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Yverdon-Les-Bains [1] with its 24,000 inhabitants, is the second largest town in the Canton de Vaud. Situated at the southern shore of the Lac de Neuchâtel, it is the southern gate to the Pays des Trois-Lacs (Three Lakes Region) [2], host of the 2002 National Exhibition (Expo.02) in Switzerland.

Mainly known for its thermal baths, this town has also a rich history and art life. It offers a prehistoric site of standing stones (dolmen) that is more than 6'000 years old, ruins of the roman town, a castle of the 13th century, as well as a church and a city hall of the 18th century. The arts are well represented with the theater Benno Besson, the Museum of Yverdon [3], the Swiss fashion museum [4], and the science fiction museum La Maison d'Ailleurs [5].


The Castle of Yverdon-les-Bains

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By train[edit]

Yverdon-les-Bains is served by one of the most efficient passenger rail services in the world, the Swiss Federal Rail [6]. Trains run roughly each hour between 5:20AM and 12:06PM every day to and from Geneva, Zurich, Berne, Lausanne, Neuchatel, Biel, Fribourg and points in between.

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By bus[edit]

The transport company TRAVYS [7] (Transport Vallée de Joux - Yverdon-les-Bains - Sainte-Croix) allows you to travel in and around Yverdon-les-Bains. Buses run roughly each 20 minutes between 6:00AM and 20:00PM every day.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Yverdon-les-Bains Region Tourist Office [8], Avenue de la Gare 2 (Walk outside the main train station and turn to your left. Walk 200 meters and you will see the familiar 'i' marking a tourist office in Switzerland.), +41 24 423 61 01 (, fax: +41 24 426 11 22).

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  • Museum of Yverdon-les-Bains and Region

Exhibits about the 6'000 years of the local history, and Egyptians antiques displayed in the castle. [9]

  • Maison d'Ailleurs (translated as "House of Elsewhere")

The Maison d'Ailleurs is devoted to science fiction –and as such is the only of its kind in Europe. It is a non-profit foundation functioning both as a public museum and a specialized research center. The archives of the museum contain around 70,000 documents related to science fiction or utopia (books, art pieces, toys, etc.), including some very old (as early as the sixteenth century) or unique pieces. The collections of the museum are used for iconographic purposes or research (literature, history of ideas, design, etc.). The Maison d'Ailleurs thus represents an important research and documentation center. Each year, 2-3 special exhibitions are organized on a great variety of topics related to science fiction, utopia and extraordinary journeys, such as flying cars, James Gurney’s Dinotopia, xenobiology, science fiction as a source of inspiration for ESA’s engineers, etc. [10]

  • Centre Pestalozzi

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746-1827) has lived during 20 years in the Castle, where he managed his educational institution from 1805 until 1825. [11]

  • Swiss fashion museum

3000 items of clothing and accessories. A unique and precious collection exclusively made of donations.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Don Camillo, Rue du Pré 10, 1400 Yverdon, [12]. Great Italian restaurant in the middle of downtown. Good food, good prices  edit
  • A la Table de Mary, [13].  edit

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Budget[edit]

  • Gite du Passant (Youth Hostel) [14], Rue du Parc 14, 1401 Yverdon-les-Bains, Phone: +41 24 425 12 33, Fax: +41 24 426 00 96
  • Camping des Iris, Phone: +41 24 425 10 89, Fax: +41 24 425 76 31
  • Campings VD8, Le Pécos, Les Cluds [15]

Mid range[edit]

  • Expo Hôtel [16], En Chamard, 1442 Montagny-pres-Yverdon. Little bit noise and warm if facing the highway. 77chf double bedroom w/private bathroom. The ~2.5KM walk away from the train station is nice just the first KM, the other part is almost walking siding a highway with nothing around to see.
  • Hôtel de la Maison Blanche [17], En Calamin, 1405 Pomy.
  • Bed and Breakfast - La Sablonnaire [18], Rue de la Sablonnaire 1, 1400 Yverdon-les-Bains.

Splurge[edit]

  • Hôtel du Théâtre [19], Avenue Haldimand 5, 1400 Yverdon-les-Bains, Phone: +41 24 424 60 00, Fax: +41 24 424 60 01, info@hotelyverdon.ch, 115/170 CHF singles/doubles standard.
  • Grand Hôtel des Bains [20], Avenue des Bains 22, 1401 Yverdon-les-Bains, Phone: +41 24 424 64 64, Fax: +41 24 424 64 65, reservation@grandhotelyverdon.ch, 200/280 CHF singles/doubles standard.
  • Hôtel / Café-restaurant de la Prairie [21], Avenue des Bains 9, 1400 Yverdon-les-Bains, Phone: +41 24 423 31 31, Fax: +41 24 425 00 79, contact@hotelprairie.ch, 165/245 CHF singles/doubles.

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