|Community association||Pays de Maîche|
|surface||9.37 km 2|
|Residents||158 (January 1, 2017)|
|Population density||17 inhabitants / km 2|
Vaufrey is located at Porrentruy and about 20 kilometers southeast of the city of Montbéliard (as the crow flies). The village extends in the Jura , in the deeply cut Doubstal , between the Lomont chain in the north and the heights around Maîche in the south, near the border with Switzerland ., 14 kilometers southwest of
The area of the municipality of 9.37 km² covers a section of the French Jura. The central part of the area is occupied by the Doubstal. The Doubs flows here in a winding course between the Lomont chain and the heights near Courtefontaine to the west through a flat valley lowland that is no more than 500 meters wide. About a kilometer southeast of the village is the dam of a long valley lake, which was dammed up to generate electricity. The valley is flanked on both sides by steep, mostly wooded slopes, which are criss-crossed by ledges in various places. These slopes are subdivided by several valley cuts from short side streams of the Doubs.
To the south, the municipal area extends to the height of Seigne and to the edge of the plateau of Courtefontaine. At 900 m above the rocks of the Côte de la Plaine, the highest point of Vaufrey is reached. In the north the border runs at the level of the Lomont chain, partly on the watershed, partly a little south of it.
In the Middle Ages, Vaufrey was under the rule of Montjoie. The small castle Vaufrey on the left bank of the Doubs, which belonged to a local noble family, was destroyed in the 15th century. Together with Franche-Comté , the village came to France with the Peace of Nijmegen in 1678.
The village church, which originally dates back to the 12th century, is in an elevated position above Vaufrey. In the 18th century, the ship was largely rebuilt in the classic style. The current castle on the right side of the Doubs was built in the 17th century and remodeled in the 18th century. Various farmhouses from the 17th to 19th centuries in the traditional Franche-Comté style have been preserved in the town center.
With 158 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) Vaufrey is one of the small communities in the Doubs department. After the population had decreased markedly in the first half of the 20th century (in 1901 there were still 360 people), only minor fluctuations have been recorded since the mid-1970s.
Economy and Infrastructure
Until well into the 20th century, Vaufrey was primarily a village characterized by agriculture (cattle breeding and dairy farming, some arable and fruit growing). In addition, there are now some local small businesses. Many workers are also commuters who work particularly in the larger towns in neighboring Switzerland.
The municipality is located off the main thoroughfares on a departmental road that leads from Saint-Hippolyte to Saint-Ursanne . There are other road connections with Courtefontaine and Réclère in Switzerland.
- Le Patrimoine des Communes du Doubs. Volume 2, Flohic Editions, Paris 2001, ISBN 2-84234-087-6 , pp. 1271-1272.