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Neuchâtel

Immerse yourself in the history of a rich thousand years old city.

Castle & church Neuchâtel
Castle & church Neuchâtel. © swissimage.ch - Andreas Gerth
Millennial city with lots of charm, Neuchâtel will enchant you with its elegant yellow-ochre buildings and its privileged location at the largest entirely Swiss lake.
 
Millennial city made of yellow stone 
Neuchâtel is primarily a castle and a collegiate church proudly towering on top of a hill. It is also a network of alleys bordered by elegant buildings made of Hauterive stone, the yellow limestone that lights up and brightens the whole city. It invites you to go on a long stroll through the largest pedestrian zone found in all of Switzerland!

At the lakeshore
There’s no way you can visit Neuchâtel without spending some time at the lake. Whether you take a walk along the crystal-clear waters on the Quai Ostervald, or you hop aboard the paddlesteamer"Neuchâtel", you will be able to enjoy a lovely view of the Alps in the background. At Les Jeunes-Rives you can engage in water sports and go for a swim, or visit the harbour with its lively cafés and restaurants, teeming with activity in summer.
 
Attractive cultural offers 
From archaeology to Friedrich Dürrenmatt, to the Jaquet-Droz automata, ethnography and original nature exhibitions, the five museums of the city will impress you with their diversity. Festi'neuch (an open-air music festival), NIFFF (a fantasy film festival), the Buskers Festival (a festival of street musicians) – and the traditional winegrowers’ festival Fête des Vendanges animate the city centre in turn during summer.
 
Neuchâtel in the Belle Epoque
Whether in a group, with your family or alone, a tours of "Neuchâtel in the Belle Epoque" will take you back to the resolutely optimistic spirit of the early 20th century. Playful, interactive, and educational at the same time, this visit makes for some very special experiences!

 
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Neuchâtel
Neuchâtel . © Vincent Bourrut
Neuchâtel à la Belle époque
Neuchâtel à la Belle époque. © Patrick Petermann
Castle & Collegiate church Neuchâtel
Castle & Collegiate church Neuchâtel. © Vincent Bourrut
Neuchâtel Belle-Epoque
Neuchâtel Belle-Epoque
Pont de l'utopie
Pont de l'utopie. © Sébastien Staub
Neuchâtel City
Neuchâtel City. © Ville de Neuchâtel
Neuchâtel
Neuchâtel. © Guillaume Perret

Cultural Heritage

Neuchâtel Belle époque

Relive the Belle Époque in Neuchâtel and enjoy some unique experiences!



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Neuchâtel à la Belle époque

Guided city tours

Tourist train

Take the little train through the historical streets of this lakeside city.



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Tourist train Neuchâtel

Museums

Museums | Discover the pictorial and literary art of Dürrenmatt in a beautiful setting.

Museums | A short tour of Neuchâtel history, numismatics and arts.

Museums | A beautiful setting and exceptional displays immersing you in a distant past.

Museums | The mammals and birds of Switzerland in their habitat and original temporary exhibits.

Museums | Rich colourful collections taking you on a discovery of... Man!

Highlights

Guided city tours | On a hill overlooking the town and lake, the must-see historical monument of Neuchâtel.

Museums | Little prodigies dating from 18th century, testimonies of the genius of a family of clockmakers.

Various sports | Bicyle rental across the city!

Museums | Nature in the city: these peaceful gardens are ideal for recharging your batteries... and learning!

Rail | Put away your walking shoes, this funicular will get you to Chaumont in just a few minutes.

Watches | Build your own watch, a unique experience.

Cruises | Cruise on the biggest lake in Switzerland that’s all Swiss.

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Accommodation – the latest selection

Combined offer | Package "Assemble your own Swiss watch".

Hotel | Ideally located on the lakeshore, Hotel Beaulac is just two minutes walk from the historic city centre....

Hotel | The Maison du Prussien is an old brewery dating back to the 18th century which has been turned into a...

Hotel | Hotel situated in the heart of the city, with beautiful view of the lake. Non-smoking rooms, WIFI connection...

Hotel | The hotel is combining the charm of a building of stone 1872 of size to a contemporary interior design....

Restaurant | Situé sur les rives du lac et dans le centre historique et commercial de la ville, l'hôtel offre une...

Bed & Breakfast | Away from the noises of the city in the majestic nature with a rich wild life, this little piece of paradise...

Hotel | The Hotel des Arts***, with its original imaginative decor offers the perfect setting for a wonderful...

Hotel | You will appreciate the comfort of this charming little hotel in the heart of Neuchâtel. Easily accessible...