The Vaud Jura

The Vaud Jura is the region that extends the length of the Jura chain as far as Switzerland’s western border with France. Its capital is Yverdon-les-Bains.

Comprising the Joux Valley and northern Vaud, the Vaud Jura is the traditional centre of the Swiss watchmaking industry, the home of such household names as Audemars-Piguet, Blancpain, Breguet and Jaeger-Le-Coultre. Drawing on its tradition for precision craftsmanship, the Vaud Jura has become a focal point for cutting edge microtechnology firms, including Valtronic, Schott, Denstlpy, Maillefer, Lamina Technologies, Swiss Advanced Materials and others.

A hundred or so high tech companies have been set up in Y-Parc, Switzerland’s first science and technology park, in Yverdon-les-Bains. Built as an extension of the Vaud School of Business and Engineering (HEIG-vd), Y-Parc provides the logistics and services needed to help run companies operating in the fields of microtechnology, telecommunications, aerospace and information technologies.

Yverdon-les-Bains is a tourist centre that has been famous for its spa waters for a very long time. Today, its hot water pools represent a most enjoyable form of refreshment after a day of cross-country skiing (the most popular winter sport in northern Vaud) over the many miles of tracks that cover the Jura mountains.

The attractions of the Vaud Jura

The Jura is also famous for the gentleness and beauty of its mountains. As soon as the good weather arrives, it’s time to set out on footpaths or mountain bike routes passing between forests and pastures. From a simple stroll to a major expedition, the gentle, pleasant slopes will not be too much for anyone.

In winter, the snow is a precious commodity, inviting us to glide and breathe in the silence of wide open spaces. A majestic and diverse Nordic area is just waiting to be discovered, from the Rasses to the Creux-du-Van, from the Mont des Cerfs to the Auberson, coupled with French pistes. The choice is yours: go out for a walk, snowshoes on your feet, beneath snow-covered pines; skate in the open air on natural ice; or go sledging at Mauborget.

 

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