Jura Mountains Attractions
The Jura is the range of folded mountains lying northwest of the Swiss Alps and extending from Geneva to Schaffhausen. This is the central area of the Swiss watchmaking industry but, lying as it does on the periphery of the country, has so far played a relatively minor part in the Swiss tourist trade. For this reason it is popular with nature lovers.The new canton of Jura, the 23rd to become a member of the Confederation, was established on January 1, 1979, following a popular referendum in September 1977. It has an area of 837 sq. km/323 sq. mi and a population of 65,000, 87.6% of whom are Roman Catholics. The capital is Delémont, and the canton is divided into three districts of Delémont, Porrentruy and Franches-Montagnes, with a total of 32 communes.
Chasseral (1,607m/5,272ft) is the highest point of the northern Jura Mountains and affords a magnificent view of the Swiss Alps. The summit can be reached by car or by a chairlift from the nearby town of Nods.
Dent de Vaulion
The Dent de Vaulion (1,483m/4,865ft) is one of the steepest summits in the Swiss Jura mountains and provides a magnificent panorama of the Alps and Joux Valley.The summit can be reached by road from Romainmötier.
The Dôle summit (1,677m/550ft) is 21km/15mi from St Cergue. You must leave your car at the foot of Dôle and walk up the path, which is marked in yellow. From there you will have a splendid view of the Alps, the Matterhorn and the Oisans, Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva, Mount Tendre, the Chasseron and the Valserine.