Lons-le-Saunier developed on its precious resources; salted water. Which give to the city at this day its amazing reputation in the eyes of the spa clients. The Jura city is also well known for its legacy. The museum are famous all around France, especially the House of the Vache Qui Rit.

Travel Diary

Of Lons-le-Saunier

The city offers a lot to see, beautiful buildings, monuments and alley which make the walk very nice. Here is an example of a day of visiting in the Jura city. (You can also do this on several days, depending on how much time you will stay in Lons-le-Saunier)

And if you’re looking for good addresses to eat, have a drink or even buy some local products, we made you a small list !

9:00 am

Morning Walk at the Park des Bains
The Park des Bains surround the Spa of Lons-le-Saunier and is very alike others Spas parks built at the end of the XIX-th century

It’s a very beautiful wooded park where it’s nice to have a walk and discover the different small lakes brighten up by the water jets.

10:00 am


Take a coffee on the charming square of the Liberty (place de la Liberté)
Under a nice sun, the patio of the Grand Café of the theater welcome you with open arms. We notice the stunning frontage of the theater of Lons-le-Saunier.


Inside the theater, we can enjoy the marvelous gilding, stucco, red velvet hanging and painting which were classified Historical Monument, as well as all the building.


Before you head to the rue du commerce, stop for a moment at the tower of the clock (Tour de l’Horloge), which is facing the Liberty square. It’s embellished with a dazzling roman numeral face but is not ringing anymore. This tower is one of the symbols of the city.


11:00 am

Shopping session under the Arcades – trade street (Rue du Commerce)
The Rue du Commerce is one of the most famous street in Lons-le-Saunier. You can count 146 arcades.

You can also find the Rouget de Lisle museum, which was set up in the apartment where the famous composer were born.

02:00 pm

Relaxat the Spathe Lédonia
Thermal pool heated at 32°C, hammam, spa treatment, massage, the thermal spa of Lons-le-Saunier is the perfect place for a few hours break.

04:00 pm

A bit of culture at theMuseum of La Vache Qui Rit
The Bel cheese factory make in Lons-le-Saunier the famous cheese, very appreciated by the kids in France : La Vache Qui Rit®.

The museum explain the origins of this symbolic brand and all its manufacturing secrets.

07:00 pm

Enjoy a beer of a glass of Jura wine at the Caveau de Rouget de Lisle.

At the end of the day, take a seat in the patio of the Caveau de Rouget de Lisle, a very busy place that you can’t miss during your stay in Lons-le-Saunier.

You can savour the local beers produced by the brewery Rouget de Lisle or discover the wines of the region.



The city of Lons-le-Saunier offers a large range of activities to enjoy with your friends or family ! A few ideas to write in your notebook :

Cultural and artistic activities

+ Le Musée des Beaux-Arts: gives a nice path in its two sections : sculpture on the ground-floor and painting on the first floor.

+ Guided tour of the Old Lons (apothicary, hôtel Dieu, salted well, …) with the tourist information office

Sport and playful activities

+ The Val de Sorne Golf

+The entertainment park « Le 1055 » (kid park, bowling, laser game, climbing wall, jump XL, …)

+ The aquatic center Aqua’rel

+The « Voie Bressane »bike path from Louhans to Lons-le-Saunier and the “Voie PLM” (Lons-le-Saunier / Chalain / Champagnole ) gives you beautiful stroll to disconnect from everything else.

Night life

+ Restaurants, bars à vins et cafés du centre-ville

+ The 3 movie theater of the city center (Mégarama, Centre culturel des Cordeliers, Palace)

+ The Casino

+The theater « le Bœuf sur le toit »

+ The Italian theaterwith its entertainment programming offered by « Les Scènes du Jura »

Craving Jura specialties ? Discover the good addresses :


Tea room – Bakery / Chocolatier

Local produces shops

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