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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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  • ibis budget pontarlier Two stars Two stars

    29 rue Denis Papin F - 25300 PONTARLIER

    Prix Prices from : 48 €

    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..

  • ibis pontarlier

    68 rue de Salins F - 25300 PONTARLIER

    Located close to the city center, the Ibis Pontarlier hotel is the ideal base for discovering the St Point lake, the Métabief ski resort and neighboring Switzerland, not to mention the delicious local cuisine (Comté cheese, Morteau smoked sausage) an..

  • 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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