Like so many Swiss cities, Neuchâtel owes its natural beauty to a combination of mountains, vineyards and a large lake whose shore is lined with flowering quays, parks, promenades, marinas and fine hotels. A 12th-century castle and collegiate church are the most impressive of the town's well-preserved stone buildings. Why such an attractive city is virtually ignored by American tourists is a mystery.

Top Sights

  • Jaquet-Droz Automatons in the Museum of Art and History
  • International Museum of Horology in nearby La Chaux-de-Fonds

Suggested Activities

  • Visit one of the regions many Metaires, rustic country houses that serve simple food on old wooden tables.

Places to Stay

  • Hotel Alpes et Lac, Place de la Gare 2, CH-2000 Neuchâtel, tel. +49/032/723 19 19, fax 723 19 20, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Web: Doubles from $90

A Place to Dine

  • La Maison des Halles, informal bistro but great food.