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Echallens
Sentier du Talent
Sentier du Talent
Route 137, Echallens–Bretigny-sur-Morrens, Malapalud–Montheron
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Cycling in

Echallens
Gros de Vaud–La Côte
Gros de Vaud–La Côte
Stage 2, Echallens (Goumoens)–Rolle
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Gros de Vaud–La Côte
Gros de Vaud–La Côte
Stage 1, Payerne–Echallens (Goumoens)
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Nord Vaudois–Jura
Nord Vaudois–Jura
Stage 1, Lausanne–Yverdon-les-Bains
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Boucle champêtre du Gros de Vaud
Boucle champêtre du Gros de Vaud
Route 475, Echallens–Echallens
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Echallens
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Echallens

Grain plays an important role in the economy and daily life of Echallens, the centre of the Vaudois grain belt to the north of Lausanne: visitors can go to the grain and bread museum and follow a multi-path grain theme trail.
Echallens lies at an altitude of 617 metres and is a regional centre of commerce and administration at the heart of the fertile agricultural region of Gros de Vaud. The village’s good road and rail access has seen its attractiveness to commuters rise in recent decades. Public transport includes the narrow-gauge regional railway LEB running from Lausanne-Flon to Echallens and further to Bercher; a modern railway popular with commuters. Public steam train rides also run on the LEB tracks on selected Sundays in summer.

Echallens has a castle which was built on a small elevation in the second half of the 13th century and razed to the ground in 1475 by the Swiss Confederates. Only a round turret of the mediaeval castle remains today, the current north wing wasn’t added until 1719. In the centre of Echallens are some well-preserved bourgeois and patrician houses dating from the 17th to 19th centuries, including the Maison Bezenson and the Hôtel des Balances. The Hôtel de Ville (town hall) was built in 1781. There are no remains left of the town’s former perimeter wall.

As befits its location in the Gros de Vaud (granary of Canton Vaud), Echallens is home to the Musée du Blé et du Pain (grain and bread museum) with a «from grain to bread» exhibition. The museum also has a themed interactive exhibition for children.

The Chemin des Blés (grain trail) leads through the rolling hills of the Gros de Vaud, past fields and through shady woodland. There are several paths to choose from – suitable for both hikers and mountain bikers – with a total of 80km length linking Echallens with Granges-Marnand (on the railway line Lausanne-Moudon-Payerne). There are several opportunities to visit farmhouses, mills and bakeries etc. along the trail.

Highlights

  • Gros de Vaud – the «granary» of Canton Vaud is a gently undulating, fertile and wooded plateau to the north of the city of Lausanne. Popular region with hikers and mountain bikers.
  • Chemin des Blés – 80km of sign-posted theme trails for mountain bikers and hikers on the subject of grain and agriculture in the Gros de Vaud between Echallens and Granges-Marnand.
  • Musée suisse du Blé et du Pain – Swiss grain and bread museum with a «from grain to bread» exhibition.
Grain plays an important role in the economy and daily life of Echallens, the centre of the Vaudois grain belt to the north of Lausanne: visitors can go to the grain and bread museum and follow a multi-path grain theme trail.
Echallens lies at an altitude of 617 metres and is a regional centre of commerce and administration at the heart of the fertile agricultural region of Gros de Vaud. The village’s good road and rail access has seen its attractiveness to commuters rise in recent decades. Public transport includes the narrow-gauge regional railway LEB running from Lausanne-Flon to Echallens and further to Bercher; a modern railway popular with commuters. Public steam train rides also run on the LEB tracks on selected Sundays in summer.

Echallens has a castle which was built on a small elevation in the second half of the 13th century and razed to the ground in 1475 by the Swiss Confederates. Only a round turret of the mediaeval castle remains today, the current north wing wasn’t added until 1719. In the centre of Echallens are some well-preserved bourgeois and patrician houses dating from the 17th to 19th centuries, including the Maison Bezenson and the Hôtel des Balances. The Hôtel de Ville (town hall) was built in 1781. There are no remains left of the town’s former perimeter wall.

As befits its location in the Gros de Vaud (granary of Canton Vaud), Echallens is home to the Musée du Blé et du Pain (grain and bread museum) with a «from grain to bread» exhibition. The museum also has a themed interactive exhibition for children.

The Chemin des Blés (grain trail) leads through the rolling hills of the Gros de Vaud, past fields and through shady woodland. There are several paths to choose from – suitable for both hikers and mountain bikers – with a total of 80km length linking Echallens with Granges-Marnand (on the railway line Lausanne-Moudon-Payerne). There are several opportunities to visit farmhouses, mills and bakeries etc. along the trail.

Highlights

  • Gros de Vaud – the «granary» of Canton Vaud is a gently undulating, fertile and wooded plateau to the north of the city of Lausanne. Popular region with hikers and mountain bikers.
  • Chemin des Blés – 80km of sign-posted theme trails for mountain bikers and hikers on the subject of grain and agriculture in the Gros de Vaud between Echallens and Granges-Marnand.
  • Musée suisse du Blé et du Pain – Swiss grain and bread museum with a «from grain to bread» exhibition.

Arrival and return Echallens

Adresse

Echallens région tourisme
Place des Petites Roches 1
1040 Echallens
Tel. +41 (0)21 881 50 62
region@echallens-tourisme.ch
www.echallens-tourisme.ch

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Places of interest

Musée Suisse du Blé et du Pain
Musée Suisse du Blé et du Pain
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Hiking in

Echallens
Sentier du Talent
Sentier du Talent
Route 137, Echallens–Bretigny-sur-Morrens, Malapalud–Montheron
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Cycling in

Echallens
Gros de Vaud–La Côte
Gros de Vaud–La Côte
Stage 2, Echallens (Goumoens)–Rolle
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Gros de Vaud–La Côte
Gros de Vaud–La Côte
Stage 1, Payerne–Echallens (Goumoens)
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Nord Vaudois–Jura
Nord Vaudois–Jura
Stage 1, Lausanne–Yverdon-les-Bains
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Boucle champêtre du Gros de Vaud
Boucle champêtre du Gros de Vaud
Route 475, Echallens–Echallens
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