Lake Neuchâtel

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Lake Neuchâtel
French: Lac de Neuchâtel
German: Neuenburgersee
Lac de neuchatel.jpg
With Lakes Biel and Morat in the background
Karte Neuenburgersee.png
Coordinates46°54′N 6°51′E / 46.900°N 6.850°E / 46.900; 6.850Coordinates: 46°54′N 6°51′E / 46.900°N 6.850°E / 46.900; 6.850
Primary inflowsL'Orbe (La Thielle), Le Bey, La Brine, L'Arnon, Ruisseau de la Vaux, Le Vivier, L'Areuse, Le Seyon; Canal Oriental, Le Buron, Ruisseau de l'Epena, La Menthue, Ruisseau de Crêt Moron, Ruisseau de Longefont, Ruisseau de Robin, Ruisseau de la Molliette, Canal de la Broye
Primary outflowsZihlkanal / Canal de la Thielle
Catchment area2,670 km2 (1,030 sq mi)
Basin countriesSwitzerland
Max. length38.3 km (23.8 mi)
Max. width8.2 km (5.1 mi)
Surface area218.3 km2 (84.3 sq mi)
Average depth64.2 m (211 ft)
Max. depth152 m (499 ft)
Water volume13.77 km3 (11,160,000 acre⋅ft)
Residence time8.2 years
Surface elevation429 m (1,407 ft)
SettlementsNeuchâtel, Grandson, Yverdon, Estavayer-le-Lac (see list)

Lake Neuchâtel (French: Lac de Neuchâtel; German: Neuenburgersee) is a lake in the western part of Switzerland. The lake lies mainly in the canton of Neuchâtel, but is also shared by the cantons of Vaud, Fribourg, and Berne. Lake Geneva and Lake of Constance have a bigger surface, but the part of them that lies in Switzerland is smaller. Lake Neuchatel is the largest lake located entirely in Switzerland. It is the 59th largest lake in Europe. Tourism is important in the region around the lake. Also, wine is grown there (mainly white wine). The city of Neuchâtel, which lies on the borders of the lake is known for watch-making, and certain tapestries called Indiennes.

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