“Métairies” – the mountain inns of the Jura region


Farmsteads known as “métairies” are found scattered throughout the Jura region and also receive guests and serve them traditional specialities. A very special story about mountain inns.
These mountain inns are typical of the Jura mountain chain and serve simple but tasty meals. Hearty dishes such as rösti, ham and fondue are a welcome sight after an invigorating hike or bike ride. Guests can refuel and enjoy good conversation around the big tables.
The innkeepers, known as “métayers”, adopt the pace of nature and not only run a farm alongside their inns, but sometimes also produce their own cheese. The innkeepers are as welcoming and authentic as the dishes they serve. They mostly know their region very well and are happy to share a few tips. You are also welcome to ask your hosts about what interesting activities are available nearby.
The mountain inns are open from spring to autumn and are a key part of life in the Jura during this time. However, some mountain inns also receive guests in winter, making them a popular destination for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking tours.

After a meal of ham and rösti, you should definitely try a “crème cornet” – both must-try classics at mountain inn restaurants! The mountain inns in the Chasseral nature park also serve their guests the Chasseral platter, which consists exclusively of produce from the nature park.

Key info
  • As mountain inns are exceptionally popular among locals and tourists alike, it is advisable to book ahead.
  • It is best to take some cash with you
  • The mountain inns also offer guests a place to rest their heads for the night.

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