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On the trail of a legendary drink with a forbidden taste.

Absinthe Val-de-Travers
Absinthe Val-de-Travers. © Association Pays de l'absinthe, Guillaume Perret
An aromatic smell, subtle taste, visual pleasure... Absinthe with its secrets and its rituals will entice your senses when you visit the Val-de-Travers.

The Absinthe House
This centre is a true temple dedicated to the Green Fairy. It shows an original exhibition about the sinister history of absinthe. From the plant to the creation of the beverage, the secrets of its production and the stories about its prohibition, you are taken on a quite unique trip here. Including, of course, a tasting according to the traditional ritual!

Visit a distillery 
Meeting with an artisanal distiller is definitely a must: behind the mythic beverage we find dedicated men and women who will, with a bit of luck, share some of their secrets with you. They explain details about the art of distillation, let you taste the spirit, and tell some juicy anecdotes from the time of the prohibition.
A history of passion 
First made in the Val-de-Travers in the 18th century, absinthe rapidly rose to success in the 19th century Paris. An artists’ beverage par excellence, it inspired numerous poets who praised it extensively in their works. The spirit attained a legendary status before it was prohibited in Switzerland in 1910, accused of making its consumers go crazy. However, its secret production never ceased during the period of prohibition, which ended in 2005.

A valley marked by the Green Fairy 
Here and there, you will discover plantations of absinthe in this Jurassic landscape characterised by steep limestone formations and green vegetation. Other witnesses of this tradition will be revealed to you in the Val-de-Travers: a listed drying shed, and secret hiding places which were used during the period of prohibition to store the forbidden brew. 



Regional products | Un espace de dégustation voué au chocolat sous toutes ses formes.

Museum | Cette demeure patricienne reconstruite au milieu du XVIIIe siècle doit son nom aux masques sculptés qui décorent les clefs d’arc de ses fenêtres.

Cultural Heritage | Découvrez et visitez l’un des derniers séchoirs à absinthe du Val-de-Travers.

An aromatic smell, subtle taste, visual pleasure... Absinthe with its secrets and its rituals will entice your senses when you visit the Val-de-Travers.

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Absinthe Val-de-Travers

Walking or cycling

Hiking | Noiraigue - Boudry

Hiking | Discovery of the Môtiers waterfall and pretty ascent through the forest in the Poetta-Raisse gorges.

Cycling | Couvet - Couvet

Hiking | Pontarlier (France) - Noiraigue

Close at hand

Museum | La maison où Jean-Jacques Rousseau passa ses trois années d'exil à Môtiers.

Natural sites | Une magnifique cascade rendue célèbre par l'écrivain Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Fun & Adventure | No sledge without snow? In La Robella you can go sledging even in Summer thanks to the railway sledge Féeline!

Natural sites | A stunningly beautiful rocky cirque; a work of nature not to be missed!

Wines | Enjoy delicious sparkling wines in a priory founded in the 6th century.

Museum | Un voyage au centre de la terre à la découverte du travail des mineurs d’autrefois.