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Stuff to see and do near Biel/Neuchatel

planning to take some days off and visit this area. anyone have some tips or must see/must do for these cities and surrounding areas (1 hour travel radius from either). trying to put together some ideas. thanks. also, if you're in the area and wanna grab a coffee, let me know!
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Re: Stuff to see and do near Biel/Neuchatel

Take a relaxing boat trip - either on one lake or all three.

http://www.myswitzerland.com/en/ov-t...neuchatel.html

http://www.murtentourismus.ch/en/nav...FR-115065.html
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Re: Stuff to see and do near Biel/Neuchatel

There are factory tours of Camille Bloch in Courtelary (about a 30 min. train ride from Biel) — but only in the morning.

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Re: Stuff to see and do near Biel/Neuchatel

If you buy your boat ticket from a SBB/CFF distributor, they are only CHF20 for a whole day at the mo (scroll through several pages to get to special offers/société de navigation).

What are you interested in? We love the Lateinium Celtic Museum near St Blaise. A day trip to Morat/Murten is a Must - Estavayer is also nice.
If interested in watches, go to Le Locle and the watch museum in the Nardin's old home, le Chateau des Monts, and then the Watch Museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Will you have a car? Do you like walking? Are you afraid of heights? So difficult to advise without knowing all this. A great walk and fabulous views is Le Creux du Van- a huge limestone circle with a foot path all around it, and if you are lucky, Ibex (normally towards the end of the circle) then walk to the top meadow to see the Alps, and down to the Ferme du Solliat for a fondue or fondue bourguigonne. (by car go to the village of Couvet, down the highstreet and then left as soon as you've gone over the railwaytrack and bear right up the mountain- follow signs for Le Soliat.) Another fun trip is to Motiers - and do the Sculpture walk then visit Mauler Champagne and have lunch at the Auberge des 6 Communes- if perhaps visit Willy Bovet's absinthe place next door.
Or go to Champs du Moulin to the La Truite restaurant for .. trout- and walk up the Gorges de l'Areuse- easy walk, only about 30 mins to the lovely stone bridge- and then return, or further if you wish.
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Re: Stuff to see and do near Biel/Neuchatel

Take a trip to Erlach, then walk along to St. Peter Island and go for a stroll. Then take a boat to the the NW shore of Lake Biel and take another stroll through the vineyards there. It really is a beautiful area.

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Re: Stuff to see and do near Biel/Neuchatel

Le Landeron is a pretty medieval village- especially if you like antiques.

Old Neuchatel is nice too- walk up to the Castle and Church for great views.

Apparently Soleure/Solothurn is also very nice- on my 'to do' list.
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Re: Stuff to see and do near Biel/Neuchatel

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If you buy your boat ticket from a SBB/CFF distributor, they are only CHF20 for a whole day at the mo (scroll through several pages to get to special offers/société de navigation).

What are you interested in? We love the Lateinium Celtic Museum near St Blaise. A day trip to Morat/Murten is a Must - Estavayer is also nice.
If interested in watches, go to Le Locle and the watch museum in the Nardin's old home, le Chateau des Monts, and then the Watch Museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Will you have a car? Do you like walking? Are you afraid of heights? So difficult to advise without knowing all this. A great walk and fabulous views is Le Creux du Van- a huge limestone circle with a foot path all around it, and if you are lucky, Ibex (normally towards the end of the circle) then walk to the top meadow to see the Alps, and down to the Ferme du Solliat for a fondue or fondue bourguigonne. (by car go to the village of Couvet, down the highstreet and then left as soon as you've gone over the railwaytrack and bear right up the mountain- follow signs for Le Soliat.) Another fun trip is to Motiers - and do the Sculpture walk then visit Mauler Champagne and have lunch at the Auberge des 6 Communes- if perhaps visit Willy Bovet's absinthe place next door.
Or go to Champs du Moulin to the La Truite restaurant for .. trout- and walk up the Gorges de l'Areuse- easy walk, only about 30 mins to the lovely stone bridge- and then return, or further if you wish.
i won't have a car, but will have a GA. i do like walking/hiking and am ok with heights. i do like eating, so good restaurants are nice (not a big fan of fondue though). don't like shopping. the limestone circle looks interesting. thanks.

i did want to go to the walk organised last weekend, but was too exhausted after zurich street parade.
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Re: Stuff to see and do near Biel/Neuchatel

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If you buy your boat ticket from a SBB/CFF distributor, they are only CHF20 for a whole day at the mo (scroll through several pages to get to special offers/société de navigation).

