salt heritage and economic development
“Salt heritage and economic development” is a touristic INTERREG VA project based on salt as a common link in the French-Swiss history. Today, the Terra Salina territory includes 6 rambling and cycling circuits of which the Via Salina. Along the Salt Historical Routes, the touristic itineraries enable discovering the history, outstanding scenery, a rich cultural sites, UNESCO World Heritage sites, salt works sites, and spa towns in the French and Swiss Jura Region and on the shores of Lake Geneva.
The Terra Salina itinerary includes five historical sites where salt was produced or where its history is told: the Mines of Bex (Switzerland), the Arc-et-Senans Royal Saltworks (in the Doubs region), the Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains (in the Jura region), the Roman salt transportation tracks of Vuiteboeuf (Switzerland) and the Swiss Saltworks from Basel. There are three cities with thermal centres: Yverdon-les-Bains (Switzerland), Salins-les-Bains and Lons-le-Saunier (Jura) and seven sites that are on the UNESCO World Heritage list: La Chaux-deFonds/Le Locle – urban design for watch-making, the Old Town of Bern, the Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps (on the edges of the Neuchâtel lake), the terraced vineyards of Lavaux, the Arc-et-Senans Royal Saltworks together with the Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains, and the fortifications of Vauban with the Citadel of Besançon.