Through the Areuse Gorge
Distance 11.5 km
Duration 2 h 55 min
Ascent 111 m
The Areuse stream roars through the gorge. This sometimes bold trail affords incredible views deep into this spectacle of nature. Even on hot summer days, a cool breeze blows.
Wherever the waters of the Jura tried to make their way from the Jura folds into the Swiss Plateau, they carved out deep gorges. The starting point for this attractive hike through the Areuse Gorge is the small village of Noiraigues in the Val de Travers. The upper entrance to the Areuse Gorge is around a kilometre from here.
The route follows the railway line and the valley soon narrows dramatically. The incredible gorge experience, with the idyllic old stone bridge, is near the “Saut de Brot”. As the trail passes Champ du Moulin, it returns to being more of a small valley than a gorge
before narrowing again. Gigantic rocks tower above the gorge. The route crosses small bridges and leads through pedestrian tunnels. The spectacle ends abruptly at one of the power stations. A final bridge and a short climb then takes you to Boudry SBB railway station.
Note: Further down in Boudry, you will find the last stop of the Littorail narrow-gauge railway, which will take you to Place Pury near Neuchâtel’s old town.
Note: At “Champ du Moulin” there is a restaurant, and a railway station should you prefer an early return to Noiraigue.
An enjoyable tour includes the careful planning of the same. Please inform yourself in advance at the local information center about the route and weather conditions. Depending on the season and weather conditions, this route may be blocked or interrupted
Noiraigues railway station
Boudry SBB railway station
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2 h 55 min
April - November
Along Water, Through a nature conservation area, Through a gorge