What are you interested in? We love the Lateinium Celtic Museum near St Blaise. A day trip to Morat/Murten is a Must - Estavayer is also nice.
If interested in watches, go to Le Locle and the watch museum in the Nardin's old home, le Chateau des Monts, and then the Watch Museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Will you have a car? Do you like walking? Are you afraid of heights? So difficult to advise without knowing all this. A great walk and fabulous views is Le Creux du Van- a huge limestone circle with a foot path all around it, and if you are lucky, Ibex (normally towards the end of the circle) then walk to the top meadow to see the Alps, and down to the Ferme du Solliat for a fondue or fondue bourguigonne. (by car go to the village of Couvet, down the highstreet and then left as soon as you've gone over the railwaytrack and bear right up the mountain- follow signs for Le Soliat.) Another fun trip is to Motiers - and do the Sculpture walk then visit Mauler Champagne and have lunch at the Auberge des 6 Communes- if perhaps visit Willy Bovet's absinthe place next door.
Or go to Champs du Moulin to the La Truite restaurant for .. trout- and walk up the Gorges de l'Areuse- easy walk, only about 30 mins to the lovely stone bridge- and then return, or further if you wish.
All of these are excellent suggestions. We had a lovely day out at Creux de Van recently (thanks Odile) and Motiers is probably worth a visit too.


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Take a trip to Erlach, then walk along to St. Peter Island and go for a stroll. Then take a boat to the the NW shore of Lake Biel and take another stroll through the vineyards there. It really is a beautiful area.
Ile St Pierre is worth a visit and the area is beautiful (if you ignore the oil refinery and the cement works) I lam slightly biased though as I live on the canal between the 2 lakes. There's actually a boat stop a few hundred yards from my house.

I'd be up for meeting for a coffee or a drink (if it fits in with the crazy school hours) and I'm sure there are a few others who would be up for it too.
Let us know when you're coming. Neuchatel itself is a nice town to visit and the view of the alps has been pretty good over the last few days.
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Ile St Pierre is worth a visit and the area is beautiful (if you ignore the oil refinery and the cement works)
actually, i quite like heavy industry especially things like oil refineries and cement works! i'm not sure if they would do tours though
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We never did any walking in the end - just stuffed ourselves silly with too much food, due to poor weather forecast.

So for Les Gorges de l'Areuse, take the train from Neuchatel to Champs du Moulin, short walk down to the Restaurant de la Truite, then up the gorges- a wide path first, then narrows to a footpath and eventually a few bridges, steps, etc. Look out for the dippers and kingfishers. You can go all the way to Noiraigue and take the train back from there.

For Motiers, same train route but a bit further to ... Motiers. The Mauler champagne is to the left of the station, absinthe Willy Bovet to the right and the Auberge des 6 Communes in the middle. Then straight ahead up the village for the walk all around the several miles of outdoor sculpture.

For le Creux-du-Van - again to Noiraigue station and up the very steepwalk (well signposted- but there is a Tourist Office with maps next to the station) to the limestone circle, then around. The old Soliat farm has not changed for centuries (go upstairs to see the old wooden dining-area)- their fondue Bourguignonne (meat) is excellent - but they do all sorts of other stuff. When are you planning to go? If I am around I could pick you up from Couvet station and take you up by car- but I am away a lot at the mo.
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We never did any walking in the end - just stuffed ourselves silly with too much food, due to poor weather forecast.

