Creux du Van, Canton de Neuchâtel. Photo/foto: TES.

Creux du Van

The Creux du Van is a protected nature reserve in the Jura on the shores of Lake Neuchâtel. Mountains up to 1 400 metres, forests, meadows, rivers, gorges and mighty cliffs characterise the area. It is not only an ideal place for hiking, but also offers good winter sports opportunities, especially for raquette, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. It is also an ideal area for flora and fauna, with a lot of precipitation, but also plenty of sunshine and fertile soil.

Wildlife and predators were abundant until the colonisation in the 16th and 17th centuries. The last bear in the Creux du Van was shot in 1757. At the beginning of the 20th century there was not much wildlife left and the large predators were exterminated. Today, however, deer,  mountain goats, ibex, Lynx and small animals are present again.  Humans, however, have never affected the rocky outcrops and gorges. These are of great wild beauty.