City Tour Neuchâtel

 “Obscure businesses” in Neuchâtel

Splendid mansions, palaces, and even public institutions such as the first library all bear witness to the lucrative transatlantic slave trade of the 17th -19th centuries. In the mercantile trade triangle between Europe, Africa and America merchant families of Neuchâtel, such as the Pourtalès, de Pury or Meuron made a fortune.

The guided city tour reports stories and shows important stations of this shady buisinesses in the picturesque old town of Neuchâtel. Perfect for company outings or team events ! Duration: 1.30 h, promenade, individual bookings for groups, upon request.

City Tours: Price per Person: 25.-,       +41 31 535 12 62


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The past is never dead. The journal WOZ wrote in their magazine about alternative ways to convey history. Our guided tour in Neuchâtel is one example. WOZ-Artikel “Alternative Stadtrundgänge”


Listen to the SRF radio transmission „Die schwarze Seite von Neuenburg“ and find out about the guided tour in Neuchâtel. The Cooperaxion city tour shows the traces of “obscure businesses” in Neuchâtel, explains the role of its merchant families in the transatlantic trade and informs about our sustainable projects on the former slave trade route.

Switzerland and the triangular trade

What role did Swiss businessmen play in the mercantile trade triangle of the 17th to the 19th centuries? Switzerland may not have had colonies or a fleet, but Swiss individuals profited from the trade with merchandise or slaves, just as other Europeans did. Merchant ships took cloth products and weapons from Europe to Africa, went on to the Americas with slaves, and returned to Europe with precious raw materials. During public events, cooperaxion regularly highlights the history of the transatlantic slave trade, and particularly the implication of Swiss citizens.

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The Slave Trade Data Bank provides a unique documentation of the Swiss business activities during the transatlantic slave trade of the 17th to 19thcenturies; searches can be conducted according to canton of origin, business region or full text. Subject-grouped background information on Switzerland’s role in the transatlantic slave trade can be found under documentation.

Support of partners in the South

cooperaxion collects funds to secure the sustainable development of the projects in Latin America and Africa – and even more. cooperaxion links, encourages and enables partner organisations along the earlier slave trade routes, more particularly in Liberia (West Africa) and in Brazil, and helps them implement their own development projects. Local people are supported in the areas of project development, organisation management and finance. The further development of the projects and the skills of the organisations are assisted by cooperaxion through local visits and support from Switzerland.