Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland
The Lac de Neuchâtel lies at the southern foot of the Jura mountains. The northern shore of the lake is characterised by vineyard landscapes, the southern shore by the largest marshland and bird paradise in Switzerland. Boat cruise enthusiasts can experience all three lakes at the periphery of the Jura – lakes Biel, Murten and Lac de Neuchâtel – on a leisurely, four-hour cruise.
At 38 kilometres in length and 8 kilometres in width, the Lac de Neuchâtel is the largest lake contained entirely within Swiss borders. Neuchâtel township, built in yellow Jurassic limestone, lies on the north-western shore of the lake and is the largest town of the region. The mediaeval town centre, with its many cafés and restaurants, shopping opportunities and numerous theatres and museums, imparts a French charm and beckons visitors to stroll. One of Switzerland’s largest traditional open-air wine festivals with a magnificent flower parade is held in the town in the autumn. Neuchâtel is the ideal starting point for many boat cruises.
The charming villages dotted around the lake are frequented by the regular boat services that ply the lake, especially in the summer. The majority of boats have an on-board restaurant. Numerous boat connections enable boat trips to be combined with short or longer hikes and cycling tours along the shoreline. Where possible, bicycles are transported on boats. The national “Mittelland” Cycle Route 5 leads along the south-eastern lakeshore.
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