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Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel

Literature and art in dialogue

The Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921–1990) won a worldwide reputation for his plays and novels. As well as his writing, Dürrenmatt retained a great passion for drawing and painting throughout his life. The Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel (CDN) showcases the great man’s artworks alongside his literary oeuvre and regularly hosts temporary thematic exhibitions focusing on the works of other artists. These help to contextualise Dürrenmatt’s activities as a writer and painter.

Opening times Today (Thursday) open

The attraction is open all year.

Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel opening times

Mon–Tues    closed
Wed–Sun     11.00-17.00 hours

Guided tours by prior arrangement. These can be combined with a drink and snack.

Subject to change without prior notice


Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel admission fee

  • CHF 8.00 Adults
  • CHF 5.00 Concession*
  • CHF 5.00 Groups of 10 or more

* Concessions: Students, apprentices, unemployed, AHV/IV recipients

Free entry:

Swiss Museum Pass, Swiss Museums Association (VMS) Card, ICOM Card, IAA Card (International Association of Art), Raiffeisen card, proArte 26 Card, Musées Neuchâtelois Card

Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration.


The CDN organises a range of events, most notably the Salon Dürrenmatt series, involving Dürrenmatt’s contemporaries, researchers and his wider audience. Performances and concerts of contemporary music are also featured. In addition, the CDN is also offering a new communication service for German-speaking school groups. The Centre Dürrenmatt, designed by Mario Botta, incorporates the former home of the Swiss writer and painter. It is located in the Vallon de l’Ermitage close to the Botanical Gardens in Neuchâtel. Situated above the town, the museum’s terrace offers a breathtaking view of the lake and the distant Alps.

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