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Creux du Van, Neuchatel

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At Creux du Van, hike around an amphitheatre-shaped natural rock formation situated within a large nature reserve. Created by natural water erosion from a glacier millions of years ago, the semi-circular formation is 1,400 m (4,593 ft) wide and 150 m (492 ft) deep. Keep your eyes open for wildlife, such as lynx and ibex. The formation offers views from above and can be accessed by car or foot. Stop by one of the farms with animals or one of the small restaurants on your way up. Be careful, as the area is not fenced, and the drop is steep. Plan to visit Creux du Van during your Neuchatel vacation using our convenient Neuchatel trip itinerary planner.
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Where to stay in Neuchatel

A visit to the city of Neuchâtel is well-spent lakefront to take full advantage of the panoramic views. Here you'll find a handful of comfortable, moderately priced hotels. The majority of the accommodations are either downtown or close to the train station. In the downtown area visitors can appreciate the broad streets lined with neo-Romanesque sandstone buildings, while still within walking distance to the city's famed absinthe distilleries. Offerings for budget hostels and guesthouses can be slim. High-end five-star hotels and international chains can be found along the water's edge.
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  • Great natural amphitheater :) can be accessed by the car. There is also green area, which makes you feel like having a picnic!  more »
  • Some background on this location - the rock is was created out of first glaciers and shaped into a breathtaking rock formation about 200 million-year-old: the lime is a prehistoric ocean. An impressiv...  more »
  • Okay, so I never actually made it to the top, due to too much snow. I visited in March, and the parking lot is quite a long way from the top. There's also a restaurant, but you can't get past the park...  more »