Neuchâtel is focused around Place Pury, at the foot of the Old Town on a stretch of flat ground. It’s a hub of buses – you will take a ride to the train station from here. If you a ready for the picnic on the beautiful lakeshore than keep in mind that 2 supermarkets are a stone throw away - EPA supermarket at Rue de la Place d’Arua, and Co-op on Rue de la Treille.
The square itself is overlooked by fine Louis XIV architecture – shuttered facades and the turreted orioles of the 16th Century Maison des Halles. On the opposite side of the square you will see a lovely modern monument. Nearby. along rue due Moulins there are 2 perfect specimens of the Louis XIII period.
A two-minute walk east, on Rue de l’Hôpital, is the grand 1790 Hôtel de Ville, designed by Louis XVI’s chief architect Pierre-Adrien Paris.
Neuchatel Fountains – Fontaine de la Justice (I&V)
Fontaine de la Justice – the Justice Fountain was carved by Laurent Perroud between 1545 and 1547. It has octagonal basin decorated with flowers, a pillar and the allegorical figure of Justice with four figures at her feet symbolizing the various forms of government: a pope, a magistrate, an emperor and a sultan, on the top of it. After the restorations in 1990s the fountain gained its original, vividly coloured appearance and, in 1997 the figure of Justice was replaced with the copy, while the original 16th century statue is at the Museum of Art and History.
Almost identical to the Justice Fountain is the oldest fountain in Lausanne – the Justice Fountain too. It was carved by Laurent Perroud and his son Jacques Perroud some 40 years later.
Justice Fountain is located on the crossing of Rue de l'Hopital and Grand'Rue.
A very special Beauty Salon
If you come to Neuchatel, you should not miss the most interesting Beauty Salon in town (and probably in Switzerland) called Institut Yin Yang Beaulac, located on the Neuchate lake.
There you can find a very relaxing environment, with occidental and oriental cares.
Chinese massage (called tuina) is offered among many other things.
A perfect way to remain in good shape.
The hostess is very charming and prices are correct.
Don't miss it.
Rathaus (Town Hall)
The TOWN HALL was erected between 1784 and 1790 under the direction of the achitect PIerre-Adrien Paris. On the East tympanum, Minerva and Liberty flank a shield bearing the arms of the Town; on the West, two winged and cloud-borne figures on either side of a similar shield symbolise Trade and Abundance.
The ground floor of the building is open to the public, and an interesting model of the 18th century town is to ben seen.
Place des Halles | The Market Square (I&V)
Place des Halles – the Market Square is the most vivid square in Neuchatel. Framed by fine 18th century housefront, this cosy square has purpose for which it had got its name – it is the real market square on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings. Besides that there are several the very popular restaurants on it as well as the fountain, first constructed in the 17th and finally shaped in the late 19th century.
The Market Square is dominated by the beautiful edifice of Maison des Halles – the Covered Market, built between 1569 and 1575.
The Market Square is one of the nicest places in Neuchatel and surely the most photographed and the most recognizable one.