Family activities in bad weather

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Here are some ideas for family activities in the region when the weather is bad.


Ice rinks

Neuchâtel and La Chaux-de-Fonds each have an ice rink. Skate hire available on site.

How to get there:

  • in Neuchâtel, 15 minutes walk from the hotel (access)
  • in La Chaux-de-Fonds, 20 minutes by car (access)

Opening hours and prices :

  • Opening hours vary vary, please check the websites. 
  • Prices : Adults from CHF 6.50 / Children from CHF 3.-

Catering :

Other ice rinks:

Depending on your itinerary, there are other covered ice rinks in the canton, for example:

  • Le Locle ice rink (access)
  • Ponts-de-Martels ice rink, (access)

To skate on the Lac des Taillères, click here.


Patinoires Neuchâtel et La Chaux-de-Fonds

Indoor swimming pools

Swimming pools to have a good time and to exercise in Neuchâtel and La Chaux-de-Fonds.


  • Piscine du Nid-du-Crô in Neuchâtel (25x12m swimming pool, 1m and 3m diving boards, paddling pool), 6 minutes by car from the hotel or 22 minutes by public transport (access)
  • Piscine des Arêtes in La Chaux-de-Fonds (25x12m swimming pool, sauna, paddling pool), 25 minutes by car (access)

Opening hours and prices:

  • Variable timetables, please consult the websites. 
  • Prices: Adults from CHF 7.00 / Children from CHF 3.00


Piscine du Nid-du-Crô, Neuchâtel
Piscine du Nid-du-Crô, © Jura Trois-Lacs,

Underground mills at Le Col-des-Roches

Discover the incredible history of the Col-des-Roches mills, which began in the middle of the 17th century.

How to get there:

  • by car (35 minutes, view map)
  • by train to Le Locle (free with the Neuchâtel Tourist Card) then by bus or on foot to the Col-des-Roches (1.8km)

Opening hours and rates:

  • From November to April, open every Day from 2pm to 5pm
  • Visit with audioguide (FR/DE/IT/EN) or guided tours at 2pm (in German) and 3:30pm (in French)
  • Prices: Adults CHF 14.00 / Children CHF 7.00 / Family CHF 30.00

Restaurants :

There are many restaurants in the town of Le Locle, here are two that we can recommend.

More information and options:


Moulins souterrains du Col-des-Roches


Asphalt Mines in Val-de-Travers

The Presta asphalt mines were in operation from 1712 to 1986. A visit not to be missed!

How to get there:

  • by train directly to the mines, La Presta stop (free with the Neuchâtel Tourist Card)
  • by car (35 minutes, free parking, view map)

Opening hours and rates:

  • From November to March, open every Day from 2pm (Asphalt Story exhibition and Miners' Garden)
  • Guided tours of the mines only!  Every day at 2pm (on reservation from Monday to Friday, without reservation on weekends)
  • Prices : Adults CHF 21.00 / Children CHF 15.00 (free under 6 years) / Family CHF 60.00


On site, the Café des Mines allows you to taste its famous ham cooked in the asphalt, among other specialities!

More information and options:

Activités nautiques, What A Day!, Neuchâtel
© Mines d'asphalte


Planeta Magic in Saint-Blaise


550m2 where children between 1 and 10 years old can let off steam! Giant inflatable carpet, mini football/hockey/handball pitch, trampolines, ball pools, toddler area, table football, etc...

How to get there:

  • by car (10 minutes, view map)
  • by bus to St-Blaise centre (free with the Neuchâtel Tourist Card) then on foot, 8 minutes

Opening hours and rates:

  • Open every day from 10am to 7pm (fall/winter)
  • Price: CHF 8.50 for 1 hour / CHF 12.00 for 2 hours

Restaurant :

  • There is a bar on site
  • Manor Centre nearby

More information and options: or Facebook


Planeta Magic, Saint-Blaise, Neuchâtel


Other activities to do when it rains

There are plenty of activities to do in our region when the weather is bad... here are a few more ideas for young and old children:

  • Cinema : Neuchâtel has 7 cinemas, there is always something to suit you, visit website.
  • Bowling: for bowling fans, go either to
  • Escape game: rack your brains to get out in time...
  • Museums (most are free with the Neuchâtel Tourist Card)
    • International Watchmaking Museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds: go back in time and explore the history of watchmaking,  visit website
    • Find out what's going on in Neuchâtel's museums at