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
A snowless, wheeled toboggan run twists and turns for 700 meters. Great fun for kids and adults alike.
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
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.
The Restaurant Relais La
Vue des Alpes Restaurant
de la Relais Vue des Alpesis on your immediate
left with a big parking lot in front. It is a one story contemporary
flat-roofed building. Get in the left hand turning lane and make a
left into the parking lot. Watch out for traffic coming around the
bend to your right. The traffic can come pretty fast.