Usually closed to the public, the donjon of the Chenaux castle reveals its secrets for a few months.
2018 rhymes with the European year of cultural heritage. The aim is to show how important the common cultural heritage is. Throughout Switzerland, the doors of certain historic buildings are opened to reveal the richness of their history.
In Estavayer-le-Lac, the donjon of the Chenaux castle is exceptionally open to the public. This rare piece, dating from the construction of the first castle started in 1284, is worth a visit. In the past, robbers were imprisoned there. Two wooden prisons are still there, the opportunity to immerse yourself, for a few moments, in the life of a prisoner.
The top floor of the donjon was used to raise pigeons. This function was abandoned with time, but the breathtaking view of the city and Lake Neuchâtel from the dovecote rewards the climb up the stairs.
Opening period: 4th June to 31st October 2018
Opening hours: every day from 9am to 7pm
Price: Free admission
Access to the keep: take the Chemin du Château, cross the drawbridge, the donjon’s door is on your left
Parking: Rue du Château (free 2 hours), Amarante (unlimited, 5 minutes on foot)