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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.

Top Hotels in Neuchatel

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel de l'Ecluse
Hotel de l'Ecluse
3 out of 5
Rue De l'Ecluse 24, Neuchatel, NE
The price is NT$4,094 per night

Located in the heart of Neuchatel, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Theatre du Passage and Neuchatel Botanical Garden. Centre Durrenmatt Neuchatel CDN ...

4.1/5Very Good! (65 reviews)
Beautiful Neuchatel

"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, ..."…"

Reviewed on 2018/9/28

Hotel de l'Ecluse
Hotel Touring au Lac
Hotel Touring au Lac
3 out of 5
Place Numa-Droz 1, Neuchatel, NE
The price is NT$4,636 per night

Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Theatre du Passage and Neuchatel Botanical Garden. Centre Durrenmatt Neuchatel CDN and Latenium ...

3.8/5Good! (204 reviews)

"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 ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/28

Hotel Touring au Lac
Best Western Premier Hotel Beaulac
Best Western Premier Hotel Beaulac
4 out of 5
Esplanade Léopold-Robert 2, Neuchatel, NE
The price is NT$7,164 per night

Located in the heart of Neuchatel, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Theatre du Passage, Neuchatel Botanical Garden, and Centre Durrenmatt Neuchatel CDN. Boudry ...

4.2/5Very Good! (213 reviews)

"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 . ..."…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/17

Best Western Premier Hotel Beaulac

Popular places to visit in Neuchatel

Neuchatel Botanical Garden
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Neuchatel Botanical Garden

Study bees, frogs and salamanders as you trek through the trails flanked by exotic vegetation in this eclectic city park.

Chateau de Neuchâtel
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Chateau de Neuchâtel

Learn about the fascinating history of this elegant Swiss castle by taking a guided tour, admire its beautiful architecture and gaze out over its medieval rooftop with many peaks.

Lac de Morat
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Lac de Morat

5/5(2 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Lac de Morat during your travels in Murten. Stroll along the area's lakeside or simply enjoy its restaurants.

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Jul 31, 2019

Beautiful small city to explore. The funicular is fun with the kids. Great dining options at the Petite Hotel on top. Plus there is a play area for the kids. Loved the castle also.

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May 8, 2019

Small town, very clean, lots of flowers, promenade along Lake shore goes on for miles and castle and parks on the hill with great views.

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