ABOVE: The Place des Halles or Market Square. INSET BELOW: A sailboat on Lake Neuchâtel.
Sightseeing in Neuchâtel
When you arrive in Neuchâtel, go to the local tourist office (see this articles' Tourist Information page) and get a copy of Neuchâtel à pied - zu Fuss - on foot. The illustrated brochure has a map of the town center with 19 numbers that are keyed to a walking tour of the city center and its lakeside promenade. Some of the more important sights include:
You can cover most of the old town in several hours, but a full day will give you time to enjoy Neuchâtel without rushing, to have a pleasant lunch, and to visit some of the local museums, which are described on our Neuchâtel Tourist Information page.
The Lake Neuchâtel and Morat Navigation Company operates excursion boats from spring through fall, with local cruises and longer trips to the nearby Murtensee and Bielersee. (You can travel free with a Swiss Pass or Swiss Boat Pass.)
You can also tour villages along the lake by car, bicycle, or walking path. For example, you could rent a bike at the Neuchâtel railroad station, ride along the lakeshore, and return by boat later in the day. For excursion ideas, visit the Watch Valley Web site or inquire at the tourist office when you arrive.
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