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Following the tracks of the Bourbaki

"On a dreary September day we set out on the final Swiss stage of the Absinthe Trail between the Val-de-Travers and Pontarlier. The sky is leaden as if to add a dramatic touch. Step by step, we follow the historic path of General Bourbaki and his troops at the end of the Franco-German war. Deeply moved, we learn how these French troops finally entered Switzerland after so much chaos and hardship. At every stage, an information board tells us more about the trail and its history. After a two-hour hike we return with a smile, marveling at our valiant compatriots who welcomed these brave soldiers with open arms."


Departure: Les Verrières SBB station
Arrival: Municipal building
Distance: 5 km
Duration: 2h


Good to know

  • In the area, you can also visit the Château de Joux near Pontarlier (F) and the Oldtimer Volkswagen museum at St-Sulpice
  • Recommended for history buffs
  • Possibility to take a guided tour and add more options to your walk (Absinthe tasting, e-bike rentals): Goût & Région
  • A "Theme walks" brochure can also be downloaded


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Boutique Goût & Région
Place de la Gare
2103 Noiraigue
T. +41 (0)32 889 68 96

Following the tracks of the Bourbaki

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