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Moving to Neuchatel from Lausanne

Hello All,
This is my first time posting here but I thought that this is a great place to ask my questions. I am an American currently living in Lausanne but will be moving to Neuchatel in April for my husband's work. I wanted to know if there were areas that were more family friendly as we have a one year old daughter. Also I wanted to know if there were any groups like Lausanne Mom that have playdates for kids at parks or where have you? Also I wanted to know if there were any social groups or organizations that I could join. I will be a stay at home mom learning the French language and my way around the town.


So any suggestions would be great! Thanks in advance :-)


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Re: Moving to Neuchatel from Lausanne

Hi and bienvenue in Neuchâtel. Lots of young expat mums and kids in Neuch- and a group that meets regularly with kids, and another that meets on Friday mornings to practise French. Sure they will be along soon with detail (I am more like a loca granny ). For location of where to live, it depends very much on your OH's work. Celgene and Philip Morris are along the lake on the West side for instance- so villages like Bôle, Colombier, Boudry, Cortaillod or Bevaix make sense. But other firms at on the other side or in town- so just depends. Bôle is on the train line to Neuchâtel station (north of town), others on the bus or tram to centre south- some firms have great in-house parking, others do not.
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You could contact this lady for play dates. She organises activities for mums and little ones. Send her a PM and she'll give you more details. Neuchatel English Play group
There's the Neuchatel international club too but if you contact the lady above ( via PM) she'll give you all the details of that too as she helps with the kids activities there too.
There is La Courte Echelle which is a popular meet up place for mums and kids.
As Odile says where you live will probably depend on where your husband is working but actually nowhere is very far in Neuchatel and most places are easily accessible by public transport.
The nicest family friendly areas IMO would be Marin, St Blaise, Hauterive, and the villages like Cornaux,Cressier, Thielle, Le Landron etc going north or Boudry, Cortaillod, Colombier, Auvernier etc going south.
The former are generally speaking cheaper than the latter both in rents and taxes.

Welcome ( soon) to Neuchatel. Happy to meet up for coffee and show you around when you get here or if you come to visit beforehand.
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Re: Moving to Neuchatel from Lausanne

Thanks so much ladies for the info. I apologize for the late response. My daughter and I are back in the States packing up the house. We will be back in Switzerland in April. BelgiumMum maybe we can have a coffee sometime soon after.
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Sorry Belgianmum :-D
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I'll be in Cuba early to mid April but would be up for a coffee afterwards!
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Re: Moving to Neuchatel from Lausanne

Bonne chance with the packing and the move- and see you soon.

May I ask which part of the US you'll be moving from?
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