Neuchâtel Things to Do

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    Place des Halles | The Market Square (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Dec 26, 2008

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    Place des Halles ��� the Market Square

    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.

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    Collegiate Castle

    by globetrotter06 Updated Mar 28, 2006

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    In spring
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    On top of a hill stands this castle together with the Collegiate Church. The castle was formerly the residence of the Neuchatel lords, but today it's the seat of the cantonal government. A good tip is to go up here in the evening. That makes a special atmosphere.

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    Along the lake

    by globetrotter06 Written Mar 28, 2006

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    Spring at Lake Neuchatel

    On a sunny day it seems like everybody in Neuchatel goes down to the lake. And it really is beautiful down there. There are several green areas and along the lake is a pedestrian path, and the harbour is nice as well. In summer it's good for swimming and sunbathing. Just a few years ago Neuchatel, along with Murten and Biel, were the hosts of the Expo. For that purpose they did renovate some of the area along the lake, and I think there are some memories from the Expo still standing.

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    Walk the Old Town

    by pabertra Written Oct 13, 2005

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    The Streets of Neuchatel
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    Neuchâtel’s Old Town is very attractive, and random wandering through its steep alleys is a good way to appreciate the golden beauty of the architecture, as well as the 140 or so street fountains, a handful of which date from the 16th Century.

    The Griffin Fountain (1664) stands on Rue du Chateau. The fountain is famous thanks to Henri II of Orleans who in 1667 had it filled with 1,300 gallons of red wine to honor his entry into Neuchâtel. My personal favorite was the Fountain of Justice which dates back to 1547.

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    Collégiale Church

    by pabertra Written Oct 13, 2005

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    Collégiale church, a wonderful example of early Gothic, was begun in 1185. The Collegial Church, served by a College of Canons and dedicated to the Virgin, was consecrated in 1276. If you walk from Rue du Château, the stairs bring you up to the east end of the church, with its three Norman apses. The main entrance, from the Château side, is crowned by a giant rose window of stained glass.

    Within the vaulted interior, the nave brings you to the glowing transept, lit by a lantern tower, and the unique Cenotaph of the Counts of Neuchâtel on the north wall of the choir. Begun in 1372, and the only monument of its kind outside Italy, this amazing monument comprises fifteen near-lifesize painted statues of various knights and ladies from Neuchâtel’s past, framed by 15th-century arches and gables.

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    The 'old' castle of Neuchatel

    by cherylll Written Oct 4, 2005

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    The oldest section of the church, which I believe is the west wing, dates back to the 12th Century. Most of the castle that you can actually walk thru and basically check out, was added between 15-17 Century. As I walked around I had this overwhelming feeling of being in a forbidden place... kind of errie, but didn't see any ghosts (just kidding) there is a beautiful view of Lake neuchatel from the ramparts of the castle.

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    Ostevald Quay

    by amsterdam_vallon Written Aug 7, 2004

    Go along the lake following the OSTERVALD QUAY which leads past the south front of the College Latin (Empire style) where the Town Librairy is housed. Here are the manuscripts of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, along with other valuable collections.

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    Pury Square

    by amsterdam_vallon Written Aug 7, 2004

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    David de Pury

    On PURY SQUARE is to be found the statue of David de Pury by David D'Angers. David de Pury was a particularly generous benefactor for Neuchatel, for he bequeathed his fortune to the town to be used for the common good. It was he who was responsible fo the construction of several building which today are part of the town's cultural heritage.

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    Prison Tower

    by amsterdam_vallon Written Aug 7, 2004

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    Prison Tower

    The PRISON TOWER was built in several stages. The base is believed to be from the 10th century. Before mounting to the upper level, which offer a splendid view of the town, the lake and the Alps. As you go up the stairs, you can discover successive models, representing Neuchatel as it was between the 15th and 18th centuries, as well as on old prison cell.

    The Prison Tower is open to the public from April to the end of September from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm.

    The cost is 50c.

