Three Lakes Region
The lake of Neuchâtel was in the nineteenth century very popular with (English) tourists because of the beautiful view of the Alps and, from the construction of the railway, the excellent accessibility. The Grand Hotels are a reminder of this ‘belle époque’ of the canton and the city in particular. The industry (including watchmaking, asphalt, absinthe, tourism, services) and its favourable location led to prosperity in the canton and considerable growth of the city of Neuchâtel. The beautiful Jura mountains, the Alps and the Three Lakes region (Drei-Seen-Land/Pays des Trois-Lacs) made Neuchâtel an attractive location for people and industry. The Mönch, Jungfrau, Eiger and a little further away the Mont Blanc and Les Dents du Midi are and were the witnesses.