Rejuvenate in Yverdon-les-Bains, considered the spa capital of western Switzerland. Set on beautiful Lake Neuchâtel and near the Jura mountains, the town offers a relaxing getaway as well as interesting architecture and culture.
Yverdon-les-Bains is famous for its thermal springs and spa. Whether visitors are fit, want to get back in condition or already are trained athletes, the spa has a program to meet individual needs.
The spa has an inside pool and two outdoor pools as well as whirlpools with massage jets. Visitors can relax in serenity in the sulphur spring water, which is 29 degrees.
After unwinding for a few days, go to the town centre and visit the museums, where more than 6,000 years of history can be explored.
Along the lake, 45 Neolithic menhirs — standing Celtic stones — can be found; they are estimated to date back to 5,000 B.C. The castrum, a medieval castle built by the House of Savoy, can be seen. Nearby, the History Museum illustrates the past while the Swiss Fashion Museum, Maison d’Ailleurs (a museum of science fiction) and Espace Jules Verne transport visitors to the 21st century. The Pestalozzi Documentation and Research Centre is a rich source of information on the life and work of the famous pedagogue Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi.
In addition to historic buildings, Yverdon-les-Bains has an exceptional natural reserve: La Grande Cariçaie, the largest lakeside marshland in Switzerland. See beautiful plants and animals at the foot of Champ-Pittet castle. About 1,000 species of flora and 10,000 special of fauna are present in the reserve.
The nature reserve borders the entire southern shore of Lake Neuchâtel. Between Yverdon-les-Bains and Morat, there is 40 km of shoreline and parks. The Parc des Rives is a 20-acre green park that now offers sporting activities and welcomes families with strollers. The area boasts one of the most beautiful lakeside views in the region. Whether taking a riverboat, a solar-powered boat or the old barge, “Le Corsaire,” the best way to discover Lake Neuchâtel is by cruising on the water.
Fish specialties, cheese dishes, and delicious desserts such as meringue or fruit pies are available in local shops at the market on Tuesday and Saturday mornings on Pestalozzi Place.
With so much to see and do, now is the time to plan a relaxing getaway to Yverdon-les-Bains