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Neuchâtel is situated 46 kilometers west of Bern and 30 kilometers south west of Biel. It lies on the banks of Lake Neuchâtel and near the slopes of Chaumont (1 161 meters elevation) in the Jura Mountains. It is the capital of the canton with the same name which was first a Prussian principality and later became part of the Swiss Confederation. Most of the people there speak French and are Protestants and in the 18th century became famous as fine watch producers. Neuchatel is situated among vineyards and has many beautiful landscapes. Most of the limestone houses are in ocher colour and Alexander Dumas compared them to a “block of butter”. There is also a university in the town, founded in 1838. The architecture was influenced by the French style and the houses in the old town are from the 16th century. You can best feel the atmosphere of the town on the market square, Maison des Halles. From there you can buy the famous de Jura cheese. Driving in the Old Town is prohibited.

Neuchatel Tourist Attractions and Holidays

There are three main attractions in the Old Town of Neuchatel – the castle, the University Church (collegial) and the Prison Tower (Tour de Prisons). The oldest part of the chateau still remaining is from the 12th centuries, but most of it is from the 15th to the 17th century. The atmosphere of the castle is somehow gloomy but from some of its ramparts you can get an amazing view of the Old Town. You can get inside every day for free by contacting the concierge, near the main gate. You can also get a guided tour from Monday to Saturday.

Neuchatel Castle Oldtown

Next to the castle is the Eglise Collégial, dating from the 12th and the 13th century. During the 19th century the church underwent major renovations and some of its decorations are from then. In the Romanesque choir you will find a monument in honour of the counts of Neuchatel. It was made in the 14th century, has some beautiful painted decorations and is the most amazing Gothic monument in Switzerland. You can pay a visit every day for free.
Tour des Prisons is located on rue Hochberg and from it you can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view. It used to be a jail before 1850 and now you can visit it daily from April to September.
Near rue du Chateau, there is the so called Griffin Fountain, dating back to 1664. It is quite famous in the country because Henri II of Orléans filled it with 1 300 gallons of red wine when he entered Neuchatel in 1667.
The garden of the Hôtel du Peyrou is quite impressive, too. The building is from the 18th century and used to be an aristocrat’s house. Its constructor is Monsieur du Peyrou, a friend and publisher of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. There is an interesting statue in the pool, called the Bather and designed by Ramseyer.
By a funicular you can get to the Crête du Plan (589 meters elevation) from where you can see a gorgeous view of Lake Neuchatel and the Alps.
If you are into shopping, there are many places for you mainly near the railway station. You can look for some beautiful crafts and souvenirs in Magazin Cachet, 2, rue de Saint-Honoré, Magazin Naville, place Pury and Unip, 3, rue des Epancheurs.
For the nature lovers there are a total of 403 kilometers of marked bike trails. You can get maps from the tourist office freely.

Lake Neuchatel

Neuchatel Transportation

Neuchâtel has suitable train connections with Geneva, Basel, Zurich and Paris. From Geneva the trip by train lasts around 90 minutes, from Zurich – 2 hours and a half.

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You can also reach it by ferry from Murten (Morat) which will take less than 2 hours.
By car from Bern you should follow Route 10 in west direction and then Route 5 in south direction.

Visitor Information
You can get additional information and maps from the tourist office. It is located at Hotel des Postes and is open every day except for Sunday.

For flights, trains and car-rental reservations as well as for buses, coaches and taxi ski transfers refer to the general Switzerland Transportation page!

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