Pontarlier The Essential
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.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Pontarlier
Grand Taureau
Grand Taureau
The Great Bull is the summit, 1,323
60 minutes
Former Chapel of the Annonciades
Former Chapel of the Annonciades
The only remains of the Convent of the
15 minutes
Porte St-Pierre
Porte St-Pierre
The Knight of Arçon drew up the plans
Église St-Bénigne
Église St-Bénigne
This church (17C) was damaged in the
15 minutes
Musée municipal de Pontarlier
Musée municipal de Pontarlier
The Municipal Museum is housed in a 16C
60 minutes