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Grottes de Vallorbe
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Vallorbe
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Caves at Vallorbe (Canton de Vaud) in the Swiss Jura were opened to the public a quarter of a century ago. They afford a spectacular display of the beauty of natural rock, enhanced entirely by natural illumination. For millions of years the limestone layers were eroded by the Orbe, a river which runs underground before bursting from the rocks – seemingly as a natural spring of which the Vallorbe Caves are the faithful guardians. Inside these caves, which are among the most beautiful in Europe, there is a display – the “Fairies’ Treasure” in which more than 250 mineral samples from all over the World are exhibited in four domed rooms hewn from the natural rock.
Reviewed 15 May 2014

VALLORBE CAVES - this is the SECOND time that I have come to experience the wonders of the rocks, the lime stone formations, the splendor - a neat walk along the river bed shrouded in fairy forest - one comes up to the shear rock - the immense grandeur of the cave's entrance - it gets colder and then cold - the sound of the pounding ORBE River coursing through the interior. take your time - look and click - absorb the beauty - feel the power - live the adventure as you walk along a wooden walkway to the last/most recent domed room open (there are more treasures for sure to yet find) - the mountain is big - the halls are large - it is simply wonderful - the gem collection at the end of the trek is housed in a super sci-fi room - everything is a treat here. NOT TO BE MISSED. not far from Neuchatel (CLOCK WORLD) - quick ride from Geneva or Lausanne - fun little restaurants abounding - do the CAVES first - then luncheon - then enjoy the MUSEE du FER et du CHEMIN DE FER (the reason WHY the town became itself.)

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Reviewed 28 March 2014

It isn't cheap, but if you like caves it is worth the price. It has all of the usual flowstone stuff and some really large rooms, waterfalls and even a river. You can buy snacks at the concession shop where you buy tickets. There is also a mineral museum with lots of interesting specimens at the end

1  Thank charles m
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

I didnt expect much from a random cave in Switzerland. But wow, this place is huge and the amount of water is fantastic. Crazy to think that we onyl see 10% of what they have explored - and they are still scuba-spelunking more of it!

Great lighting and infrastructure. 45 mintues to walk through it - the main cavern is so huge! Will be back with more friends

Maybe 15 chf is pricey though

1  Thank ilovecorndogs
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

great access routes created through the wonderful array of different forms of stalactites and stalagmites, naturally, intelligently and sensor responsive lighting. One can stroll through the area at their own pace with different time at different places. The formations are quite impressive, the spagetti stalactites are quite impressive. The source of river Orbe is well revealed. the guide provided is quite explanatory. Since we were the first visitors for the day we had the cave to ourselves most of the earlier time and could enjoy the silence of the sanctum to a great extent and fell the pulse of the river as well as the calcium carbonate rich water drops that lead to the formation of these underground spectacle. The entrance fee is 15chf, only disadvantage is for paublic transport users have to hike approximately 50mins to reach the caves from the railway station. For people coming with own vehicles they reach within 5min distance from the entrance to the caves.

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Reviewed 15 September 2013

Probably the best we've seen in Europe so far. Fair price (57CHF for 3 adults and 2 kids) that was worth paying given the excellent lighting and well made walkways. Take your time to walk around these caves and make sure you keep looking high, low and behind you. The underground river, the biggest in Europe, is a great thundering roar that you hear 5 minutes before you see it! Brilliant.

Only one minor downfall, the shop is very expensive, but at least you save some money :)

2  Thank Simon F
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