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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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Stunning house in stunning location

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You aren't renting a house you are borrowing a home! We were amazed how lovely this house really is. It is exactly like it's description (plenty aren't!!) on the website. Beautifully styled and renovated house in a tiny hamlet on the edge of the river. Nathalie, the owner, is delightful and welcomed us with a tour of the house, explanation about how everything works and offered us drinks and snacks. You definitely need a car to stay here as it is in a remote area but a large town is only 15 minutes drive away. Our three children (14,11 and 9) loved the holiday too. Lots of canoeing/kayaking in the river along with swimming. Wonderful experience at the little restaurant next door having fondue- not to be missed! I can't recommend this place highly enough.
  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2018
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2018