5 Mittelland Route
5 Mittelland Route
5 Mittelland Route
5 Mittelland Route
5 Mittelland Route
5 Mittelland Route

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Mittelland Route

Stage 7, Yverdon–Lausanne

Route report
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Mittelland Route

Flat and fertile: die Plaine de l’Orbe, framed by Roman mosaics and the rolling hills of Vaud. In Mormont, the watershed of the Rhone and Rhine. Change of scene from the wild waters of the Venoge to the small silver «sea» of Lac Léman.
Yverdon was originally a Celtic settlement. The name was officially changed to Yverdon-les-Bains, but not until 1982. The thermal baths, which the Romans already used, make the city an attractive health resort now. In 1804 the famous educator Heinrich Pestalozzi moved his institution, a reform school, to Yverdon castle, where he continued to develop his methods with a number of distinguished assistants. The historical museum with an Egyptian mummy and Gallo-Roman boats is also housed in the majestic Savoy castle from the 13th century. The Orbe plain, heavily used for agriculture, is part of the breadbasket of French-speaking Switzerland. “Creux de terre” near Chavornay is a nature preserve with several biotopes of national importance and a resting place for many water and migratory birds.

But the countless rooks greedily pecking at the farmland do not seem to need a rest. You can literally smell the fresh earth and the typical nutty taste of rapeseed as you pass. The long valley floor ends near Haut du Mormont. The mountain – actually, at 605 m it is more of a hill – is well known, because this is where the main European watershed between Rhine and Rhone is located. This means that the direction that any precipitation will take is decided at this very spot: either via the Rhine to the North Sea or via the Rhone to the Mediterranean. Two attempts were made to connect the two rivers to realise a waterway from Amsterdam via Basel and Lake Geneva to Marseille. Both attempts failed – a good thing for the bubbly Venoge River, which would have faded into a channel.

If you have an opportunity, be sure to taste the typical regional sausage, the “saucisson”. You will not regret it. In the historic, slightly elevated town of La Sarraz you will find both culinary and cultural treasures. La Sarraz castle, for example, the core of which was built in the 11th century, or Saint-Antoine chapel from the 14th century to which a classicistic church was added some 500 years later. In Eclépens you will come through a compact village centre past some characteristic farm houses from the 17th to the 19th century. Then you finally begin to climb, really climb, and before Penthalaz you cross the Venoge. Its source is located at the foot of the Jura, at the outskirts of L'Isle village. After just 40 km it flows into Lake Geneva. The long, hilly forest section in the Bussigny region is refreshing. It is rough, but near “Sentier du Bois de la Côte” there is a surprisingly lovely spot with a grilling place, a wooden hut and a shelter. Now you increasingly come across hillside vineyards, the area is more urban and somehow also more Mediterranean, a clear sign that you are approaching the Lake Geneva region and the Olympic city of Lausanne.
Flat and fertile: die Plaine de l’Orbe, framed by Roman mosaics and the rolling hills of Vaud. In Mormont, the watershed of the Rhone and Rhine. Change of scene from the wild waters of the Venoge to the small silver «sea» of Lac Léman.
Yverdon was originally a Celtic settlement. The name was officially changed to Yverdon-les-Bains, but not until 1982. The thermal baths, which the Romans already used, make the city an attractive health resort now. In 1804 the famous educator Heinrich Pestalozzi moved his institution, a reform school, to Yverdon castle, where he continued to develop his methods with a number of distinguished assistants. The historical museum with an Egyptian mummy and Gallo-Roman boats is also housed in the majestic Savoy castle from the 13th century. The Orbe plain, heavily used for agriculture, is part of the breadbasket of French-speaking Switzerland. “Creux de terre” near Chavornay is a nature preserve with several biotopes of national importance and a resting place for many water and migratory birds.

But the countless rooks greedily pecking at the farmland do not seem to need a rest. You can literally smell the fresh earth and the typical nutty taste of rapeseed as you pass. The long valley floor ends near Haut du Mormont. The mountain – actually, at 605 m it is more of a hill – is well known, because this is where the main European watershed between Rhine and Rhone is located. This means that the direction that any precipitation will take is decided at this very spot: either via the Rhine to the North Sea or via the Rhone to the Mediterranean. Two attempts were made to connect the two rivers to realise a waterway from Amsterdam via Basel and Lake Geneva to Marseille. Both attempts failed – a good thing for the bubbly Venoge River, which would have faded into a channel.

