Arbois Things to Do

  • Place de la Liberté in Arbois
    Place de la Liberté in Arbois
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  • Louis Pasteur's House

    by Clara-glagla Written May 26, 2011

    Louis Pasteur, the famous scientist called this house his "castle of his beloved Cuisance" and spent a great deal of time living there during his most productive years. The house has been restored to the exact way it looked in the late 19th Century when Pasteur was performing experiments there on fermentation of wine. There he had his personal laboratory.
    Guided tours are available in English and last around three quarters of an hour.

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  • Louis Pasteur's House

    by Clara-glagla Written May 26, 2011

    Louis Pasteur, the famous scientist called this house his "castle of his beloved Cuisance" and spent a great deal of time living there during his most productive years. The house has been restored to the exact way it looked in the late 19th Century when Pasteur was performing experiments there on fermentation of wine. There he had his personal laboratory.
    Guided tours are available in English and last around three quarters of an hour.

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    Cascades des Turfs

    by himalia11 Updated Oct 5, 2008

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    The Cascades des Turfs is a lovely waterfall - fairy tale like!
    To go there, follow signs to the Grotte des Planches, but in Les-Planches at the crossing where you need to turn left to the grotto go straight ahead (i.e. follow the sign to Moulin de la Mère Michelle) and stop at the nice little car-park with picnic benches. You need to park your car here and walk. If you turn right after the car-park there's a hotel & restaurant and on the hotel grounds there's another waterfall which can be visited at no charge. If instead you go straight on from the car-park, you'll reach the Turfs waterfall after some minutes. It's an easy walk, with only few incline. There were also signs to a source, but we didn't walk there.

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    Grotte des Planches

    by himalia11 Updated Oct 4, 2008

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    The Grotte des Planches is found around 3 km from Arbois. It's no dripstone cave, and except one you won't find any dripstones there. Instead it's a younger cave formed by water. It's an "active" cave, where still water is flowing through, forming the rock.
    You only can visit the cave with a guided tour that will take about 1 hour. The tour is in French, but we got a text in German which we could read upfront. This time we even could keep the piece of paper. You first have to walk a bit until you reach the cave entry and inside it first goes down a few stairs. Then the path inside the cave is easy going, it only can be slippery. Walking above the rapid underground river was great and it was interesting so see the different erosion phenomens like potholes. Unfortunately part of the path was blocked by water, maybe it's possible to go there at other times.

    Admission: 7,50 € (adults).
    Open April to October from 10:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 to 17:00 (18:00 in July/August).

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    Wine museum "Musée de la vigne et du vin"

    by himalia11 Updated Oct 4, 2008

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    The wine museum is found in Château Pécault, an old medieval castle. Already outside the castle you'll find information on the different wine grapes. The museum is a little one, there's not so much to see. There's a small cellar and three more rooms, with some exhibitions about the history of winegrowing. All explanations are in French only, but we got some slips of paper with information in German, that had to be returned after the visit. I'm sure they are available in English also.
    You also can watch a short video about the Vin Jaune, the yellow wine, a unique wine of that region. It's only in French but we decided to watch it nevertheless. Some English subtitles would have been nice, but it still was interesting to see how the yellow wine looks during the maturation process, with that yeast layer on it.

    Open daily 10:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 -18:00 (Nov to Feb only afternoon). Closed in January and on Tuesdays except July/August.
    Admission: 3,50 € adults; reduced admission (children, students, passport intermusée, passport Juramusées) 2,70 €.

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    • Castles and Palaces

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    Viewpoints "Roche du Feu" and "La Châtelaine"

    by himalia11 Written Oct 4, 2008

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    There are some more viewpoints to take a look on the valley with the rock formation, like the viewpoints "Roche du Feu" and "La Châtelaine". Here's how you find them:
    From Mesney near Arbois drive in direction Chilly. At one point you need to turn right at a sign to Belvédères. It's a small street and after a while you'll reach the "Roche du Feu" viewpoint which actually are two viewpoints. If you continue the road and turn right on the crossing you'll reach the village La Châtelaine. There's another viewpoint called "La Châtelaine" which is signposted in the village. You can park at the church, from there it's a 500 m walk, mainly downwards. From the the viewpoint you have a fantastic view and if you looked directly down you could see the parking in front of the Grottes des Planches.

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    Reculée des Planches - "Cirque du Fer a Cheval"

    by himalia11 Written Oct 4, 2008

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    The so-called "Reculée" of Les Planches (a village) is a valley that ends abrupt with some rock formations. With 245 m these clifss are the highest in the Jura department.
    There are several viewpoints, the most popular one probably is the viewpoint "Cirque du Fer au Cheval" (horseshoe cirque) as it's directly at the street D469 from Arbois in direction Champagnole. It's on the rocks of the "reculée", so that you have a great view on the valley and some rocks! The street between that viewpoint and Arbois is also nice, along and between the rocks.

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    Tour Gloriette

    by himalia11 Written Oct 4, 2008

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    Tour Gloriette in Arbois

    The Gloriette tower is situated at the south-east corner of the city wall which was build in the 13th century. The tower had to be reconstructed in 1503 after a severe flood. It's located at a strategic crossing point on the Cuisance river and was the most important defensive building of the city wall.

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    Church Saint Juste

    by himalia11 Written Oct 4, 2008

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    St Juste and the Cuisance River
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    The church Saint Juste was build in the 12th century, and will mostly catch your eyes because of it's belfry, in ochery colour. It consists of limestones and also once was used as watch tower. It used to be 75 m hight, but then it burnt down because some fireworks were let off from its top and with the renovation it was shortened by 19 meters.

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    Place de la Liberté

    by himalia11 Written Oct 4, 2008

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    Place de la Libert�� in Arbois

    We first just drove through Arbois and didn't stop there, but when we crossed that place I knew that I have to come back and have a closer look. The Place de la Liberté lovely decorated with flowers on ropes that go from the fountain in the center of the place to the houses around. That really looks great! Around the place you find several old houses from the 18th century, some with arcades. It's very nice, there only was too much traffic.

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