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Creux du van

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The Creux du Van is a natural rocky cirque of approximately 1,400 metres of width and 150 metres of depth on the north side of Le Soliat. It is located in the Val de Travers district, in the Swiss canton of Neuchâtel. A very well known, amphitheatre-shaped natural attraction of the area, it is located at the heart of a nature reservation area of 15.5 km².

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A: creux du van 3

by juerg-lauper, less than 10 meters away

creux du van 3

B: Creux-du-Van, Switzerland

by R Ballard, 20 meters away

In the mountains south of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, is the Creux de Van, sometimes spelled Creux de Ven...

Creux-du-Van, Switzerland

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by juerg-lauper, 80 meters away

D: creux du van 7

by juerg-lauper, 80 meters away

creux du van 7

E: creux du van 9

by juerg-lauper, 200 meters away

creux du van 9

F: creux du van 13

by juerg-lauper, 400 meters away

creux du van 13

G: creux du van 15

by juerg-lauper, 430 meters away

creux du van 15

H: Creux-du-Van 2

by R Ballard, 710 meters away

In the mountains south of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, is the Creux-de-Van, sometimes spelled Creux de Ven...

Creux-du-Van 2

I: creux du van 17

by juerg-lauper, 740 meters away

creux du van 17

J: Creux-du-Van 3, Switzerland

by R Ballard, 760 meters away

In the mountains south of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, is the Creux-de-Van, sometimes spelled Creux de Ven...

Creux-du-Van 3, Switzerland

This panorama was taken in Switzerland, Europe

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