Wherever we travel, we’re always on the look-out for animals, hoping to spot a black bear foraging for berries, elk browsing, or otters playing in the waves. Even a surprise visit from a curious wee mouse in our campsite is enough to turn an ordinary night into an entertaining and memorable evening. We tend to be less enthusiastic about birds unless they’re birds of prey. Nonetheless, birds are critters too and after two months in Switzerland, we’re feeling the lack of wildlife. So despite looming rain clouds, we headed to Lake Neuchatel for a day of hiking at the Grande Caricaie, the largest wetlands in the country.
After leaving the wetlands, we struck off down a new road to explore a different route home. What started out as a narrow gravel, then dirt road became a narrower path just barely wide enough for our borrowed Toyota Yaris.
We were a bit stumped when that essentially dead-ended in what could only be a walking trail.
With no turn around, we backed the quarter-mile or so to the last fork in the road and found a new, new route home. We figured our friends who loaned us the car would appreciate it if we didn’t take their Yaris 4byin in the Swiss wetlands.
The Grande Caricaie was such a surprise for us. We didn’t expect to find a wetlands in the heart of Switzerland!
It’s definitely a beautiful place for any nature-lover to while away an afternoon.
Know Before You Go
Parking is free, as are the wetlands.
Swimming, canoeing, and kayaking are allowed in some areas of the lake and are marked with giant yellow buoys to indicate no public access or wooden pilings to mark public access.
If you’re interested in trying Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), read our post about 9 Reasons to SUP Lake Neuchatel. If you don’t have your own boards, you can rent them at the lake!