About Neuchâtel

Switzerland has a great deal to offer: cultural diversity, multilingualism, stunning scenery and, of course, its people. The university town of Neuchâtel, called Neuenburg in German, has a rich cultural and architectural past.

The city is located on the northwestern shore of the Lake of Neuchâtel, with a medieval heart, a castle and a collegiate church dating back to the 12th century, pedestrian areas, many "bistrots" and restaurants, shopping opportunities and an authentic local produce market and numerous theatres and museums.

Renowned for its watch industry, Neuchâtel has been able to position itself as the heart of micro-technology and high-tech industry. During the last 20 years, the region of Neuchâtel has attracted many leading companies in the high-tech sectors such as medical technology, micro technology, biotechnology, machines & equipment, IT and clean technologies. Precision and innovation in state-of-the-art industry flourishing next to hundreds of years old mansions with dazzlingly beautiful architecture: past and future intermix! Neuchâtel is home to research centres and well-known organizations such as Swiss center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), EPFL Institute of Microengineering (IMT-EPFL), Haute Ecole Arc, Swiss Foundation for Research in Microtechnology (FSRM), NEODE, Engineer’s School of Arc Jurassien EIAJ.

Neuchâtel’s Old Town is attractive, with about 140 street fountains, a handful of which date from the 16th century. The Place des Halles is overlooked by fine Louis XIV architecture – shuttered façades and the turreted orioles of the 16th-century Maison des Halles.

The center of the Old Town is located at the top of the hill, accessed by the steeply winding Rue du Château. The Collégiale church, begun in 1185 and consecrated in 1276, is a graceful example of early Gothic. The unique Cenotaph of the Counts of Neuchâtel is located on the north wall of the choir. Begun in 1372, and the only artwork of its kind to survive north of the Alps, the monument comprises fifteen near-life-size painted statues of various knights and ladies from Neuchâtel’s past, framed by 15th-century arches and gables. Beside the church is the Castle, begun in the 12th century and still in use as the offices of the cantonal government. The nearby turreted Prison Tower, which is the remains of a medieval bastion, has panoramic views over the town, along with interesting models of Neuchâtel in different eras.

The Lake of Neuchâtel is an invitation to relaxation and water activities on approximately 15 km of accessible shores, beaches, picnic areas and exclusively pedestrian and cycling paths. Every day beautiful boat trips cross the biggest lake entirely located in Switzerland. Leisure activites: cycling, hiking, mountainbiking, water sports, riding,

Museums : Archeology (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); Nature, Ethnography, Art and History ( The Museum of Art and History houses four thematically separate collections: fine arts, applied arts, numismatics and history. The exhibits include the automaton collection of Jaquet-Droz. The Automates are three mechanical figurines built to the most exacting technical standards by a Neuchâtelois watchmaker in the 1770s and still in perfect working order today.

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www.neuchateltourisme.ch

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