Neuchâtel from the east: engraving by Mérian (1645)



Even the humblest of our ancestors were affected by the times in which they lived.  They lived through war and peace, changes of government, plague and famine, whether they wished it or not.  They experienced the Reformation, social change, the gradual emergence of democracy and industrialisation.  In the following pages, we present a brief history of Neuchâtel to put our ancestors' lives in context.


The timeline gives key events in Switzerland and Neuchâtel from 998 AD to the present day.


The upper and lower parts of the canton obviously share much of their history, but there were some major differences between the lakeshore and the mountains.