For our second day in Bern we took a day trip to Neuchatel, set on a large lake and near the French border it was a beautiful city. In Basel and Bern the predominant language spoken to us at sites and resturants was German. In Neuchatel we flipped back to French.
Our first stop was, you guessed it, an art museum! The Musee d’Art of d’Histoire set right outside the lake harbor was a small museum with one very packed full room of impressionist art -Courbet, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Alfred Sisley all in one room.
We enjoyed the park on Lac de Neuchatel and walked by a red stone church and took a peek inside.
After a bite of lunch we took the city bus to the Chaumont Panoramic Funicular Railway. A single line rail car that gets pulled up the mountain by a large pulley, it provided great views of the lake, surrounding cities and the distant Alps.
There were a few hotels and houses at the top and it was a very peaceful setting.
We climbed up a observation tower close to the station for the very best views. On the way down we rode with 20 excited 8-10 year old who had spent the day sledding. They all have big plastic sleds with runners and everything.