Gorges de l'Areuse

Areuse Gorge

Useful Information

Location: East of Noiraigue.
Open: no restrictions [2006]
Fee: free [2006]
Classification: GorgeGorge
Light: n/a
Guided tours:  
Address: Gorges de l'Areuse, Office du tourisme Val-de-Travers, 2108 Couvet, Tel: +41-32-889-6896.
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Gorges de l'Areuse is a narrow gorge through the limestones of the Jura. Folded by the Alpine orogeny, the limestone forms high ridges running northeast to southwest. But drainage is to the north and the south, and so rivers have to cross the ridges, which they do in gorges, locally also called cluse.

The Areuse river springs at Saint-Sulpice and drains to the south, towards Lac de Neuchâtel. But first it flows for a few kilometers parallel to the ridges northeast through the Val-de-Travers. Then it turns west, crosses the ridge in a steep gorge and flows into Lac de Neuchâtel near Grandchamp.