The jura vaudois nature park

Just a few kilometres away from Geneva, Lausanne and Yverdon-les-Bains, the Jura vaudois nature park includes 30 localities, stretching from the peak of the Dôle to the medieval village of Romainmôtier. To the north is the Vallée de Joux, renowned for its lakes and watchmaking expertise. On the other side of the mountain range, overlooked by Mont Tendre, the villages of the Jura foothills offer unobstructed views of Lake Geneva and the Alps. Numerous activities, hikes and excursions allow the visitor to discover its great landscapes and its traditionnal dry-stone walls.

Recognized as a Regional Nature Park by the Swiss Confederation in 2013, the park was created on the initiative of its inhabitants. It is distinctive for its extraordinary landscapes and its rich natural and cultural heritage. The Jura vaudois nature park acts in favour of the local economy, sustainable tourism, respect for the environment and the quality of life for its inhabitants.

Espace découvertes (visitor center)

The "Espace découvertes" is the first public reception area in the Jura vaudois Nature Park. Located at the Marchairuz Pass, it has two objectives: to inform and guide visitors.


From discovery to tasting, from encounter to exploration, the Jura vaudois nature park offers each year a programme of guided excursions for all publics.

Throughout the year, educational workshops, tasty walks, animal observation and many more themed activities are organised.

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Discovering the park in summer

Thanks to a 523-kilometre network of walking trails, it is possible to admire magnificent wooded pastures, their chalets and dry-stone walls, all while enjoying a breathtaking view on the Vallée de Joux or the Geneva Lake basin and the Alps. 



By bike, mountainbike and e-bike


discovering the park in winter

In wintertime, cycling and hiking give way to cross-country skiing, downhill skiing and snowshoeing.



Discover the local specialties labelled by the park. The label (green square) guarantees that most of the production process takes place in the park, in compliance with sustainable development and the Terre Vaudoise brand criteria. Producers who have signed a pertnership agreement participate in a programme to strenghten biodiversity.

Numerous mountain chalets produce various cheeses in the traditional way, including Gruyère d'alpage AOP. The moutain chalet restaurants propose cheese specialities, regional products and tasty typical dishes.


To get more information

Parc naturel régional Jura vaudois
Route du Marchairuz 2
1188 St-George - CH
Tél: +41 22 366 51 70

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