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trips from Neuchatel

We (2 adults) are staying in Neuchatel for 4 days in mid-February. Does anyone have suggestions for day trips or half day trips. We have some commitments in Neuchatel at various times during our stay, so may not have whole days to tour. Also, we are flying into Zurich. Should we use trains for ground transport or rent a car? Thanks in advance for your help.

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1. Re: trips from Neuchatel

Use the train.

For day trips, the closer places of interest are Murten and Biel, a little further away would be Basel and Bern. That should be more than enough for 4 days.

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2. Re: trips from Neuchatel

Hi DeanneMassachusetts,

Yes, as bofoster says, use the train -- convenient, easy, FUN, and gets you closer to the locals.

I'd also consider a trip to Montreux or Vevey, lovely towns on Lake Geneva. You may find it interesting to compare how different the two lakes are.

I'd also see Biel, and I'll add Avenches and its Roman ruins.

Also think about Fribourg -- haven't been there but have heard it's an absolutely lovely town.

Have fun!


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3. Re: trips from Neuchatel

You do not need to go far from Neuchâtel to see great and interesting places. Here are my suggestions:

Asphalt Mines at Travers: For more information send an Email to info@gout-region.ch as the homepage, http://www.gout-region.ch/mines.php , is only available in French and in German.

Le Locle and La Chaux de Fonds are part of the Unesco World Heritage. See http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1302 for more information.

As Bofroster says, Murten and Biel are also not very far.

For timetables look at www.sbb.ch/en and for rail passes look at www.swisstravelsystem.ch

Have a great time


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4. Re: trips from Neuchatel

I would strongly suggest a day in Bern. It is a gem of a city and too often ignored by travellers.

If you want to enjoy thermal baths, there is a good one at Yverdon-les Bains, not too far from Neuchâtel.

Much as I like le Lôcle, this is not a place to visit in winter. Too much snow and way too cold! Just walking around there can be a problem, especially for the ears!! They do have a superb Watch Museum, but it is a way from the station (you would need to take a bus) as are the mines.

But whatever you do, take the trains!! Don't drive, especially not in the winter.

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5. Re: trips from Neuchatel

Thanks to all four of you for your speedy and informative replies. We'll definitely take your advice and I know we'll have a great trip.



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