Summer vacation has already begun in most Swiss cantons and many people are looking forward to travelling abroad again. But let's not forget that there are many amazing travel destinations right on our doorstep here in Switzerland. To help you discover what our different Swiss regions have to offer, leaders from our different KPMG office locations have shared their summertime tips.
Many Swiss people will stay on home turf for their summer vacation again this year. Are there any spots (museums, cinemas, art galleries or local beauty spots) in Neuchâtel you would recommend?
There are several museums (Museum of Arts & History, Museum of Natural History, Ethnographic Museum, Archeological Museum, etc.) in Neuchâtel, as well as cinemas and of course the Old Town with its 18th-century mansions and decorative fountains. The lake is one of the most beautiful attractions of the region. From thrill-seeking water sports fanatics to those who prefer more relaxing activities, there is something for everyone - stand up paddle, pedalo, water-skiing, etc.
Do you have any favorite restaurants in your location, whether in the city or the surrounding countryside?
In Neuchâtel, the Peyrou restaurant with its beautiful terrace is one of our personal favorites. The 18th century building and garden is a delight in itself, and the food is wonderful.
Are there any ‘must-do’ hikes you would recommend in Neuchâtel or the surrounding areas? Are there any particular beauty spots or places they simply have to visit on the way?
The Creux-du-Van, a natural reserve is very popular for walks. It attracts tourists from all over Switzerland and beyond. It is a wonderfully charming place. You can also visit “Les Gorges de l’Areuse“ or “Les Gorges de la Poëta-Raisse” and take advantage of the beautiful hikes, also accessible with kids. If you don’t feel like hiking, take the funicular that brings passengers to the heights of Neuchâtel, in Chaumont and offers magnificent views of the lake.
On hot summer days: Which public swimming pool, lake or river do the locals go to when they want to cool down or go for a swim in Neuchâtel or the surrounding area?
The public swimming pool in Neuchâtel next to the lake (Piscines du Nid-du-Crô) is an all-round favorite with families and avid swimmers alike, with a fun pool and river and its Olympic pool. And of course, you can swim in the lake or simply soak up the sun and the views on one of the many lakeside beaches.
For those travelling with kids, what is the coolest attraction in Neuchâtel to keep younger tourists entertained? Are there any go-to places if the weather is bad?
History-loving children will enjoy visiting the castle. For amusement park fans, there is an adventure park in Chaumont which includes a tree-top climbing park with zip lines and an outdoor laser game. If the weather is bad, there is the Laténium, the largest archaeological museum in Switzerland that can keep youngsters entertained with a host of interesting and interactive activities.
Everyone loves an ice-cream when it’s hot – do you have any insider tips on the best gelateria in town?
There is a traditional Italian gelateria in Neuchâtel downtown called “Antica Gelateria Fiorentina”, very handy for us as it is not so far from the KPMG office!
Finally, a question for you: Can you tell us where you are spending your summer vacation this year?
Valérie Reymond: I will probably stay in Switzerland and make the most of all this beautiful region has to offer.
Fabien Perrinjaquet: Well, it’s a bit different for me as I will go on a 12-day safari with my family in Tanzania. The rest of the time I will stay in Switzerland and do some spontaneous activities / traveling depending on the weather.
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