Château Chalon is also close by, which is home to a 13th century castle, an ancient fortified gateway and an 11th century Romanesque church. The local village is also famous for its yellow wine should you be in need of refreshment after your adventures.
Domaine de Chalain
Lac de Chalain, JuraSite code: JU012
Nearest Lake: Direct Access
Nearest River: Le Hérisson, l'Ain 5km
Nearest Town: Doucier 3km
- Cascades Du Hérisson: 10km
- Lons Le Saunier: 21km
- Arbois: 48km
- Geneva: 88km
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The gardens of Château d’Arlay are fun themed: trees and plants are arranged to resemble traditional games such as croquet and dominoes. The château itself is a former convent and is now home to the centre for wild fauna species, like owls and birds of prey.
This parc is in such a stunning setting you will hardly feel the need to venture out for sightseeing. Lac de Chalain is one of Jura’s most impressive lakes where you can fish all day long or take to the water for a great range of watersports.
Louis Pasteur grew up in the area and his childhood home is now open to the public. It remains exactly as it was in his day so you can transport back to the time of the genius’s youth and see his instruments and workspace.
Grotte des Planches is just over 35 km away and is well worth a visit. It is a series of caves which are continuously shaped by an underground river with stalactites, organ pipes, pine forests and lots more geological features which are sure to impress.
Magnificent waterfalls can be seen at Baume-les-Messieurs. This area is rich in unspoilt beauty; you must explore the caves, the 10th Benedictine abbey and the town’s unspoilt traditional houses.
There are many trails around Lake Chalain, some of which follow the river Hérisson which cascades into magnificent waterfalls. The Museum of Hérisson is very interesting with tales of local legends and the area’s history.