La Vy aux Moines
La Vy aux Moines

Hiking

La Vy aux Moines

La Vy aux Moines

La Brévine–Môtiers

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La Vy aux Moines

La Vy aux Moines

La Vy aux Moines goes back to the Middle Ages when numerous religious communities populated the valleys of the Jura massif. During the period of the reformation, the monks fled from Môtiers. In the course of the centuries, La Vy became a trade route for salt merchants, smugglers, and refugees.
You get to La Brévine by PostBus either from Le Locle or from Fleurier. The path leads through pastures and along the southern shores of Lake Taillères. The countryside is charming and peaceful, the lake refreshing, a paradise for dragonflies and butterflies in summer. The ascent from Les Cottards takes the visitor through a beautiful forest on an idyllic trail with moss and fern where fairies and pixies make their home.

A bit later you reach La Citadelle, the highest point of the hike, offering a magnificent panoramic view of the Jura and the Alps. While descending to Boveresse, you will discover the chalet Monlési, where Jean-Jacques Rousseau used to live, on the right hand side. If you keep very quiet, you might spot a deer or a woodpecker. Almost at the end of the hike there is another place worth stopping at, the majestic linden Tilleul des Catholiques, which is more than 500 years old. Hidden in a cavity of the tree trunk, there is a statue of the Virgin, a honeypot, and a candle.

In Boveresse is the absinthe drying room with a permanent exhibition of the culture and drying methods of the absinthe. The arrival in Môtiers will be celebrated in due style with a typical fresh water fountain in the center of the table which gently troubles the precious brewage ready for tasting.
La Vy aux Moines goes back to the Middle Ages when numerous religious communities populated the valleys of the Jura massif. During the period of the reformation, the monks fled from Môtiers. In the course of the centuries, La Vy became a trade route for salt merchants, smugglers, and refugees.
You get to La Brévine by PostBus either from Le Locle or from Fleurier. The path leads through pastures and along the southern shores of Lake Taillères. The countryside is charming and peaceful, the lake refreshing, a paradise for dragonflies and butterflies in summer. The ascent from Les Cottards takes the visitor through a beautiful forest on an idyllic trail with moss and fern where fairies and pixies make their home.

A bit later you reach La Citadelle, the highest point of the hike, offering a magnificent panoramic view of the Jura and the Alps. While descending to Boveresse, you will discover the chalet Monlési, where Jean-Jacques Rousseau used to live, on the right hand side. If you keep very quiet, you might spot a deer or a woodpecker. Almost at the end of the hike there is another place worth stopping at, the majestic linden Tilleul des Catholiques, which is more than 500 years old. Hidden in a cavity of the tree trunk, there is a statue of the Virgin, a honeypot, and a candle.

In Boveresse is the absinthe drying room with a permanent exhibition of the culture and drying methods of the absinthe. The arrival in Môtiers will be celebrated in due style with a typical fresh water fountain in the center of the table which gently troubles the precious brewage ready for tasting.
15 km | 1 Stage
400 m | 700 m
4 h 10 min
easy (hiking trail) | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel La Brévine, poste
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Arrival / return travel Môtiers
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Contact

Neuchâtel Rando
Espacité 1
2302 La Chaux-de-Fonds
Tel. +41 (0)32 889 68 95
info@neuchatelrando.ch
www.neuchatelrando.ch

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Accommodation

Chalet de vacances Carnotzet
Chalet de vacances Carnotzet
Boveresse
Chambres d'hôtes T22
Chambres d'hôtes T22
Fleurier
L’Annexe
L’Annexe
Môtiers NE
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Places

La Brévine
La Brévine
Fleurier
Fleurier
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Swimming

Outdoor pool Piscine des Combes in Boveresse
Outdoor pool Piscine des Combes in Boveresse
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Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
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