If you have an opportunity, be sure to taste the typical regional sausage, the “saucisson”. You will not regret it. In the historic, slightly elevated town of La Sarraz you will find both culinary and cultural treasures. La Sarraz castle, for example, the core of which was built in the 11th century, or Saint-Antoine chapel from the 14th century to which a classicistic church was added some 500 years later. In Eclépens you will come through a compact village centre past some characteristic farm houses from the 17th to the 19th century. Then you finally begin to climb, really climb, and before Penthalaz you cross the Venoge. Its source is located at the foot of the Jura, at the outskirts of L'Isle village. After just 40 km it flows into Lake Geneva. The long, hilly forest section in the Bussigny region is refreshing. It is rough, but near “Sentier du Bois de la Côte” there is a surprisingly lovely spot with a grilling place, a wooden hut and a shelter. Now you increasingly come across hillside vineyards, the area is more urban and somehow also more Mediterranean, a clear sign that you are approaching the Lake Geneva region and the Olympic city of Lausanne.
53 km
Asphalted: 46 km
Natural surface: 7 km
500 m | 560 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Yverdon-les-Bains
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Traffic volume
Beware: busy main road Orny–Eclépens.
Hint
Beware: dangerous junction in Cossonay.
Traffic volume
Beware: busy main roads in Denges and Préverenges.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Lausanne
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Services

Accommodation

Gîte du Passant
Gîte du Passant
Yverdon-les-Bains
Hôtel du Théâtre
Hôtel du Théâtre
Yverdon-les-Bains
BnB de la Colline
BnB de la Colline
Chamblon
Le Gîte du vieux bûcher
Le Gîte du vieux bûcher
Ependes VD
Hotel et Restaurant des Mosaïques
Hotel et Restaurant des Mosaïques
Orbe
Hôtel Restaurant Au Chasseur
Hôtel Restaurant Au Chasseur
Orbe
TCS Camping Orbe
TCS Camping Orbe
Orbe
Ferme La Lizerne / Gîte de la Venoge
Ferme La Lizerne / Gîte de la Venoge
Dizy
Hôtel Le Funi
Hôtel Le Funi
Cossonay-Ville
Hôtel des Inventions
Hôtel des Inventions
Ecublens
Hôtel de la Nouvelle Couronne
Hôtel de la Nouvelle Couronne
Morges
Maison d’Igor
Maison d’Igor
Morges
Auberge de Jeunesse Lausanne-Jeunotel
Auberge de Jeunesse Lausanne-Jeunotel
Lausanne
Hôtel Agora Swiss Night
Hôtel Agora Swiss Night
Lausanne
Hôtel Alpha-Palmiers by Fassbind
Hôtel Alpha-Palmiers by Fassbind
Lausanne
Hôtel Lausanne by Fassbind
Hôtel Lausanne by Fassbind
Lausanne
Hôtel AlaGare
Hôtel AlaGare
Lausanne
Hôtel Bellerive
Hôtel Bellerive
Lausanne
Hôtel du Marché
Hôtel du Marché
Lausanne
Hôtel du Port
Hôtel du Port
Lausanne
Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa
Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa
Lausanne
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Bookable offers

5 Mittelland Route Romanshorn - Lausanne
5 Mittelland Route Romanshorn - Lausanne
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Places

Yverdon-les-Bains
Yverdon-les-Bains
Orbe
Orbe
Cossonay
Cossonay
Morges
Morges
Lausanne
Lausanne
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Places of interest

Pro Natura Centre Champ-Pittet
Pro Natura Centre Champ-Pittet
Château de Grandson
Château de Grandson
Mosaïques romaines d’Orbe-Boscéaz
Mosaïques romaines d’Orbe-Boscéaz
Jardins du Château de Vullierens
Jardins du Château de Vullierens
The Olympic Museum
The Olympic Museum
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Swimming

Outdoor swimming pool de la Fleur-de-Lys Prilly
Outdoor swimming pool de la Fleur-de-Lys Prilly
Bellerive outdoor pool in Lausanne
Bellerive outdoor pool in Lausanne
Montchoisi outdoor pool in Lausanne
Montchoisi outdoor pool in Lausanne
"Mon-Repos" indoor swimming pool in Lausanne
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