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Jura is part of the region of Franche-Comte is the eastern area of Burgundy. Visitors can enjoy beautiful scenery in the Jura Mountains and there are many lakes, rivers and waterfalls, which can be explored by boat or on foot.
Lakes and Valleys
Unsurprisingly in an area dominated by mountains, there are plenty of valleys, lakes and rivers to visit, including many with spectacular waterfalls. The village of Baume-les-Messiers, just east of Lons, is home to one such waterfall and also a network of prehistoric caves, which have been lit throughout and even filled with atmospheric music. The village itself has a 10th century abbey and was voted "Most Beautiful Village in France". The Vouglans Lake is 35 kilometres long and is the third biggest artificial reservoir in the country. Visitors can enjoy one of the three sandy beaches or they can hire a boat to explore the lake. Other more exciting activities include windsurfing and water-skiing and you can also hike or ride your bicycle along the network of paths in the surrounding hills.
The two main towns in the Jura region are Lons and Dole. Lons-le-Saunier is a picturesque town in the centre of the area, which was first established by the Romans who discovered the thermal springs here. The thermal baths are still open today and are a great way to relax after a day hiking in the mountains! Lons was also home to the composer Rouget de Lisle whose most famous compositions was La Marseillaise. His former home has been turned into a museum dedicated to his life. Visit the town of Dole and enjoy the Fine Arts Museum, which is located in the House of Officers, a military building constructed in 1821. The town was also home to the world-famous scientist Louis Pasteur.
The Pasteur family home in Dole is now a museum dedicated to the scientists' life and career. Part of the building has been restored to how it would have looked when Pasteur lived there in the 19th century. Other rooms are dedicated to his scientific discoveries, including vaccinations, crystallography and the process which he gave his name to, pasteurisation. The museum owns many items that belonged to Pasteur and his family and often holds temporary exhibitions on other scientific subjects or the 19th century history of the Jura region. Guided tours of the museum, which include more details about Pasteur's amazing life, are conducted, free of charge, by members of the Pasteur Society.
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