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 and a podcast. 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"


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.

Living space

Sixtinische Kapelle

Dürrenmatt’s living space

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



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

Wednesday till Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00

Monday and Tuesday: closed

Friedrich Dürrenmatt's office can be visited on Saturdays from 11 am to 1.30 pm. and from 2 pm to 4.45 pm.

Public holidays: The CDN is open on public holidays that fall on a Wednesday to Sunday.

Eine Reise zu Duerrenmatt

Extra-muros «Eine Reise zu Dürrenmatt» im Zug von Bern nach Neuchâtel

Vom 7. Mai bis zum 22. Oktober 2022, an zwei Samstagen im Monat

Mit Reiseleitung von Gusti Pollak. Die Welt(en) des malenden Autors mit dem Zug er-fahren

Affiche Arsenal 2022

Vernissage der Ausstellung «Friedrich Dürrenmatt – Das Arsenal des Dramatikers»

Samstag, 28. Mai 2022 um 17 Uhr

Begrüssung von Madeleine Betschart, Ansprache von Julia Röthinger und Lesung von Simon Bonvin und Juliette Vernerey (auf Französisch).

Visite scenique 19.06.22

Szenischer Rundgang : Lesung, Spaziergang und Führung

Sonntag, 19. Juni 2022 um 14 Uhr

Spaziergang zum CDN und Lesung (auf Französisch), gefolgt von einer Ausstellungsführung mit Julia Röthinger, Kuratorin (auf Deutsch).