Image of the city of Neuenburg at the time of the Belle Epoque

Neuenburg at the time of the Belle Epoque - Neuchâtel

Nicolas Meienberger
Nicolas MeienbergerPublié le 12 Août 2020

The “Neuchâtel à la Belle Epoque” city tour immerses visitors in the city at the beginning of the 20th century and regales them with exciting stories such as that of the young Marthe Robert.

Marthe Robert was the first swimmer to conquer Lake Neuchâtel and the hence the epitome of the Belle Epoque (1896–1914), a period characterised by positivism, peace and progress. Marthe Robert is one of 18 frescoes that are on open view throughout the city.

“Neuchâtel à la Belle Epoque” city tour

The “Neuchâtel à la Belle Epoque” city tour features interactive, playful and educational opportunities to experiment. Exquisite Suchard chocolate aromas fill the air and the “Tramoscope”, an original street car set up in the kiosk near Place Pury, shows a visual and acoustic animation that takes visitors back to the Neuchâtel of yesteryear.

“Les Chenapans” trail

Les Chenapans (the rascals) is a playful way of experiencing “Neuchâtel à la Belle Epoque”. It takes the form of a trail and involves groups of adults and children solving puzzles at each of the stations and trying to find out the mysterious word. All participants receive a gift at the end of the trail!

Self-guided city tour
With an information brochure in hand, visitors can make their way around the city in two and a half hours. Discover the treasures of Neuchâtel old town, and try your hand at ten unique experiences related to the Belle Époque. This sightseeing tour has interactive elements while also being highly educational.
Ghosts of the Belle Époque
On this two-hour quest, visitors help a ghost of the Belle Époque find his memories and are immersed in this era. Meet famous contemporaries of the ghost and learn about his problems. Who knows, maybe the visitors will even be able to help him as he searches for his one true love.

The recommended crowning conclusion to the “Neuchatel à la Belle Epoque” trail is a trip on the lake steamer “Le Neuchâtel”, which dates back to the early 20th century.

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