The Jura Lakes

The Jura is a region full of water: torrents, waterfalls, springs, lakes, ponds... all crossed by small winding roads that you can discover during this very natural circuit of 290 km (5 hours)

There are 4 tourist stops on this route. You are free to stay for a few minutes or a few hours.

  1. Baume les Messieurs
  2. Joux Castle (*)
  3. Pic de l'Aigle
  4. Belvedere of the 4 lakes

(*) Please check the opening hours and booking possibilities.

1. Baume les Messieurs : Nestled in a cirque on the borders of three valleys in an exceptional panorama, Baume les Messieurs wraps its houses around a Benedictine abbey, a magnificent example of Jura Romanesque art housing one of the largest polychrome altarpieces in Europe.

2. Joux Castle : The Château de Joux is a high place of history and military architecture, and is an emblematic monument of the Franche-Comté region. It overlooks a narrow natural passageway about a hundred metres above the Jura Massif. This military and commercial route links the roads from Champagne, Flanders and Haute-Saône to Italy and Switzerland.

3. Pic de l'Aigle : This 993 metre high summit is an exceptional site which dominates the 4 lakes valley. It offers a magnificent view of the entire Jura plateau, the Vallée du Hérisson, the Grandvaux and even the Mont Blanc on a clear day.

4. Belvedere of the 4 lakes : Perched at an altitude of around 900 metres, the 4 lakes viewpoint offers a 360° view of the various rounded reliefs of the Jura and allows you to see 4 lakes of glacial origin: Ilay, Narlay, Petit and Grand Maclu... Jade, sapphire, turquoise, khaki, from up there, the shades of green and blue vary according to the seasons and the days for a constantly renewed spectacle.