fr | en | de
Increase text size Increase text size

Pré-Giroud Fortification

The Pré-Giroud artillery fort in Vallorbe was built and used during the Second World War. Carved out of the rocks, it forms part of our military heritage.

Built between 1937 and 1941, the Pré-Giroud military fort in Vallorbe defended the Col de Jougne mountain pass from any foreign invasion and helped to guard the French-Swiss border in World War II.

In 1945 this artillery fort, which was carved out of the rocks, accommodated 200 men. It consists of 6 blockhouses linked with underground galleries with stocks of ammunition, a machine room and one barracks.

Three independent buildings are visible outside. They were surrounded by a double row of barbed wire, minefields and anti-tank protections.

Acquired by a private foundation inn 1988, Pré-Giroud can now be visited. It gives visitors an idea of the military’s conditions of life and their confinement, but also of the fort’s armament: cannons, missile launchers, arquebus and machine guns from bygone days.

The esplanade of the fort situated above Vallorbe commands fine views of Col de Jougne. The strategic importance of the site becomes immediately obvious.

Geographic situation

Zoom map


Fort de Pré-Giroud
1337 Vallorbe
Phone +41 (0)21 843 25 83
Fax +41 (0)21 843 22 62


Practical information

Did you know?

The secret of the risoud

The huge and magnificent Risoud Forest conceals a treasure sought by string instrument builders from all over the world: resonance spruce.
» More information…

Cross-country skiing vignettes

Leave a trace behind - do not forget your vignette ...
» More…
» More offers…

Welcome to our neighbours in the Jura Vaudois!

With your season ski pass, you may ski without extra cost in ...
» More…
» More offers…

Facebook RSS



Free or reduced price activities in the Vallée de Joux ...

» More…


The Vallée de Joux by e-Bike ...

» More…



Le Lieu

Ski de fond, raquette et marche Pro Senectute

» More…

Le Sentier

Concert/spectacle : Opéra "Carmen" de Bizet par Lyrica

» More…

Le Sentier

Cours UPVJ : Ecrivains voyageurs de Suisse romande

» More…

Online Booking



Vallée de Joux Tourisme, Centre Sportif - Rue de l'Orbe 8, 1347 Le Sentier, Suisse - Tél. +41 021 845 17 77 - Fax +41 021 845 50 08 - info@valleedejoux.ch 
Open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. Saturday and Sunday 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 6pm.
Copyright Vallée de Joux Tourisme 2009, Réalisation MySwitzerland & DidWeDo*