The Castles of Colombier and Boudry
20 September 2020
The castles of Colombier and Boudry in the canton of Neuchâtel are a reminder of ancient (Roman and medieval) times.
The medieval castle of Colombier was built on the fundaments of a Roman villa from the first century AD. The estate of around 500 m2 was situated on the crossroads of the rivers Areuse in Boudry and the Seyon in Neuchâtel and a road.
The transport ran north of the villa along the southern foot of the Jura. It was the centuries-old link between the waterways of the Three Lakes region and the Jura passes. Travellers reached the Saône plain via the Val-de-Travers.
The construction of the cantonal road and the A5 motorway in the twentieth century that made the centuries-old connection irrelevant.
The castle is a military training centre nowadays and houses a history museum.
The medieval castle of Boudry is a (wine) museum and presents the history of the vineyards and winegrowers for over two thousand years.
(Source and further information: www.milvignes.ch).