Château de Prangins
Prangins, VD show Website
With its five hectare estate, including a park and gardens, Prangins Castle is a unique location and a popular destination for families. Located on a hill that overlooks Lake Geneva and has been inhabited for thousands of years, this residence was built in the 1730s in a classicistic style with harmonious proportions. The building houses five permanent exhibitions and presents three special exhibitions every year such as “Swiss Press Photo” and “World Press Photo”. Audio tours and exhibition texts are available in German, French, Italian and English.
The menu of the café in the castle's west wing is inspired by the historical kitchen gardens and is a great place for a snack in between exhibition visits or a small meal on the covered terrace.
Events and festive occasions, such as the "Rendez-vous au jardin" in the spring or the "Déjeuner sur l’herbe" in autumn shape the castle’s annual rhythm. The museum with its gardens, rooms and exhibitions is a popular venue which combines nature and culture in a unique way.
The new permanent collection "Noblesse oblige! Life at a Château in the Eighteenth Century" introduces visitors to the lives and times of the social élites. Baron Louis-François Guiguer and his wife guide their guests through the entry hall across a red marble floor into a decadent salon with silk damask tapestries. Audio tours and games ensure an entertaining visit for visitors of all ages.
Switzerland's largest historical vegetable gardens
Covering an area of 5500 m2 and boasting a unique collection of more than a hundred species of ancient fruits and vegetables, the castle's vegetable gardens are the largest in Switzerland. A separate audio guide and detailed map reveal all of its secrets. Additionally the information centre in the former Dépendance holds answers to many questions on gardening and botany in the 18th century and also to modern problems such as the preservation of biodiversity.
A stroll through the period of Enlightenment
A path decorated with twenty life-sized elegant silhouettes of famous personalities such as Voltaire, Madame de Staël or Joseph Bonaparte ensures that a leisurely stroll through the natural beauty of the gardens is also a cultural experience.
Tuesday – Sundays and public holidays: 10 am – 5 pm
All year (except 1 January and 25 December)
Admission to the visitors’ centre, kitchen garden and outdoor walk around the castle is free of charge.
- Adults: CHF 10.-
- Senior citizens, disabled, unemployed, students, military: CHF 8.-
Groups (min. 10 people)
- Adults: CHF 8.- per person
- Guided tour by prior arrangement (max. 25 people) CHF 120 (CHF 180 from 01.08.2015 onwards)
- Children up to age 16 are free of charge
- Admission is free for members of the following organisations and holders of the following cards:
Swiss or Zurich Museum Pass, Raiffeisen Member Cards, ZürichCARD, ICOM (International Council of Museums), Swiss Museums Association (AMS), Society for the Swiss National Museum (GLM), Association of Friends of the Château de Prangins
The museum and footpath are accessible to individuals with limited mobility. Two wheelchairs are available at reception and there is also a suitable lift.
There are picnic areas around the castle.
Dogs are allowed in the castle courtyard and café.
When visiting the museum, why not drop into Café du Château? Located in a wing of the castle, the café offers indoor seating for fifty people. In fine weather you can also sit on the terrace and enjoy lovely views of the park.
The café is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 17.00. Self-service, lunch menu and cakes are on offer.
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By public transport
Bus from Nyon railway station (approx. 10 minutes)
- Bus 805 to « Prangins, poste »
- Bus 811 « Les Abériaux »
A1 motorway: From Geneva, take the Nyon exit, from Lausanne the Gland exit, then follow the signposts.
There are plenty of free parking spaces along Route Suisse. From here, it is a pleasant five-minute walk through the Abériaux meadow to the castle.
Assistance for persons with reduced mobility: +41 (0)58 469 38 90
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