Lucens Castle is a beautiful and grand historic structure, located on a hill top and over looking the countryside town of Lucens. Built around the 16th Century, the castle served a residential place for kings and nobility, a fortress, a girls institution before being sold to a private party. Today, it functions as a luxury event venue with weddings, dinners, parties, meetings and conferences regularly hosted here. 10 rooms for accommodation are available as well.
Museum of Natural History was founded in 1824 and is one of the oldest institutes in the medieval city of Freibourg. The museum has on display 240,000 zoological pieces, natural sciences and botany. A lot of these collections have come from experienced botanists renowned in the field and have remarkably helped in furthering the study specially in the field of mycology. They conduct several educational programs designed for students, with interactive study materials. Join a guided tour or your free to take a tour along this vast institute that is a major benefactor in the study of these various sciences.
Located in the Swiss canton of Neuchâtel, the historic castle of Valangin looks over the town below from its idyllic location atop a stone fort. Well preserved throughout the centuries, the castle is today open to the public who can visit its towers, dungeons, terrace, cellar, kitchen and adjoining gardens with excellent displays of medieval weapons, armory, paintings, tools etc. It also hosts various temporary exhibition and cultural events such as a large medieval feast which is extremely popular with the locals. The palace rooms and grounds can also be rented out for functions such as weddings and children's birthday parties.
Chenaux castle is located in the Canton of Fribourg in the municipality of Estavayer-le-Lac and is considered a Swiss heritage site of national significance. It looks over Lake Neuchatel and the Grande Caricaie nature reserve. Visitors can tour the grounds around the prefecture which are maintained very well. The main building serves as a police station. The walls around the castle are tall and the property is fenced.
Discover a different side of Switzerland at Moulins Souterrains-Col-des-Roches, a mine in Le Locle. Visitors get a chance to view exhibitions, the museum, and mining sites giving insight to the water management of the city during the 17th Century. The impressive underground mechanism helps one understand the amount of effort and hard work put forth by the laborers. A number of articles and mechanical devices have been restored from the mine are kept on display at the museum.
Located in the Swiss municipality of Avenches, Avenches Castle is a majestic sight to behold. This beautiful red building can be clearly viewed from Rue du Chateau and has been designated as a Swiss heritage site of national significance. One of the best preserved Renaissance castles in the country, it is also home to a gallery, library as well as residences.
Located along the shore of Lake Neuchâtel, the town of Cortaillod in the Boundry district of Switzerland is famous all over the world for its rich Neolithic and medieval archaeological sites. A number of age old items like tools, stone axes, bone awls, hatchets, wooden wheels, bronze swords, decorative pottery etc have been found through various excavations conducted over the last 150 years. Today, the population has grown up to 5000 and it is a popular destination among history enthusiasts with heritage sites like the La Fabrique Neuve and Le Petit Cortaillod, the pre-historic settlement.
Various souvenirs and objects of folk art from all over the world are collected here since the 19th century, which includes pile dwellings, prints, taxidermy of birds and local fauna, weapons of African origin and so much. While artifacts on display are certainly impressive, the museum itself is very significant, for it was one of the first actual museums in the country.
Founded in the year 1796, Caves Châtenay-Bouvier is a winery that stretches over a sprawling 19 hectares (47 acres) and is one of the places to taste and purchase exquisite wines in the region. Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chasselas, Chardonnay, Gamaret and Merlot are some of the few wines that are distilled here. This lake also offers superb views of the L'Areuse river and Lake Neuchâtel in the distance.
Located on the banks of Lake Neuchâtel, Boudry is a beautiful Swiss town with a population of around 5500 civilians. The first settlements here date back to the medieval ages with many historical buildings, monuments, castles and churches. The national heritage site of the La Baume Du Four settlement can also be found here, and the entire village in itself is a designated heritage site. Gorges Areuse, the Areuse museum, wine cellars and Museum of Wine are some of the popular tourist attractions found here. With budget accomodation facilities and an array of restaurants serving delicious local and international cuisine, Boudry is a perfect destination for a fun family vacation.
Located between the towns of Noiraigue and Boudry, lies the Areuse Gorge whose beauty has enchanted the many who've tread the path that winds past its plunging depths. This is a relatively small gorge compared to some of the others in the area which includes a crystal clear stream and two main rock formations connected by a bridge made of stone. Nestled within a forest, this is a great place to take a stroll with a loved one amidst nature. Man-made pathways ensure that most parts of the gorge are accessible.