Some people come to this mountain pass between the towns of Neuchâtel and La Choix du Fonds for a meal or a cup of coffee and a view of the Alps. In fact, this is what I usually do. But there is a lot more to do here.
During the winter months this spot is a base for cross-country skiing on the trails of the Jura mountains, easy downhill skiing on a short run (tow - no chairs), sledding, and snowshoeing along established trails through the forests, among the rolling hills, and across pastures. In all seasons you have pleasant walks with good views of the valley Val de Ruz, and the alps beyond if the weather is clear.
In warmer weather months you can use the Restaurant Relais de la Vue des Alpes and parking lot as a base for hiking, mountain biking on the Jura Mountain trails or ride your thin-tube bike on the windy mountain highways. It is almost all downhill to Lake Neuchâtel, so you can brag about how much distance you covered in such a short time, and you won't even be winded by the experience.
A snowless, wheeled toboggan run twists and turns for 700 meters. Great fun for kids and adults alike.
More information on the toboggan run
is available though the stables are not in the area.
You will need to call to make an appointment (Tel: 032 913 49 55).
Follow the one lane paved road to the right of Hotel la Vue des Ales for a pleasant walk through the forests with good views of Lake Neuchâtel and the alps in the distance. You will find large picnic tables and fire rings if you wish to have a BBQ.
Kindling is provided by the caretakers of the forest, but you might bring your own large pieces of wood to burn. Arrive early to be sure a table and pit are free.
From downtown Neuchâtel to the restaurant takes about 20 minutes by car though you can, also, take a bus from Place Pury in downtown Neuchâtel. To get here by car take the freeway heading for La Chaux-de-Fonds. Drive through the gorge. Continue five minutes on the freeway until you pass through the tunnel. Take the next exit which says La Vue-des-Alpes. At the end of the off ramp make a left. Drive up the hill through the farmland and forest for the next 10 minutes or so until you get to the top of the mountain. At the pass you will see the white two story Hotel La Vue des Alpes on the right.