⮱"Creux du Van", a natural rock arena of immense proportions, is located at the border of the cantons of Neuenburg and Vaud. Impressive 160 meter high vertical rock faces surround a four kilometer long and over one kilometer wide valley basin.
⮱First the glaciers, then the brooks have shaped the breathtaking rock formation from the 200 million year old lime deposits of a prehistoric ocean. The steep rock faces afford detailed insight into the geology of the Jurassic folding.
The regional climate of the "Creux du Van" is exceptional and unusual - there are forests and arctic-alpine flora in the rock arena. Chamois, ibex, lynx and numerous other wild animals inhabit the pristine natural landscape, which is protected through the existence of a 25 square kilometer nature reserve. A spring, the "Fontaine Froide", has its source in the middle of a sinkhole. This spring's water is four degrees Celsius throughout the year.
Creux du Van is located in Val-de-Travers, which also produces a renowned Swiss speciality: absinthe. You can sample different kinds of it in the region and learn about its history at Maison de l’Absinthe. More information on Creux du Van and local products.
⮱ Another natural wonder in the immediate vicinity is the Areuse Gorge between Noiraigue and Boudry. An adventurous hiking path with countless steps and bridges gives hikers a good view of this natural spectacle.
AccessOn foot: from Noiraigue
By car: from St-Aubin, Couvet or Travers by a tarmac road to the Restaurant du Soliat (becoming narrower at the end). The Creux du Van rocky cirque is approximately 300m on foot from the restaurant.
4 to 8 hours
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