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Lötschberg–Jura
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Route 647, Porrentruy–Porrentruy
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Boncourt
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Boncourt

The industrial village of Boncourt lies close to the Swiss-French border in charming landscape at the northern tip of the Ajoie Region. The village has a pretty old centre, natural and cultural attractions and a bison park.
Boncourt lies at an altitude of 373 metres in the Allaine valley. Boncourt’s transition from an agriculturally-dominated to an industrial village took place in the 19th century, when Martin Burrus founded a tobacco factory in 1814 that greatly influenced economic development. Today, the company has around 400 employees and belongs to a large multinational tobacco enterprise.

Boncourt was first mentioned in 1140 as «Bononis Curia». The area was however already settled in Roman times. Remains of a Roman settlement have been discovered on the Châtillon Hill to the south-west of the village.

The Tour de Milandre, the only surviving remains of the Milandre fortress, which was built in the 13th century by the Counts of Montbélard and destroyed by French troops in 1674, is a sentinel to Boncourt’s past. The church in its current form was built in 1920/21. However, the Gothic choir and front tower of the former church were integrated into the newer building. The wooden altar, carved in baroque style, is one of the most significant works by the Breton brothers.

Some characteristic half-timbered 18th and 19th century houses can be seen in the old village centre on the left bank of the Allaine River. There are 20 crosses placed around the town in remembrance of various events, commissioned both by the church and individuals. They are made out of different materials and derive from various eras.

There is an extensive network of hiking trails surrounding Boncourt, some of them awarding spectacular views of the Vosges Mountains. Leisure seekers can enjoy the Piscine des Hémionées baths with spa area.

Highlights

  • Baroque altar in the church
  • Panorama circuit trail «Sentier des Faînes»
  • Through the «Forêt enchantée» theme path (sculptures in the forest and information panels)
  • Grotte de Milandre, one of the longest dripstone caves in Switzerland (10,520 metres long)
  • Tour de Milandre: tower; only remains of a 13th century fortress.
  • Bison Park (breeding centre)
The industrial village of Boncourt lies close to the Swiss-French border in charming landscape at the northern tip of the Ajoie Region. The village has a pretty old centre, natural and cultural attractions and a bison park.
Boncourt lies at an altitude of 373 metres in the Allaine valley. Boncourt’s transition from an agriculturally-dominated to an industrial village took place in the 19th century, when Martin Burrus founded a tobacco factory in 1814 that greatly influenced economic development. Today, the company has around 400 employees and belongs to a large multinational tobacco enterprise.

Boncourt was first mentioned in 1140 as «Bononis Curia». The area was however already settled in Roman times. Remains of a Roman settlement have been discovered on the Châtillon Hill to the south-west of the village.

The Tour de Milandre, the only surviving remains of the Milandre fortress, which was built in the 13th century by the Counts of Montbélard and destroyed by French troops in 1674, is a sentinel to Boncourt’s past. The church in its current form was built in 1920/21. However, the Gothic choir and front tower of the former church were integrated into the newer building. The wooden altar, carved in baroque style, is one of the most significant works by the Breton brothers.

Some characteristic half-timbered 18th and 19th century houses can be seen in the old village centre on the left bank of the Allaine River. There are 20 crosses placed around the town in remembrance of various events, commissioned both by the church and individuals. They are made out of different materials and derive from various eras.

There is an extensive network of hiking trails surrounding Boncourt, some of them awarding spectacular views of the Vosges Mountains. Leisure seekers can enjoy the Piscine des Hémionées baths with spa area.

Highlights

  • Baroque altar in the church
  • Panorama circuit trail «Sentier des Faînes»
  • Through the «Forêt enchantée» theme path (sculptures in the forest and information panels)
  • Grotte de Milandre, one of the longest dripstone caves in Switzerland (10,520 metres long)
  • Tour de Milandre: tower; only remains of a 13th century fortress.
  • Bison Park (breeding centre)

Arrival and return Boncourt

Adresse

Jura Tourisme
Rue du 23-Juin 20
2900 Porrentruy
Tel. +41 (0)32 432 41 80
info@juratourisme.ch
www.juratourisme.ch

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Cycling in

Boncourt
Lötschberg–Jura
Lötschberg–Jura
Stage 4, Delémont–Boncourt
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Sur les traces des dinosaures
Sur les traces des dinosaures
Route 647, Porrentruy–Porrentruy
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