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. To visit Creux du Van and other attractions in Neuchatel, use our Neuchatel trip itinerary maker tool .
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  • Peaceful and relaxing! The view is amazing! The magical and inevitable absinthe through here!
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  • A natural wonder that will leave you breathless. View majestic and empty impressive. As a bonus some Ibex leaping from here and there in the rocks. Accessible by car for slackers or beautiful ballad from the bottom of the circus to go up.
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  • If you like nature you can't avoid the visit of the Creux-Van with its majestic stone circus and its population of Ibex and chamois in freedom
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  • I've been here a few times and Creux du Van has been spectacular in every season. It's a beautiful & natural rock formation in the Juea mountains in Western Switzerland, quite close to the French border. A little planning is required if you are using public transport. Plan to travel to Noiraigue by train. The trek to the top and around the edge is nice. Not very stressful. You can pause half way to the top in the small farm with the goats and chickens. At the top there are several locations for some really spectacular photos and if you are lucky you can even seen some wild deer here at the top of the cliffs. There is a path to walk back through the centre of the trees within the trees below an you'll pass close to the foot of the cliff. Beware of the occasional falling rock. Best during summer. There a place to stay down below with a path describing how it was formed
  • The easiest way to see it is to drive up to the parking of the restaurant Le Soliat. The cliff is then at a 3 min walk though a field. I do recommended that you combine this sightseeing with a walk, as the cliff as sole attraction (depending on how long you had to drive to get there) is not THAT spectacular. For this, stop at a parking about 2 km before you arrive at the site and walk the rest of the way. You are in a relatively remote area so take a few provisions with you :) Good thing to know: everything is free of charge (parking & sightseeing)!
  • Spectacular view, well worth to walk up on foot (mostly in forest, so well shaded). Alternatively, you can drive up to Le Soliat, then it's just 10 to walk.
  • A must see in th Jura
  • A special place for hiking. Pure nature. Fantastic!
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