Local History

Schloss Colombier. Bild/Photo: TES.

The Castles of Colombier and Boudry

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 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.

(Source and further information: www.milvignes.ch).