July 5, 2003
The castle was begun in the 12th century and still in use as the offices of the cantonal government: entry is free but only on guided tours, which start from the sign-posted Door No. 1. The nearby gloomy Tour des Prisons, remains of a medieval bastion, has panoramic views over the town, along with interesting models of Neuchâtel in different eras. If you do not have time to climb the tower then enjoy the view from the adjusting terrace -– there are interesting carved stone benches here. I guess, that the earls, dukes, knights, and ladies enjoyed breathtaking view from the terrace for centuries . . .
From here, you can visit the Collégiale church or descend the hill by the steeply winding Rue du Château.
From journal Neuchâtel, the city of 140 fountains