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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Jura

Lons-le-Saunier - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Jura

Capital of the Jura and spa town, Lons-le-Saunier is also the native town of Rouget de Lisle. The picturesque Commerce street, lined with arches, and the Liberté square decorated with fountains and surrounded by beautiful buildings, such as the theatre and the clock tower, are among the town's key attractions.

The birth house of Rouget de Lisle, situated in the Commerce street, is today home to a museum that recounts the life of the composer of La Marseillaise, the French national anthem, through an exhibition of documents and personal objects.

Also to be discovered: the 18th-century Hôtel-Dieu and its magnificent apothecaries, the Cordeliers church, the Saint-Désiré church, the charming fountains, the Fine art museum home to paintings and sculptures and the Archaeology museum exhibiting collections of mineralogy, paleontology and archaeology.

The thermal baths (Thermes) offer courses of hydrotherapy in the salt- and trace element-rich water, as well as wellbeing breaks. In front of the establishment there's a beautiful park for walkers.

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Spa and capital of the Jura, Lons-le-Saunier is a dynamic and pleasant city. Surrounded by vineyards to the north and Chalain, Clairvaux and Vouglans lakes to the south, the town offers a successful balance between nature and urbanism. The commune was built around the Well Salé near the source Lédonia. The peculiarity of this water which at all times has made the city prosperous is that it has a constant salinity. Exploited first in saline activity, the water is then used for the thermal baths. The curists still crowd today in front of this water with curative virtues. An exceptionally located holiday resort in a beautiful natural environment, the city also boasts a remarkable architecture that makes it a real jewel. Lons-le-Saunier is also the birthplace of many celebrities such as Jean Amadou, Rouget de l'Isle, author of the Marseillaise, and novelist Bernard Clavel. It also houses the home of the famous laughing cow.

Things to see and do

The spa is obviously at the center of the activities for the visitors. The Lédonia thermal baths are located in the heart of a 7-hectare park. You will also find curative treatments, fitness programs and slimming. But the remarkable places are not limited to that. Also, the walk begins with the Apothecary of the Hotel-Dieu. Here you can discover two rooms dating from the 15th and 16th century where objects of the time are gathered. Visits are by appointment and children can participate in a small game to try to win the diploma of the apothecary.

The visit continues with the Musée des Beaux-Arts, which presents ephemeral and static collections. The museum of archeology will not fail to interest you as well as the museum of the cow laughing.

But it is not necessary to go into specific places to discover the history of Lons-le-Saunier. Just go for a walk in the streets of Old Lons to admire architectural treasures. You will be able to admire the historical monuments such as the theater of the rue Jean Jaurès, the statue of Rouget de l'Isle, the church of Saint-Désiré and its crypt, the fountain of dolphins, The town hall, the clock tower and the church of the Cordeliers.

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Events and festivities

The last weekend of October, the fair of Jura settles in Lons-le-Saunier and lasts for 4 days, and every Saturday, the market stands at the top of the Arcades on the course Sully.

The Rendez-vous de l'Aventure festival invites you to discover unknown places through films and books. This trip promises to be exciting. You will be able to participate in the Lab'aventure, where travel plans, ideas are fused and intermingled through interactive workshops. Walks in the surrounding forest will give you the opportunity to see nature in a different way and tales in nocturnes will be read around a large campfire.

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La Percée du Vin Jaune wine festival
A joyful food and drink festival to discover vin jaune and the wines of the Jura areaFrom 3 to 4 february 2018


The thermal establishment
The thermal establishment
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The Parc des Bains
The Parc des Bains
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Italian Theater
Italian Theater
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The Vallière River at the entrance to the town
The Vallière River at the entrance to the town
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One of the entrances to the city
One of the entrances to the city
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