Apr 12, 2020 - 11:20 PM
It too me a few seconds to realize that your handle is "NewModerator".
I am encouraged that you will be on this forum to provide information about the Neuchâtel/Fribourg/Jura Bernois area as well as (no doubt) the Ticino. Visitors to the 3 lakes navigation (LNM) web-site will find that it is in French and German only and, of course, that all service is suspended until new directives are issued by the federal government (conseil fédéral). Although this area is much less "touristy" than others in Switzerland, perhaps they will consider adding English at some point in the future. In normal times, they operate 10 boats (ships) of varying sizes and transport about 300,000 passengers a year, and I would guess that 99% of these passengers are Swiss. I attach a photo of my favourite boat, the D/s Neuchâtel, not the largest (the M/s Fribourg is larger), but the oldest in the fleet (built in 1912). It is only 48.2 metres long and 11.2 metres wide, and its stack folds down to the horizontal position so that it can pass under the railway and road bridges that go over the Canal de la Thielle (Zihlkanal). I also attach a map of the Thielle Canal area (c/0 Swisstopo), showing the canal connecting Lac Neuchâtel with the Lac de Bienne (Bielersee).
In the photo, just to the right of the stack, you can discern the line of the funicular that runs between La Coudre and Chaumont, with its observation tower. It's dark right now so all you can see now are faint lights of the city below along the edge of the lake, but if you check out the Roundshot camera mounted on this tower chaumont.roundshot.com/ during daytime you will hopefully be rewarded with the view from there. It is a quick ride by bus from the Neuchâtel train station to the funi station in La Coudre. By the way, there are about ten other Roundshot cameras in the canton.
I am so glad I saved this to Notepad because once again, everything was lost when I initially tried to save.
Last modified on Apr 12, 2020 - 11:51 PM by Peterli
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