Vallorbe is situated on the banks of the Orbe river, at an altitude of 750 meters. The town is nestled in the centre of a small valley surrounded by the Dent-de-Vaulion and Mont d’Or mountain ranges, and enclosed by the Mt d’Orzeires in the south.
The Orbe River’s hydraulic power is harnessed by the La Dernier hydroelectric power station in Vallorbe, as well as by the power stations at Les Clées and Montcherand. The banks and waters of the Orbe River basin offer a rich and diverse flora and fauna.
Vallorbe has a long history of metallurgy thanks to both the proximity of the Orbe river which provides a steady source of energy, and the iron ore in Mount d’Orzeires. The town has played an important part in the history of the metalworking industry. Vallorbe has also expanded its industrial activity in the metal sector (its files are already world renowned), as well as in other sectors such as the plastic and craft industries.
Music lovers will appreciate the fact that the late Swiss conductor Marcello Viotti (1954-2005) was born in Vallorbe. His presence graced the largest international lyric stages, from La Scala in Milan and the Metropolitan in New York to the Vienna Opera and the Fenice of Venice.
Vallorbe is a fisherman’s heaven, well known for its trout, which is also one of its culinary specialties (along with Mont d’Or escargots and fresh frog’s legs.)