Knowledge & culture

From the Absinthe House to the Asphalt Mines

Discover two fascinating places in Val-de-Travers

Begin your excursion to Val-de-Travers with a visit to the Absinthe House where you can learn all the secrets of the “Green Fairy”. The programme then continues with a visit to the Asphalt Mines, including a tasting of the famous ham cooked in hot asphalt, followed by a tour of the underground tunnels.

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Opening times Today (Thursday) 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

2 November to 31 March

Fri             11.00–16.30 hours
Sat             11.00–16.00 hours
Sun            11.00–16.30 hours

1 April to 1 November

Fri             9.30–17.00 hours
Sat             9.30–22.00 hours
Sun            9.30–17.00   Hours 

Subject to change without prior notice


The Absinthe House

  • CHF 12.00 Adults
  • CHF 12.50 OASI/IV, trainees, students
  • CHF 10.00 Children (aged 6-17.99)
  • CHF 42.50 Families (2nd child free) (2 Erwachsene und 2-3 Kinder)

Asphalt Mines

  • CHF 16.00 Adults
  • CHF 12.50 Students, trainees
  • CHF 10.00 Children (aged 6-15.99)

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

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


After your arrival in the pretty village of Môtiers in the heart of Val-de-Travers, you can discover the Absinthe House and the secrets of the Green Fairy thanks to an interactive exhibition and tastings of local absinthes. Once you enter the Asphalt Mines, you will first get to sample the house speciality, ham cooked in asphalt, and then explore the underground tunnels.
During the journey into the mountain, you will learn how the miners extracted the asphalt over the course of around three centuries, thereby creating a maze of tunnels stretching over 100 kilometres in total length.

You can also advance-book a culinary workshop at the Absinthe House.

The guided tours of the Asphalt Mines are offered in German, French, English and Italian.
On one weekend a month, the “Mystery of Val-de-Travers” game is organised. Participation is open to everyone.

How to get there

Travel comfortably by train via Neuchâtel to La Presta Mines d'asphalte.

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