Natural sites

Val-de-Travers

Discover the cradle of Absinthe and its magnificent natural sites.

Val-de-Travers
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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Absinthe

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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Museums

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

Museum, Môtiers

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, Môtiers

An extraordinary collection of rare cars.

Cultural Heritage, Boveresse

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

Museum, Môtiers

Discover the rich heritage of this mythic beverage.

Museum, Travers

Dive into the world of asphalt creation

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

Museum, Môtiers

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

Museum, Champ-du-Moulin

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

Museum, Travers

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

Activities in Val-de-Travers
Point of interest, Buttes

A beautiful site in the heart of unspoilt nature offering a wide range of activities for the whole family.

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

Fun & Adventure, Buttes

Speed through the Robella pastures and trails with all-terrain scooters.

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

Fun & Adventure, Noiraigue

Guaranteed excitement on this climb overlooking the village of Noiraigue.

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Tasting room dedicated to chocolate in all its forms.

Fun & Adventure, Travers

Who killed Mr. MacAdam?

Summer Sports, Noiraigue

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

Water activity, Boveresse

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

Fun & Adventure, Couvet

A climbing wall in a sports complex in the Val-de-Travers

Hiking or cycling

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

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

A breathtakingly beautiful cirque created from water and ice erosion.

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

In the middle of the mysterious land of absinthe, the magnificent waterfall of Môtiers and the beautiful forest hike in the Poëta-Raisse gorge.

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Enjoy numerous activities with the day pass Pass’Temps Val-de-Travers.



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