Auvernier. Photo/Foto: TES.

Auvernier on Lake Neuchâtel

One of the many beautiful villages in Switzerland is located on Lake Neuchâtel. The wine and fishing village Auvernier was already inhabited around 5000 BC.

When the water level of the lake dropped during the first works of the Juragewässerkorrektion (1868-1891), the remains of stilt houses from the first centuries B.C. were found.

The bay of Auvernier gives shelter and lends itself well to this. Because of this sheltered location, there is now also a marina.

The name Auvernier appears for the first time in a document from 1011 with the designation “Averniacum”. Rudolf III (970-1032), king of the kingdom of Burgundy (888-1032), gave the village to his wife Ermengarde of Neuchâtel.

Winegrowing and fishing determined the economy of the village for centuries. The beautiful houses and wine cellars from the 16th and 17th centuries bear witness to this past. They are located on the Grand Rue, which is still the centre of the village.

Today, Auvernier is a commuter village, artists’ and craftsmen’s workshops and a lakeside beach.

However, the views are still picturesque, including views of the Alps, from the Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch to Mont Blanc.