Bed and Breakfast in Neuchâtel
Neuchâtel is a pretty university town with approximately 34,000 inhabitants. It is located on the northern shore of Lake Neuchâtel and is the capital of the French-speaking canton with the same name. It was ruled by major European royal houses since the Middle Ages, and partly remained a principality until the 19th century. The elegant villas from the 17th and 18th centuries, located in the port, lend Neuchâtel something aristocratic and are impressive witnesses of an eventful history, as is the medieval old town with its narrow and winding streets. The landmarks of Neuchâtel, which are visible from afar, include the Collegiate Church La Collégiale from the 12th century and the imposing castle, which gave the city its name. When Rudolf III (King of Burgundy) gave his wife "Novum Castellum" in 1011, he issued a parchment document, on which the name of the town appeared for the first time. The name later changed from Novum Castellum to Neufchatel, and in the 18th century, the city became Neuchâtel. Starting in 1550, the German name Neuenburg was also used. After a period of Germanic dominance, followed by a two-centuries-long rule of the House of Orléans-Longuevilles, the House of Hohenzollern followed in 1707. Neuchâtel became a Prussian principality. It was recorded as the 21st canton in the Confederation in 1814, but did not part from Prussia until 1848. Under the kings of Prussia (whose governors resided in the castle Château de Neuchâtel), the region enjoyed a period of great splendor. The Huguenots introduced the textile industry and the lace-making. Major trading houses arose in the city, and some families earned a lot of money in the colonies and in the slave trade. Watchmaking flourished, and the famous clocks from Neuchâtel became known around the world. In 1826, Philipp Suchard established his first chocolate factory in a suburb of Neuchâtel. Today, the city is a popular tourist destination for many reasons, including its unique location between the Jura Mountains and Trois-Lacs (three lakes), the beautiful hiking and biking trails through lovely landscapes and cultivated vineyards, and the area’s various events. Many visitors are attracted to the three-day wine festival with its night parade of Guggenmusik (Swiss marching band), the colorful parade of costumed children, and the traditional flower parade often in combination with a charming bed & breakfast. Thanks to the broad range of hotels, apartments, rooms or private homes, everyone can find the perfect place to stay.
Region Neuchâtel (2 BnBs)