Vallorbe, Switzerland Travel Guide
Vallorbe is a Swiss industrial town located right on the border between Switzerland and France. It is part of Jura-Nord Vaudois district in Vaud canton. The town is hemmed in on threee sides by mountains reaching to a height of 1,480 m (4,860 ft). The town itself is in a valley with the River Orbe flowing through it. It covers 23.18 sq km (8.95 sq mi) and has a population of 3,000 people (2011 estimate).
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Vallorbe was first mentioned in history in 1139. Since the Middle Ages it has been a center for iron smelting. Due perhaps to its proximity to France, the people of Vallorbe are overwhelmingly French speaking (85.5%). The Swiss Reformed Church has a slightly higher percentage of attendees (38.8%) compared to the Roman Catholic Church (34.8%).
The entire village of Vallorbe is today listed in the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites. It has a number of sights worth visiting.
Sights & Attractions in Vallorbe
- Fort de Pré-Giroud
Fort built to resemble a chalet. It was constructed just before the outbreak of World War II to provide surveillance on the French border.
- Grottes de Vallorbe
This is a series of caves that is open to tourists. You can admire the stalactites and stalagmites.
- Musée du Fer et du Chemin de Fer (Iron and Railway Museum)
Museum that provides an insight into the Swiss iron industry as well as the Swiss railway.
Hall of Jellyfish, Vallorbe Grottos
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