Neuchâtel Travel Guide

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    Neuchatel lake, Switzerland.
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Neuchâtel Highlights

  • Pro
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     Quite a few points of interest 

  • Con
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     Not enough parking area's 

  • In a nutshell
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     Interesting town, by the Lake with Mountain views 

Neuchâtel Things to Do

  • Neuchatel :)

    I love Neuchatel. In this case, I would like to share about my experiences in Neuchatel,Switzerland. I stayed at Cudrefin, a small village opposite from Neuchatel's lake. I went to Neuchatel by boat. And I felt in love with this lovely town. I can't never get enough of this place. I went to buy a gruyere' cheese and blue cheese at La Maison Du...

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  • PRISON TOWER @ NEUCHATEL

    The Prison Tower is the oldest building in Neuchatel with foundations going back to the 10th Century.This high tower stands at the foot of Neuchatel castle.Now, a few important bits of information1....The walk to the top is up many steep steps, no good if you are not fit or disabled.2....There is nobody here to let you in, just a turnstile in which...

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  • RED CHURCH - "OUR LADY OF ASSUMPTION"

    Driving through Neuchatel, we saw this huge, Red coloured Church. As there were car parks, we stopped the car for a look.This Catholic Church was completely built in artificial stone and coloured red cement was added to it. I think it is the only Red Church like this I have ever seen. I was able to enter the inside and to my amazement, the red...

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  • Temple du Bas | The Lower Temple (I&V)

    Temple du Bas – the Lower Temple, Protestant Temple was built in 1696. It is very nice, elegant building in the center of the old city.There is following on the explanatory board placed on the west wall of the building, by the portal: "The growing flow of huguenot refugees, a consequence of the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, made...

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  • 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...

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  • Hotel-de-Ville | Town Hall (I&V)

    The massive Neo-Classical building of Neuchatel Hotel-de-Ville – the Town Hall was erected between 1784 and 1790 under the direction of Louis XVI’s chief architect Pierre-Adrien Paris. On the east tympanum of the Town Hall, Minerva and Liberty flank a shield bearing the arms of the Town; on the west – two winged and cloud-borne figures on either...

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  • Musee d'Art et d'Histoire (I&V)

    Ville de Neuchatel Musee d'Art et d'Histoire – Neuchatel Museum of Art and History is housed in the beautiful edifice designed by Leo Chatelain and built in 1884. The museum treasures vast collections.The upper floor is the exhibition place for the Art Collection. The imposing staircase, leading to the upper floor, is decorated with three huge...

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  • Tour de Diesse | The Diesse Tower (I&V)

    Tour de Diesse – the Diesse Tower, named after noble family Diesse, was built in the 10th and rebuilt in the 13th century. It was a prison and, along with the Prison Tower, a part of medieval fortification. The tower became the property of the city in 1580, and its present day appearance dates from the 18th century. As the many other old buildings...

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  • Tour des Prisons | The Prison Tower...

    Tour des Prisons – the Prison Tower is a medieval tower with the oldest parts dating back to the 10th century. It is open to the public during six months of a year and there are a few models of the town in the 15th and 18th centuries in it, as well as an old prison cell. But the most amazing thing about the Prison Tower is a view from the top of it...

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  • Monument of Guillaume Farel (I&V)

    On the square in front of Collegiale – the Collegiate Church there is stone carved Monument of Guillaume Farel.The Collegiate Church was Roman Catholic Church until 1530, when Guillaume Farel had convinced Neuchatel to join the Reformation. Most often remembered for having persuaded Jean Calvin to remain in Geneva in 1536, and for persuading him to...

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  • Collegiale | Collegiate Church of...

    Collegiale – the Collegiate Church, dedicated to the Virgin, is wonderful building made of Hauterive stone which gives it yellow colour typical for the city of Neuchatel. Almost the whole century passed between the beginning of the construction in 1185 and the consecration of the Collegiate church in 1276. That is the reason for the transition of...

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  • Rue du Seyon & Place Pury (I&V)

    Rue du Seyon is the longest street in Neuchatel's Old Town pedestrian zone. This vivid shopping street, although closed for private cars, is open for public transport – trolleybuses. The street is on the site where the river Seyon used to flow until the middle of the 19th century. Rue du Seyon opens to Place Pury – Pury Square near the lake shore....

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  • Chateau | Castle of Neuchatel (I&V)

    Name of the city of Neuchatel literally translated means "the new castle", so it is very obvious that the castle is of the great importance for the establishment and the development of the city. Besides that the castle is of the great importance for the present and the future of Neuchatel – it is not just a monument of past era and witness of the...

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  • 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...

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  • Maison des Halles | the Covered Market...

    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...

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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...

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  • Collegiate Castle

    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

    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...

