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Estavayer-le-Lac
Chemin des Trois-Lacs
Chemin des Trois-Lacs
Stage 1, Yverdon-les-Bains–Estavayer-le-Lac
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Chemin des Trois-Lacs
Chemin des Trois-Lacs
Stage 2, Estavayer-le-Lac–Portalban
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Chemin des grèves du Lac de Neuchâtel
Chemin des grèves du Lac de Neuchâtel
Route 284, Yvonand–Estavayer-le-Lac
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Chemin de la Grande Cariçaie
Chemin de la Grande Cariçaie
Route 265, Estavayer-le-Lac–Cheyres–Estavayer-le-Lac
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Cycling in

Estavayer-le-Lac
Mittelland Route
Mittelland Route
Stage 6, Ins–Yverdon
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Alter Bernerweg
Alter Bernerweg
Stage 1, Estavayer-le-Lac–Laupen
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Les collines de la Broye
Les collines de la Broye
Route 481, Payerne–Avenches–Estavayer-le-Lac–Payerne
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Estavayer-le-Lac
Mittelland Skate
Mittelland Skate
Stage 11, Avenches–Estavayer-le-Lac
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Estavayer
Estavayer-le-Lac

Estavayer-le-Lac

The little medieval town of Estavayer-le-Lac on the south-east bank of Lake Neuchâtel combines one of Europe's most beautiful nature reserves with the joys of a paradise for all kinds of water sports.
Settled in prehistoric times, colonised by the Romans, plundered by barbarians, coveted by barons: thrilling traces of the civilisations which have shaped this region can be found, for example, in the reconstructed Neolithic village of Gletterens and in the nearby Roman museum. In Estavayer you can see many signs of its rich history: the Savoy castle from the 12th century, the Gothic abbey church and the cobbled streets. If you take a walk along the former town walls, you have a good view of the town. It is from Moudon Square that you have the finest panorama over the Jura mountains to the north of the lake. Numerous rural inns and bars serve regional specialities.

Estavayer, with its yachting marina and two bathing beaches is also a water sports paradise. Sailing, surfing and pedalo boating are all popular. One special adventure is to try the water-ski lift: here all the family, including children who can swim, can go water-skiing.

There are many varied footpaths and cycle tracks so you can discover the rural surroundings of Estavayer. The gentle hills in the hinterland form the backdrop for an enjoyable excursion by covered waggon that will ultimately take us to Portalban, a fishing port.

The nature reserve of "Grande Cariçaie" – one of Europe's finest nature reserves – extends all the way along the south bank of Lake Neuchâtel. This damp habitat is home to 1000 plants and 10,000 species of animal, about a third of all the flora to be found in Switzerland and a quarter of all species of animal known in Switzerland. Viewpoints have been set up along the paths, and there are special observation huts in the woods and on the moorland areas for watching birds. You can learn more about them in the two nature centres - BirdLife in La Sauge and Pro Natura in Champ-Pittet.

Highlights

  • Old Town – a well-preserved Old Town with beautiful medieval buildings.
  • Frog Museum – stuffed frogs arranged in satirical "human" scenes, dating from about 1850.
  • Lake Neuchâtel – the largest lake situated entirely within Switzerland's borders, well provided with ferries which also carry bicycles.
  • "Grande Cariçaie" – Switzerland's largest wetland area and a unique paradise for birdwatchers, it extends over 40 km along the entire south side of Lake Neuchâtel.
  • Water-ski lift – one of the highlights of the water sports paradise that is Estavayer.
The little medieval town of Estavayer-le-Lac on the south-east bank of Lake Neuchâtel combines one of Europe's most beautiful nature reserves with the joys of a paradise for all kinds of water sports.
Settled in prehistoric times, colonised by the Romans, plundered by barbarians, coveted by barons: thrilling traces of the civilisations which have shaped this region can be found, for example, in the reconstructed Neolithic village of Gletterens and in the nearby Roman museum. In Estavayer you can see many signs of its rich history: the Savoy castle from the 12th century, the Gothic abbey church and the cobbled streets. If you take a walk along the former town walls, you have a good view of the town. It is from Moudon Square that you have the finest panorama over the Jura mountains to the north of the lake. Numerous rural inns and bars serve regional specialities.

Estavayer, with its yachting marina and two bathing beaches is also a water sports paradise. Sailing, surfing and pedalo boating are all popular. One special adventure is to try the water-ski lift: here all the family, including children who can swim, can go water-skiing.

There are many varied footpaths and cycle tracks so you can discover the rural surroundings of Estavayer. The gentle hills in the hinterland form the backdrop for an enjoyable excursion by covered waggon that will ultimately take us to Portalban, a fishing port.

The nature reserve of "Grande Cariçaie" – one of Europe's finest nature reserves – extends all the way along the south bank of Lake Neuchâtel. This damp habitat is home to 1000 plants and 10,000 species of animal, about a third of all the flora to be found in Switzerland and a quarter of all species of animal known in Switzerland. Viewpoints have been set up along the paths, and there are special observation huts in the woods and on the moorland areas for watching birds. You can learn more about them in the two nature centres - BirdLife in La Sauge and Pro Natura in Champ-Pittet.

Highlights

  • Old Town – a well-preserved Old Town with beautiful medieval buildings.
  • Frog Museum – stuffed frogs arranged in satirical "human" scenes, dating from about 1850.
  • Lake Neuchâtel – the largest lake situated entirely within Switzerland's borders, well provided with ferries which also carry bicycles.
  • "Grande Cariçaie" – Switzerland's largest wetland area and a unique paradise for birdwatchers, it extends over 40 km along the entire south side of Lake Neuchâtel.
  • Water-ski lift – one of the highlights of the water sports paradise that is Estavayer.

Arrival and return Estavayer-le-Lac

Adresse

Estavayer-le-Lac / Payerne Tourisme
Rue de l'Hôtel de Ville 16
1470 Estavayer-le-Lac
Tel. +41 (0) 26 663 12 37
tourisme@estavayer-payerne.ch
www.estavayer-payerne.ch

Services

Accommodation

Hôtel Restaurant du Port
Hôtel Restaurant du Port
Estavayer-le-Lac
La Ferme de la Corbière
La Ferme de la Corbière
Estavayer-le-Lac
Logement de groupes Alphasurf SA
Logement de groupes Alphasurf SA
Estavayer-le-Lac
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Places of interest

Grande Cariçaie
Grande Cariçaie
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Hiking in

Estavayer-le-Lac
Chemin des Trois-Lacs
Chemin des Trois-Lacs
Stage 1, Yverdon-les-Bains–Estavayer-le-Lac
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Chemin des Trois-Lacs
Chemin des Trois-Lacs
Stage 2, Estavayer-le-Lac–Portalban
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Chemin des grèves du Lac de Neuchâtel
Chemin des grèves du Lac de Neuchâtel
Route 284, Yvonand–Estavayer-le-Lac
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Chemin de la Grande Cariçaie
Chemin de la Grande Cariçaie
Route 265, Estavayer-le-Lac–Cheyres–Estavayer-le-Lac
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Cycling in

Estavayer-le-Lac
Mittelland Route
Mittelland Route
Stage 6, Ins–Yverdon
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Alter Bernerweg
Alter Bernerweg
Stage 1, Estavayer-le-Lac–Laupen
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Les collines de la Broye
Les collines de la Broye
Route 481, Payerne–Avenches–Estavayer-le-Lac–Payerne
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Skating in

Estavayer-le-Lac
Mittelland Skate
Mittelland Skate
Stage 11, Avenches–Estavayer-le-Lac
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