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Grandson on Lake Neuchâtel and its castle are of historical importance for Switzerland. All school children in Switzerland have heard of the battle between the Burgundians and the Swiss Confederates on 2nd March 1476. The biggest hall in the castle, the weapons hall, is dedicated to the Burgundian Wars and has an impressive display recalling the battle: two imposing war horses await visitors, as well as suits of armour from the 15th to 19th centuries and the coats of arms of the Fribourg and Bern bailiffs, who lived at Grandson until 1798.
Once a setting for Swiss history, the castle exudes a unique medieval atmosphere.
Grandson, an old fortress from the 11th to 14th centuries located high above Lake Neuchâtel, houses an exceptional collection of weaponry, suits of armour and crossbows as well as models of battles and of the castle itself. There is also an historical museum with an exhibition on the Burgundian Wars.
There is a 15th century allure measuring 150 metres in length, a Renaissance room and – not for the faint-hearted – the torture chamber and the dungeons.
Grandson Castle is much more than just a museum. It is enlivened all year round by numerous events. Treasure hunts, medieval quests, writing workshops with goose quills, themed dinners and concerts are just some of the activities on offer. They are open to a wide and varied audience upon advance booking.
Every August a large medieval festival takes place within the castle walls. It is a unique opportunity to soak up the enchanting castle atmosphere whilst enjoying a wide-ranging program of entertainment. Musicians, jugglers and craftspeople meet re-enactment groups and the lords of the castle themselves – much to the delight of young and old alike.
From November to March :
Museum : open daily from 10 am to 5 pm (Last entry at 4 pm)
Café-Bar : open daily from 10 am to 5 pm
From April to October :
Museum : open daily from 10 am to 6 pm (last entry at 5 pm)
Café-bar : open daily from 8 am to 6 pm
Closed on 25 December and 1 January
- Adults: CHF 12.00
- Children (6 - 16 years): CHF 5.00
- Students, senior citizens/disabled: CHF 10.00
- Families (2 adults and 1-2 children): CHF 28.00
- 10 or more people, CHF 10.00 per person
- Swiss Museum Pass
- Raiffeisen VISA Card, V Pay or Raiffeisen MasterCard (Firma or Young)
- Members of the “Association des Amis du Château de Grandson”
Grandson Castle is the perfect backdrop for unusual events: its halls, courtyards and terraces can be booked for banquets, weddings, seminars, drinks receptions, conventions, as well as concerts and other cultural activities.
Picnic areas are located on the lakeshore. There are no picnic areas in the castle grounds.
Dogs are prohibited from entering the castle.
The castle is only partially accessible to people with limited mobility.
The café-bar „Le Châtelet“ in the castle courtyard offers a select range of drinks, wines from the region, snacks and pastries. The best part is the beautiful terrace with its view across Lake Neuchâtel. A welcome stop-off before or after the castle visit!
In the area
Numerous restaurants in the town of Grandson and all along the lakeshore.
Grandson is linked to the major routes via the A5 motorway which runs along the northern shoreline of Lake Neuchâtel. Take the exit for Grandson and follow the signs for the castle. The castle car park offers free parking for approximately 35 cars.
From all train stations in Switzerland to Yverdon-les-Bains. Timetable at www.cff.ch RER Vaud: two trains per hour to and from Lausanne.
Several boats per day from Neuchâtel, Yverdon-les-Bains or Estavayer-le-Lac to the Grandson landing stage, which is a 10-minute walk from the castle. Timetable at www.navig.ch
Visit the Romanesque Church of John the Baptist (12th century) and the “Maison des Terroirs” tourist office, which are both 5 minutes from the castle.
Visit the beautiful little town of Grandson and take a stroll along the lakeshore, which offers scenic walking routes.
Discover the region around Yverdon-les-Bains, located between the Jura region and Lake Geneva. A variety of activities are on offer: culture, sports, eating and drinking, and much more.
Hotels, B&Bs or camping: Grandson and the region around Yverdon-les-Bains offer numerous types of accommodation for all tastes and budgets!