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Situated near the Swiss border, at the foot of the Jura mountains, Pontarlier prospered as a result of absinthe, which inspired a number of poets and writers in the 19C and led many of them to their death. Absinthe was banned in 1915, resulting in a setback for the people of Pontarlier. As a result, its distilleries were converted into factories for making aniseed-flavoured drinks. Nowadays, Pontarlier is a popular base for hikers in summer and skiers in winter.

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Tourist attractions Pontarlier : Things to see and do

  • Grand Taureau Recommended Recommended

    N57 F - 25300 Pontarlier

    The Great Bull is the summit, 1,323 metres high, of Mount Larmont. The view stretches across the Pontarlier and the plateaux of the Jura.

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  • Église St-Bénigne

    r. Tissot F - 25300 Pontarlier

    This church (17C) was damaged in the 1736 fire. This explains the postiche façade, which was an attempt to fit in with the new square. The bell tower-porch is an imitation of those of mountain churches, which had to be protected against the snow. Ins..

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  • Former Chapel of the Annonciades

    r. de la République F - 25300 Pontarlier

    The only remains of the Convent of the Annonciades (1612), the chapel has been turned into an exhibition hall. It retains its magnificent 18C portal.

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Hotels Pontarlier

  • hotelf1 pontarlier

    Combe Sourchet F - 25300 PONTARLIER

    In the Jura Mountains, 12 miles (20 km) from the Swiss border, hotelF1 Pontarlier is located in the center of the region's finest tourist attractions. Just 15 minutes from Saint-Point Lake and the top ski resorts, our low-cost hotel has DUO and TRIO ..

  • ibis budget pontarlier

    29 rue Denis Papin F - 25300 PONTARLIER

    A few minutes from the center of Pontarlier, the historical capital of absinthe, the ibis budget Pontarlier offers stays at great prices! Our bedrooms are designed for 1, 2 or 3 people and are equipped with a shower, toilets and satellite TV. Free WI..

  • Hôtel de Morteau Three stars Three stars Three stars

    26 rue Jeanne d'Arc F - 25300 Pontarlier

    Prix Prices from : 63 €

    Hôtel de Morteau is located in the centre of Pontarlier, just 7 km from the Swiss border and 5 km from Fort de Joux. Guests are free to use the Wi-Fi connection or enjoy a drink in the on-site bar. The guest rooms at Hôtel de Morteau feature a flat-..

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Restaurants Pontarlier

  • L'Alchimie Comfortable restaurant 

    1 av. de l'Armée-de-l'Est F - 25300 Pontarlier

    A new and original Alchimie. The chef, Pierre-Ivan Boos, likes to think outside of the box, invent and surprise, and does so especially with the 'mystery' set menu, available every evening. Local ingredients, influences from far and wide (mainly Asia..

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