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    The Collegiate Church - Cenotaph

    by amsterdam_vallon Updated Aug 6, 2004

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    Collegiate Church's Main Entry

    The CENOTAPH*** of the Counts of Neuchatel is to be found in the choid of the church, beneath an arch. It is the most important work of art inherited from the Middle Ages in Neuchatel, and dates from 1372. The group comprises 15 carved and painted statues. The knights and ladies in front of the archway and in the recess cannot be identified with certainty; they go back to the 14th century. Two statues, those of Conrad and Johann von Freiburg-im-Breisgau, standing on brackets on either side of the archway, are from about 1425 and 1458. The only unpainted statue is doubtless Count Rodolphe de Hochberg (1487). Two superimposed arcades on the base shelter mourners, and, like the gables*** crowning the whole, are from the 15th century.

    ***Cenotaph : monument in memory of the dead and not containing a body
    ***Gables : decorative pyramidal surface topping arcs

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    The Collegiate Church - Cloister

    by amsterdam_vallon Written Aug 6, 2004

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    Collegiate Church's Cloister

    The CLOISTER : only the Romanesque arcades, bult on the north wall of the Collegiate Church are original. The rest of the group was refurbished at the end of the end of the 19th century.
    A brief description of the interior : the original Gothic vaulting spans the interior, both in the nave and the side aisles. Carved Romanesque capitals in the choir show Daniel in the lion's den and, near the organ, monkey musicians. Over the west door and above the porch is St.Micheal's gallery, built at the end of the 18th century. An arcade of trefoil arches gives lightness to the wall behind.

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    The Collegiate Church

    by amsterdam_vallon Written Aug 6, 2004

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    The Collegiate Church

    The COLLEGIATED CHURCH was begun at the end of the 12th century and was consecrated in 1276. A brief description of the exterior : Opposite the Castle gate stand three strikingly beautiful Romanesque apses. Only the south bell-tower is original; it's spire and the notrh tower were built in 1869. The Collegiate Church complex included the the church, the cloister and the cenotaph.

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    The Castle

    by amsterdam_vallon Written Aug 6, 2004

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    The Castle

    This is a description of the four side of the Castle :

    SOUTH : Phillipe de Hochberg Gallery, built on a high wall, projects outwards on a triple series of corbels. Six windows with stone crossbars have been cut into the wall of dressed yellow stone. The arms of twelve Swiss canton, restored 1898, recall the occupation of Neuchatel by Swiss confederates in the 16th century.
    WEST : the Romanesque part of the castle is one of the rare examples of civic architecture of the period in the country. Parts of the west side, of yellow stone, were completely rebuilt in 1866. A feature of this facade is the three lines of moulding, exquisitely carved vith Romanesque patterns.
    EAST : the east side of the Castle is reached by trought a passage in the corner tower. The great tower rise boldly alongside the high, fortress-like walls beneath wich huddle the roofs of the old town.
    NORTH : the north wing, wich has not been enlarged, has had a number of windows built into its walls; older ones have been partially blocked.

    The WEST PORTAL, dating from the very end of the 15th century, is an imposing fortification, built more for show than for defense. The machicolations, linked by arches like those of the gallery, are chiefly ornemental. Two towers flank the central section, pierced by an archway above which are to be seen mullioned windows ans a dormer window bearing the date 1497.

    The asymetrical MAIN COURTYARD has an unquestionable architectural unity despite the variety of styles and periods in the surroundings buildings. This unity is enhanced by the ffour stair towers.

    The Castle of Neuchatel is the seat of the catonal government. Free guided tours are organised during summer months.

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    The Castle - Rampart Walk

    by amsterdam_vallon Updated Aug 6, 2004

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    Part of the Neuchatel Castle Rampart

    The CASTLE, whose origins go back to the 12th century, is one of the highlights of this walk. A brief description of the exterior : From the rampart walk leading round the foot of the outer walls, it is possible to get a general impression of the buildings surroundings the main courtyard and the smaller southern one. The rampart walk leads off from Rue de la Collegiale, or from the cloister.

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    The Greifenbrunnen (Griffon Fountain)

    by amsterdam_vallon Written Aug 6, 2004

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    Not the Griffon Fountain but another fountain

    In oder to supply the GRIFFON FOUNTAIN with water, the city requested and obtained the surplus water intended for the Castle. The construction of the fountain was ended in 1664. During their visit in 1688, Charles-Paris d'Orl?ans and his brother had wine flow instead of water during public festivities. This fountain was once in the middle of crossroads.

    The fountain was under serious restoration in June 2004.

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