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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.

Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990) became world famous for his plays and novels. But he also drew and painted with fervour: «Writing was his craft, painting was his passion». The Centre Dürrenmatt allows you to discover this less known facet of the writer and links his drawings and paintings with his literary work. The museum also regularly presents temporary exhibitions linking literature and painting and offering a fresh look at the world.

Built by Mario Botta, the building of the Dürrenmatt Centre is worth a visit alone because of its exceptional architecture. Located in the idyllic Hermitage valley above Neuchâtel, it offers a breathtaking view of the lake and the Alps. The house where Friedrich Dürrenmatt and his family lived was integrated into the Dürrenmatt Centre. The personal library and the toilet decorated with a fresco painted by Dürrenmatt are preserved in their original state.

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    Opening times Today (Wednesday) open


    Mon–Tues    closed
    Wed–Sun     11.00-17.00 hours


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    Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel admission fee

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

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

    Free entry:

    Swiss Museum Pass, Raiffeisen card, proArte 26 Card, Musées Neuchâtelois Card

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

    How to get there

    Travel comfortably by train to Neuchâtel. Approximate 15 minute walk from the station you can reech the Centre Dürrenmatt

    Suggestion BLS

    If you are in the vicinity, you should make a stop at the botanical garden of Neuchâtel or take a walk allong the time path

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