Local History

Neuchâtel, 19e siècle. Galeries de l'histoire, Neuchâtel. Photo/Foto: TES.

Neuchâtel from Village to City

The tribe of Helvetians inhabited the area of the canton of Neuchâtel before the arrival of the Romans in 15-13 BC. the Laténium in Hauterive show the pile dwellings and other Celtic objects from this period.

Rudolph III (977-1032), the last king of the Kingdom of Burgundy (888-1032) built a new castle (Novum Castellum) on a hill.

Six models in the Galeries de l’histoire illustrate the history of the city and the castle.

Neuchâtel is a city of around 40 000 inhabitants nowadays and the capital of the French-speaking canton of Neuchâtel.

(Source: J. Bujard and others, Histoire du canton de Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel 2014).