revives ancient walls
out of curiosity
Where? Start: at the Estavayer-le-Lac tourist office (pick up information brochure)
What? Trendy street art tour of 15 contemporary works of urban art. Painted, shaped, sprayed or folded artworks can be found in the medieval town. Talented street artists from all over Europe present their works, do live painting or offer workshops during the Artichoke Festival, which takes place every second year (next edition in 2021).
How to take the tour? On foot or by bike. It gets even more interesting when accompanied by a city guide (on request - contact below).
When? The tour is accessible all year round and takes about 1 hour.
Price? Free. An information guide about the artists and their works can be purchased for 15.- CHF at the tourist office.
Fun fact: A total of 788 metal origami have been attached to one of the ancient walls for french artist Mademoiselle Maurice's street art work.
Contact: Estavayer / Payerne Tourism Tel. +41 (0) 26 662 66 80, firstname.lastname@example.org
Grande Cariçaie by canoe
Lapping waves, singing birds: Situated by the shore of Lake Neuchâtel, the Grande Cariçaie is revealed in a different light when paddling through this nature reserve on a canoe, accompanied by a biologist. Experience nature differently.
QR code walking tour
Thanks to fifteen information stations, installed near the attractions and monuments of the city, the rich heritage of the historic town of Estavayer-le-Lac is highlighted. The tour can be done in three languages: French, German and English.
Abbey reopening July 2020
Reopen this smmer, the Abbey offers 20 stations that retrace its history, decor and sculptures. The visit lasts 1.5 h with 5 immersive experiences, five interactive terminals and three viewpoints of the building, all enhanced by a soundscape.
The shores of Lake Neuchâtel are a wonderful leisure zone. Walking and observing in the Grande Cariçaie nature reserve, swimming and enjoying the sun on natural beaches or out on the water for sport... here you can simply relax and tank on healthy energy.
Eat & sleep
Hotel & Restaurant Le Rive Sud
The historic building offers 21 rooms, some of which brand new. The brasserie invites you to relax. In the "Véranda" you can enjoy high-quality cuisine with a view of the old town, including some local specialties.
La Nouvelle Plage
Pods & camping
On the family-friendly beach, known for its water ski lift, you can meet for a game of volleyball or to try out various water sports. Rentable pods with kitchen, bathroom and space for up to four people offer uncomplicated and comfortable accommodation.
Restaurants with lake view
The southern shore of Lake Neuchâtel offers fine sandy beaches, lots of nature and legendary sunsets. Find the most beautiful restaurants with lake views – may it be a beach bar, a hip «buvette» or a fancy fish restaurant.
Estavayer & Payerne Region
Campsites on Lake Neuchâtel
The campsites on the southern shore of Lake Neuchâtel are close to nature, bordering the Grande Cariçaie nature reserve. Here you can spend a vacation near the beach with a wide range of activities and sports or simply enjoy some « dolce far niente ».