Natural sites


Discover the cradle of Absinthe and its magnificent natural sites.

Val-de-Travers. © Guillaume Perret
The most fragrant and mysterious of the Neuchâtel valleys invites you to discover the enchantment of its stunningly beautiful natural sites. And don't forget to drink a toast with a glass of absinthe!

The Areuse Gorges
The quiet river that crosses the valley with such gentle charm becomes feistier once it is enclosed within a gorge. A superb spectacle: cool fresh air, foaming waters and lush greenery are your companions along this pleasant hiking trail.

Creux du Van
No doubt about it: THE must-see natural attraction in our region! This impressive rock arena is also a magnificent nature reserve that is home to chamois and ibex in particular.

Absinthe – the subtle fragrance of aniseed
Since the end of the 18th century, absinthe has been an integral feature of Val-de-Travers, where it originated. The profound influence of the Green Fairy is still present today in the valley, where you'll encounter a host of captivating characters, distilleries and other iconic sites closely linked to the mythical brew. Be sure to discover them all!

Into the bowels of the earth
This region's wealth even extends underground: for years, asphalt rock was mined at Travers for export throughout the world. Nowadays, this unusual tour plunges you into the bowels of the earth, so you can walk through the tunnels in the footsteps of the miners as you imagine the hard labour they performed. At the Café des Mines, be sure not to miss the local speciality: ham cooked in asphalt!

La Robella – the valley resort
In summer and winter alike, the Buttes-La Robella chairlift is the meeting point for devotees of active leisure pursuits: hiking, cross-country scooters, mountainbiking, mountain-boarding as well as downhill skiing, snowshoe trekking and tobogganing!

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

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Natural sites

Creux du Van

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

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

Museum | Discover the rich heritage of this mythic beverage.

Museum | A tour through aboriginal Australia in an 18th century architectural jewel.

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

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

Museum | A presentation that will teach you about nature in the Neuchâtel region, in the heart of the Areuse Gorges.

Museum | Discover the local natural history and ethnography

Museum | An original museum, exhibiting a private collection of cars dating from 1950 to 1979.

Museum | An extraordinary collection of rare cars.

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

Activities in Val-de-Travers

Summer Sports | And the ascent to the Creux du Van becomes child's play!

Water activity | In the middle of the Val-de-Travers, the swimming pool "des Combes" offers you relaxation and fun!

Fun & Adventure | Guaranteed excitement on this climb overlooking the village of Noiraigue.

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

Museum | One of Switzerland's largest collection of standard rail steam locomotives!

Fun & Adventure | Who killed Mr. MacAdam?

Mountain Bike | E-mountain bikes and e-bikes are available to explore the magnificent Jura landscapes.

Winter Activity | Night walks with dinner at the Val-de-Travers.

Fun & Adventure | Speed through the Robella pastures and trails with all-terrain scooters.

Ski & Snowboard | Experience the wonderland of winter on the pistes of Val-de-Travers – accessible to everyone.

Hiking or cycling

Hiking | A breathtakingly beautiful cirque created from water and ice erosion.

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

Cycling | This tour leads from the Areuse hinterland through the wild Areuse Gorge to Boudry and then further on...

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

Cycling | One of the main highlights of the Jura region is the natural rock cirque Creux du Van, the largest nature...

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