The Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel

Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921–90), the world-renowned writer and playwright, was also an avid painter and illustrator his whole life. The Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel (CDN) showcases his paintings as they relate to his literary works in a permanent exhibition. The museum also stages temporary exhibitions and events, and offers guided tours, workshops for schools, publications, a podcast and virtual tours. Designed by Mario Botta around Dürrenmatt’s former home, the CDN showcases parts of the writer and painter’s living space.

The CDN is close to the railway station in Neuchâtel, nestled in the heart of the green and leafy Vallon de l’Ermitage.

Permanent exhibition "Friedrich Dürrenmatt - writer and artist"

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Permanent exhibition

The permanent exhibition is devoted to Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s rich and highly diversified art, and to how it relates to his literary output.

Exhibition "Dürrenmatt, Hesse, Rilke und der Wein"

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Dürrenmatt, Hesse, Rilke, and Wine

3 February - 19 May 2024

The exhibition shows the role that wine and vines played for Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Hermann Hesse and Rainer Maria Rilke.

Living space

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Dürrenmatt’s living space

Discover Dürrenmatt's Sistine Chapel, his library, impressive office and other places steeped in history at the CDN.

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Virtual tours & multimédia

The CDN offers virtual tours to make Friedrich Dürrenmatt's work accessible to everyone around the world. The virtual tours allow you to explore the large permanent exhibition room, past temporary exhibitions and access to a media library.



Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel
Pertuis-du-Sault 74
2000 Neuchâtel
T +41 58 466 70 60
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Opening hours

Wednesday to Sunday 11:00 – 17:00 

F. Dürrenmatt's office: Saturday, 11 am-1.30 pm. and 2 pm-4.45 pm.

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Visite guidée et apéritif

Dimanche 21 avril 2024 de 16h à 18h30
Entrée : 25.- sur réservation

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Le CDN en famille

Dimanche 28 avril 2024 de 14h à 15h.
Visite guidée de l’expo «vin» et en parallèle, visite-atelier créatif pour les enfants. Entrée libre.

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Visite guidée et apéritif

Dimanche 5 mai 2024 de 16h à 18h30.
Entrée : 25.- sur réservation