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Your recommendations for Canton Jura

I will be returning to Switzerland in the middle of August, arriving in Basel for a change. I will be staying there for a couple of days and plan to visit Canton Jura. It is the only Swiss canton that I haven't visited so far.

What are the 'must see' places, particularly historic, heritage or great scenery?

Looking forward to your suggestions
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Re: Your recommendations for Canton Jura

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... plan to visit Canton Jura. It is the only Swiss canton that I haven't visited so far.
Not many Swiss people can make that statement!!
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Re: Your recommendations for Canton Jura

Is that correct? Wow. I've had my feet (attached to the rest of me) in every Swiss canton. Much easier than every US state.
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Re: Your recommendations for Canton Jura

Will you have the use of a car or will you use the train.

When I am in Canton Jura I always like to visit Porrentruy - It holds the Wakker prize for its history and there are some great buildings including the castle and museums. I believe it is on the list of Swiss heritage towns as holding importance. It really is a nice place.

I also like Delemont - probably not so interesting but I always stay there once a year as it is only 30 mins into Basle.

Canton Jura is a very different Canton and some of the landscape is quite harsh. Very rural in some parts and very horsey in Saignelegier. It is one of those places that none ever seems to visit but we really like it there.
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Re: Your recommendations for Canton Jura

St Ursanne is a small medieval town well worth a visit- especially if you like antique shops. Will have daughter and family over from UK at that time- so no spare time, sadly. Have a great time.
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Old 18.07.2014, 19:20
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Is that correct? Wow. I've had my feet (attached to the rest of me) in every Swiss canton. Much easier than every US state.
To be fair, I don't think I have set foot in Basel Land, but have travelled through it.

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Will you have the use of a car or will you use the train.

When I am in Canton Jura I always like to visit Porrentruy - It holds the Wakker prize for its history and there are some great buildings including the castle and museums. I believe it is on the list of Swiss heritage towns as holding importance. It really is a nice place.

I also like Delemont - probably not so interesting but I always stay there once a year as it is only 30 mins into Basle.

Canton Jura is a very different Canton and some of the landscape is quite harsh. Very rural in some parts and very horsey in Saignelegier. It is one of those places that none ever seems to visit but we really like it there.
Thanks. I will be travelling by public transport with a Swiss Pass
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Re: Your recommendations for Canton Jura

I live in Jura and there honestly isn't much to do here. We mostly go on pretty walks and see beautiful views. St. Ursainne is really pretty. Go to the tourist office & get the free walking guide. I haven't been to Purrentury yet, but there is a neat place about 20 minutes outside it called Prehisto Park. You take a pretty walk and you see dinosaurs. There is also a tower that let's you see the whole valley. Twice a day they have tours through the caves below. My kids are too young and adventurous to trust them in the caves, but the pictures looked pretty cool.
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Re: Your recommendations for Canton Jura

The main urban centres have been well mentioned. Delémont is indeed nothing special but I am fond of it - it has a nice feel to it and a very compact but pretty old town with a great museum. Porrentruy is full of faded elegance and again a good museum and bijou botanical garden. St Ursanne begs you to linger, either along the Doubs (you can hire kayaks) or (better) in the old town under the lime tree avenue with an aperitif in your hand.

But most beautiful of all and not to be missed is the Franche Montagnes area. Easily accessible by the chemin de fer du jura and the most beautiful views from the high plateau looking across to France in the East and the mittelland and the Alps to the west. Get off at any of the train stops (most are stop on request so don't forget to press the button) and wander along picking up the train a few stops further down. Or hire bikes or even trottinettes. You could spend a good couple of weeks around there and still wish you had longer to linger.

If you would like a place to lodge, we are in Delémont and if you are child friendly (by which I mean able to turn a blind eye to their carryings on) I'm sure you will fit in just fine
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Re: Your recommendations for Canton Jura

Thanks for the range of places. I only have two full days there so I'm sure I will be kept busy
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St Ursanne is a small medieval town well worth a visit- especially if you like antique shops. Will have daughter and family over from UK at that time- so no spare time, sadly. Have a great time.
Definitely St Ursanne. I took these on a trip about 11 years ago. . .
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Re: Your recommendations for Canton Jura

I am in Porrentruy at present. Is certainly looks very historic. I missed St Ursanne as the train didn't stop there. May visit later on. All cantons visited now,including Basel Land yesterday. Perhaps it will have to be the cantonal enclaves next
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Re: Your recommendations for Canton Jura

Any specific recommendations for mid-February visits (not interested in skiing options)? Any restaurant suggestions for the St. Ursanne region (gluten-free option would be a plus)?
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Re: Your recommendations for Canton Jura

Are you interested in snow shoeing options?
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For myself no, but somebody else might be interested in your suggestions. Thanks.
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Re: Your recommendations for Canton Jura

Best of both worlds: take the train from Basel to Porrentruy, then walk to St. Ursanne. There's a very well-marked Wanderweg, starting at the station, that will take you over the mountains and through farmlands. I've done it several times. Amazing views and you'll get the chance to pick up some homemade chess/honey/schnapps/etc at farm along the way, so bring a backpack and some pocket change.

When you arrive in St. Ursanne, make sure to visit the church, with its impressive Kreuzgang (one of the few remaining intact and in such good condition), portal (cp. the portal of the Basler Münster, as they were made in the same Freiburger Bauhütte), and the Romanesque Crypt under the altar.

After your big walk (c. 3 hours, if I remember correctly), you'll be ready for some fish. St. Ursanne is located on a small river that flows through the valley - there are many restaurants that serve fish freshly caught from the river.
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Re: Your recommendations for Canton Jura

There is a beautiful place, especially for an autumn walk - the Areuse Gorge. It is really worth going there. Another place - Creux du Van.
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Re: Your recommendations for Canton Jura

Yep both beautiful - my neck of the woods- but in the Neuchâtel Jura, not the Jura Canton.

The word 'Jura' confuses many. It is a Swiss Canton, A French department, a French region (that includes Jura, Doubs, Franche-Comté) and a Swiss region (which included part of Vaud, part of Neuchâtel, part of Bern and part of Basel Kantons too- with the massive long hike from Geneva to Basel, doable over a week or more, on foot, by mountain bike or ski de fond/Langlauf.

BTW 10.30, calling Le Doubs a small river is a bit unfair. It is 453 km long and the 10th longest in France- so a 'small river' it is not


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