The castle of Neuchâtel is located at the oriental end of a hill overlooking the old town. It is built around two courtyards: the main one in the centre, and a small courtyard that was significantly reduced in height in the 20th century.
It was the residence of the lords, then counts of Neuchâtel from the end of the 12th century. Since the 16th century, the current castle has been occupied by governors as service quarters and, for at least the last two centuries, by the cantonal administration.
Most of the buildings date back to the 15th century but a roman style wing from the end of the 12th century is the oldest civil building in Switzerland that has been used without interruption.
Visit the castle of Neuchâtel
Guided tours of the Castle last about 45 minutes and are organised in the afternoons at 2, 3, 4 and 5 pm. The 5 pm tour continues with a visit to the Prison Tower, that is located below.
Visits are possible on the following days:
From 1 April to 31 May:|
Only on weekends and public holidays (1st May + 18th May)
+ During school holidays (11 to 23 April)
From June 1st to September 30th||Tuesday to Sunday|
Tours start in the porch at the entrance to the castle.
Price of the tour: CHF 5 per person (free under 16 years old).
Guided tours for groups
Tours for groups of up to 25 people can be organized during or outside the above-mentioned times for CHF 70 (Castle) and CHF 100 (Castle and Prison Tower).