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It's the biggest of the 3 lakes of Jura and also the biggest lake, lying entirely on Swiss territories.


Lake of Neuchâtel / Neuenburgersee | Switzerland: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Degree of difficulty: Demanding
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: back to nature, with urban surroundings, for sporty people
Profile of waterway: Used by tourists only
Facilities groundside: Good

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Lake of Bienne (Bielersee) / Canal de la Thielle (Ziehlcanal) | Switzerland
Lake of Morat / Canal de la Broye | Switzerland

Lake of Neuenburg (Neuchâtel)
It is with its surface of 218km2 the biggest lake lying entirely in Switzerland. Neighboring the lake are the cantons of Neuenburg (Neuchâtel), Freiburg (Fribourg), Waadt (Vaud) and Berne. It is 38.3 km long and has a maximum width of 8.2 km. Maximum depth is of 152m. The most important towns on the lake are Yverdon les Bains and Neuenburg (Neuchâtel). Famous are the castles of Estavayer and Grandson. At Grandson the Swiss conquered “Karl den Kühnen” and put to flight the Capetians in 1476. Today the surrounding is very peaceful and many think of the lake to be the most beautiful in Switzerland.

Tourism
The Lake of Neuchâtel – the Swiss Sea – is together with Lake of Bienne and Lake of Morat the biggest linked water sport area of Switzerland. Between Yverdon, at the westerly end of the Lake of Neuchâtel and Solothurn at the end of the navigable river Aare, are all the same 107 kilometers. Besides, the three lakes are linked with the canals Broye and Zihl. At the southerly waterside kilometers of reed fields stand in front of the mellow hills of the midlands and the powerful backdrop of the Bernese Mountains with Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The northerly side is more intensely populated and goes soon into the steep hillside of the Jura, where the well known vines of Neuenburg grow.