Col du Mont d'Orzeires

Col du Mont d'Orzeires (el. 1060 m.) is a high mountain pass in the Jura Mountains in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland.

Col du Mont d'Orzeires
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Elevation1,060 m (3,478 ft)
Traversed byRoad
RangeJura Mountains
Coordinates46°41′07″N 6°20′13″E / 46.685410°N 6.336941°E / 46.685410; 6.336941Coordinates: 46°41′07″N 6°20′13″E / 46.685410°N 6.336941°E / 46.685410; 6.336941
Col du Mont d'Orzeires is located in Alps
Col du Mont d'Orzeires
Col du Mont d'Orzeires
Location of Col du Mont d'Orzeires

The pass road runs on side road 152a from Le Pont (1008 m a.s.l.), a village in the municipality of L'Abbaye, northeast along lake Brenet, over the Col du Mont d'Orzeires, past Pierre Punex (1061 m a.s.l.) and continues to Chalêt du Mont d'Orzeires (1029 m a.s.l.), where the Juraparc animal park is located. After a few bends, the road runs from a height of 950 m a.s.l. to the east to La Dernier (764 m a.s.l.) and Vallorbe (749 m a.s.l.). The pass connects the Valle de Joux through the narrows between the Risoux range and the Dent de Vaulion (1483 m a.s.l.) with main road 9 near Vallorbe.


The Pont–Vallorbe Railway (Chemin de fer Pont–Vallorbe) built a railway tunnel through the Mont d'Orzeires, which is traversed by the Vallorbe–Le Brassus trains. The tunnel was built in response to a petition from the residents of the valleys of 1867[1] and opened in 1886.[2] It had a dual function, as it was not only serve the railway but, in the case of an extraordinary flood, it could also be used to empty water from the two lakes.


  1. ^ L’assemblée populaire de la Vallée (26 January 1868). Rapport sur la question du percement du Mont d'Orzeires entre Le Pont et Vallorbes (in French). Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Feuille d'Avis de Lausanne: "Le 1er novembre 1886: les Combiers ont inauguré la voie qui les désenclavera en toute saison"". (in French). 1 November 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2019.

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