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
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Former Chapel of the Annonciades
Former Chapel of the Annonciades
The only remains of the Convent of the
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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
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Musée municipal de Pontarlier
Musée municipal de Pontarlier
The Municipal Museum is housed in a 16C
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