Neuchâtel (German: Neuenburg) is a small town in western Switzerland. Neuchâtel is part Suisse Romande — the French speaking Switzerland.
phone: +41 32 889 68 90address: Hôtel des PostesThe tourist office have great maps of the city, very useful for exploring the old town on foot. The office itself is located in the city's massive central post building, itself worth seeing.
By planeThe nearest major airports are in Geneva and Basel, the one in Berne is chiefly for charter flights.
By carThe A5 motorway between Basel and Geneva passes next to the city. Neuchâtel has nine car parks, six underground and three outdoors.
By boatThanks to the many boat lines on the lake, you can easily get into town from places like Estavayer-le-lac, Yverdon-les-Bains, Morat or Bienne. At the web site of Navigation you can find schedules and prices.
By public transportPublic transportation in Neuchâtel is fairly good. Neuchâtel has a reliable bus, tram, and train network operated by Transports Neuchâtelois (TN) and running throughout the city itself as well as the many outlying communities, as well as other towns in the area. In addition to that public transport network also comprises three funiculars. All bus lines converge at the main square of the city, Place Pury.
You can buy a ticket from vending machines found at bus stops and there is a 24 hour pass for Fr. 7.00 which allows you to use any transport in the Neuchâtel area for 24 hours from the time of issue.
By bikeGetting around by bike is possible even if you didn't bring one. The local organization Neuchâtel roule rents bikes and biking equipment like helmets and child seats.
By footThe old town is pedestrianized and pleasant to walk in. The way up to the railway station from downtown is fairly steep, though.
Château du NeuchâtelThe old Chateau (castle) which sits atop a small hill in the center of town houses the parliament of the Canton of Neuchâtel, as well as an old medieval cathedral. The Chateau is also situated in the midst of the city's Old Town, which features many centuries old yellow sandstone buildings and narrow cobblestone streets
CollégialeThe collegial church is part of the castle complex.
Tour des PrisonsFormerly prisoners were locked up here, today tourists can get up and have a view of the town and the lake below.
Église RougeA large red Catholic church dominates the skyline of Northeastern Neuchâtel.
Le Jardin BotaniqueThe permanent exhibitions and the large spaces reserved for natural environments of the Jura mountains are open for visitors around the year. Temporary scientific and artistic exhibitions are open from May to October.
Le Jardin des SenteursOver 2000 herbs, both medical and practical can be seen in this garden of 3000m 2 . This includes 350 kinds of sage, 100 kinds of geranium, many mints, rosemaries, thymes, sweet plants and 60 different fig trees. There's also a playground for kids and a small monastery.
Le CasinoThe city's casino is in the Rotonde district. It has 150 slot machines, six game tables, two bars and a restaurant.
Le Gor de VauseyonAn educational park centered around the ruins of a 17th century water mill. This is also the starting point for a hiking path leading to Valangin.
Le Funiculaire panoramique; La Coudre-ChaumontA funicular up to Chaumont, 1160m over the sea level. The gradient is steep, up to 46%. On the top there is a viewing tower from where you can see three major lakes, the Alps and even the Mont Blanc massif.
address: 4, rue Saint-Nicolas.Permanent and temporary exhibitions of artefacts and other objects from around the world - mostly from Africa.
address: 14, rue des Terreaux.Permanent exhibitions of stuffed Swiss animals in their local environment as well as insects and geology. They also have fossils on display as well as a terrarium. The museum hosts temporary exhibitions too, themed around different animals. There's a café and a shop too.
address: Esplanade Léopold-Robert 1.The collection of paintings, though not very big, includes works of Pissarro, Renoir, and some other important artists. Among other exhibits a special place belongs to Jaquet-Droz automata, three 18-century life-size clockwork dolls of exquisite complexity: the musician, the draughtsman, and the writer. They can be seen in action on the first Sunday of each month.
