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“A walk in the clouds” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Creux-du-Van

Creux-du-Van
Between Neuchatel and Pontarlier, Neuchatel, Switzerland
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Ranked #1 of 16 Attractions in Neuchatel
Type: Forests, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Outdoors
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“A walk in the clouds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

We went here for a trek and got more what we came for. The view was breathtaking as we were literally atop the clouds, which gives you the feeling of walking on air. The trek is easy and would be enjoyable for children. There is even a restaurant in one of the jump of points that serves swiss fondue! What more can you ask for?

Visited October 2012
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Neuchatel, Switzerland
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“This is the Grand Canyon of Neuchatel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

I definitely recommand to visit this place. It is accessible by car or if you have more time, by train (Noiraigue) and a walk upward (count 2hours, worth the effort). In this protected wildlife area you can see a variety of flowers and if you are lucky also some animals. It offers on the noth side an impressive view from the rim of the rocky cliffs and on the south side a beautiful view on the Alps. Some moutain restaurants are operated in summer season. They are appropriate for e.g a snack or a fondue. The cooler climate up there is appreciated when the lower elevation gets too hot. Down to Noiraigue there is a nice long walk along the gorges de l'Areuse that brings you to Boudry.

Visited June 2013
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Neuchatel, Switzerland
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“A natural site not to miss.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

For people who like natural sites and some physical efforts combined with it, the Creux-du-Van is a unique place to go. Besides some fantastic views from the top, you will feel the way up in your bones. And you can be rewarded with some special dishes from the region (Fondue and the like) in a nice country restaurant close to the top area.

Visited August 2012
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Neuchatel, Switzerland
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“Very spectacular”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

You can get here by hiking up a footpath called the "14 bends" which is quite strenuous but not steep, then tour the semi-circular rock formation and descend on foot by a small road to the "Ferme Robert", an old converted farm house serving amongst other things, the famous Swiss Cheese Fondue. This is a very popular excursion and the top can also be reached by car, reducing the walk to just around 10 minutes to the edge, for those non-hikers. There is also an old converted farmhouse where you park cars at the top, you can even sleep there and it has a small restaurant. A good half-day outing.

Visited May 2013
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“Fantastic views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

You can make a nice hike from Noirauge or if you are short on time or lazy to walk you can drive till the Soliat or la Grand Vy and do a short tour around the the Creux-du-Van.
You get great views (even better background when the alps are clear) and if you are lucky you can see some nice animals (Ibex).
The Grand Vy restaurant is always a good stop to get something to eat :)
Enjoy!

Visited July 2013
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