So for Les Gorges de l'Areuse, take the train from Neuchatel to Champs du Moulin, short walk down to the Restaurant de la Truite, then up the gorges- a wide path first, then narrows to a footpath and eventually a few bridges, steps, etc. Look out for the dippers and kingfishers. You can go all the way to Noiraigue and take the train back from there.

For Motiers, same train route but a bit further to ... Motiers. The Mauler champagne is to the left of the station, absinthe Willy Bovet to the right and the Auberge des 6 Communes in the middle. Then straight ahead up the village for the walk all around the several miles of outdoor sculpture.

For le Creux-du-Van - again to Noiraigue station and up the very steepwalk (well signposted- but there is a Tourist Office with maps next to the station) to the limestone circle, then around. The old Soliat farm has not changed for centuries (go upstairs to see the old wooden dining-area)- their fondue Bourguignonne (meat) is excellent - but they do all sorts of other stuff. When are you planning to go? If I am around I could pick you up from Couvet station and take you up by car- but I am away a lot at the mo.
i'm planning sometime between 24 and 28 of this month and taking an arc from biel potentially all the way down to geneva and possibly back across to montreux and eastwards.
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Re: Stuff to see and do near Biel/Neuchatel

http://www.st-petersinsel.ch/index.html

http://www.seelandbräu.ch/ (a brewery with an incorporated hostel or vice versa )
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Re: Stuff to see and do near Biel/Neuchatel

I shall be away cat sitting for a friend in Charmey those dates.

BTW Rousseau lived in Motiers for a couple of years, and there is a Museum you can visit half way up the high street- with some local stuff, a room set as an old watch-making workshop, and one for lace making and block printing, etc- and a room about absinthe making and prohibition times. And he also lived at St Peter's Inseln for a while.


A hundred meters east from Noiraigue railway station, cross the tracks and take the road of the Ferme Robert. The path starts on the right when entering the forest and leads to Les Oeuillons for a welcome stop before starting the ascent of the “14-curve path” leading to the Soliat. The route goes along the ridge of the Creux du Van where a rich Alpine flora grows: anemones, asters and gentians.

At the east point, at the very end of this natural semicircle, get over the wall and carry on as far as the farm “La Grand’ Vy”. Go down towards Pré au Favre. Turn left and go down the field up to the forest. A steep stone path leads to the Ferme Robert, a typical 1750 farmhouse, where it is possible to have something to eat. Walk along the car park and take the path leading to Noiraigue. When coming out of the forest, a tarred road leads to the railway station.


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Length14 km

Hiking timeNoiraigue–Noiraigue: 4 h 20 min
Noiraigue–Noiraigue: 4 h 30 min

Height differenceNoiraigue–Noiraigue: 972 m
Noiraigue–Noiraigue: 0 m

RequirementsGrade: easy
Conditions: medium

SignalizationFrom Noiraigue, follow the signposts to "Ferme Robert", "Les Oeuillons", "Le Soliat", "La Grand Vy", "Pré au Favre", "Ferme Robert" and "Noiraigue".
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i'm planning sometime between 24 and 28 of this month and taking an arc from biel potentially all the way down to geneva and possibly back across to montreux and eastwards.

I'll be around then and wouldn't mind taking you. Odile was an excellent guide so I could easily take you to Creux de Van. Can't promise to remember the names of all the plants though.
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Take you lovely son with you - he was actually listening!
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I'll be around then and wouldn't mind taking you. Odile was an excellent guide so I could easily take you to Creux de Van. Can't promise to remember the names of all the plants though.
thanks for the kind offer! i'm going to read the above thread after work and try to work out an itinerary and then will get back to you.
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Take you lovely son with you - he was actually listening!
Oh yes he listens and takes in everything. He then remembers it ages later and and there are some things you'd rather he forgot about.
He would be great on a quiz team.

I was actually listening but I'm getting on a bit now and don't remember things quite so easily.
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