Sainte-Croix Travel Guide

  • Music Box
    Music Box
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  • Music Box
    Music Box
    by balhannah

Sainte-Croix Things to Do

  • CIMA TOUR

    Our guide was an enthusiastic lover of Music boxes, and was in no hurry to move us on to the next display. We were taken from room to room, where he stopped by Bird Cages, Pierrot, the writer, and an acrobat performing tricks with a chair, Dolls, Clocks, animated pictures and many more that sprung to life with the turn of a key or a click of the...

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  • CIMA MUSIC BOX MUSEUM

    St. Croix.....I think this little village may be off the tourist trail, but for me, I had to come and see the Music Box Museum.You see, it was a promise to a friend at home, that I would try and find some information for them.CIMA stands for "The International Centre for Art Mechanics," and not only exhibits musical boxes, but other forms, like...

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  • THE CIMA TOUR

    THE FOREST......................It began by us being taken into a room where there were enormous statues of "funny" looking figures and Tree's. We wondered what this had to do with music boxes? Suddenly, music began, and all the figures started moving to the sounds of the music, it was just wonderful! It was like fantasy land! For kids only, I...

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Sainte-Croix Transportation

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    Ste-Croix Train Station

    by Tolik Updated Jun 9, 2003

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    The Swiss Pass is a great way to see and learn about Switzerland. It covers both trains and busses giving you unlimited rides within selected period. The passes are good for unlimited usage for 4, 8, 15, 22 days or 1 month. The passes are valid on the fmany scenic routes and also good on the public transportation systems of 35 Swiss cities (including Ste-Croix, Yverdon, Neuchâtel etc).

    Do not forget about Saver Passes - if two or more persons travel together, each one receives a 15% discount. Swiss Pass holders also receive many discounts on mountain top excursions and other services. The Youth Swiss Pass is available for youths up to 26 years old (children up to 16 years of age travel free). Our family bought the 8-days Saver Pass for 3 adults and 2 separate 8-days Youth Passes.

    Ste Croix Transportation Options

    Buses shuttle between Sainte-Croix and L’Auberson, and Sainte-Croix and Les Rasses. Bus from Les Rasses to Ste-Croix – L’Auberson 6:03 6:33 7:03 7:33 8:03 11:03 11:46 13:03 13:33 14:03 15:03 15:33 16:03 17:03 17:52
    Bus from Ste-Croix to Les Replants -Les Rasses- Bullet 6:15 6:45 7:15 7:45 8:41 11:27 12:00 13:15 13:45 14:15 15:15 15:45 16:45 17:15 17:45

    Trains to Yverdon (37min) 5:21- 5:58 (Mo–Sa) 6:21 6:51(Mo-Fr) 7:21 7:51 (Mo-Fr) 8:21 8:51 (Mo-Fr) 9:21 10:21 11:21 12:21 13:21 14:21 15:21 16:21 16:51(Mo-Fr) 17:21 17:51(Mo-Fr) 18:21 18:51(Mo-Fr) 19:21 21:07 22:31

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Sainte-Croix Shopping

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    by Tolik Updated Jun 9, 2003

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    La Coop Mon – Fri 7:30 – 12:15, 13:30 – 18:30. Sat 7:30 – 16:00.
    La Migros Mon 9 – 12, 13:30 – 18:30; Tue – Fri 8 – 12, 13:30 – 18:30, Sat 8 – 16.
    Le Depanneur Ave des Alpes Mon – Sat 7:30 – 12, 15 – 19, Sun 7:30 – 12

    Local bank La Banque Cantonale Vaudois is nearby the Interhome office and has an ATM; open Mon – Fri 8:15 to 12, 13:45 to 17.

    Post Office is also at rue Neuve (Mon – Fri 7:30 to 11:30, 14:15 to 18, Sat 8:30 to 11).

