The Vallée de Joux
The Vallée de Joux (Rock Valley), surrounded by the mountains of the Jura, and its lakes, forests, villages and caves are a world apart, and give an authentic impression of the Jura Vaudois. The monastic era, from the sixth century onwards, opened the way for the first settlers. The rapid economic development, however, only began in the eighteenth century by the watch industry. It was the continuation of the precize industry by ironsmiths, locksmiths, knifemakers and gunsmiths. The know-how in the production of these goods and the export networks and trading experience contributed to the fast development of the watch industry. Tourism also gained in importance in the twentieth century. The caves of Vallorbe are the largest in Switzerland. The impressive caves consist of stalactites, stalagmites, limestone columns and underwater lakes and rivers. Lake Joux (Lac de Joux) and the two smaller lakes Lac Brenet and Lac Ter and the villages of Le Sentier, L’Abbaye or Le Pont and the beautiful nature offer a range of activities and facilities in winter and summer. (Source and further information: www.myvalleedejoux.ch).