The Val-de-Travers seems to have all the ingredients to provide you with a visit loaded with colours and flavours. Unforgettable landscapes marked by gorges (Areuse, Poëta-Raisse) and forests, mountains (Creux du Van) and mines (Asphalte) await you. As well as endless cultural escapades: museums, steam trains and ski slopes, even stories about celebrities, like Jean-Jacques Rousseau who lived in Môtiers from 1762 to 1765.
But the Val-de-Travers offers above all products with strong character and history – be it its Absinthe, which had long been forced into clandestinity, or the Ham cooked in asphalt, extracted from mines that were once some of the most important in Europe.
Get a taste of the Val-de-Travers by visiting its museums and distilleries, tasting its many specialties, and strolling through the region without moderation!
Absinthe from the Val-de-Travers: in the land of the green fairy
The flagship drink of the Val-de-Travers, condemned to secrecy for nearly a century, absinthe is said to have been invented by Mother Henriod in the 18th century. Dive into the mysterious and fascinating world of this “Green Fairy”, which has its roots in its native land.
Other products to discover in the region
While Absinthe is the star of the Val-de-Travers, many other culinary specialties can be found in the region, such as Ham cooked in asphalt, many cheeses, buffalo meat, sparkling wines, and a few sweet things.
Prepare your stay
Dive into the heart of the Val-de-Travers, a region with varied landscapes and unique activities. Whether you love gastronomy, history, culture or nature, the valley will charm you with its many assets.