Jura

The Jura lies on the northern edge of Switzerland and stretches from the Rhone to the Rhine. The western end of the Jura forms a natural border with France.

The Creux du Van, canton of Neuchâtel
The Creux du Van, canton of Neuchâtel © Imagepoint.biz

The Jura lies on the northern edge of the Swiss Plateau and covers roughly 10% of Switzerland's surface area. The Jura is an arc of limestone hills, valleys, plateaus, and peaks with an average altitude of 700 metres.

Around half of Jura (47.4%) is covered by forest, and 43.4% by agricultural land. Only 8.2% of its surface area – only half as much as the Plateau – is covered by housing and industry.

Parts of the Jura are also in Germany and France. The Swiss Jura covers an area that takes in the cantons of Geneva, Vaud, Neuchâtel, Bern, Jura, Solothurn, Basel-Land and Aargau. Standing at an altitude of 1,679 metres, the highest peak is Mont-Tendre in the canton of Vaud.