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Pontarlier

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Distilleries · Architectural Buildings · Historic Sites
Pontarlier is a commune and one of the two sub-prefectures of the Doubs department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region in eastern France near the Swiss border.HistoryPontarlier occupies the ancient Roman station of Ariolica, in Gallia and is placed in the Tables on the road from Urba (modern Orbe, Canton Vaud, Switzerland), to Vesontio (modern Besançon). Although the distances in the Antonine Itinerary do not agree with the real distances, French geographer D'Anville recognized a transposition of the numbers. The Theodosian Tabula names the place "Abrolica", which William Smith states as a possible error of transcription.After the Burgundian invasion in 5th, Pontarlier became an unavoidable way of trade from the kingdom of Burgundy to Switzerland, Germany or Lombardy. Until the 17th century it lay on the easiest way to cross Jura mountains.The city of Pontarlier is briefly mentioned in Victor Hugo's Les Misérables. It was to this city that convict Jean Valjean was to report for his parole after being released from the galleys. Breaking these instructions is a major turning point in the novel, and also creates some major conflict for Valjean later in the story.
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Hidden gems in Pontarlier

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Distillery
Distillerie GUY
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
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Lookout
Chapelle Notre-Dame de l'Esperance
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Historic Site
Eglise Saint-Benigne de Pontarlier
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
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Architectural Building
Porte Saint-Pierre
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Pontarlier

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Waterfall
Cascades du Hérisson Menetrux-en-Joux
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
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World heritage site
La Grande Saline - Musée du Sel Salins-les-Bains
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Castle
Chateau de Joux La Cluse-et-Mijoux
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Popular things to do in Pontarlier

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Lookout
Le Grand Taureau
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Museum
Musee municipal d'Art et d'Histoire
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Cine-club Jacques Becker
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
Historic Site
Chapelle des Annonciades de Pontarlier
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Parks in Pontarlier

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Playground
Le Ball Park
3.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Park
Parc du Grand Cours
3.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Pontarlier

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Chez Bene
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

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