Le Chaumont: Neuchâtel’s local mountain

A richly varied family day out in nature

The ridge between Lake Neuchâtel and Val de Ruz is Neuchâtel’s local mountain. It is both a panoramic viewpoint, and a place for enjoyment and activity – fun, in fact, for the whole family.

The funicular railway takes you from Neuchâtel La Coudre to Chaumont in comfort. Once at the top, a few short steps is all it takes before you reach a large playground, a climbing park, a lookout tower, the starting point of the Time Trail, picnic and barbecue spots, and the Restaurant Petit Hotel.

Time Path

The “Sentier du Temps” (“Time Path”) 

This 4 km-long walking route takes you from the funicular railway mountain station on the Chaumont mountain down to Neuchâtel. Along the way, 17 sculptures tell the story of the Earth from the Big Bang to the dawn of humankind.

Distance: 4 kilometres
Elevation difference: 500 metres (descent)
Duration: 1 – 1,5 hours
Level of difficulty: Medium, with some steep sections. Good footwear is recommended.

Pratical informations

This hike of 4.5 km takes you from the top of the Chaumont funicular to Neuchâtel. All along the trail, 17 wood statues retrace the history of the earth from the “Big Bang” to the appearance of man. 

  • Distance: 4.5 kilometers
  • Difference in altitude: 500 meters (downhill)
  • Duration: approximately 1 hour
  • Difficulty: Medium, but with some steep sections. Good footwear is recommended.

Climbing park

Parc Aventure Chaumont

The Chaumont climbing park offers fun, exercise and action for the whole family in natural woodland surroundings. On 11 courses with more than 150 climbing installations offering different levels of challenge, everyone can test their nerves and enjoy a fun experience. The “Mini” course is designed for absolute climbing novices and can be accessed by children as young as two years of age.

Availability Today (Tuesday) open

Operating times, Funiculaire de Chaumont

The funicular railway operates daily all year round in accordance with the timetable


Subject to change without prior notice


Prices for the funicular railway

  • CHF 4.40 Adults Single ticket
  • CHF 2.20 Adults with Half-Fare Card
  • CHF 2.20 Children 6–15.99 years

GA travelcard, Junior travelcard and Children’s Co-travelcard are valid

Climbing park

  • from CHF 32.00 Adults
  • from CHF 23.00 Adolescents 12 - 15.99 years
  • from CHF 20.00 Children 8 - 11.99 years
  • from CHF 15.00 Children 4 - 7.99 years
  • from CHF 10.00 Small children - 3.99 years

How to get there

Take the train to Neuchâtel, then continue by bus to the “Neuchâtel, La Coudre” stop. From there, the funicular railway takes you to Chaumont in just 10 minutes.

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