in the month of May.

Travel to Bernese Jura, Switzerland

Most overseas visitors to this part of Switzerland will come in through the Zurich International Airport. On arrival they will have access to taxis and car rentals located in the airport. They can be at the Jura in an hour or so by road.

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                                                                      Beautiful, tasteful apartment on the river front

                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                      We have now stayed a few times at Bishops Rest & it gets better each time. The antiques, collectibles & stylish interior set this apartment apart. It's not surprising the owner was a well known Basel interior designer. The beautiful riverfront garden creates a peaceful haven in a charming Swiss village. We hope to return again next year. Highly recommended.
                                                                      • Review Submitted: 26-May-2016
                                                                      • Date of Stay: May 2016

                                                                      Comfortable chalet in a beautiful Swiss valley.

                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                      We were warmly welcomed by the owners - who spoke excellent English. The accommodation was set up thoughtfully to cater for our group (2 families plus other relatives, 9 people in total). Everything was clean and well-maintained. The region is beautiful and various sights were in easy reach by car: Lake Neuchatel and its surroundings, La Neueville, Berne - with its bears, (we took the train here), mountains etc. The sound of cowbells is sometimes the only thing to disturb the peace! Our hosts were helpful and even gave members of our group without transport a lift to catch their bus into town. We would recommend this chalet to anyone wishing to discover this tranquil area of Switzerland. Many thanks to the Chollet family.
                                                                      • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2014
                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2014