48 hours in the Siberia of Switzerland

Ideas for a short stay in the coldest place in Switzerland

Vallée de La Brévine in winter
Vallée de La Brévine in winter. © Vincent Bourrut
La Brévine has held the Swiss coldest temperature record for 25 years: In 1987, minus 41.8 degrees was measured there. The high valley in Jura lies at 1,043 metres above sea level and to this day is referred to as the Siberia of Switzerland. But La Brévine offers more than just something for those who love the cold.
The high valley of the Vallée de la Brévine and the nearby Jura heights delight visitors with their fairytale landscapes and idyllic lakes; a place where adults and children can have a wonderful time. Whether travelling as a family with children or as a couple, there are numerous activities for everyone to enjoy: Cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, lakeside and forest walks, skiing or a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh. And if you have had enough of the freezing cold, we recommend a visit to Le Locle, the watch-making town which also offers a wide range of art and culture! 


We cannot ensure that all our proposals are available, both in view of the current health situation and the weather.

The idyllic lakeside landscape in Switzerland's coldest high valley is often transformed into a fairytale snowy landscape in winter.

Discover the enchanting and untouched natural landscapes on a snow-shoe walk. A truly Siberian experience in the heart of Jura!

The illumination of La Brévine's church tower allows passers-by to tell how warm or cold it is from a distance, as the colours shown reveal the outside temperature.

Bring the day to a close in front of the cosy fireplace at the Hotel de Ville with a glass of white wine and regional specialities.

What tickles your fancy today? Nature? Culture? For the nature-lovers among you, we recommend a walk in the nearby forest. Feeling arty? Then make your way to Le Locle after breakfast. Le Locle is not only a watch-making town, but also a town for art lovers!

The museum's collection contains some 3,500 works by Swiss and international artists. Immerse yourself in the world of prints, photographs, installations and paintings!

In the heart of Le Locle lies the charming Fleur de Lis bistro. Enjoy a café & croissant here before continuing on your way. If you happen to be in Le Locle on a Sunday, make sure you don't miss the brunch of homemade local specialities!

If you still have some time and energy left, we recommend a tour that will take you to the little-known corners of Le Locle. Discover amazing craftsmanship that, in a somewhat different way, sheds light on local heritage, such as watch-making.

good to know

  • All winter activities can be done with or without snow.
  • Snow forecast
Chemin des Taillères
Skating on the Lac des Taillères
Illuminated church
Street art walking tour
Hôtel de Ville
Fine Arts Museum
Hôtel de la Fleur de Lis
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