Local History

Schloss Colombier. Bild/Photo: TES.

The Castles of Colombier and Boudry

The castles of Colombier and Boudry in the canton of Neuchâtel remind us of ancient (Roman and medieval) times. On the site of the present castle of Colombier stood since the 1st century a Roman villa with an area of about 500m2. The estate was at that time already situated on an extensive road network between the crossing of the rivers Areuse in Boudry and the Seyon in Neuchâtel. 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 country roads, on which one crossed the Jura passes and finally reached the Saône plain via the Val-de-Travers. It was only with the construction of the cantonal road and the A5 motorway in the twentieth century that the centuries-old link became irrelevant.  Nowadays the castle of Colombier is a military training centre and houses a history museum, the castle of Boudry is a (wine) museum. (Source and further information: www.milvignes.ch).