- 1 Castle of Neuchâtel
- 2 Weather Forecast
- 3 Access
- 4 Visit of the castle
- 5 History of the castle
- 6 Collegiate church of Neuchâtel
- 7 Ramparts and the prison tower
- 8 Video
- 9 Webcam
- 10 Facebook
- 11 Related attractions
Castle of Neuchâtel
Neuchâtel Castle is a medieval castle built on a hill overlooking the city. It is located next to the collegiate church.
Parking lots are available in the city of Neuchâtel, then you have to walk up to the castle.
Visit of the castle
The castle of Neuchâtel can be visited in spring and summer in the afternoon with a guide for about an hour. The appointment without reservation is located under the porch of the castle at the beginning of each hour. In 2019, the visits begin at 2, 3, 4 and 5 p.m. The price of the visit costs 5 francs for people aged 16 and over and is free for children.
The different stages of the visit are listed below:
- Entrance portal (Portail d’entrée)
- Honour courtyard (Cour d’honneur)
- State Hall (Salle des États)
- Marie of Savoie Room (Salle Marie de Savoie)
- Philippe of Hochberg Hall (Salle Philippe de Hochberg)
- Hall of Knights (Salle des chevaliers)
- Old Treasury (Ancien Trésor)
- Old kitchen (Ancienne cuisine)
- Grand Council Chamber (Salle du Grand Conseil)
Marie of Savoie Room
Philippe of Hochberg Hall
Hall of Knights
Grand Council Chamber
History of the castle
The construction of the castle of Neuchâtel began in the 12th century on a hill not far from the shore of the lake. It is, in a very summarized way, the possession of the following structures:
- 13th and 14th century: House of Neuchâtel
- 15th century: House of Freiburg and Hochberg
- 16th-17th century: French family Orléans-Longeville.
- 18th century: Prussian house of Hohenzollern
- 1806-1815: Possession of Marshal Berthier
- 1815: Integration into the Confederation
- 1848: Proclamation of the Republic of Neuchâtel
The castle was extensively remodelled until the 19th century and no longer has its medieval appearance. For example, its imposing entrance only dates back to the 19th century.
A model of Neuchâtel in the 12th century exhibited at the Museum of Art and History of Neuchâtel. The castle and the collegiate church at the top in the middle of the picture. You can see the Seyon River now channeled as a natural protection. The city is located between the castle and the shoreline. The latter is now nearly 3 metres lower due to the correction of the jura’s heights. Thus many of the land currently on the lake did not exist in the Middle Ages.
Collegiate church of Neuchâtel
Next to the castle is the collegiate church of Neuchâtel, the emblematic figure of the city. In front of the entrance to the church is the statue of Guillaume Farel, a reformer from France who introduced the Protestant reform in the canton of Neuchâtel in 1530.
Ramparts and the prison tower
Nearby the collegiate church are the ramparts and the Prison Tower.
A video about the castle and the collegiate church of Neuchâtel.
Webcam on the city and lake of Neuchâtel.