Natural sites

Creux du Van

A stunningly beautiful rocky cirque; a work of nature not to be missed!

Creux du Van
Creux du Van. © Matthias Taugwalder
Its steep rock walls with their horseshoe shape offer one of the most grandiose panoramas in Switzerland. Chamois and ibex sighting included!

As far as the eye can reach 
The gigantic rock arena with a diameter of more than a kilometre was formed in the course of millions of years by water and ice erosion. Impressive vertical cliffs of more than 160 m height surround a deep valley. This absolutely spectacular site boasts a splendid 360° panorama over the nearby lakes, the Alps, the Jura valleys, and further on to France. 
A nature paradise 
The sheer magic of the place is also due to its varied flora and exceptional fauna: ibex, chamois, lynx and marmot feel at home here, and you will almost certainly come across one or the other of these wild animals in the surroundings of the canyon.

Hike the 14 bends 
14 km, 14 hairpin bends, and some ascents and descents which require a bit of stamina, but it is more than worth it: at the top, the majestic rock arena rewards the hikers with its spectacular scenery. 

Visit the farm restaurants 
The typical regional métairies are farm restaurants which offer local specialities in an authentic environment. Here you can taste typical dishes such as rösti, fondue, mushroom toast, cold cuts and sausages as well as cheeses. A special experience which is not to be missed!

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Creux du Van
Creux du Van. © Vincent Bourrut
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Creux du Van. © Roland Gerth
Creux du Van
Creux du Van. © Fabien Nissels
Creux du Van
Creux du Van. © Gérard Benoît à la Guillaume

Natural sites

Creux du Van

A stunningly beautiful rocky cirque; a work of nature not to be missed!

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Creux du Van

Hiking or biking

Hiking | Wide or narrow, bubbling or calm: meet the Areuse.

Cycling | One of the main highlights of the Jura region is the natural rock cirque Creux du Van, the largest nature...

Hiking | This hike will bring you to the impressive natural rock cirque Creux du Van. This regional icon has been...

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Wines | Enjoy delicious sparkling wines in a priory founded in the 6th century.

Museums | Discover the rich heritage of this mythic beverage.

Water sports | A place to relax and swim that children will love!

Regional products | Tasting room dedicated to chocolate in all its forms.

Museums | A journey to the centre of the earth to see how the miners of yesteryear worked.

Regional products | On the trail of a legendary drink with a forbidden taste.

Accommodation – the latest selection

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