Another world, where the floor looks like the ceiling; where one minute you are a giant and tiny the next. More than just another tour, your journey through the caves is a voyage through time surrounded by limestone statues and natural mirrors.

    About the Caves

    The River runs beside you throughout your visit. By turns calm and turbulent, the Orbe follows its underground course before bursting from the rocks. A natural spectacle of beauty and sound.


    Four circular chambers cut from the living rock offer a unique setting for the carefully preserved “Fairy Treasure”. Marvel at the shapes and colours of this collection of 250 rare mineral specimens from across the world.

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The Vallorbe Caves

A river, a treasure, a cathedral...

It's hard not to be deeply affected by the majesty of the great natural cathedral.
The "Son et Lumiere" display is an emotional and beautiful moment to conclude your visit to the caves.


250 mineral specimens from across the globe.

Inside these alveolar spaces – among the most beautiful in Europe – is the home of an exhibition of mineral speciments – the “Fairy Treasure”, bringing together a collection of more than 250 minerals from across the world, in four “cupolas” carved from the living rock.


A mysterious river…

For many years there was the “Upper Orbe” and the “Lower Orbe”. The Upper Orbe springs from the Les Rousses lake, in France. The river then winds its leisurely way (“orb” = curve, circle, bend) before emptying itself into the Joux lake. The Joux Valley is, in fact, one of Central Europe’s most beautiful “closed basins” (i.e. there is no visible outlet for the water).

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The story is punctuated with discoveries and surprises.

Chers visiteurs, en raison du Coronavirus, les Grottes seront fermées dès lundi 16 mars et ceci pour une durée indéterminée. Merci de votre compréhension et à bientôt.

Liebe Besucher, aufgrund des Coronavirus sind die Höhlen ab Montag, dem 16. März, auf unbestimmte Zeit geschlossen. Vielen Dank für Ihr Verständnis und bis bald.

Dear visitors, due to the Coronavirus, the Caves will be closed from Monday, March 16 for an indefinite period of time. Thank you for your understanding and see you soon.