Right in the centre of the old part of Neuchatel,
with its own coffee-roasting and little bookshop!
The Café-Hotel L’Aubier occupies one of Neuchatel’s ancient buildings (800 years old) on a picturesque square at the foot of the Castle Hill. In front of the hotel is a splashing fountain.
You can sit in the inviting cafe on the ground floor or on the terrace above that looks over the square. All the food and drink is, of course, organic (there are just a few exceptions with whose quality and origin we are fully satisfied). At lunchtime you can order fougasses, salads, soups and various other light meals. Many of the ingredients come from our biodynamic farm in Montezillon. In the café we have got our own little machine for roasting our coffee once a week. We use a Demeter coffee from the Chiapas region of Mexico. You’ll also see a small shop selling, among other things, goodies from the café and a little bookshop that stocks lots of biographies and good novels. They’re all books that we ourselves have either really liked or would love to read but unfortunately have still not got round to because there are so many and time is so short.
The hotel occupies the four storeys above the café. It has nine rooms - some small, some bigger – all with individual features. While some rooms have en-suite WC and shower, others share facilities with two other rooms.
There are plenty of things to do and see. The lake is only two minutes walk away; you can go swimming, take out a boat and in the summer you can borrow cycles free of charge at the harbour. Hikers will certainly not be disappointed – you can visit the pile-dwellings or trek to the surrounding wine-growing villages, the Areuse gorges or the Creux-du-Van. A whole variety of international festivals are held here or in the immediate vicinity of Neuchatel in the summer. The Centre Dürrenmatt and the Museum of Ethnography are both renowned museums. Alternatively, you can just go to the cinema or the theatre, or explore our charming little town. It’s up to you.
A town does not have to be big to have a lot to offer.