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NeuchatelSwitzerland

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

Best Western Premier Hotel Beaulac
Best Western Premier Hotel Beaulac
4 out of 5
Esplanade Léopold-Robert 2, Neuchatel, NE
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥22,704 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Located in the heart of Neuchatel, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Trans Swiss Trail and Theatre du Passage. Casino Neuchatel and Neuchatel Botanical ...

4.2/5Excellent! (253 reviews)

"Perfect location and a fabulous rooftop bar. Friendly and helpful staff and spacious well appointed rooms. Probably the best place to stay in Neuchatel unless a 5 star rating is important to you. Like other hotels in Neuchatel the Beaulac offers a tourist card that delivers free public transportation, ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

Best Western Premier Hotel Beaulac
Hotel Touring au Lac
Hotel Touring au Lac
3 out of 5
Place Numa-Droz 1, Neuchatel, NE
The price is ¥15,505 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Trans Swiss Trail and Theatre du Passage. Casino Neuchatel and Neuchatel Botanical Garden are also ...

3.9/5Good! (233 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 Jan 28, 2020

Hotel Touring au Lac
Hôtel Alpes & Lac
Hôtel Alpes & Lac
3 out of 5
Place De La Gare 2, Neuchatel, NE
The price is ¥14,755 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19

Located in the heart of Neuchatel, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Casino Neuchatel and Theatre du Passage. Neuchatel Botanical Garden and Trans Swiss ...

4.2/5Excellent! (204 reviews)

"Great hotel a little far out of town but made up for it by the view"…"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019

Hôtel Alpes & Lac
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Neuchatel

Studio in Neuchâtel, With Enclosed Garden and Wifi - 2 km From the Beach
Studio in Neuchâtel, With Enclosed Garden and Wifi - 2 km From the Beach
3.5 out of 5
Rue des Draizes 32, Neuchatel, Neuchatel
The price is ¥34,334 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21

Situated in Neuchatel, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Boudry District, Theatre du Passage, and Trans Swiss Trail. Neuchatel Botanical Garden ...

Studio in Neuchâtel, With Enclosed Garden and Wifi - 2 km From the Beach
Auberg'inn
Auberg'inn
2 out of 5
Rue Fleury 1, Neuchatel, NE
The price is ¥15,505 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Situated near the boardwalk, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Theatre du Passage, Trans Swiss Trail, and Casino Neuchatel. Neuchatel Botanical Garden ...

3.7/5Good! (53 reviews)

"The place is super convenient in the middle of town in the pedestrian only zone. This does not mean it is quiet... The building was not well insulated from noise - on weekends pedestrian noise can be rather loud."…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Auberg'inn
Studio in Neuchâtel, With Terrace and Wifi
Studio in Neuchâtel, With Terrace and Wifi
3.5 out of 5
Rue des Draizes 32, Neuchatel, Neuchatel
The price is ¥32,010 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Situated in Neuchatel, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Boudry District, Theatre du Passage, and Trans Swiss Trail. Neuchatel Botanical Garden ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)
Cosy et propre

"Séjour uniquement pour me reposer/dormir, heureusement car toute petite pièce où l'on ne peut circuler une fois le lit installé! La salle d'eau est sous les comble donc si vous êtes grand vous vous cognerez la tête en allant aux toilettes... L'endroit est très propre à l'intérieur, le studio est ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2019

Studio in Neuchâtel, With Terrace and Wifi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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5/5 - Excellent

Radhika

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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Verified traveler

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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