Winter holiday in Switzerland's Siberia

Some ideas for a short stay in the coldest valley in Switzerland

Vallée de La Brévine in winter
Vallée de La Brévine in winter. © Vincent Bourrut
For more than 30 years, La Brévine has held the Swiss record for sub-zero temperatures: in 1987, a temperature of 41.8°C below zero was measured here!

At an altitude of 1043 metres, the high valley of La Brévine is still considered the Siberia of Switzerland. But La Brévine is not only interesting for cold weather enthusiasts... Indeed, the Valley of La Brévine and the surrounding Jura peaks inspire with their magical nature and majestic forests. Whether you are travelling as a family or as a couple, the Valley of La Brévine has something for everyone: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and walks around the Lake Taillères. And if you want a change from the freezing cold, continue your stay in the neighbouring town of Le Locle, a watchmaking town that also offers many cultural and artistic discoveries.

In winter, Switzerland's coldest valley is transformed into a wonderful snowy destination.

Explore the great natural stretches of the Valley of La Brévine with snowshoes. A real Siberian pleasure!

Thanks to the lighting of the bell church tower, you can see from far away what the temperature of La Brévine is, as the colours vary according to the outside temperature.

End your day in the Hôtel de Ville in La Brévine, with a glass of white wine and regional specialities in front of the fireplace.

After breakfast, head for Le Locle, a town famous for its watchmaking tradition, but also full of treasures for art lovers!

The museum's collection includes nearly 3,500 works by Swiss and international artists. Dive into the world of prints, photos, installations and paintings!

In the heart of Le Locle is the Hôtel de la Fleur-de-Lis with its charming bistro. Get your strength back with a coffee and a croissant before continuing your journey. On Sundays, do not miss the brunch with home-made specialities!

If you have some time left, we recommend a tour that will take you to the lesser known places of Le Locle. Discover surprising works that highlight the local heritage, such as watchmaking, in a different way.


Good to know

  • The activities mentioned are practicable or available depending on the weather conditions.
  • Snow report
  • When you stay in the Neuchâtel region, you will receive the Neuchâtel Tourist Card when you check in, which gives you free access to public transport and numerous activities.

our accommodation recommendations 

Boutique Hôtel de la Fleur-de-Lis
Chemin des Taillères
Skating on the Lac des Taillères
Illuminated church
Street art walking tour
Hôtel de Ville
Museum of fine arts
Complete list