Neuchâtel is a pulsating university city in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. It is one of the country's most beautiful cities. In the stunning countryside, there are lakes and undulating hills with woods where residents and visitors alike go hiking and climbing. One of the most attractive natural areas of the city's surroundings are the Jura Mountains. The Neuchâtel Region runs along the shores of the Lake of Neuchâtel and the Lake Bienne and is connected to the Lake of Morat by the La Broye Canal; these three lakes comprise the largest expanse of navigable water, entirely within Switzerland.

The city has a centuries old industrial tradition, based on innovation and advanced technologies. Neuchâtel is the canton with the highest concentration of watch making in Switzerland. Therefore, the canton has become a magnetic pole for micro technology and nanotechnology. The Swiss Center for Electronics and Micro Technology (CSEM), the University Institute of Micro Technology, the Jura School of Engineering (EIAJ), the Neuchâtel Observatory and the Neode Science and Technology Park form a remarkable density of innovation and research and development enterprises. Neuchâtel's expertise and taste for innovation are also expressed in the domains of biotechnology, IT engineering, optics and renewable energies.