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Neuchâtel

Browse the medieval Old Town, stroll along the lakeshore or take a funicular ride to fully appreciate the stunning setting of this ancient Swiss city.

Neuchâtel is perched beside the lake that shares its name, with the Jura Mountains rising behind it. These natural wonders combined with the charm and history of the Old Town give Neuchâtel a unique beauty and atmosphere.

Begin your exploration of Neuchâtel with a stroll through the maze-like streets of the Old Town. Going back to the year 1011, the city’s medieval buildings and cobbled streets ooze history and grandeur. Place Pury marks the start of the pedestrian zone. It’s also a central point for transportation links and a good place to meet for drinks on a terrace.

Climb up to the Château du Neuchâtel, the elegant castle sitting on a small hill near the center of the Old Town. Take a tour of the stately building that is still home to the government offices of the Neuchâtel Canton and peer out over the city’s red roofs. Next door, admire the Gothic Collegiate Church and look for the cenotaph honoring the Counts of Neuchâtel.

Head down to the lakeshore for a stroll along the promenade of Lac de Neuchâtel (Neuchâtel Lake). Pleasant sandy beaches offer a chance for a summer swim or a quiet moment in the sun. Try one of the waterfront cafés for a bite to eat with lake views framed by the Alps in the distance.

Discover just how fascinating natural history can be with a visit to the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle (Natural History Museum). Well-presented displays and interactive activities provide lots of fun for the whole family. Also visit the fascinating Musee d'Art et d'Histoire (Museum of Art and History). Along with the beautiful building and displays, a highlight is the eerie automaton display of a human-like robot.

Hop aboard the funicular at La Coudre station to get to Chaumont, a peak just behind the city. Once at the top, walk out along the narrow bridge to the tower. Gaze out from this 3,805-foot (1,160-meter) high vantage point for panoramic vistas of the Trois-Lacs (Three Lakes) and, on a clear day, the Mont Blanc range of the Swiss Alps.

With its exciting mix of art, nature, culture, history and natural wonders, Neuchâtel ticks many boxes. Your only dilemma during your visit will be deciding which box of delights to open next.


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Hotel de l'Ecluse NT$4,094
Reviewed on 2018/9/28
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Hotel de l'Ecluse

Hotel de l'Ecluse

Rue De l'Ecluse 24, Neuchatel, NE
     
    4.1 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    I came here for a conference. This hotel is wonderful. It is a 10 to 15 minute walk to/from the train station. The service is great, and it is very clean. I did not have the breakfast, so I cannot comment on it. There is a small kitchenette in the room, and you can get equipment (pans, pots, utensils, ...

    Hotel Touring au Lac NT$4,636
    Reviewed on 2020/1/28
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    Hotel Touring au Lac

    Hotel Touring au Lac

    Place Numa-Droz 1, Neuchatel, NE
       
      3.8 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      A great location right in the centre of town. Friendly and helpful staff. A lovely bonus was the free travel and visitor pass for the duration of our stay given by the hotel. The bathrooms could do with an update but were very clean. Breakfast coffee is from a machine, ok but not all options were ...

      Best Western Premier Hotel Beaulac NT$7,164
      Reviewed on 2019/12/17
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      Best Western Premier Hotel Beaulac

      Best Western Premier Hotel Beaulac

      Esplanade Léopold-Robert 2, Neuchatel, NE
         
        4.2 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        it was very refreshing and memroble to be back in Neuchatel after 44 years , I was in for 12 months neuchatel in 1975 and your new facelift was a pleasant surprise . good to see the progress of the city and it was a pleasant stay with great service and the friendly staff always willing to help . ...

        Auberg'inn NT$4,425
        Reviewed on 2019/7/31
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        Auberg'inn

        Auberg'inn

        Rue Fleury 1, Neuchatel, NE
           
          3.7 of 5
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Very charming rooms, comfortable space, great location.

          Beau Rivage Hotel NT$7,676
          Reviewed on 2019/8/19
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          Beau Rivage Hotel

          Beau Rivage Hotel

          1 Esplanade Du Mont Blanc, Neuchatel
             
            4.1 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Front desk staff was amazing and helpful! Great experience.

            Les Galeries Marval NT$6,020
            Reviewed on 2019/9/4
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            Les Galeries Marval

            Les Galeries Marval

            Passage Marval 1, Neuchatel
               
              4.5 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              GREAT HOTEL with nice amenities and staff. elevator however didnt reach our floor and we had to lug the stroller and luggage up and down the stairs each day. Very clean, excellent location, well ventilated, beautiful property.

              Hotel des Arts
              Reviewed on 2020/2/12
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              Hotel des Arts

              Hotel des Arts

              Rue J.-L. Pourtalès 3, Neuchatel, NE
                 
                4.1 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                The hotel is simple, but very close to downtown, ideal for a short stay

                Hôtel Alpes & Lac NT$3,974
                Reviewed on 2019/8/8
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                Hôtel Alpes & Lac

                Hôtel Alpes & Lac

                Place De La Gare 2, Neuchatel, NE
                   
                  4.2 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Great hotel a little far out of town but made up for it by the view