Feb 20, 2020 - 7:10 PM
There are four funiculars in this region. One goes from La Coudre (not far from the train station in Neuchâtel, and easily reached by bus), up to Chaumont. There is an observation tower just beside the upper station which gives a great view of the lake below and, depending on the weather, right over to the Alps. Check out this Roundshot Webcam to see what the view is from up there: chaumont.roundshot.com/. The funicular ride itself is rather unspectacular, as the tracks are surrounded by trees almost all of the way. The only view is straight backwards going up and straight ahead going back down, and this is really just a narrow cut in the woods for the rail bed. This is also the case for the funicular Arno mentioned, the one that goes up from Bienne (Biel) to Macolin (Magglingen). As far as I know, there is no observation tower at or near the top of the Macolin funicular.
There are two other funiculars in the area. There is another one in Bienne, called the Funi Evilard (Leubringenbahn) which rises from the city-centre to Evilard (Leubringen). I have never been on this one. The fourth one goes from Gléresse (Ligerz) up through the vinyards and then some woods to Prèles (Prägelz). The view from the bottom part of this run is nice as it is in the vinyards. The drawback is that the windows have a dreadful orange tint. It's so much nicer being on foot, and as I said before, you don't have to do the full walk from La Neuveville to Bienne.
I could mention a fifth funicular, called the Fun'ambule, which goes from inside the Neuchâtel train station (lower level) down to near the Université. It is entirely underground, and so purely functional, mostly for students and people living in that area. There is also another funicular in Neuchâtel, the oldest one in the city (opened in 1890) called the Ecluse-Plan which runs from rue du Seyon/rue de l'Ecluse up to rue du Plan. There are two stops en route. So if you are tramping around Neuchâtel and want a break from all the staircases and steep roads linking the upper parts of the city with the area down by the lake, hop onto one of these funiculars.
Last modified on Feb 20, 2020 - 7:13 PM by Peterli