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Pontarlier Travel guide
Pontarlier : Michelin's recommendations
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.
Tourist attractions Pontarlier : Things to see and do
rue Tissot F - 25300 Pontarlier
This church rebuilt in the 17C was, strangely, a victim of the 1736 fire. This explains the postiche façade in with the new square. The belltower-porch is similar to those of the mountain churches that had to be protected against the snow. Inside, tw..
rue 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.
2 place d'Arçon F - 25300 Pontarlier
The Municipal Museum is housed in a 16C bourgeois mansion decorated with modern stained-glass windows. It contains archaeological collections, an explanation of the story of the Green Fairy, and earthenware and paintings from the region, including Au..
Combe Sourchet F - 25300 PONTARLIER
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Located in Pontarlier city centre, this hotel offers elegant suites with a view on the Porte Saint Pierre, a traditional restaurant and free Wi-Fi. The Train Station is 1 km away and free public parking is possible on site. With a chalet-style, room..
"2 star hotel offering 50 rooms, situated in the business district, just 15 minutes walk from the centre of town. Ideal base from which to discover Lake St Point, the ski slopes of Metabief, the Chateau de Joux and neighbouring Switzerland. Th..
1 av. de l'Armée-de-l'Est F - 25300 Pontarlier
The chef is something of an alchemist, preparing savvy and inventive dishes by "transmuting" local ingredients, spices and exotic flavours. The trendy decor is in keeping with the cuisine.