Neuchâtel and the Belle Époque
The history of Neuchâtel goes back to the Counts of Neuchâtel (until 1395), local rulers (1395-1543), the house of Orléans-Longueville (1543-1707), the King of Prussia (1707-1806), French rule (1806-1813), Swiss canton in a personal union with the King of Prussia (1815-1856) and finally formal renunciation of all rights and claims by the King of Prussia in 1856.
Neuchâtel is republic and canton of the Swiss Federation (the formal name is République et Canton de Neuchâtel). The city and its economically thriving hinterland with wine-growing, trade, and watchmaking (especially in Le Locle and La Chaud-de-Fonds) knew a vibrant Belle Époque. This is the subject and theme of guided tours offered by the local tourist office in German, Italian, French, and English. The historical center and the boulevard, architecture, (English) tourism, the many restaurants, casinos, social life, clothing, and famous inhabitants and visitors are presented (further information: (www.neuchateltourisme.ch).