Neuchâtel Castle

Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Neuchâtel castle adjoins the collegiate church and overlooks the city. By following the circular path at the base of the outer walls, you get a general idea of the different parts of the building erected around a large courtyard and a smaller one, to the south. It can be accessed from Rue de la Collégiale or the cloisters.

The castle history dates back to the Roman age, but the first stone castle was probably built in the 11th or 12th century. It has been altered and rebuilt several times. From 1708 to 1848 it belonged to the Prussia.

The construction of the church began at the end of the 12th century and was completed in 1276. Facing the gates of the castle, the three apses are striking by the beauty of their Roman design. Only the south clock tower is ancient, the spire and the north tower being built in 1869.


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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Switzerland

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John Robertson (2 months ago)
Great old Swiss castle with super views across the lake, town and out to the Alps.
Brian Meifert (4 months ago)
A wonderful historic castle with great views of Neuchâtel and the lake.
Collina Wicks (4 months ago)
A lovely place to visit whilst in Neuchâtel. It is a little uphill so I would recommend good footwear but the views of the lake and mountains are stunning in a clear day. You can see both the old castle and the new together.
Tiberiu Hrihorciuc (5 months ago)
Lovely short hike towards the castle with a lot of history lessons including a date of Balzac on big stone benches, colours of Burgundy like churches and the best views of not only Neuchâtel, but also the mountains that surround it. The walls were built in the 1000s to protect the city.
Jibran Kahn (7 months ago)
Lovely place to overlook the lake from the top and walk around. Walk to the castle is a bit steep and have multiple stairs. So be prepared.
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