Hotel Des Arts
Rue Pourtales 3, Neuchatel 2001, Switzerland
More about Neuchâtel
View from la collégiale
Temple du Bas, Protestant Temple
Maison des Halles, detail of the facade
Travel Tips for Neuchâtel
Hauterive stone (I&V)
"Many of the 17th and 18th century buildings are made from local yellow sandstone, a fact which led Alexandre Dumas, pere to describe Neuchatel as looking 'like a toytown carved out of butter'." In almost all travel guides on internet there is the same or very similar sentence about Neuchatel. Whether those were the words of Alexandre Dumas or of somebody else – Neuchatel really looks like "carved out of butter" even nowadays. "The butter" actually is yellow sandstone called Hauterive stone because it was dug out of quarry in the village Hauterive near Neuchatel. Hauterive stone is "luminous and fairly solid, yet easy to carve". We have been told by the guide in Chateau that the amounts of Hauterive stone have run very low and they are spared for future reparations of the most important city buildings such as Chateau, Collegiale…
Neuchatel Fountains – Rue du Neubourg (I&V)
The small, modest fountain in the Rue du Neubourg is one of the oldest Neuchatel fountains. It was built in 1605.
It stands at the upper end of Rue du Neubourg, at its crossing with Rue des Chavannes.
Protecting Vinyards from Birds
While visiting my Swiss Family (well the family I lived with as a student), they had us join them at a friends home and small vinyard. They had to cover the vines with netting to keep the birds from eating the grapes. So, we got to take part in that activity and then the best part afterwards - enjoying a Fondue Neuchateloise (cheese). We had two big pots going, with lots of Neuchatel white wine, and then while we took a rest in the middle of the meal some Reine Claude - a very strong liqueur, like Poire William or Kirsche. We then got back to the serious eating of Fondue with pickles and pickled onions. mmmmmmmmmm
Esplanade du Mont-Blanc (I&V)
Esplanade du Mont-Blanc – Mont Blanc Promenade is nicely shaped garden terrace on the shores of Lake Neuchatel. It is connected with Place Pury – Pury Square by a subway. Mont-Blanc Promenade is dominated by "Verticals", 1990 statue, artwork of Swiss sculptor Rene Kung. Besides it there are a few more artworks at the promenade, among them marvelous Jean Arp's "Torse – Chevalier" from 1959, and sculpture-painting called "Tridim", created in 1974 by Victor Vasarely.
Mont Blanc Promenade is good starting point for a walk by Nuechatel Lake to Esplanade Leopold-Robert – Leopold Robert Promenade, via Quai Ostervald – Ostervald Quay and Quai du Port – Port Quay.
Maison des Halles | the Covered Market (I&V)
Maison des Halles – the Covered Market dominates Place des Halles – the Market Square, the most vivid, the most photographed and the most recognizable square in Neuchatel. It was originally built as a grain and cloth market between 1569 and 1575. This charming building, adorned with wealth of Renaissance ornamentation carved in yellow Hauterive stone, was designed by Laurent Perroud who designed and carved Fontaine de la Justice – the Justice Fountain and Fontaine du Banneret – the Banneret Fountain.
The Covered Market has been converted into a restaurant nowadays.
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