Parc du Doubs
The Doubs flows through a magnificent canyon-like gorge, surrounded by cliffs and steep forests. This enchanting river is gentle and wild at the same time, depending on the region. The fascinating natural and cultural landscapes of the Doubs valley and its plateaus with the extensive pastured woodlands are the basis of the Doubs Nature Park. However, the project is based not just on its landscapes, but also on the skills of the population - be it the art of watchmaking or the breeding of the famous Freiberger horses.
Two aspect deserve particular attention, both the cross-border character of the Nature Park through the co-operation with the «Pays Horloger» in neighbouring France as well as the significance of the watchmaking towns of La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage and gateways to the park.
A wide range of outdoor leisure activities in the nature are possible, thanks to the excellent public transport system in the region. The best is to explore the river valley and its slopes down to the river. The Freiberger plateau is a paradise both for horse lovers and mountain bikers. Here they find trials that are tailor-made for them and offer them intensive outdoor experiences. In winter, cross-country skiers can enjoy a comprehensive range of several 100 kilometres of prepared trails, and for snow-shoe enthusiasts there are many trails suiting all tastes.