Castle of Yverdon
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The Castle of Yverdon, the first known ”carré savoyard” defence building, is a lowland military fortress financed by Peter Count of Savoy in 1259, and planned out by the architects John and James of Saint Georges, known as Master James. Located in the centre of today's city of Yverdon-les-Bains, the castle has undergone many transformations over the centuries. During the Bernese period (16th and 18th centuries), it served as the residence of the bailiffs, who adorned certain halls with wonderful paintings, still well conserved. A national asset since 1798, it welcomed in the beginning of the 19th century, the well known pedagogue Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi and his « Institut pour jeunes gens et futurs enseignants », an educational institute for children and future teachers. Subsequently, the castle also housed primary and middle school classes until 1974.
Centrepiece of the Museum of Yverdon and its Region, that it houses since 1915 in order to retrace the city and it's territory over almost 8'000 years, it has been the home of a rich history, famous beyond (the Swiss) borders.
The castle is currently home of the Pestalozzi Research and Documentation Centre, the temporary exhibitions of the Swiss Museum of Fashion, as well as the Echandole Theatre, housed in some parts of the cellars.
The Museum of Yverdon and its Region
The Museum of Yverdon and its region is one of the oldest museums in the canton of Vaud, dating back to the second half of the 18th century. In addition to an important regional archeology collection, the Museum of Yverdon and its region also conserves several thousands of objects illustrating the cultural and artistic history of Yverdon and its surrounding area. For the most part, these objects are pictures, as well as items of everyday use and handcrafted and industrially produced objects. The Museum and its Castle, can be seen as the repository of the material memory of the Yverdon region. The mission of the Museum of Yverdon and its region is to communicate and to make this extensive heritage accessible to the public, by means of exhibitions, publications and educational activities. At last, it is also a research and documentation centre for researchers, students, school children and any other interested person asking for the permission to access.
Themed guided tours
The Museum of Yverdon and its region offers several themed guided tours, which allows to bring the collections and the castle in to life, for example ;
- In tenebris lux. Night-time tour by torchlight. A unique way to experience the museum's collections and to explore the different halls of the castle along with archeologists and historians.
- The surprising places of the Yverdon Castle. Discover the out of ordinary, remarkable or simply unknown places in the castle, outside the regular visiting itineraries.
In order to bring history to life in an original manner, we offer workshops for children throughout the year.
Bringing history to life
Collaborations with the city's and the region's different cultural actors, amongst them the association Les 18èmes d'Yverdon et Région, bring back the past inside the historical walls. Hence, in November 2019, on the occasion of the re-enactment of the 4th of September 1775 elections played in the historical town hall, a Bernese bailiff could be seen guiding visitors through the rooms of his castle.
A meeting and exchange place
The castle and the museum also serve as a setting for different cultural events, conferences or meetings. The exquisite aula magna or the more intimate Léon Michaud hall can be rented for the occasion.
Wednesday to Sunday: 11 am to 6 pm
Open on all public holidays, including Easter and Whit Monday.
Closed on Mondays, as well as 25th December and 1st January.
- Adults : CHF 12.-
- Senior citizens, students, apprentices, unemployed : CHF 9.-
- Children over 6 : CHF 7.-
- Combined tickets for the science-fiction museum of la Maison d’Ailleurs, are also available.
- Adults: CHF 10.-
- Senior citizens, students, apprentices, unemployed : CHF 7.-
- Children over 6: CHF 5.-
- One accompanying person free of charge.
- 50% for the holders of the Carte Culture Caritas
- BCV EXTRA: CHF 2.- discount on an adult entrance fee
- Excluding temporary exhibitions: discount of CHF 2.- on adult rates and CHF 1.- on AHV, student, apprentice, unemployed and children aged 6 and over.
- First Sunday of the month
- Swiss Museum pass
- Swiss Travel System Tickets
- ICOM – AMS
- Raiffeisen card
- Schools in Yverdon-les-Bains
- Member of AMY (les amis du Muséum d'Yverdon)
- Members of MuMode (Swiss Museum of Fashion)
Dogs are not allowed in the castle area.
The castle's cellars, courtyard and the Bernese halls are wheelchair accessible.
Coffee, tea and cold beverages.
In the vicinity
There are several cafés and restaurants on the Pestalozzi square, in front of the castle, as well as nearby.
- Restaurant de la Place
- Restaurant Le Trèfle Gourmand
- Restaurant du Château
- Pizzeria - Spaghetteria le Bar du Coq
- Café de la Promenade
The Museum is a 5 minute walk from the Yverdon-les-Bains train station.
There are parking spaces just outside the castle.
- There are many cycling and walking routes, especially along the Lake Neuchâtel. For example, you can go from Yverdon-les-Bains to Estavayer-le-lac, through Yvonand, or from the Castle of Yverdon-les-Bains to the Castle of Grandson.
- Boat trips on the Lake Neuchâtel.
- The Grande Cariçaie natural parc and the Pro Natura Centre of Champ-Pittet.
- The most important megalithic site in Switzerland ; the Neolithic menhir site of Clendy.
- The thermal centre of Yverdon-les-Bains. Spas, natural therapies and 24.5°C sulphurous water.
- Differents shops in the historic pedestrian centre of Yverdon-les-Bains.
- A weekly farmer's market, with local and seasonal products. Every Saturday on the Pestalozzi square, just outside the castle, and every Tuesday on the Promenade Auguste Fallet.
- Hôtel du Théâtre 3*, Yverdon-les-Bains
- Hôtel de la Source 3*, Yverdon-les-Bains
- Hôtel La Prairie 4*, Yverdon-les-Bains
- Grand Hôtel des Bains 4*S, Yverdon-les-Bains
- Camping Yverdon Place 4*, Yverdon-les-Bains
- Many guesthouses and Bed and Breakfasts.