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Route 426, Untergrenchenberg–Montoz–Tavannes
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Stage 3, Biel/Bienne–Delémont
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Tavannes

Watchmaking has left its imprint on Tavannes, a town in the Bernese Jura at the northern foot of the Pierre Pertuis Pass. Pierre Pertuis is the starting point for excursions into the wide, wild and romantic Jura landscape, for instance a train ride with the Chemin de fer du Jura.
Tavannes lies at 754 metres altitude at the southern edge of the broad basin of the east-to-west situated Vallée de Tavannes, also called Orval, which is the source of the Birse River. A part of the Montagne du Droit to the southwest of Tavannes belongs to the municipality. It has an expanse of high grazing pastures interspersed with the tall spruce trees that are characteristic of the Jura landscape.

The small pass crossing of Pierre Pertuis at 827 metres altitude was already in use in Roman times, when it served as a link between Aventicum (Avenches) and Augusta Raurica (Augst). A natural aperture in the rock was extended by the Romans, and bears a 3rd century inscription. The present-day pass crossing on the road from Biel to Delémont was constructed in 1932. Both the A16 «Transjurane» motorway and railway lines run through tunnels beneath the Pierre Pertuis Pass. Tavannes is one of the starting points of the Chemins de fer du Jura, a narrow-gauge railway that runs though the Franches-Montagnes mountains.

The watch-making industry came to Tavannes in the 19th century. The industry’s heyday during the first half of the 20th century brought significant prosperity to the town. Together with the machine industry and precision engineering, watch-making and the manufacture of components still play a leading role in the region’s economy.

The centre of Tavannes is urban in character. Buildings worth seeing are the late- classical Hôtel de Ville built around 1850 and the empire-style General Voirol House. Several buildings were built between 1850 and 1920 in various architectural styles such as neo-baroque and regional-traditional. The Tavannes Protestant church was built in 1385 in the late Gothic style. It has subsequently been restored and extended several times.

Highlights

  • Pierre Pertuis – a small pass crossing over the Jura folds between Sonceboz and Tavannes that was already in use in Roman times.
  • Bellelay – this expansive former abbey lies around 8km to the north of Tavannes. Today it houses art exhibitions and a psychiatric clinic.
  • «Tête de Moine» - the Bellelay monks are said to have invented this spicy medium-hard cheese, that is traditionally scraped into rosettes with a special cutter called a girolle.
  • Chemins de fer du Jura – railway accessing the wide Jura landscape between the stations of Tavannes, La Chaux-de-Fonds and Glovelier.
Watchmaking has left its imprint on Tavannes, a town in the Bernese Jura at the northern foot of the Pierre Pertuis Pass. Pierre Pertuis is the starting point for excursions into the wide, wild and romantic Jura landscape, for instance a train ride with the Chemin de fer du Jura.
Tavannes lies at 754 metres altitude at the southern edge of the broad basin of the east-to-west situated Vallée de Tavannes, also called Orval, which is the source of the Birse River. A part of the Montagne du Droit to the southwest of Tavannes belongs to the municipality. It has an expanse of high grazing pastures interspersed with the tall spruce trees that are characteristic of the Jura landscape.

The small pass crossing of Pierre Pertuis at 827 metres altitude was already in use in Roman times, when it served as a link between Aventicum (Avenches) and Augusta Raurica (Augst). A natural aperture in the rock was extended by the Romans, and bears a 3rd century inscription. The present-day pass crossing on the road from Biel to Delémont was constructed in 1932. Both the A16 «Transjurane» motorway and railway lines run through tunnels beneath the Pierre Pertuis Pass. Tavannes is one of the starting points of the Chemins de fer du Jura, a narrow-gauge railway that runs though the Franches-Montagnes mountains.

The watch-making industry came to Tavannes in the 19th century. The industry’s heyday during the first half of the 20th century brought significant prosperity to the town. Together with the machine industry and precision engineering, watch-making and the manufacture of components still play a leading role in the region’s economy.

The centre of Tavannes is urban in character. Buildings worth seeing are the late- classical Hôtel de Ville built around 1850 and the empire-style General Voirol House. Several buildings were built between 1850 and 1920 in various architectural styles such as neo-baroque and regional-traditional. The Tavannes Protestant church was built in 1385 in the late Gothic style. It has subsequently been restored and extended several times.

Highlights

  • Pierre Pertuis – a small pass crossing over the Jura folds between Sonceboz and Tavannes that was already in use in Roman times.
  • Bellelay – this expansive former abbey lies around 8km to the north of Tavannes. Today it houses art exhibitions and a psychiatric clinic.
  • «Tête de Moine» - the Bellelay monks are said to have invented this spicy medium-hard cheese, that is traditionally scraped into rosettes with a special cutter called a girolle.
  • Chemins de fer du Jura – railway accessing the wide Jura landscape between the stations of Tavannes, La Chaux-de-Fonds and Glovelier.

Arrival and return Tavannes

Adresse

Jura bernois tourisme
Avenue de la Gare 9
2740 Moutier
Tel. +41 (0)32 494 53 43
moutier@jurabernois.ch
www.jurabernois.ch

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Pierre Pertuis – building in times of
Pierre Pertuis – building in times of
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Hiking in

Tavannes
ViaJura
ViaJura
Stage 6, Sornetan–Sonceboz
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Chemin de Montoz
Chemin de Montoz
Route 426, Untergrenchenberg–Montoz–Tavannes
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Cycling in

Tavannes
Lötschberg–Jura
Lötschberg–Jura
Stage 3, Biel/Bienne–Delémont
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Arc jurassien
Arc jurassien
Stage 3, Tramelan–Welschenrohr
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Mountain biking in

Tavannes
Chasseral–Weissenstein Bike
Bellelay Bike