The Creux du Van, an impressive rocky basin, is located in the Swiss Jura on the border between the cantons of Neuchâtel and Vaud in the Val de Travers.
With a width of around 1200 meters and a depth of 500 meters, the vertical rock faces of the basin extend over a total length of around four kilometers. The area is located near Mont Soliat at an altitude of 1200 to 1450 meters and has been protected since 1972.
The formation of the basin is probably due to erosion. The ground is covered with moraine and landslide material on which fir and beech trees thrive. In the middle of the basin, below the unwooded part, is the Fontaine Froide spring, whose water is constantly cold all year round and has a temperature of 4°C.
The majestic rock faces of the Creux du Van provide a habitat for ibex and chamois. In 1770, the area was last inhabited by a bear, which was shot there. In order to revitalize the population, a pair of lynxes from the Slovakian Carpathians were released into the region in 1974 and 1975. Since then, they have contributed to the recolonization of the area.
The area, which is both geologically and botanically valuable, is a popular excursion destination and is best reached on foot from Noiraigue. By car, you can reach the Ferme du Soliat restaurant at the top of the cirque via Couvet or Saint-Aubin-Sauges.
In the immediate vicinity of the Creux du Van is another natural wonder: the Areuse gorge between Noiraigue and Boudry. An impressive hiking trail with bold steps and bridges provides fascinating insights into this breathtaking natural spectacle.
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The Creux du Van is a cirque in the Swiss Jura on the border between the cantons of Neuchâtel and Vaud in the Val de Travers. It is about 1200 m wide and 500 m deep. The total length of the rock walls, which drop vertically around 160 meters, is around four kilometers. The area is at Mont Soliat at 1200 to 1450 m.
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