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Sainte-Croix Local Customs

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    The town's church

    by Tolik Updated Jun 9, 2003

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    The lovely town calls itself the world capital of the music box and there is a valid reason for it.
    Ste-Croix is famous due to its 200-year history of making musical boxes, on show at the bizarre but surprisingly diverting Musée du CIMA (Centre International de la Méchanique d’Art), (2 Rue de l’Industrie, Sept–May Tue–Sun 14–18; adult 11 CHF; student 10 CHF). You won’t miss this museum when it’s open – strange but beautiful music /sounds invite you to come in. The tours last an hour or so, and take in the full history, design and development of the art. Music boxes operated by discs or cylinders (the first model dates from 1796), radio sets, phonographs, pianos, street organs, automata given a new chance of life. As you go around, the guide starts up loads of intriguing musical figures, including a poet writing with a long quill, an acrobat balancing on a chair-back, pianos, orchestras, fairground musicians etc.

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Sainte-Croix Warnings and Dangers

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    View from Panorama road 2 more images

    by balhannah Written Sep 22, 2011

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    When we were driving to St. Croix, we noticed the signpost to Panorama drive. Taking note, we decided to go there on the way back, which is what we did.

    The dirt road is located on one of the "S" bends, so be careful, cars fly down the Mountain before you have a chance to get going!
    Well, it started as a road, then turned into a track and became worse and worse, so much so, that we turned around and headed out.
    The views would have been wonderful if they Trees had been lopped, but they hadn't, so I had to look for a place to take photo's in a gap between the Tree's. I did manage one spot, and got a few nice shots.

    In my opinion,unless they do something to the road, and the Trees, this viewpoint is not worth going to.
    It is located about halfway on the Avenue des Alpes, on the way to St. Croix.

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Sainte-Croix Sports & Outdoors

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    Les Petit Roches

    by Tolik Updated Jun 9, 2003

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    Switzerland is one of the best countries in the world for hiking and mountain climbing. Ste-Croix is a stop along the Jura High Route long walk that continues north-eastwards via 1607-metre summit of Le Chasseron. The Jura High Route (Chemin des Crêtes du Jura in French, Jurahöhenweg in German) runs from Geneva to Basel via the often highest ridge tops of the Swiss Jura. The Jura has its own special marking of yellow-red diamonds, and takes 10 days to complete.

    Mont Chasseron

    Northeast of Sainte-Croix, a sharp-edged ridge culminates in Mont Chasseron (1607m), one of the highest of Jura peaks, commanding a majestic panorama across the whole sweep of the distant Alps. Rising sharply from the Val de Travers, Le Chasseron is the 3rd highest peak in the Swiss Yura. The mountain’s eastern sides are an attractive gently sloping plateau of highland pastures overlooking the Lac de Neuchâtel. You can start your walk to the summit from Ste-Croix following a section of the long-distance Jura High Route that leads along grassy ridges to the summit. If you stay at the Les Rasses resort like we did, than you can choose different route. The walking tour to Mont Chasseron starts from the village of Les Rasses by small, winding tarred road (there is also a chair lift ending at Les Arates, about 1 hour walk from summit. Turn left on the Chasseron road. At the Avattes crossroads bear right towards the Hôtel du Chasseron. From the Hôtel walk to the summit where you will see breathtaking panorama of the Alps, the Jura and the Lake Neuchâtel. From here walkers can continue down to Môitiers.

    Mont de Baulmes (1285m)

    Northeast of Sainte-Croix 4.5 km by narrow mountain road, steep towards the end. Leave Sainte-Croix by the level-crossing at the railway station and continue through the hamlets of La Sagne and Culliary. From the Challet – Restaurant of Mont Baulmes path leads to the viewing table, on the edge of precipice, where you can have a bird’s-eye view of the Swiss plateau, the lakes and the Alps.

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  • TOILET'S IN ST. CROIX

    Want a Toilet, no problem, just look for the one in my photo with Ant's painted all over it! I have no idea why the Ant's are there!Located in the Town Centre

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  • Musée des Arts et des Sciences and other...

    A few steps up the street from the CIMA, at the intersection with Ave des Alps, you will see the walking skeleton – you are approaching another interesting museum - Musée des Arts et des Sciences (Ave des Alpes 10, Mon - Sun: 14-17, admission 6 / 4 CHF). Here the visitors find a collection of local industry, craftsmanship, ethnography and painting....

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