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Môtiers, Maison de l'Absinthe. Photo/Foto: TES.

House of Absinthe Môtiers

Môtiers (canton of Neuchâtel) was not only one of the places of residence of Jean Jacques Rousseau from 1762-1765 but was and still is the regional capital of the Absinth industry in the Val-de-Travers. Absinth was mainly produced in a region that stretched from Pontarlier in France to Noiraigue in Switzerland (canton of Neuchâtel). It is a popular green alcoholic beverage based on the plant absinthe (Artemisia absinthium) and anise and fennel seeds. The drink was forbidden around 1905 in Germany, France, Switzerland and most other European countries, because of its bad image and alcoholism. The production went underground, however, and the ban was lifted in 2005 when new medical insights freed the drink of its bad image.

The House of Absinthe (Maison de l‘Absinthe) is a centre dedicated to the history, production and (drinking) culture of absinthe, including its almost mythical illegal period. It is a museum in as far it shows the past, regional relevance and production, but it is House when it shows the place of this beverage nowadays and its worldwide popularity, recognition and export. (Source and further information: (www.maison-absinthe.ch).