Neuchatel

Neuchâtel – On the way in the town at the Lake Neuenburg

The Lake Neuenburg – or Lac de Neuchâtel – extends to about 38 metres in length and about eight kilometres in width. At its northern shores you can find the town Neuchâtel, the capital of the canton. Thanks to its location at the Lake Neuenburg it is a draw for visitors with many attractions.

From the prison tower you can enjoy a worth-seeing overview on town, lake and environment. At the harbour you can find the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, exhibiting Swiss art, watches and vending machines. The museum has been existing since already 1885. The Centre Dürrenmatt is a perfect destination for all those interested in Dürrenmatt’s works. Moreover, architecture fans will be pleased about the outside of the Centre Dürrenmatt. It is a building of the Swiss architect Mario Botta who has converted Dürrenmatt’s residential building into a museum for the Swiss author. In Switzerland, the star architect of the canton Tessin among others has created the Museum Jean Tinguely in Basel and the building of the Swisscom in Bellinzona.

In the beautiful environment above the old part of town of Neuchâtel, the museum of ethnography of Neuenburg reports about the cultures of the world. Ten thousands of exhibits of the African, Asian and oceanic area fill the exhibition rooms. In the garden of pleasant smells and aromas in Neuchâtel, herbs, flowers and other plants smell all out.

Delicious-culinary of Neuenburg

Around the Lake Neuenburg, wine growing is essential for the economy of the region. During hiking, you will inevitably pass innumerable grape vines and vineyards. The Winzerfest in Neuenburg, the Fête de Vendages, at the end of September attracts innumerable visitors into town. For three days, Neuchâtel then is marked by the wine and this occasion is used for extensive celebrations.

In 1825, there was an opening in Neuchâtel: The confectionery of Philippe Suchard. Around 1890, Suchard started to mix its chocolate with milk which was not usual so far. In 1901, the name “Milka“ appeared for the very first time. The name stems from an abbreviation of the words Milch (milk) and Kakao (cocoa). At that time, Philippe Suchard had already died, but he had laid the foundations for a successful company.

Right from the start, the Milka chocolate has been packed in violet paper, mountains and cow have been visible on the packaging from the start as well. However, the colour of the cow was changed only during the 1970s and the Lilac Cow became famous far beyond the Swiss border.

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