Image of the city of Chaumont – above the lake

Chaumont – above the lake - Neuchâtel

Nicolas Meienberger
Nicolas MeienbergerPublié le 12 Août 2020

The mountain ridge between Lake Neuchâtel and Val de Ruz valley is Neuchâtel’s home mountain, a great vantage point, hotel mountain, story-telling mountain narrating the history of the earth, and great place for Jura hikes.

Three funicular railways are there to transport you in Neuchâtel: from the lake to the station (Expo 2002), from the Old Town to Le Plan and that of the La Coudre to Chaumont stretch. The latter travelling to1087meter altitude.

Besides the mountain station, a characteristic century-old viewing tower offers fantastic views over the three-lakes country as far as the Alps. And the "Sentier du Temps" is name of a 4.5 kilometer-long theme path (a million years measures precisely a meter) leading back to the Bahnhof Neuenburg station, while narrating the story and development of the earth on which we stand today. An additional attraction is also the high ropes park by the mountain station.

Altitude: 1171m
From the Neuchâtel railway station on foot (2 km) or with the trolley-bus (no. 107) from the north exit to the Le Coudre city district, funicular rail to Chaumont
View: Over Lake Neuchâtel, west-side of the Swiss Mittelland and Swiss Alps, on a clear day as far as Mont Blanc
Attractions: Leuchtturm viewing tower, earth theme path back to Neuchâtel, adventure park in the trees, playground, picnic site
Culinary aspects: Petit Hotel: Restaurant with panoramic views, extra funicular rail trips
Overnight stays: Petit Hotel: 5 charming rooms
Groups: Petit Hotel: Seminar rooms for up to 15 people
Winter: The funicular railway travels year-round, winter hikes, alpine snowshoe tours to Les Savagnières
Special comments: Highland hike to the Chasseral

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