Les Moulins Souterrains du Col-des-Roches au Locle


Useful Information

Location: 2km from the center of Le Locle.
Open: MAY to OCT daily 10-17:00, tours at 10:15, 11:30, 13:30, 14:45, 16:00.
NOV to APR Tue-Fri 14-17, tours at 14:15, 15:30, Sat-Sun 14-17, tours at 14:30, 16.
Closed 24-DEC to 02-JAN.
[2010]
Fee: Adults CHF 14, Children (6-18) CHF 7, Students CHF 11.50, Family (2+2) CHF 30.
Groups: Adults CHF 9.50, Children (6-18) CHF 4, Students CHF 8.
[2010]
Classification:  Karst cave  River cave
Light: electric
Dimension: T=7°C.
Guided tours: D=50min.
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Accessibility:  
Bibliography: Van der Paas, Jan Paul (1996): Underground mills at Col des Roches (NE), In: Speleophilately International, Schimmert (NL), Nr. 49, 1996, S. 26. Fig. N1824
Address: Fondation des Moulins souterrain du Col-des-Roches, Col 23, 2400 Le Locle, Tel: +41-32-9318889, Fax: +41-32-9318915. E-mail: contact
Ville du Locle, Secrétariat aux Musées, 2400 Le Locle, Tel: +41-32-9316262, Fax: +41-32-9318989.
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
Please check rates and details directly with the companies in question if you need more recent info.
Last update:$Date: 2015/08/30 21:52:41 $

History

 
1660underground mills created by Jonas Sandoz.
1844-45renovated and new mill erected by Jean-Georges Eberlé.
1973start of development as a museum.
1987opened to the public.

Description

A factory in a cave! The underground mills of Col-des-Roche, are unique in Europe and a testimony to man's ingenuity and courage. On a 400 year old historical site 2km from the centre of the town, visitors can plunge into an underground world to discover an astonishing use of hydraulic energy. Formerly, the water forced its way through the mass of limestone that blocked its path. Gradually, generations of millers hewed away the rock, dug wells and aqueducts so as to build, perfect and power an impressive system of hydraulic wheels, mills, paddles and saws. The history of these men is illustrated throughout the cave and in its museum.


Text by Tony Oldham (JUN-2001). With kind permission.


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