Your journey to the middle of the earth
Discover a wonderful region in the far west of Switzerland and dive into its fascinating history. Did you know that Val-de-Travers' natural asphalt was once exported all around the world? Two million tons of ore were mined here in the course of three centuries. Knowledgeable guides will take you through part of the remaining labyrinth of underground galleries, and you will be most impressed to see the enormous achievements of the workers who tunnelled through the mountain.
The unique "St Barbara meal"
After the guided tour of the mines, lunch will be served in the Café des Mines, which has a big fireplace and is full of old photographs. The lunch is also in memory of the asphalt miners and dedicated to St Barbara, their patron saint - the legendary dish of ham cooked in hot asphalt. A worldwide one-off!
The green fairy: facts, myths, and tasting
The spirit of the green fairy blows through the Val-de-Travers. At the Maison de l'Absinthe in the historical town of Môtiers you can discover the secrets of the days of black market distilleries, learn how the schnapps is made from wormwood, aniseed, fennel and various other herbs, and then try the fabled drink for yourself.
Size of group
10 to 200 people
all year round
Val-de-Travers, Neuenburger Jura
german, french, english
|inc. 7.7% VAT day programme|
|Children (up to 11)||37.00||/pers.|
Included in the price
|-||Guide through the asphalt mines (Travers)|
|-||St Barbara meal (Café des Mines)|
|-||Maison de l'Absinthe visit and tasting (2cl)|
|-||Travel to and from the location|
|-||Drinks with the lunch|
|-||Transport from the asphalt mines (La Presta) to the Maison de l'Absinthe (Môtiers)|
|-||Guided trip to the "Fontaine à Louis", absinthe tasting venue (90 minutes, 13.50 CHF/Person)|
|-||Visit to the Mauler sparking wine cellars (90 minutes, 13 CHF/Person)|
|-||Bicycle rental, e-bikes also available (22 - 64 CHF/person)|