Les Galeries de l'Histoireaddress: Avenue DuPeyrou 7.In this gallery you can learn about the history of the city from the Middle Ages until today.
address: Espace Paul Vouga.The archaeological museum shows 50,000 years of local history and is itself located in an archaeological park.
Centre DürrenmattA cultural center showcasing the life and works of the Swiss author and dramatist Friedrich Dürrenmatt.
Le Minigolf de Neuchâteladdress: Quai Robert-Comtesse 4A pleasant lakeside mini golf track for kids.
Lake NeuchâtelOne can take a stroll along the shoreline paths of Lac Neuchâtel, the largest lake located fully within Swiss borders. The lake is also suitable for swimming, although can be quite chilly. Many hiking and biking trails leads out of Neuchâtel into the surrounding Jura hills to the north and west, including the Creux-Du-Van, one of the symbols of the canton. Sailing on Lac Neuchâtel is also a very popular pursuit during the spring, summer, and fall months, when winds can blow quite strong down the long lake.
address: Parc de pierre à botA golf course above Neuchâtel, open to everyone.
Indoor and outdoor pools at Nid-du-Crô25m and 50m swimming pools, slides, diving boards, wading pool as well as changing rooms and lockers. In the summer there's also a basketball court, ping-pong table and a kiosk and a snack bar.
City GamesA role play where your police team is hunting down a fictive criminal around Neuchâtel. Participants search for leads and collect "secret codes" around the city and to successfully complete the mission they need to answer questions about the city's history. It is marketed as a new way to discover the city.
Local winesTry some wines from the Neuchâtel region. The local producer's organization has information of wine-related events like wine tastings, open cellars, selling events and gastronomical events.
The walk of ChasseralA hiking path passing Vue-des-Alpes and Chasseral.
Neuchâtel features a variety of small fashion boutiques in the downtown area; however, cheaper items of clothing can easily be purchased at the city's only shopping center, the Maladiere, which is combined with the soccer stadium near the waterfront.
Neuchâtel features an abundance of restaurants and eateries, including several Crêperies. As well, there are several chocolate shops and bakeries throughout town which sell small sugary treats at varying prices.
Munzur Croissantierie KebabOne of the local landmarks of the town is the Kebab, or Shawarma, stand, Munzur Kebab, located at the center of Place Pury, and which remains open well into the wee hours of the morning.
Deluxe Baraddress: Route de la Place d'ArmesSandwiches made on order and cold and warm drinks, one block from the lakefront.
Houkyphone: +41 32 721 13 50address: 15 rue du SeyonAn Asian restaurant for all budgets.
phone: +41 32-724 06 80address: Rue de l'Evole 39Paprika is an Indian restaurant that also does take-away. During local festivals, Paprika is often present with a food stand.
phone: +41 32 730 54 54address: Rue des Tunnels 11Gastronomical restaurant.
address: Avenue du Peyrou 1Fine dining in a 18th century palace, also one of the town's landmarks.
Neuchâtel has many bars and clubs throughout the city center, with varying degrees of classiness. Depending on the bar, different crowds are often present.
address: Fauborg du Lac 43Located in the area of the university, and likewise frequented mainly by the university crowd
Les Brasseursaddress: Faubourg du Lac 1A combination eatery/brewery, popular among the more trendy locals
address: Rue Ancien Hôtel de Ville 4A pub in the old town specializing in dozens of varieties of beers, oft frequented by Neuchâtel's English speaking populace.
phone: +41 32 729 9310address: Rue de l'Ecluse 24
phone: +41 32 723 11 11address: Esplanade Léopold-Robert 2
phone: +41 32 723 02 02address: Route des Gouttes-d'Or 2The five star hotel "Palafitte" is located at the lake.
phone: +41 32 723 19 19address: Place de la Gare 2
phone: +41 32 723 15 15address: Esplanade du Mont-Blanc 1A very expensive and high-class affair.
- Murten - A small town by Lake Murten with a beautiful old town and intact defensive walls.