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Lac de Neuchatel, Neuchatel

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Lake Neuchâtel is a lake primarily in Romandy, Switzerland . The lake lies mainly in the canton of Neuchâtel, but is also shared by the cantons of Vaud, of Fribourg, and of Bern. With a surface of 218.3km2, it is the largest lake entirely in Switzerland and the 59th largest lake in Europe. Lake Neuchâtel lies approximately at coordinates. It is 38.3km long and no more than 8.2km wide. Its surface is 429m above sea level, with a maximum depth of 152m. The total water volume is 14.0km3. The lake's drainage area is approximately 2,670km2 and its culminating point is Le Chasseron at 1,607m. The lake receives the Orbe River, the Arnon, the Areuse, Seyon, the canal de la Sauge, and the Mentue . The canal of Thielle drains the lake into Lake Biel-Bienne and is part of regulation system for the lakes and the rivers of the Seeland region. Lake Neuchâtel was the home of the now extinct species of deepwater trout Salvelinus neocomensis.
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  • I was there as a petsitter for six days. Just wanted to spend a lot of my time with the pets. Lovely parks. Long walks into town and back. Very beautiful lake but not Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) by any me...  more »
  • I spent an entire afternoon just walking and sitting at the lake. The city has provided amazing walkways and benches through out Neuchatel to enjoy the the lake and its surroundings.  more »
  • Neuchatel is a great city for a weekend break. The lakeside is very popular, whether you want to relax alongside the water, have a drink or eat in one of the many cafes and restaurants, or enjoy the o...  more »

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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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