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Romainmôtier
ViaFrancigena
ViaFrancigena
Stage 3, Orbe–Cossonay
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Sentier du patrimoine de Romainmôtier
Sentier du patrimoine de Romainmôtier
Route 124, Romainmôtier–Romainmôtier
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Jurasüdfuss-Route
Stage 4, Yverdon-les-Bains–Bière
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Boucle de la Plaine de l'Orbe
Boucle de la Plaine de l'Orbe
Route 487, Orbe–Grandson
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Romainmôtier

The medieval, monastery town of Romainmôtier in Canton Vaud, is tucked away from main traffic routes, almost hidden in the idyllic Tal des Nozon. Here stands one of Switzerland’s largest and the oldest Romanesque church.
The most important place to visit is the Romanesque collegiate church of the former monastery. The church was built by Cluniac monks in the 10th/11th centuries on the ruins of a monastery dating from the 5th and 7th centuries, the earliest founding of a monastery on Swiss soil. The renovated collegiate church, with its cruciform layout and three-aisled nave, which has survived virtually unchanged since being built, is now an oasis of peace surrounded by greenery. Gothic columns and frescoes dating from the 14th century and the choir stalls from the 15th century are worth seeing. Remains of the former cloister can be seen on the south side of the church. The 13th- century prior’s house, with its monumental halls, huge fireplaces, beamed and coffered ceilings, wall and ceiling murals, today houses the monastery museum and meeting place for artists. The Romainmôtier area was already inhabited in Roman times. The remains of an iron-melting furnace in the Bellaires forest are evidence of these times. A theme trail leads to two preserved furnaces from the 6th century.

Romainmôtier is also the start of a rewarding hike through the Nozon Gorge to the «Cascade du Dard» and «Tine de Conflens» waterfalls.

In winter, nearby Dent de Vaulion is a popular area for snowshoe trekking (also limited Alpine skiing). After an easy climb, a tasty cheese fondue at Chalet-Restaurant «Dent de Vaulion» (in Vaulion) is recommended. Goethe, who passed through here in 1779, certainly didn’t have this to enjoy….

Highlights

  • Monastery church – Switzerland’s largest and oldest Romanesque church from the 10th/11th centuries, built on 5th-century ruins.
  • The small town of Romainmôtier was granted a municipal charter in 1589 and has several well-preserved stately houses dating from the 16th to 18th centuries.
  • Dent de Vaulion – popular with hikers, snowshoe trekkers and skiers. Wonderful views, including of Lac de Joux.
The medieval, monastery town of Romainmôtier in Canton Vaud, is tucked away from main traffic routes, almost hidden in the idyllic Tal des Nozon. Here stands one of Switzerland’s largest and the oldest Romanesque church.
The most important place to visit is the Romanesque collegiate church of the former monastery. The church was built by Cluniac monks in the 10th/11th centuries on the ruins of a monastery dating from the 5th and 7th centuries, the earliest founding of a monastery on Swiss soil. The renovated collegiate church, with its cruciform layout and three-aisled nave, which has survived virtually unchanged since being built, is now an oasis of peace surrounded by greenery. Gothic columns and frescoes dating from the 14th century and the choir stalls from the 15th century are worth seeing. Remains of the former cloister can be seen on the south side of the church. The 13th- century prior’s house, with its monumental halls, huge fireplaces, beamed and coffered ceilings, wall and ceiling murals, today houses the monastery museum and meeting place for artists. The Romainmôtier area was already inhabited in Roman times. The remains of an iron-melting furnace in the Bellaires forest are evidence of these times. A theme trail leads to two preserved furnaces from the 6th century.

Romainmôtier is also the start of a rewarding hike through the Nozon Gorge to the «Cascade du Dard» and «Tine de Conflens» waterfalls.

In winter, nearby Dent de Vaulion is a popular area for snowshoe trekking (also limited Alpine skiing). After an easy climb, a tasty cheese fondue at Chalet-Restaurant «Dent de Vaulion» (in Vaulion) is recommended. Goethe, who passed through here in 1779, certainly didn’t have this to enjoy….

Highlights

  • Monastery church – Switzerland’s largest and oldest Romanesque church from the 10th/11th centuries, built on 5th-century ruins.
  • The small town of Romainmôtier was granted a municipal charter in 1589 and has several well-preserved stately houses dating from the 16th to 18th centuries.
  • Dent de Vaulion – popular with hikers, snowshoe trekkers and skiers. Wonderful views, including of Lac de Joux.

Arrival and return Romainmôtier

Adresse

Office du Tourisme de Romainmôtier
Accueil et information "La Porterie"
1323 Romainmôtier
Tel. +41 (0)24 453 14 65
tourisme@romainmotier.ch
www.romainmotier-tourisme.ch/fr

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Maison Junod
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Places of interest

Romainmôtier Abbey Church
Romainmôtier Abbey Church
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Hiking in

Romainmôtier
ViaFrancigena
ViaFrancigena
Stage 3, Orbe–Cossonay
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Sentier du patrimoine de Romainmôtier
Sentier du patrimoine de Romainmôtier
Route 124, Romainmôtier–Romainmôtier
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Cycling in

Romainmôtier
Jurasüdfuss-Route
Jurasüdfuss-Route
Stage 4, Yverdon-les-Bains–Bière
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Boucle de la Plaine de l'Orbe
Boucle de la Plaine de l'Orbe
Route 487, Orbe–Grandson
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Mountain biking in

Romainmôtier
Dent de Vaulion Bike