|Coordinates||46 ° 7 ' N , 6 ° 6' E|
|surface||6.96 km 2|
|Residents||1,915 (January 1, 2017)|
|Population density||275 inhabitants / km 2|
Neydens is a French commune in the department of Haute-Savoie in the region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes .
Neydens is located at 559 m , about nine kilometers south-southwest of the city of Geneva (as the crow flies). The village extends slightly higher on the southern edge of the Geneva basin, in the Genevois , northwest of the Salève , near the border with Switzerland .
The area of the 6.96 km² municipal area includes a section of the Genevois. The municipal area extends from the valley of the Nant de Feigères (source stream of the Aire ) eastwards over the plateau of Neydens. A narrow strip extends south-east up the relatively gently sloping slope of the Salève. Above the hamlet of Verrières, the highest point in Neydens is reached at 871 m .
In addition to the original village, Neydens has various hamlet settlements, from west to east:
- Mouvis ( 550 m ) east of the Feigères valley
- Les Mouilles ( 560 m ) on the plateau
- La Forge ( 580 m ) on the slope above the village
- Moisin ( 610 m ) on the slope of the Salève
- Verrières ( 700 m ) on the slope of the Salève
Neighboring municipalities to Neydens are Saint-Julien-en-Genevois in the north, Archamps in the east, Beaumont in the south and Feigères in the west.
The village is first mentioned in 1179 under the name Noydenz . The place name goes back to the Burgundian personal name Nautha and means something like the people of Nautha . Since the Middle Ages, Neydens was under the rule of Geneva; It was not until 1754 that the place came to Savoy and from then on shared its fate.
The current Saint-Laurent church was built in the neo-Gothic style at the beginning of the 20th century . In front of it is a stone cross from around 1800. The Notre Dame de Paix chapel commemorates the sparing of the village from major damage during the Second World War.
With 1915 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) Neydens is one of the smaller communities in the Haute-Savoie department. The population has continued to grow rapidly since the 1960s. Numerous single-family houses were built outside the old town center.
Economy and Infrastructure
Until well into the 20th century, Neydens was a predominantly agricultural village. Today there are various small and medium-sized businesses. Numerous workers are commuters who go to work in the larger towns in the area, especially in the Geneva-Annemasse area.
The place is well developed in terms of traffic. It is on the main road N201 which leads from Saint-Julien-en-Genevois to Annecy . The closest connection to the A40 and A41 motorways is around 3 km away.