Neuchâtel Off The Beaten Path

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    CHATEAUV VALANGIN
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    VIEWING TOWER @ CHAUMONT

    by balhannah Written Oct 3, 2011

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    The viewing platform tower
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    Once we alighted from the Funicular, we headed towards the viewing platform, this is what I had read about.
    It is right on the edge, maybe overhanging a little. We enjoyed the views just walking along the platform to the enclosed area where we had to climb up the stairs to the top. Once at the top, the wind was quite strong, and quite cool! The views from here are fabulous! We could see three lakes, Neuchatel, other Towns and farmland.

    To enter the viewing platform, we had to enter through a turnstile, no other way of getting through!
    COST IN 2011 ....1chf coin which has to be put in a slot for so you are able to walk through the turnstile.

    Very good, very cheap!

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    FUNICULAR DE CHAUMONT

    by balhannah Written Oct 3, 2011

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    This Funicular took us up to an altitude of more than a thousand metres. Not new by any means, it has been operating since 1910 to link Chaumont to La Coudre which is a suburb of Neuchatel. The funicular we rode in wasn't that old! The ride only took 15mins and we were expecting views, not the case, as the hill is thickly forested. At the top is an Adventure course for Adult's and Children, also a Restaurant,Toilets, walking trails and a viewing platform.

    The funicular railway leaves from La Coudre, which may be reached on bus line 7 from the centre of town.

    Runs every day according to timetable.
    PRICES.....ONE WAY TRIP Adults: CHF 3.40

    Station is on Ave de Vignoble which turns into Rue de la Dime
    It was hard to find as we weren't aware that it is on a little road turn around. See google maps.

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    VILLAGE OF VALANGIN

    by balhannah Written Oct 3, 2011

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    Located only 5 kms from Neuchantel, is the small village of Valangin. We came upon it by chance, but once I saw the Castle and some of the old homes, I had to go for a walk, not a big walk, as this town is only small. I found it interesting! I also found a shop to buy a cake to have with our morning tea.
    I saw the old Collegiate Church, a rather interesting old Church, but with the door closed. The Collegiate Church celebrated the 500th anniversary of its consecration in June 2005. Nearby was a clock Tower with a gate to enter the Town. There were shutter's on the house's that were different to elsewhere.

    We missed out on a market day, would you believe there are three market days, and a chance to buy antiques!

    They even have a little "Petit Train" to take you around and show you the town!

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    CHATEAUV VALANGIN

    by balhannah Written Oct 3, 2011

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    CHATEAUV VALANGIN
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    Located just 10mins from Neuchatel, is the village of Valangin and its Chateau. It is open as a Museum, displaying 17th & 18th century furniture, Neuchatel Lace, weapons, paintings and carvings.

    OPEN ......1st March to end of October
    Wednesday to Sunday....11-5pm

    ADMISSION ...Adults 7 chf....Children 10 & under....free

    Lace making demonstrations 2-5pm on the last Sunday of the Month

    Route de Valangin is where you find it.

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    Neuchatel's "Snail-Shell Stairway" (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Oct 31, 2008

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    Spiral stairway in Corbets Passage
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    Passage des Corbets – Corbets Passage is kind of closed passage with a beautiful Renaissance style spiral stairway built of Neuchatel yellow stone. There is certain similarity to another hidden Renaissance spiral staircase – Scala del Bovolo in Venice.

    Not really off the beaten path, but pretty hidden, Corbets Passage can be entered from Rue de Tresor, just by Croix-du-Marche – Market Crossing.

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    A very special Beauty Salon

    by wally_m43 Updated Apr 25, 2006

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    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.

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    Swiss National Day

    by globetrotter06 Written Mar 28, 2006

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    Some years ago I celebrated the Swiss National Day, 1st of August, in Neuchatel. Of course, everything happened at the lake. In the evening they had a huge fire work from a boat on the lake. Everybody gathered in the streets, there were hawkers and you could smell BBQ in the air.

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    Protecting Vinyards from Birds

    by CdnJane Written Jun 6, 2004

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    Covering the Grapes 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

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    The Wedding Present

    by Tolik Written Jul 5, 2003

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    Fountain of Justice

    In 1011, Rudolf III of Burgundy presented a new castle (neu-châtel) on the lakeshore to his wife Irmengarde. He died in around 1149. His successor, Ulrich II, and his wife Bertha, decided to build a collegiate church near their castle. It took a hundred years to complete. It was dedicated to the Virgin Mary on 8 November 1276. In 1214 the count’s domain was officially dubbed a city.

    For three centuries, the Earldom of Neuchâtel flourished, and in 1530, the people of Neuchâtel accepted the Reformation, and their city and territory were proclaimed to be indivisible from then on. On the death of their princess, Marie de Nemours (1707) the people of Neuchâtel asked the European princes to enforce their succession to the house of Orleans. In the end, they accepted the offer of the House of Hohenzollern, which was at the time reigning over Prussia. From 1806 to 1813, it was a Napoleonic Principality.

    It took a bloodless revolution in the decades following for Neuchâtel to shake off its princely past and declare itself, in 1848, a republic within the Swiss Confederation. Neuchâtel is the only one of the 26 to proudly fly a tricolor – green, white and red, with a minute Swiss cross hanging in the top corner. Neuchâtel is also notable for its social policy: it was one of the first cantons to give women the right to vote in 1959 (twelve years before the rest of Switzerland). It is also the only one to have granted foreigners established for at least five years the right to vote in local elections.

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