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Here are some family activities to do in the region when it rains or the weather is bad.


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 April to October, open every day from 10am to 5pm
  • Visit with audioguide (FR/DE/IT/EN) or guided tours at 11am (in German) and 3pm (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: www.lesmoulins.ch

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 April to November, open every day from 9.30am to 5pm (Asphalt Story exhibition and Miners' Garden)
  • Guided tours of the mines only! Every day at 10.30am and 2pm + 12pm and 4pm in July/August
  • 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: www.mines-asphalte.ch
Ticketing: www.mines-asphalte.ch/billetterie/ 

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:

  • Times vary according to the day and the weather. See the Facebook page of the establishment for more information.
  • 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:  planetamagic-neuch.ch 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
    • La Chaux-de-Fonds at XL Bowling (closed from 18 July to 18 August), visit website 
    • Muntelier (BE) at The Bowling (ask for opening hours), visit website
  • Escape game: rack your brains to get out in time...
    • in Neuchâtel, Escape or not (closed from 21 to 30 July and from 24 August to 17 September), visit website
    • in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Escape now, visit website
    • in Neuchâtel/La Neuveville/Gampelen, Escape Infinity, visit website
  • 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 museesdeneuchatel.ch