Discover Jura with its waterfalls, wine and walks

Discovering the french jura

Chille is very near to Lons-le-Saunier, the birthplace of Rouget-de-Lisle, the composer of the French national anthem 'La Marseillaise', and is a wonderful starting point to visit the town with its 17th Century 'Rue du Commerce' arcades, museums, apothecary, and the Thermal SPA.

Not to be missed attractions: The village of 'Baume-les-Messieurs, classified amongst the most beautiful villages in France, a stunning location in a 'blind valley' or 'steep-head valley' 15 km from Chille, with its 9th Century Abbey that inspired the Abbey in Cluny and the Clunisian Order of monks; waterfalls and caves to visit.

Other remarkable locations: Château-Chalon, the capital of the local 'Vin Jaune', and the 'Cascades du Hérisson' waterfalls that stretch over some 31 waterfalls, mostly accessible by a short walk.

The 'Revermont Jurassien', an abrupt geographical position leading to the 1st plateau, locally known as the 'Land of good living', and on the plateau there is a wide selection of beautiful lakes 'Route des Lacs', and also the 'Route des Vins'. A spectacular and unique setting.

If you decide to visit in the Winter, the Hôtel is 1 hour from the ski station at 'Les Rousses', which offers a stunning view over the Alps, downhill and cross-country skiing.

Leisure and other activities

The 'Franche-Comté' region, which includes the French Jura, has 3 UNESCO sites. The Citadelle de Besançon, the Saline Royale d'Arc et Senans and the Salines de Salins-les-bains

Lons-Le-Saunier 

A welcoming town with a wide selection of traditional businesses (shops, local traders, bookshops etc...), shopping, a park at the 'Thermes de Lons-le-Saunier', and generally most of the facilities available in a large town, yet it is still quite small and compact.

Baume-les-Messieurs 

Set at the bottom of a 'blind valley' or 'Steep-head valley', the cliffs of which are some 80 - 100 metres high, 15 km from the Hôtel; the Abbey with its enclosed accommodation (free to walk around), a few local shops, caves, and waterfalls.


The 'Cascades du Hérisson' waterfalls 

The Bonlieu and Ilay lakes feed the river which then flows down over a series of waterfalls, some large and spectacular, 31 waterfalls each as stunning as the other, to be visited on foot, short walks and parking available. The 'Grand Saut' at 60 metres high offers a powerful yet calm surroundings. The 'Saut Girard' 35 metres high, 10 minutes walk from the car park, offers a truly unique trickle of water over eroded limestone.


Wine tasting at the 'Caves Pignier' 'Pignier Vineyards' - Oenotourism

The Pignier vineyards, located on the Montaigu hillside, were first exploited by Chartreux Monks in the 13th Century. In 1794, the Pignier family bought the 'Domaine' from the Monks as National Goods. Jean-Etienne, Antoine, and Marie-Florence, now exploit the wine production as the 7th generation in the family to do so. They have held an 'Organic' quality label since 2002.

They offer a wide selection of wine from the 'Côtes du Jura' appellation from choice vines on the property

 

The 'Percée du Vin Jaune' - Oenotourism
After a maturation process of 6 years and 3 months in oak barrels, the 'Vin Jaune', incomparable in taste, is one of the local specialities. The 'Vin Jaune' ambassadors all meet up in February to celebrate the 'piercing' of the barrels marking the next 'millesime' for the 'Vin Jaune'. The festivities which are celebrated over a weekend, attract over 40,000 visitors (in 2013), are held in a different wine production village each year with visits into the cellars, and offer access to most of the Jura wine producers with pre-purchased tickets for 'dégustation'... On the Sunday, the 'piercing' takes place where a 228 litre barrel is opened to be shared  and admired; the 'Vin Jaune' has a rich golden colour, slightly spicy, and goes best with walnuts as an after-dinner digestif.

Next 'Percée' date: 2nd and 3rd February in Voiteur, a few km from the Hôtel. 

Discovering the french jura

International Show-jumping in Lons-le-Saunier - International Horse Shows
Find past trial and competition results, upcoming events, press information and our contacts.

Nicolas Jeandot, world renowned in music for relaxation and well-being
Nicolas Jeandot Productions invites you to listen to its collection of albums and musical illustrations.

Museums

The Laughing Cow Museum
Know everything there is to know about the Laughing Cow: her life, work, exhibitions, animations, museum visits and practical information.

Jura Museums
Discover the sites and museums which ensure the safeguarding, study and development of local heritage.

Tourism

Lons-Le-Saunier
Lons-le-Saunier welcomes you all year round. Take this opportunity to discover its host of local attractions and specialties.
From Rouget de Lisle to Paul-Emile Victor, from gastronomy to culture, wander the streets of Jura Prefecture exactly as you wish...

Welcome to Franche-Comté - Cultural sites
Franche-Comté offers visitors the chance to discover some of the major sites included on the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.

Château d''Arlay
Experience the castle's architecture, history and vineyards. Visit the Fortress & surrounding Park.

Jura Departmental Tourism Committee
Committed to promoting tourism in Jura! Come and discover the latest news, our selections and practical information.

Wines & Wine tourism

Visit the Jean Bourdy wine cellars - Wine tourism
This wine estate was created between 1475 and 1500 by the proprietors' ancestors. Jean-Philippe and Jean-François BOURDY are direct descendants of the original winegrowers, representing the 15th generation of the family.

Tasting and Visit of Pignier wine cellars - Wine tourism
This wine estate was established upon the hillsides of Montaigu in the 13th century by the CARTHUSIANS.
They offer the whole range of controlled designation of origin Côtes du Jura wines from the very finest vineyards in the village.

CIVJ - Comité Interprofessionnel des Vins du Jura ('Interprofessional Committee for Jura Wines')
Discover the four ‘geographical’ controlled designations of origin for Jura wines: Arbois, Château-Chalon, Etoile and Côtes du Jura and two controlled designation of origin ‘products’: Macvin du Jura and Crémant du Jura.

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