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The Jura Mountains extend roughly from Geneva to Basel, straddling the border between Switzerland and France. This region includes the Canton Jura and parts of Cantons Neuchâtel and Bern. In another country, the seven ridges of the Jura might be considered a major mountain range, but in Switzerland they are overshadowed by the far loftier Alps to the south. The region has no large cities or major resorts. Winters here are colder and less sunny than in the Alps, so ski areas, which include Les Breuleux, Les Genevez, La Robella and Vue des Alpes, are smaller, but loved by beginners and families. Excellent cross-country skiing tracks are ...

The Jura Mountains extend roughly from Geneva to Basel, straddling the border between Switzerland and France. This region includes the Canton Jura and parts of Cantons Neuchâtel and Bern. In another country, the seven ridges of the Jura might be considered a major mountain range, but in Switzerland they are overshadowed by the far loftier Alps to the south. The region has no large cities or major resorts. Winters here are colder and less sunny than in the Alps, so ski areas, which include Les Breuleux, Les Genevez, La Robella and Vue des Alpes, are smaller, but loved by beginners and families. Excellent cross-country skiing tracks are common, and Saignelégier's yearly dogsled race is world-famous. The Swiss watchmaking industry, which originated in the 19th century as a way for farmers’ wives to earn money over the long winters, is centered around La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle. Rolex, Cartier, Movado and other famous firms have their headquarters here. The International Watchmaking Museum is a must for anyone interested in “high mech.” Horse fanciers will love the region, where wild horses still roam.

Charlie Morris
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Charlie Morris is the author of the Open Road guidebooks Best of Honduras, Best of Costa Rica, Best of Belize, and Switzerland Guide.

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