Jul 14, 2018 - 8:24 AM
You have no idea how annoyed I am with this system for replies. When I went to "Post this reply", absolutely nothing happened. I tried it several times, and no go ! Luckily I did a copy/paste into my notebook before canceling. So I was able to paste back here when starting anew, but guess what ? All of the links I had built into my post were lost ! So, what follows in my copy/paste.
I'm finally getting to this thread, and see that Slowpoke has already asked part of what I was going to ask. First of all (and perhaps a silly question), are you planning to come over by train or automobile ? If you are coming by train and just want to get the feel of the region, you might want to consider purchasing an Onde Verte 24 hour pass once you descend from your train at la gare de Neuchâtel or even the one at La Neuveville. This map shows the places where the pass can be purchased. Je suis navré que le site oueb est complètement en français, mais j'ai lu une fois que tu as appris quelques essentiels de français en Colombie Britannique ! Other contributors to this thread have mentioned La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle and they are both interesting to visit, and very close to each other. Nearby is La Brévine, known as the coldest commune in Switzerland, but there really isn't much to see there. Just west of Le Locle is Les Brenets, right on the border with France, and the Saut-du-Doubs is nice to see. Other places outside of the city of Neuchâtel you might find of interest include Le Creux du Van, la Vue des Alpes, the villages along the Littoral to the south-west, and Le Landeron to the north-east. Did you know that Louis Chevrolet was born in Switzerland, and after living in France and then Canada, moved to the USA and founded the Chevrolet Motor Car of Michigan in 1911 ? That's why the Chevrolet logo is a stylized Swiss cross.
The problem is that there is much more to see and do than you can even begin to do in a day, especially if that single day also includes you trip from and back to Zurich. I'll get back to you on things you can do in the city of Neuchâtel, but don't forget the villages such as Ligerz (Gléresse en français) and Twann-Tüscherz along the western shore of Lake Bienne (that Slowpoke likes very much). You might want to ride the funiculaire (known as the Vinifuni) from Ligerz up to Prêles.
Now, let's see if it works this time !