Local History

Auvernier. Photo/bild TES.


The first mention of Auvernier (canton Neuchâtel) was in 1011 in a document confirming a donation of Averniacum by Rudolph III (970-1032), the last king of the Kingdom of Burgundy.

Auvernier is located on the shores of Lake Neuchâtel. The place has been inhabited since Neolithic and Gallo-Roman times.

The lake-dwelling houses are a UNESCO world heritage site. Over a length of 1.5 km, there are at least ten places that were inhabited between the fourth and first millennium B.C. (see also the museum Laténium in Hauterive).

Fishing and viticulture were the main economic activities until 1945. The town is also known for the castle of Auvernier from 1559 and other buildings, squares and medieval streets.

The village (municipality of Milvignes since 2013) is a tourist destination nowadays with the marina and beach of Auvernier.

(Source: www.hls-dhs-dss.ch, Auvernier, Michel Egloff and Germain Hausmann, 2019; further information: www.milvignes.ch).