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Pontarlier - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Doubs

Pontarlier is a city located in the mountains to 837 m altitude in the mountains of Jura.

Capital of High Doubs Pontarlier is the gateway to a vast area of protected nature, where there is forest, lakes and green pastures needed to manufacture the Mont d'Or and the County.

Pontarlier became known worldwide through the production of absinthe in the early last century. Today the city has returned to this tradition as two distilleries produce absinthe again.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude46.9041039 (N 46° 54’ 15”)
Longitude6.3542420 (E 6° 21’ 15”)
AltitudeFrom 811m to 1320m
Surface area41.35 km²
Population18409 inhabitants
Density445 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureBesançon (58 km, 52 min)
Insee code25462
IntercommunalityCC du Larmont

Nearest cities & towns

Doubs3.3 km (6 min)
Houtaud4.1 km (9 min)
Granges-Narboz4.9 km (9 min)
La Cluse-et-Mijoux5.2 km (9 min)
Vuillecin6 km (11 min)
Dommartin6.7 km (12 min)
Arçon7 km (9 min)
Oye-et-Pallet7.4 km (10 min)
Sainte-Colombe8.4 km (13 min)
Chaffois9 km (16 min)
Les Alliés9.5 km (13 min)
Maisons-du-Bois-Lièvremont10.1 km (11 min)
Sombacour10.7 km (17 min)
Montperreux11.1 km (16 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Performance halls

Events and festivities


Museum Pontarlier
Museum Pontarlier
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Chapel of Annunciation
Chapel of Annunciation
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Porte Saint-Pierre
Porte Saint-Pierre
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St. Benignus Church
St. Benignus Church
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City Hall - View up Arçon
City Hall - View up Arçon
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Chapel of Hope
Chapel of Hope
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Bernard Blier Theatre
Bernard Blier Theatre
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Barracks Marguet - Left
Barracks Marguet - Left
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Barracks Marguet - Entrance Conservatory Elie Smith
Barracks Marguet - Entrance Conservatory Elie Smith
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Llama farm tour
Nature and the great outdoors9 € Mamirolle (35 km)
Fly fishing in the Jura rivers
Nature and the great outdoors110 € Champagnole (38 km)
Introduction to dog-sledding
Sports sensations100 € Belleherbe (44 km)
Fly fishing course
Nature and the great outdoors130 € Champagne-sur-Loue (44 km)
Guided, themed photo trip
Arts and Crafts40 € to 70 € Les Rousses (49 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Bernard Rock Circuit
HikeAthletic3h30Bellefontaine (44 km)
Dan Cross
HikeEasy1h45Poligny (50 km)
HikeEasy6h00Devecey (53 km)
Reposoir Chapel
HikeEasy1h00Clerval (55 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals