The Historic, Industrial, Scientific and Gastronomic Heritage

The Jura, a land full of history and conquests, has many edifices for you to discover: its churches, chateaux, museums, etc. all bear witness to its rich past.
From the saltworks at Arc-et-Senans to Villa Palladienne (Syam); from Louis Pasteur's house at Arbois to that of Rouget-de-Lisle (Lons-le-Saunier); from the fortified village of Nozeroy to the jewel of Jura villages, Champagnole; from 18th-century Vieux-Dole to the pretty Petite Montagne area in the south; from the acclaimed vineyards of Château-Chalon to the Archeological Museum and the home of "Vache Qui Rit" at Lons-le-Saunier; from the vestiges of an ancient village by Lake Chalain to Gustave Courbet's works at the Lons-le-Saunier gallery: a wealth of riches are just waiting for your visit.

Home to early industrialists and master ironworkers (forges at Syam and Baudin), you will be able to see signs of both early and contemporary industry everywhere and to visit the many museums, such as those featuring woodworking at Bois d'Amont, wood-turning at Lavans-les-St-Claude, glasses at Morez, pipes and diamonds at St-Claude, toys at Moirans, model machines at Clairvaux-les-lacs...

Home also to science and discovery (Pasteur, Paul-Emile Victor), the Jura affords a hands-on experience of science made both amusing and instructive during annual events at, for example, the Salins-les-Bains salt museum, the Morez glasses museum, Pasteur's house at Arbois and the museum devoted to the famous Polar explorer, Paul-Emile Victor, at Prémanon.
At the spa towns of Salins-les-Bains and Lons-le-Saunier, the water is rich in minerals - comparable to the Dead Sea - with great therapeutic value (convalescence, rheumatology, ENT, dermatology...).

All year long in the Jura you will find local fairs and produce markets (wines, cheeses, cured meats, Jura honey) and all kinds of cultural events, exhibitions, festivals, concerts, plays, sound and light shows, jumble sales, book and comic fairs...

Taste the distinguished local wines (the Jaune, de Paille, Macvin, and Crémant wines and the red and white Côtes du Jura) at wine fairs or directly from the producers' vineyards in the locality from Arbois to Rotalier and Sud-Revermont via Arlay, L’Etoile and Château-Chalon.

The well-known Jura cheeses (Comté, Morbier...) are there for the tasting in the dairies and cheese-producing farms.
Numerous Jura restaurants offer traditional or original cuisine, with typical or inventive dishes, all made from local produce: wines, cheese, trout from the rivers, hams smoked in the traditional "tuyé" smoke-houses...