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Neuchatel, Switzerland

From series “Amazing Ancient Fortresses Preserved to This Day”
Year: 1011.

Neuchâtel, which has named the surrounding canton and the nearby picturesque lake, is one of the oldest castles in Switzerland. The castle was founded more than a thousand years ago. As early as 1011, King Rudolf III. His wife. Originally the castle had a very advantageous strategic location. The narrow rock formation between Lake Neuchâtel and the Sion river became the site of the castle. The historic building is also used today for government purposes. Some of the rooms of the ancient castle are open for visitors.

The tourists have a chance to look into the living quarters, where the interiors of the previous centuries were carefully restored. The old archives are kept in one of the small rooms. In the spacious and sumptuously decorated Rittersaal the ceremonial events were held. One of the most interesting elements of the ancient building is the Prison Tower, which can be visited only in the period from the beginning of April to the end of September.

In the tower is presented the incredibly interesting exposition - the tiny models of Neuchâtel city. The museum visitors can see what the city looked like in the early Middle Ages, and how it was expanded until the 19th century. Despite the impressive age, the castle has preserved a lot of original elements, including the ancient frescos whose age is over 500 years. It is better to inquire about the time of the excursions. In the high season, they are often led more often. Next - Guaita Tower

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ATM bankomat: 'Bancomat BCN' located in 0.46 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Mobility Carsharing' is located in 1.43 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Coop Pronto' in 0.72 km
Supermarket: 'Bio-Source, Martin Krähenbühl' in 0.29 km
Parking: 'Parking de la Gare de Neuchâtel S.A.' in 0.73 km
Apotheek: 'Pharmacie de la Gare Neuchâtel SA' in 0.66 km
Police station: 'Police de la Ville' in 1.24 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Dido Sa' in 0.23 km
Railway station: 'Neuchâtel' in 0.66 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Les Eplatures Airport ZHV - in 14 km
 »  Belp Airport BRN - in 43 km
 »  Courcelles Airport XMF - in 55 km
 »  Interlaken Airport ZTJ - in 78 km
 »  Basel-Mulhouse Airport BSL - in 80 km
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Hôtel Alpes & Lac

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The city of Bern is only a 36-minute train ride away; Lausanne can be reached within 48 minutes. Lake Neuchatel is within easy walking distance. … More: photo, rates and booking
Chambre d'hôtes La Petite Rochette

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All rooms provide a flat-screen TV, a fan and a desk. A bathroom with bathrobes and a hairdryer is featured in each room and some also offer lake … More: photo, rates and booking
Hôtel La Maison du Prussien

Located in 2 km from Neuchatel
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Hotel La Maison du Prussien's restaurant was awarded 17 out of 20 points in the Gault Millau guide. Special dinner menus can be booked on arrival. … More: photo, rates and booking
Les Ormes

Located in 3 km from Neuchatel
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The Ormes apartment has an open-plan kitchen, a modern bathroom, a living room with a sofa bed, a flat-screen TV with a Blueray DVD player, and a … More: photo, rates and booking

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The city has a very interesting Art and History Museum, some exhibits of which could surprise even experienced travelers. Besides traditional antiquities and works of art, in this museum, you can see unique programmable robots created by a talented local watchmaker back in the 18th century. The museum displays a collection of works by local painters and sculptors, as well as interesting exhibits related to the most important events in the history of the city.

No less interesting is the Laténium Museum presenting visitors a rich collection of archaeological finds. Today it holds ancient artifacts discovered during the exploration of ancient settlements. Unique exhibits are brought to the museum from various regions of Switzerland, its collection is constantly replenished.

An interesting cultural object is the Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel bearing the name of the famous writer and one of the prominent citizens. He lived in Neuchâtel from 1952 to 1990. After the death of the writer, it was decided to open a cultural center in his honor. Today it contains a collection of works by the writer, as well as a small museum, where you can see his personal belongings. Since its opening, the center has been a venue for a variety of cultural events and presentations, many of which can be visited free of charge.
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