Moulins souterrains du Col-des-Roches

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Moulins souterrains du Col-des-Roches

Moulins souterrains du Col-des-Roches
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Muller-reizen-op-pad
The Netherlands359 contributions
Surprising!
Aug 2021
Strange to see this under the ground watermills! But a great walk! Not suitable for wheelchairs. I loved it.
Written 24 August 2021
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olivierc47
Le Grand Saconnex, Switzerland78 contributions
Very interesting
Jun 2021
A cool place (with every meaning, 7° C all year round) with very good explanations and impressive view of mills used in older times driven by an underground river. Fascinating. Do not miss the museum that is attached to it.
Written 26 June 2021
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66justinea
Wengen, Switzerland34 contributions
Unique and fascinating visit
Sep 2020 • Couples
Although the information on the boards was mainly in French with some in German additionally; we were given audio handsets with English which guided us through the caves with a good balance of history and humour so didn’t feel we missed anything at all. Was very evocative and could imagine them in working conditions vividly!

The caves were fascinating and thought the reconstruction was very well done, only thing I could suggest is a photo display of the renovation as would have loved to have seen this!

The exhibition upstairs was interesting and a few extras to give entertainment. This part would have nice to have an English translation.
Written 25 September 2020
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Cockroftd
London, UK71 contributions
Unique experience
Sep 2020 • Friends
The underground mills were an extraordinary example of Swiss ingenuity and expertise. The visitor is well thought out with a good audio guide and plenty of stops. It's cold. jacket and sensible shoes essential.
Written 5 September 2020
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CAAbcfc
Zurich, Switzerland203 contributions
Really special and absolutely worth a visit
Aug 2020
There are plenty of clock and watch museums to see in the area but this is an alternative not to miss. It's unique, historical and quite amazing how the old caves and mill wheels have been restored and displayed. The audio guide is a must (English available). There are steps (some steep) to be negotiated as you descend to the lower levels but these did not deter the seniors involved in this visit!. Free parking and very friendly staff.
Written 1 September 2020
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Kingsley Flint
Cossonay, Switzerland174 contributions
Good Lord! With all the health and safety nonsense?
Jul 2020
Really excellent underground tour up and down stairways inside caves, to see how the underground mills worked with falling water. A waterwheel is turning, illustrating well how it worked. A very nice little museum completes the trip. We got in with our free ticket in the ‘La Magie des Lieux’ booklet of entry tickets we bought with the package deal at our hotel ‘les rives du Doubs’
Written 10 July 2020
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westcoasthiker1
Vancouver, Canada113 contributions
Excellent museum
Aug 2019 • Couples
Using our Neuchatel tourist card we took a trip to Le Locle to visit two museums. Unbeknownst to us this museum is a 30 minute walk from the actual town. We could have taken a bus but the day was lovely so off we went. The walk itself is easy to do and the museum is very easy to find. Upon entry you are loaned a headset with information about the museum given in various languages. The commentary is very informative and does a good job at explaining the various areas of the underground mill. There are a lot of steps to go up and down so wear appropriate shoes and take a jacket as it is cool in there. Would highly recommend this museum as a place to visit.
Written 21 August 2019
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Taylor E
Stockton-on-Tees, UK6 contributions
An intriguing and educational point of interest
Jul 2019 • Couples
My partner and I visited this incredible watermill using the Neuchatel tourist card we were given at our camping which allowed us free entry. It was a welcome respite to go underground as the heat outside was around 30+ degrees, however, if you are a cold or chilly person then I recommend taking a jacket or coat in the tunnels.
The staff member we spoke to was extremely friendly and helpful, making us feel quite welcome in the building when we arrived. We took the free audio guides with us in English to get more of an understanding of the mill as we explored. I do feel like it may not be a particularly easy place to keep children occupied but it was a good afternoon out for us as a young couple.
The tunnels are incredible and impressive, definitely worth visiting, with or without the free tourist card.
Written 3 August 2019
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Plymouthtraveller8
Plymouth253 contributions
An amazing underground industrial undertaking
Jun 2019 • Couples
The land around Le Locle in the 19th century was marshy and boggy and unable to support the construction of a mill driven by water. However a little way from the town the water dissapeared underground and when a search revealed an underground cave and river system it was decided to build a saw mill, with a milling facility for grain and a vertical press to extract olive oil and the like all underground.
The natural caves housed these mills which were driven by a total of five water wheels, two are now in place but are not the originals. As the cave system is naturally ventilated, the interior stays at a constant 7 degrees, so a coat or warm clothing is recommended as our visit took 80 minutes..
Large felled trees were taken underground by a series of slides and were cut and the planks of timber were taken back to the surface by the same slides. All the grain milling of the area took place here, albeit on a different level to the saw mill and in those days locals brought their grain to the miller to be milled and he was paid not with money, but with a percentage of the unmilled grain.
It would be easy to continue this review with more facts and general information, but you need to visit this complex and see this remarkable undertaking for yourself.
If you have impaired mobility, I am sorry to say that this is not the place for you, access to the cave complex is via lots of steps, many slippery and most of them steep and narrow. You descend 23 metres underground with water droplets falling on you and the less agile amongst us would find the conducted tour too hard. The tour is conducted in French & German, but an audio phone is available in other languages including English.
Our only dissapointment was that our group was too large with nearly 50 people involved. Many of the platforms are very small so such a large group made the visit unwieldly.
Written 29 June 2019
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MC F
Zurich, Switzerland13 contributions
Fascinating view into the life of daring underground millers
Oct 2018 • Family
Unique tour of underground mills erected by enterprising millers in the 18th and 19th century. Very helpful audio guides available.
Wear warm clothes and good shoes - it's cold and slippery underground!
Written 16 October 2018
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