Local History

Ins, Rathaus. Foto/Photo:TES

Anestre becomes Ins

As early as the Neolithic period (4000-1800 B.C.), the area around Ins (Anet in French) was inhabited. The Roman period has also left its traces.

The first mention dates from 851 in a chronicle: Villa de Anes. In 1009, the first mention is found in a charter in the old French language: Anestre.

At the beginning of the 13th century, Ins belonged to the county of Neuchâtel-Nidau. In 1376 the village fell under Savoy together with Erlach (Cerlier).

Bern conquered the area together with the seigneurie of Erlach during the Burgundian Wars (1474-1476). Since then, it has been German-speaking and is part of the canton of Bern.