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Culture of Neuchatel. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Neuchatel has a perfectly preserved historic district walking around which you can admire interesting monuments of medieval times and the later periods. The starting point for most sightseeing routes is Place Pury located in the heart of the Old Town. Numerous historic streets stretching from here attract tourists with monuments of architecture, interesting shops, and popular restaurants.
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Nearby is the picturesque square Place des Halles, which is also surrounded by spectacular historic structures. Many of the local buildings are currently occupied by restaurants and cafes. In the warm season, some of their tables are set up on outdoor terraces. The old square is one of the noisiest and liveliest in town. Festivals and colorful fairs are held here one after another throughout the year. The main jewel of the square is the luxurious Maison des Halles dating back to the 16th century. Attractions preserved in the heritage district stand so close to each other that you can get from one to another in just a couple of minutes.
Here you can walk down the picturesque street Rue du Chateau, each building of which is a valuable historical monument. Here, among other structures, one can notice the old 18th-century Town Hall and one of the ancient churches built at the turn of the 12th-13th centuries. One of the city's main historical symbols is Neuchâtel Castle that was part of a large defensive complex in the Middle Ages. Over time, the building has lost its former relevance but wasn't demolished. The castle has repeatedly changed its status throughout its history. Now it is occupied by offices of various government agencies. Such an important status did not prevent the castle from being open to tourists - free tours of Neuchâtel Castle are carried out every day. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Not far from the castle is another surviving object of ancient defensive structures - Prison Tower. Tours of the tower are only available from April to September. A small historical museum operates in the tower building. Prison Tower stands on a small hill, so its adjoining territory offers a stunning view of the historic district.
Neuchatel boasts of many interesting museums, including the Musee d’Art et d’Histoire located on one of the historic streets. Apart from valuable historical artifacts and works of art, it houses a unique collection of the ancient automata - complex self-operating mechanical dolls created in the late 18th century. The author of these amazing dolls was the famous watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz whose work brought him world fame.
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Near Neuchâtel, there are several valuable archaeological areas where scientists discovered a lot of antiquities. Today they are all displayed in the Laténium Archaeological Museum located in a large historical park. During the reign of the Roman Empire, a big city was located on the site where the museum stands today. Today, visitors to the historical park can see fragments of ancient structures erected in the ancient era. The best time to visit the museum is the warm season.
MEN - Musée d'ethnographie de Neuchâtel opened several years ago introduces visitors to the history and traditions of the indigenous population. Among its exhibits are beautiful costumes of local people, age-old household items, ancient musical instruments and weapons. The museum also presents an interesting collection of artworks belonging to various periods. Part of its halls is equipped for temporary exhibitions.
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Among the surviving religious monuments, an outstanding one is the ancient Collégiale Church located near the Castle. Its construction began in the 12th century and lasted more than 50 years. One of the main architectural features of the church is a high tower. It was built during the period of a large-scale reconstruction that took place in the 19th century. Over the centuries, the church has managed to preserve many interesting valuables and works of art. Now its main decoration is a magnificent 14th-century monument portraying 15 statues of noblemen. The church itself is a vivid Gothic monument that has managed to retain many original elements of architecture through the centuries.
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Public palaces near Neuchatel
♥   Palace 'Château de Montbéliard' , 58.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Neuchatel
♥   Cathédrale Saint-Nicolas, Fribourg, 27 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Bistumskathedrale St. Urs und Viktor, Solothurn (Soleure), 43.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Ancienne cathédrale protestante Notre-Dame, Lausanne, 57 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika Mariastein, Metzerlen-Mariastein, 68.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique-Cathédrale Saint-Christophe, Belfort, 72.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Saint-François-de-Sales, Thonon-les-Bains, 77.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basler Münster, Basel, 79.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Neuchatel

Culture guide to Neuchatel. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Neuchatel: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Neuchatel. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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