10 must-see sites within 30 minutes of La Chaux-de-Fonds

The wonders of Western Switzerland

The town of La Chaux-de-Fonds is nestled in the mountains of the Swiss Jura, offering easy access to a multitude of incredible natural sites to explore. Whether you're an avid hiker, a nature lover or just looking for some peace and quiet, you'll find it all within 30 minutes of the town. 

Le Creux du Van


 Le Creux du Van is one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the region. It is an impressive natural cirque, formed by the erosion of limestone rocks. With a depth of more than 150 metres, it is an impressive and majestic place that will not fail to dazzle you. The view of the Alps and the lakes below is also breathtaking. The hike to the top is quite difficult, but as s
oon as the snow melts, you can park at the Soliat restaurant and enjoy a fondue in front of the incredible landscape. 

The Gruère pond


Located in the Franches-Montagnes nature reserve, the Etang de la Gruère is a peaceful place to spend a day. The lake is surrounded by dense forests and lush green pastures, offering a breathtaking landscape in all seasons. The hiking trails offer nices views of the surrounding nature.

Le Saut du Doubs


The Saut du Doubs is a magnificent waterfall, located on the border between Switzerland and France. It is formed by the 27-metre high waterfall of the river Doubs, offering an impressive natural spectacle. You can enjoy the view from a lookout a few minutes walk away or take a boat from Les Brenets or Villers-le-lac to get closer to the waterfall. The surrounding landscape is also beautiful, with forests, meadows and mountains in the background. 

Lake Neuchâtel


Lac de Neuchâtel is the largest lake in Switzerland and offers impressive views all year round. The shores of the lake are dotted with picturesque towns and villages, offering opportunities for walking, beach barbecues, cycling and swimming. In summer, you can hire a boat or paddle to explore the lake and enjoy the view of the Alps. In summer season, the Mont Blanc can be seen in the distance. 

The Gorges du Seyon


The Gorges du Seyon are a magical place, only a few minutes from La Chaux-de-Fonds. The steep rock faces, cascades and waterfalls create an incredibly soothing atmosphere. You can walk on a path that follows the course of the river and admire the beauty of the surrounding nature. The Gorges du Seyon are particularly beautiful in spring, when the trees start to bud and the wild flowers begin to bloom. 

The Chasseral


The Chasseral is the highest point in the Swiss Jura region, offering a breathtaking view of the three lakes. You can enjoy this landscape while having a snack from the terrace of the Chasseral hotel. Numerous hiking trails start from this hotel where you can admire nature in full explosion of colours and scents. 

Lake Les Brenets


 The lake of Les Brenets is about 20 minutes drive from our hotel Les Endroits****, offering a magnificent view of the surrounding nature. You can discover it by boat or through the many forest paths that link the village to the Saut du Doubs. Restaurants with incredible views dot the banks of the Doubs and the lakes here. 



Mont-Soleil is a beautiful place to enjoy the surrounding nature. It is famous for its solar power installations, but it is also an ideal place for hikers and nature lovers. The hiking trails that wind through meadows and forests offer panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Mont-Soleil is an ideal place for a day's hiking or simply to relax and enjoy the view. 

Lake Biaufond


Lake Biaufond is another hidden gem of the region. It is located on the border between Switzerland and France on the Doubs, between forest and cliffs. From the car park, you can follow the combe de Biaufond on foot, where the way is lined with narrow paths and ladders. Sensations guaranteed! 

The Brévine Valley


The Brévine Valley is also known as the "Siberia of Switzerland". It is famous for its cold climate in winter, which makes it an ideal place for winter sports such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. However, in spring the snow melts and the valley is transformed into a beautiful green landscape.The Vallée de la Brévine offers a multitude of options for hikers of all levels, with marked trails that reveal stunning views of the surrounding mountains and forests. There are also peaceful lakes where you can relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the area, such as Lac des Taillères.You will also have the opportunity to see wild animals such as chamois, deer and foxes. Birds such as black grouse, rock ptarmigan and tawny owls are also common in the area.

As you can see, La Chaux-de-Fonds offers easy access to a myriad of incredible natural sites to explore. Whether you're a hiker, photographer, nature lover or just looking for some serenity, there is something for everyone within 30 minutes of the city. These sites are the perfect place for a peaceful getaway, allowing you to reconnect with nature and relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city.