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Neuchâtel Hotels

Neuchâtel Restaurants

  • Chocolate & Coffee (I&V)

    Wodey-Suchard is confectionery, but also cosy little tea room, cafe and salad-bar with the access to two parallel streets – Rue de Tresor and Rue du Seyon. Very nice terrace of Wodey-Suchard is at the Rue de Tresor, just by Croix-du-Marche.Open Hours: Mon. from 11 am to 6:30 pm, from Tue-Fri: 6:30 am to 6:30 pm, Sa: from 6:30 am to 5...

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  • Restaurant on Place des Halles (I&V)

    There are several restaurants on Place des Halles, all of them very nice, and all of them, unlike the other Neuchatel restaurants, cafes, salad-bars… – serve food all day long. We have picked Restaurant Hotel de Marche by chance, and enjoyed very fine salad meal in the unique atmosphere of Neuchatel Place des Halles, in the early summer evening.

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  • Place and restaurant "Les Halles"

    Italian restaurant on the first floor.Fine food on 2nd floor. All dishes in the 2nd floor restaurant. And pizzas of course.

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Neuchâtel Transportation

  • Take the bus if you don't have a car

    Neuchatel is very small so it is very easy to go from one side to the other in a short amount of time and frankly it is not really necessary to rent a car, you can ride the bus, it goes everywhere and everyone does it!Make sure you walk along "le lac de Neuchatel" (the lake) too, it's so pretty and peaceful and of course visit the castle and...

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  • Fun' Ambule

    This funicular is doing the CFF railway - University (near the harbour) - CFF Railway trip in 2 minutes. It cost 1chf for one-way or return inside 30 minutes.There's a start every 6 minutes.It runs from 5:30 to 00:20.

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  • How to go there?

    There's three main ways to get to Neuchatel :By the road :By car, on the highway from Lausanne by Yverdon. Or the nationals routes from Bienne and BernBy train :Neuchatel is on the main road from : Geneva : - a 1:15 minutes train journey - The cost is 40 chf one-way Lausanne : - a 40 minutes train journey - The cost is 44 chf one-way Bern : - a...

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Neuchâtel Shopping

  • City Map, Tourist Guides… (I&V)

    City map is our "necessary equipment". Anyway – this is not really a shopping tip since all the maps and guides are free. They are available at Tourisme neuchatelois – Neuchatel Tourist Office, in Hotel des Postes – Post Office Edifice, huge building by the Neuchatel Port. Brochure "Neuchatel a pied - zu fuss - on foot" is one of the best guides...

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  • Hand-Made Chocolate (I&V)

    Confectionery Wodey-Suchard is considered to be one of three top places for handmade chocolate in Neuchatel. We are not sure about connection of this confectionery with Philippe Suchard, but the fact is that he was the most famous Neuchatel chocolate manufacturer and inventor of the first efficient sugar-cocoa powder mixing machine.Open Hours: Mon....

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  • Market Day in Neuchatel

    Farmers Markets are always fun, colourful, and full of yummy items. Going with the lady of the house, we learned the dos and donts of shopping in Neuchatel markets. In Canada, I was always of the belief that for the most part the shopper could handle the produce to select what they wanted... but I was informed to NOT touch but just indicate what...

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Neuchâtel Local Customs

  • Neuchatel Fountains – Place des Halles...

    The water source has been standing on Place des Halles – the Market Square since 1681. It existed for almost two centuries in the form of well, and since 1875, as the closed fountain. The location of the fountain, within the square, changed several times. Today the fountain is the solid structure of yellow Hauterive stone, with the inscription...

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  • 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...

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  • Neuchatel Fountains – Fontaine de...

    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...

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Neuchâtel Off The Beaten Path

  • VIEWING TOWER @ CHAUMONT

    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...

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  • FUNICULAR DE CHAUMONT

    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...

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  • VILLAGE OF VALANGIN

    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...

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Neuchâtel Favorites

  • The Town

    Neuchatel's atmospheric Old Town is extremely attractive, and random wanderings through its steep alleys are as good a way as any to appreciate the golden beauty of the architecture, as well as the 140-odd street fountains, a handful of which date from the sixteenth century. From the rather anonymous Place Pury - hub of buses and shoppers alike -...

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  • Neuchatel on foot

    This tip is to help you discover the main point of interest in Neuchatel's historical and cultural heritage (about 2 hours walk)This is the proposed itinerary :1- Harbour 2- Hotel DuPeyrou3- Rathausplatz4- Rathaus5- Protestant Temple6- Gerechtigtkeitsbrunnen (Justice Fountain)7- Rue (street) des Moulins8- Croix-Du-Marché9- Corbets Passage10- Market...

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  • Place Pury

    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...

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  • Sienlu's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Has anyone ever been to "La Fête des Vendanges" in September? It's a big party a whole weekend throughout the whole town to celebrate the new wine....so much fun!

 
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