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 western Switzerland. The lake is mainly in the canton of Neuchâtel, but is also part of Vaud, Fribourg, and Berne. Lake Geneva and Lake of Constance are larger, but the part of them that is in Switzerland is smaller. Lake Neuchatel is the largest lake entirely in Switzerland. It is the 59th largest lake in Europe. Tourism is important near the lake. Also, wine is made there (mainly white wine). The city of Neuchâtel, on the lake, is known for watch-making, and tapestries called Indiennes.

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