City guide Neuchâtel
The university town of Neuenburg lies on the northern shore of the eponymous lake. The medieval core of the town, the castle and the collegiate church dating back to the 12th century lend Neuenburg its characteristic charm.
The Museum of Art and History in the "Palais des Beaux-Arts" (Palace of the Fine Arts) houses four thematically separate collections: fine arts, applied arts, numismatics and history. The exhibits include the automaton collection of Jacquet-Droz.
The Laténium is the largest archaeological museum in Switzerland and exhibits over 50,000 years of regional history. The archaeological park's main focus is dedicated to finds dating back to the La-Tène Epoch.
Enjoy the Old Town’s Mediterranean ambience while strolling along the lakefront promenade or exploring the colourful market on Place des Halles.
- Old town - castle and collegiate church dating from the 12th century, Hôtel du Peyrou dating from the 18th century and Place des Halles.
- Chaumont - Neuchâtel's 'house mountain' (1100 metres above sea level) with a wonderful all-round view of the Bernese Alps, Montblanc Massif and three Jura lakes.
- Jacquet-Droz automata collection - selected examples of the world-famous watch and automata production of the 18th century at the Musée d'art et d'histoire (Art and History Museum) Neuchâtel.
- Laténium Museum - 50'000 years of local history - modern presentation at the archaeological park and museum.
- Cruising on Lake Neuchâtel - biggest lake located completely in Switzerland offering an opportunity to go on a three-lake-cruise.
- Papilliorama-Nocturama in Kerzers - a tropical experience world with exotic butterflies and a lot of nocturnal animals.