July 5, 2003
A two-minute walk east and you reach Rue de l’Hôpital, were is the Fountain of Justice (1547). Further ahead is the magnificent 1790 Hôtel de Ville, designed by Louis XVI’s chief architect Pierre-Adrien Paris. Across the street from the City Hall you will see a modern monument -– hanging in the air. Along rue de Moulins are two perfect specimens of the Louis XVII period.
Turn right on the Rue de l’Hotel-de-Ville and three minutes later you reach Place du Port, facing Port de la Ville with numerous yahts and boats (you can sail from here for free if you have a Swiss Rail pass). The busy tourist office next door in the Hôtel des Postes building (e.g. main post office) (Mon–Fri 9am–noon and 1.30–5.30pm, Sat 9am–noon). Below the square is a huge parking lot and free washrooms. Cross the Place du Port and you’ll find famous Musée d’Art et d’Histoire.
From journal Neuchâtel, the city of 140 fountains