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  • Basins, meanders, canyons, lake, landing stage


  • Villages, caves, mountains, rocks

1. Reception Pavilion

Located at the entrance of Villers-le-Lac from Morteau, you will have a large shaded car park, there you will take your tickets for the Sightseeing cruise, find tourist documentation and can buy souvenirs (large variety of Swiss Army knives), cuckoos, postcards, etc.) as well as regional products (Morteau sausages and other smoked products, cheeses, confectionery, chocolates, etc.).

accueil Villers le lac pavillon Morteau

2. Villers-le-Lac

Municipality of 4500 inhabitants, located 750m above sea level in the heart of the Watchmaking Country. The Watch Museum is a few steps from our pier.

3. Typical Franc-Comtoise house

A vast farm where the breeding of Montbéliard cows is practiced, the milk of which will provide Comté, Morbier, Cancoillote or Mont d’Or.

maison ferme franche-comté montbéliarde vache

4. Doubs meanders

From Villers-Le-Lac to Lake Chaillexon, the Doubs performs a very pronounced winding, what we call the meanders of the Doubs.

méandres doubs rivière franche-comté croisière

5. Chaillexon

At the end of the winding, the Doubs widens and forms the lake of Chaillexon, from the name of the hamlet to the left of the boat.

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6. Col des Roches

The oldest and most important passage between France and Switzerland leading to the Swiss valleys of Locle, Chaux de Fonds, and Neuchâtel.

7. The Brenets

First Swiss village after Villers-le-Lac whose industry is based on watchmaking.

brenets village suisse frontière franco-suisse

8. Lac de Chaillexon or Lac des Brenets

It is from this lake that the Doubs forms a natural border between France and Switzerland, for around 40 kilometers.

9. Diving

From the rock called ´La Table d´Hercule´, Father Simon came to make his famous dives in the 1950s. Later, Olivier Favre broke the world record for high diving here.

Abbé Simon plongeon table Hercule Villers-le-Lac Doubs

10. Cap Rock

This rock has the shape of a sailor’s cap.

11. Echo Rock

The dates of the main floods of the river appear there, symbolized by a mark with red paint as well as the year when they took place. Impressive!

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12. Cave of the Kings of Prussia or La Toffière

The Toffière Cave, also known as the Cave of the Kings of Prussia, has been explored to a depth of 180m, and remains of polar bear bones have been found.

13. The Doubs Basins

Called Grand National Site for the beauty of its landscapes, as well as the First Natural Site of Franche-Comté, the Doubs basins or gorges are four in number. Change of scenery guaranteed!

bassins doubs paysage nature frontière suisse bateau

14. Canyons

Discover striking landscapes in the heart of the canyons, inaccessible other than by boat, surrounded by steep cliffs. Breathtaking!

canyons bateau haut-doubs tourisme vert site naturel saut du doubs

15. Rock of the Virgin

One can guess, a form of a statue of a mother in the cliff, carrying her child who gave its name to this rock.

rocher vierge bassins du doubs bateau rivière nature

16. The Sphinx or Calvin’s Head

Overlooking the water at a height of over 100m, this rock, called the Sphinx (because of its resemblance to the Egyptian monument) is called ´Head to Calvin´ for the Swiss.

rocher sphynx bassins du doubs villers-le-lac nature

17. Landing

When you get off the boat, there is barely 400m by foot to reach the waterfall. You will walk on a landscaped alley to the lookouts.

débarcadère saut du doubs cascade chute rivière doubs suisse France

18. Rapids

The Doubs turns into a torrent before taking the plunge!

19. The Saut du Doubs

Different lookouts allow you to admire the fall of the Saut du Doubs from 27 meters high.

20. The overturned mountain

According to geologists, this mountain which was first on the Swiss side would have overturned in France following an alpine slide. This would have created the fall of the Saut du Doubs, as well as the reservoir of the Doubs Basins. This mountain is also called Mont Chatelard.

montagne renversée saut du doubs France suisse tourisme phénomène naturel