Knowledge & culture


A journey between myth and reality – nature, culture and absinthe

On a journey through Val-de-Travers, you will discover the diversity of this region. During a day-long excursion, you can immerse yourself in cultural treasures, wonder at the unspoilt nature or enjoy countless kilometres of cross-country skiing pistes. Anyone who enjoys hiking can explore Val-de-Travers in winter with snowshoes. Not least, there are a host of regional specialities that guarantee a culinary finale. Probably the most famous is absinthe, also known as the green fairy. BLS takes you to various excursion destinations.


Snowshoe tour

Val-de-Travers is a paradise for winter activities. The area also offers a unique all-round view of the Alps and the Jura mountains in winter. Typical villages await you in the valleys, while the forests convey an impression of the High North with their dense fir trees. The snowshoe tour begins in La Robella and takes you all the way to the peak of Le Chasseron. Once you have reached the top, you have a breath-taking view of Lake Neuchâtel and the surrounding Alps. The entire winter hiking path is well signposted (tour map).

Starting and end point La Robella (the starting point can be reached on foot or with the chair lift from Buttes)
Distance 9.6 km
Hiking time 4 hours
Altitude difference 400 m
Degree of difficulty difficult

Cross-country skiing

Countless cross-country skiing routes offer skate skiers as well as traditional cross-country skiers a genuine paradise.

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Asphalt mines

Explore the underground tunnels. On this journey inside the mountain, you will discover how the miners extracted asphalt for about three centuries and in doing so created a tunnel labyrinth of 100 kilometres in total. First, you will enjoy the speciality of the house: ham cooked in asphalt. Guided tours of the asphalt mines are available in German, French, English and Italian.

Môtiers and Absinthe House

Discover the quaint village of Môtiers in the heart of Val-de-Travers. An interactive exhibition in the Absinthe House will familiarise you with the secrets of absinthe and with samples of the local absinthe. If you register in advance, you can book a culinary workshop.

Opening times Today (Saturday) open

The Absinthe House

Mon          Closed
Tue–Sat    10.00–18.00 hours
Sun           10.00–17.00 hours

Asphalt Mines

2 November to 31 March 

Mon–Fri     14.00  hours (only on demand)
Fri             14.00  hours
Sat            14.00 / 17.30  hours
Sun            14.00 hours

1 April to 1 November

Mon–Fri     10.30 14.00   hours
Sat             10.30 /  14.00  / 17.30  hours
Sun            10.30 14.00   hours

July and August

Daily         12.00/ 16.00 / 17.30  Hours

Café des Mines

1 April to 1 November

Fri             9.30–17.00 hours
Sat             9.30–17.00 hours
Sun            9.30–17.00   Hours 

2 November to 31 March

Fri             11.00–16.30 hours
Sat             11.00–17.00 hours
Sun            11.00–16.30 hours


Subject to change without prior notice


Asphalt Mines

  • CHF 16.00 Adults
  • CHF 12.50 Students, trainees
  • CHF 10.00 Children (aged 6-15.99)
  • CHF 42.50 Students, trainees (2 Erwachsene + 2-3 Kinder)

Asphalt Mines groups from 9 people

  • CHF 13.50 Adults
  • CHF 10.50 Students, trainees
  • CHF 7.00 Children (aged 6-15.99)
  • CHF 120.00 Mini-group max. 8 people

Absinthe House

Entry Exhibition

 + 1 tasting

+ 3 tastings

Adults CHF 12.00 CHF 17.00 CHF 19.00
Reduced (AHV, AI, apprentice, students) CHF 10.00 CHF 15.00 CHF 17.00
Children (6 - 18 years) CHF 5.00    
Family (2. child for free) CHF 25.00 CHF 35.00 CHF 39.00
Groups (from 10 persons)
Adults CHF 9.00 CHF 14.00 CHF 16.00
Children CHF 2.00    
Guided Torus CHF 100.00 flat rate + group rate    

Additional fares and personalised offers are available at

Combined offers (exhibition entry + 1 or 3 tastings) are also available.

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


  • Interaktiver Erlebnispfad in den Asphaltminen und in Môtiers
  • Hallenbad in Couvet
  • Skigebiet La Robella

Food and drink

As well as a variety of picnic areas around the Asphalt Mines, there are also plenty of places to get a bite to eat in Môtiers and the surrounding area.

How to get there

  • Two-month taster Half-Fare travelcard for CHF 33.00 Benefit now from the taster Half-Fare travelcard for 33 francs. Over a period of two months, allow us to convince you of the benefits of the Half-Fare travelcard. If you buy a Half-Fare travelcard immediately after your taster Half-Fare card has expired, we’ll credit you the 33 francs. Available from 17.1.-27.2.2022.

Travel in comfort by train via Neuchâtel to Fleurier. You will then continue by bus to Buttes, railway station. From here, it is only 10 minutes on foot to the chair lift valley station.


Asphalt Mines

Travel comfortably by train via Neuchâtel to La Presta Mines d'asphalte. From here, it is only 5 minutes on foot to the Asphalt Mines. 


The Absinthe House

Travel comfortably by train via Neuchâtel to Môtiers.

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