Route des Gouttes d'Or 2, Neuchatel 2000, Switzerland
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Fountain at Place des Halles
Gunther Forg's untitled sculpture
Rue du Seyon & Place Pury
The bust of David de Pury in Neuchatel Town Hall
La Villa turque et Le Palafitte
hello, I wish to go to the Swiss Jura to visit la Villa turque in la Chauds-de-Fonds and the hotel Le Palafitte in Neuchatel (the a in Neuchatel should have a hat)
I'd like to hear from anyone who has seen either places, personal impressions. I know their websites already. I've never visited those two cities either so I would this time, briefly, from the Lausanne area.
thanks and bonjour aux amis suisses!
Travel Tips for Neuchâtel
Neuchatel Fountains (I&V)
We have found the datum on the internet that there are about 140 fountains in the wider area of the city of Neuchatel. Largely dating to the Renaissance, they were set up to supply drinking water to the residents, straight from the springs of the outlying Jura mountains. Many fountains are in the large area of pedestrian zone in the historical center of Neuchatel, every single one of them maintained well and still supplying the city with sparklingly clear water, drinkable and very good.
Neuchatel Fountains, especially the best known of them such as Fontaine du Banneret, Fontaine de la Justice, Fontaine du Griffon… became the symbol of the city itself, along with Hauterive stone, Chateau and Collegiale.
Neuchatel Fountains – Fontaine de l'Hopital (I&V)
The white fountain with nicely shaped pillar stands at the plateau in front of Neuchatel Hotel-de-Ville – the Town Hall, at the crossing of Rue de l'Hotel-de-Ville and Faubourg de l'Hopital. Its position is the reason for the fountain often being referred to as Fontaine de l'Hopital.
Fontaine de l'Hopital dates back to 1790 – the same year Hotel-de-Ville was completed.
The Musée d’Art et d’Histoire
You will not miss the museum – right on Esplanade Léopold-Robert there are several modern monuments (you can see one on the picture).
If you love the arts than Musée d’Art et d’Histoire is a must to see. The ground floor is devoted to the historical collections. Upstairs are the rooms devoted to fine art, which have been organized by theme, with the various rooms called Nature, Civilization, The Sacred, etc. You will find here Corot, Monet, Pissaro, Renoir, Sisley, just to name a few.
But the most unusual exhibits are kept in a room at the rear of the ground floor: the Automates Jaquet-Droz, three mechanical figurines built to the most exacting technical standards by a Neuchâtelois watchmaker in the 1770s and still in perfect working order today. You should really time your visit for the 1st Sun of the month, when they are brought to life for a demonstration (2pm, 3pm & 4pm only).
Esplanade Leopold-Robert (I&V)
Plateau in front of Museum of Art and History, Esplanade Leopold-Robert – Leopold Robert Promenade, is venue of open-air sculpture exhibition. Sculptures are part of the museum Art Collection. The permanent exhibition was inaugurated on 11th of September 1994.
The underlying theme is human figure in various expressive forms in the art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Among the works are Henri Presset's: "Great Figure", Claudine Grisel's "Great Mutant Running", Anne-Dominique Junod's "The Three Columns"… and our favourites Bernhard Luginbuhl's "The Stork of the New Town" and, the newest, 2007 Gunther Forg's untitled sculpture.
Pedro helped us with translation. We thank him.
Marktplatz (Place des Halles)
The MARKET SQUARE (Place des Halles) opens out of Rue du Tresor, a charming square framed by fine 18th century housefront. The market is held here on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings.
The Maison des Halles (covered market) is the most striking building in the square. Originally built as a grain and cloth market by Laurent Perroud between 1569 and 1575, it is adorned with wealth of Renaissance ornamentation. Today the building has been converted into a restaurant.
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Address: Route des Gouttes d'Or 2, Neuchatel 2000, Switzerland