Creux du Van - Magnificent Natural Spectacle

Creux du Van

Creux du Van

Creux du Van

Creux du Van

Creux du Van

Creux du Van

Creux du Van

Creux du Van

Creux du Van

Creux du Van

Creux du Van

Gorges de l'Areuse

Gorges de l'Areuse

"Creux du Van", a natural rock arena of immense proportions, is located at the border of the cantons of Neuenburg and Vaud. Impressive 160 meter high vertical rock faces surround a four kilometer long and over one kilometer wide valley basin.

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First the glaciers, then the brooks have shaped the breathtaking rock formation from the 200 million year old lime deposits of a prehistoric ocean. The steep rock faces afford detailed insight into the geology of the Jurassic folding.

The regional climate of the "Creux du Van" is exceptional and unusual - there are forests and arctic-alpine flora in the rock arena. Chamois, ibex, lynx and numerous other wild animals inhabit the pristine natural landscape, which is protected through the existence of a 25 square kilometer nature reserve. A spring, the "Fontaine Froide", has its source in the middle of a sinkhole. This spring's water is four degrees Celsius throughout the year.

Another natural wonder in the immediate vicinity is the Areuse Gorge between Noiraigue and Boudry. An adventurous hiking path with countless steps and bridges gives hikers a good view of this natural spectacle.

Hiking, cycling and mountain biking

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Combined offer: journey using public transport and leisure offer (also for existing tickets) to Creux du Van - Magnificent Natural Spectacle

Access

On foot: from Noiraigue
By car: from St-Aubin, Couvet or Travers by a tarmac road to the Restaurant du Soliat (becoming narrower at the end). The Creux du Van rocky cirque is approximately 300m on foot from the restaurant.

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