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Absinthe

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. 

 
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Absinthe drying shed (Musée régional du Val-de-Travers)
Absinthe drying shed (Musée régional du Val-de-Travers). © Guillaume Perret
Absinthe Val-de-Travers
Absinthe Val-de-Travers. © Association Pays de l'absinthe, Guillaume Perret
Absinthe Val-de-Travers
Absinthe Val-de-Travers. © Association Pays de l'absinthe, Guillaume Perret
Absinthe in Val-de-Travers
Absinthe in Val-de-Travers. © Suisse Tourisme
Absinthe
Absinthe. © Suisse tourisme

Highlights

Cultural Heritage | Discover and visit one of the last absinthe drying shed in the Val-de-Travers.

Regional products | Tasting room dedicated to chocolate in all its forms.

Museums | This patrician mansion, rebuilt in the mid-18th century, takes its name from the sculpted masks (mascarons) that adorn the keystones above its windows.

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 | Discover the land of Absinthe and the mythical beverage itself on this route which connects Pontarlier (France) to Noiraigue (Switzerland).

Cycling | An athletic route with varied landscapes in absinthe country.

Hiking | Wide or narrow, bubbling or calm: meet the Areuse.

Hiking | Pretty climb into the forest to see the Môtiers waterfall.

Close at hand

Natural sites | A superb waterfall made famous by the writer Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Museums | A testimony of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s three years of exile in Môtiers.

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.

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

Museums | A journey to the centre of the earth to see how the miners of yesteryear worked.