Lac de Joux (Lake Joux), Switzerland

Lac de Joux is a lake in the Vallée de Joux (Joux Valley) in the Canton of Vaud and located in the Jura Mountains, Switzerland.

Lac de Joux (Lake Joux)

Lac de Joux (Lake Joux)

Located 50 km north of Geneva and north-west of Lausanne, its mean elevation is over 1000 metres. With a surface area of 9.5 km², it is the largest lake in Switzerland lying above 1,000 metres.

 Vallée de Joux (Joux Valley) Map

Vallée de Joux (Joux Valley) Map

I left Saint-Prex for the Lac de Joux on next day.

Scenery on the way to the Joux Lake

Scenery on the way to the Joux Lake

L’Abbaye: Founded in 1571, the Municipality of L’Abbaye is composed of three villages, which have their own administration. The Abbey is the only town in the Vallée de Joux to have no direct border with France.

The town center of L’Abbaye Villge

The town center of L’Abbaye Villge

It is a village of dairy and has a population of 1.326.

Eglise de l'Abbaye, Vallée de Joux

Eglise de l’Abbaye, Vallée de Joux

Les Bioux is a quiet and lovely village on the lake of “Lac de Joux.” I passed by in the village that morning.

The lovely village "Les Bioux" and The lake "Lac de Joux"

The lovely village “Les Bioux” and The lake “Lac de Joux”

Lovely village "Les Bioux"

The village centre of “Les Bioux”

I arrived at the parking lot of the village “Le Sentier” 10:30.

The parking lot of the village “Le Sentier”

The parking lot of the village “Le Sentier”

Le Sentier is a village in the Vallée de Joux in the Canton of Vaud. Part of the municipality Le Chenit, the village has 3,000 inhabitants.

 Rue des Ecoles

Rue des Ecoles

Train point of the village

Train point of the village

The localss having a chat

The locals are having a chat, they retired already.

Really beautiful the village Le Sentier, they are enjoying the life of its own.

Really beautiful the village Le Sentier, they are enjoying the life of its own.

Le Lieu is a municipality in the canton of Vaud, located on the north bank of the Lac de Joux.  It has a population of 868.

The village centre of  Le Lieu

The village centre of Le Lieu

House on the hill, Le Lieu

House on the hill, Le Lieu

Les Charbonnières is a part of Le Lieu, a commune located in the La Vallée district of the canton of Vaud. The village about 350 inhabitants is located on Lake Brenet and Lac de Joux.

Map of Lake Brenet, Village Les Charbonnières and Le Pont and Lake Joux

Map of Lake Brenet, Village Les Charbonnières and Le Pont and Lake Joux

The village centre of Les Charbonnières

The village centre of Les Charbonnières

Les Charbonnières and  Lake Brenet

Les Charbonnières and Lake Brenet

The village of Les Charbonnières is reputed to be the birthplace of Vacherin Mont d’Or3, a soft cheese produced only between August and March. Vacherin, cow’s milk cheese, is called “Mont d’Or” from Switzerland. The name (Mont d’Or is “Mount of gold” in English.) is derived from the mountain in this place.

Vacherin Mont-d’Or Festival at Charbonnières

Vacherin Mont-d’Or Festival at Charbonnières

To celebrate the arrival of Vacherin cheese on the dinner table, the village of Charbonnières plays host to villagers and tourists for the Vacherin Festival, which has taken place since 1996.

Le Pont: Inhabited by “Les Pontounets”, the village of Le Pont is located at the north-east end of Lac de Joux.

Getting into the village Le Pont

Getting into the village Le Pont

Le Pont (The bridge), located at 1012m above sea level, is part of the municipality of L’Abbaye.

The centre of the village, Le Pont

The centre of the village, Le Pont

In the first half of the twentieth century, two modern buildings (the Grand Hotel and Manor High -Roches registered as a cultural monument of national importance) are built overlooking the village, on the edge of the forest.

Manor Hautes Roches

Manor Hautes Roches

Manor High -Roches: Having been virtually abandoned, the building is converted in the 1990s into a center for asylum seekers transferred from Geneva for a few years before being abandoned, vandalized and partially closed for several years.

Fountain in the village of Le Pont

Fountain in the village of Le Pont

Lake Joux in the Vaud Jura is located at 1000 m altitude in the high valley of the same name. Throughout the year, the stark beauty and wild nature of the area attract many visitors.

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