This region of France borders Switzerland and is strongly influenced by its neighbor. As you travel this region you will see similarities in architecture, cuisine, and culture. The landscape of rolling cultivated fields and dense pine forest is banded to the north and south by the Vosges and Jura Mountain ranges. Although, not as dramatic as the peaks of the Alps, the mountains as a result are superb for cross country skiing and hiking hiking on gentle slopes and from the vantage point of the . The towns located in the scenic Doubs and Loue river valleys are picturesque with their timbered houses set on stilts in the river passages. The western borders of Franche-Comté make for convenient passage into the wine region of Burgundy.